Current Museum Exhibit
Utah Plein Air 2014 Winners
Exhibition Sept. 4 through Oct. 3
Brigham City Museum of Art and History
By Mary Alice Hobbs
Images that “smell of the earth” are on display during the Brigham City Museum's Utah Plein Air 2014 juried exhibition that continues through Oct. 3. A reception and awards ceremony will be held Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Since Brigham City’s Peach Days coincides with the opening of the plein air exhibition, the museum is also displaying vintage photos of Peach Queen contestants and winners. Many of the images are from the 1920s and 1930s.
The museum is located at 24 North 300 West. The entrance is on the west side. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information, please phone (435) 226-1439 or visit www.brighamcitymuseum.org.
Thirty-five artists took their interpretive power and mastery of creating works “en plein air” (outdoors) for the competition that was open to all ages. All works had to be produced in Utah. Many of the 61 entries captured Northern Utah’s cloud-spattered skies and creeks and rivers rippling alongside rolling pastures.
George W. Handrahan of Kaysville was the juror for the competition. The artist has received over 70 major awards, including the 2013 Directors Choice Award at the prestigious Zion National plein air event “In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran.” Handrahan selected the following artists for honors:
Painting, Drawing and Sculpture Category: First Place - G. Russell Case, “Mt. Sterling,” Brigham City; Second Place – Brad Williams, “After the Rain,” Farr West; Third Place – John Huerta, Jr., “Brigham Barn,” Ogden; Merit Awards – Ondre Pettingill, “Chance of Rain,” Springville; Garry Case, “Harper to Brigham,” Perry; G. Russell Case, “Sherwood Hills,” Brigham City; and Amelia Jones, “Canal Trail to Pleasant View,” Ogden.
Photography Category: First Place - Tina Lerohl, “Sunflower Dream,” Mantua; Second Place, Randy Rapp, “Water Droplets,” Brigham City; Third Place, James L. Heywood, “Chester, Utah,” Moroni; Merit Award – Barry Parsons, “Milky Way,” Wellsville; and Samuel Parsons, “Grapes,” Wellsville.
Winners in the painting and drawing category will receive $1,000 for first place; $500, second place; and $350, third place. Winners in the photography category will receive $450 for first place; 250, second place; and $150, third place.
***Photo: "Mt. Sterling" by G. Russell Case, Brigham City