Eligibility and Requirements
Any artist working in water media on materials designed for water media (watercolor canvas, aqua board), who registers and pays the event participation fees. This year’s fee remains $85 for UWS members and $100 for non-members. This fee covers the entry, and dinner and refreshments at 5:30 pm on Wednesday at Robbers Roost. Artist guest registration is $25 for Wednesday dinner and includes entry into Saturday’s main event at Cougar Ridge.
Note Saturday Night is a $25 ticketed public event – What does this mean? Artists and their paid guests/families have tickets already. This fee is to help cover administrative costs related to marketing, events management, space rental, audio/video broadcast, guest speakers, judges, contracting musical entertainment and insurance coverage.
Artists may submit up to 3 paintings in any combination; and are asked to submit at least one! This year’s event will not include a quick draw event due to restrictions at Capitol Reef National Park (no permit will be issued due to the solar eclipse crowds).
Paintings are sold at the main event at the conclusion of the plein air late Saturday afternoon between 4:30 -7:30 pm. All paintings entered must be for sale. A 40% Commission is charged on all sold paintings which goes to Entrada Institute programs. Artists must establish a minimum bid (the least amount that the painting will be sold for) and a “buy now bid” (the price that a person can purchase the painting without further competitive bidding).
Paintings must be framed and ready to hang according to the framing requirements.
Framed paintings with completed paperwork can be submitted between 9:00 – 11:00am on Saturday. Entries thereafter will be ineligible for the art show and judging.
Image more than 11”x15 This size is equal to a quarter sheet of watercolor paper.
Image must not exceed 15”x22” (Between 165 and 330 square inches) This size is equal to a half sheet of standard watercolor paper.
Paintings must be started on location, but can be touched up off location.
Image less than 11”x14”
Image 5” x 7” or greater (between 35 and154 square inches)
Paintings must be started and completed on location; can be completed in more than one session on location.
Painting paper must be stamped in advance. Artists may have as many papers stamped as desired, but only 3 can be entered into competition
Watercolor blocks will be marked on the side with paint marker, color to be determined. This color shows up on the edge of the paper and must be verified like stamped papers.
- Make sure you have your stamps verified!!
- Your painting buddy or an AATP designated event volunteer can verify your stamp by signing your competition entry form.
- You may cut windows in the backing material so the stamp may be viewed or have the stamp on your painting verified prior to framing.
Photography of Painting Image(s)
Before framing your painting, please make a high-quality image of your art. You may do this yourself OR you may bring your image to the Photography Station at check-in on Saturday morning. If you choose to do this plan on arriving early that morning. These high-quality images will be used for publicity by UWS, Entrada Institute, and Capitol Reef National Park.
Artists must bring all their own equipment and supplies required for framing. Frame(s) should be suitable for water media painting, mat, glass or Plexiglas, wire, D-rings, backing material, and be Labeled – Artist Name, Title of Painting, Size of image, Price, Location.
Matting is a personal choice. Painting may be floated on the Matting Material.
Accommodations will be scarce due to all the additional guests in town, so please plan ahead. You will likely experience longer windows of time to catch a meal and move about between painting sites around Wayne County. A map of private property painting sites will be provided for you at check-in. Call Marci at Entrada if you need support finding housing or RV parking 801-509-1289 or email her at [email protected].
Oct 11 Wednesday Check-In between 9am-1pm at Entrada / Robbers Roost in Torrey. Receive your welcome bag, get watercolor materials stamped. Paint Day. Artist Reception at the Home of Mary Beckerle & David Murrell in Grover this year! Directions will be provided at registration.
Oct 12 Thursday Check-In 7:30-9:30 am at Robbers Roost for late comers and any extra paper stamping you may need. Paint Day.
Artists’ Welcome Dinner 5:30 pm at Robbers Roost for participating artists, guests, Entrada and Capital Reef National Park key personnel. This year’s meal is a traditional “Cowboy Dutch Oven” meal and desert by Layne Morris.
7:00 – 8:30 pm Heidi Darley Presenter
(2023 Guest Lecturer, Artist & Judge)
Oct 13 Friday Check-In 7:30-9:30 am at Robbers Roost, stamp paper, Paint Day.
Oct 13 Gallery Stroll hours in Torrey from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Torrey Gallery, Gallery 24 and Old House at Center and Main.
Note: No early check-ins will take place for event entries on Friday night; submissions must all be done Saturday morning on-site at Cougar Ridge.
7:00 – 8:30 pm Presenter TBA
Oct 14 Saturday Submit paintings 8:30-11:30am, Cougar Ridge Pavilion. Late paintings will not be accepted. Participate in viewing of annual solar eclipse with us at Cougar Ridge.
Saturday Evening 4-7pm – Reception, Art Show and Featured Band “Wayward Molly”
Awards will be given in the following categories:
Best of Show; Large Format 1st, 2nd, 3rd, two Honorable Mentions; Small Format 1st, 2nd, 3rd, two Honorable Mentions.
Oct 15 Sunday 9:00am Artists’ Farewell Breakfast; You may choose to meet up at the Broken Spur, choose another location or head home early. It will be a crowded weekend and large group bookings are not possible this year.