Summerfest Plein Air competition continues to grow

Artists and photographers vying for the top prize at Summerfest’s annual Plein Air competition have until Wednesday, June 15 to capture a winning Cache Valley scene. The three-day period for contestants to create their masterpieces began Monday at the 12 noon registration deadline. The transformations of the currently-blank canvases into sellable art will be one of the highlights of this year’s art faire. “We have artists from all over the state,” says Summerfest Executive Director Mary Ann Sidwell. “They are really excellent.” These 25 painters do not include those artisans who use a camera lens as their medium. The amount of participating photographers will not be known until the Wednesday deadline for all completed enteries. The relativley new category was added to the Plein Air contest last year due to a growing demand and popularity of photography. “There is a lot of digital photography out there,” says Sidwell. “We wanted to give them an opportunity to participate.” All entries will be juried and ranked Wednesday night and will be up for silent auction during the 28th annual Summerfest arts faire. Summerfest will begin Thursday, June 16 and end Saturday evening, June 18.

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