Various locations, October 7-11
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The fall color comes to Utah this month, and with it come more than 100 artists, gathering in and around the town of Moab to paint the local scenery en plein air. From October 3 to 6, the fifth annual Plein Air Moab begins as artists take their canvases into the surrounding canyon lands—within a 50-mile radius of downtown Moab—to capture the spires and arches of the red-rock landscape, the Colorado River basin, and the town of Moab itself. Events for collectors begin on Tuesday, and artists continue to paint throughout the week leading up to the Main Competition Art Sale on Friday and Saturday, October 10-11. It’s into this sale that each artist can enter one piece for competition judging. Show creator and director Sandi Snead says that between 120 and 150 artists are anticipated to attend this year. In past years, participating artists have included Lorenzo Chavez, Joshua Been, Doug Braithwaite, Gerald Fritzler, and George Handrahan.
On Tuesday, October 7, art lovers can enjoy a Quick Draw and sale at the Castle Creek Winery at Red Cliffs Lodge. On Wednesday, artist Phil Wagner gives a presentation explaining the art and process of plein-air painting. On Thursday at noon, works from the week’s painting are unveiled in the general Art Sale at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center in town, and an urban Quick Draw begins at 3 p.m. and is followed by a sale of the works.
On Friday afternoon, collectors are invited to the ticketed Art Buyers Club Reception, where works from the Main Competition Art Sale are presented for the first time, and ticket fees are applied toward the purchase of a painting. At 6 p.m., the Main Competition Art Sale opens to the public and continues through the rest of the show, closing at 9 p.m. on Saturday night.
Plein Air Moab distinguishes itself from similar events by not being juried. “Our event is open to all artists,” Snead says, “but the caliber of the art produced during the week is just incredible. Collectors can get great deals on amazing up-and-coming artists, yet also find the newest work from some of their favorite painters.” —Laura Rintala
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