6th Annual Plein Air Painting Contest

Do you love the Ogden Valley? This fall Eden 1900 LLC’s Art Gallery invites artists to celebrate our valley by being part of the Sixth Annual Fall in Love with Ogden Valley Plein Air Painting Contest. Started in September 2017, this contest continues a tradition of celebrating the beauty found in Ogden Valley.


A local judge will rate all entered paintings on established criteria and select the top three. First place prize is $300, second place is $150, and third place is $75. 

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2020 Plein Air painting of Cutler Flat by Jan Carlsen



Plein air paintings must be created by working outdoors on location in the Ogden Valley with acrylic, oil or watercolor paint, pastels, charcoal, or other non-digital media. Ready to hang entries will be juried and must be accepted by Eden 1900 for participation in the contest.

Size, Hanging Requirements, and Paint Site Locations

Paintings are to be no larger than 30” by 40” and no smaller than 8″ by 10″. Paintings must either be framed or have painted finished edges, no tape. Paintings must have a wire or other secure, suitable means for hanging in our gallery, no alligator hangers or hooks that do not fit our hanging system. Painting/art creation must occur somewhere outside and within the Ogden Valley from Pineview Reservoir up into the hills and valleys, and as far as the surrounding mountain tops and our three local ski resorts.

Stamp In Dates and Times

Blank canvas/paper/boards must be stamped before painting. Minimum of one entry fee required per artist before stamping. Stamp as many canvases as desired for initial $20 entry fee. Fees for entering more than one are $15 second entry and $10 each for third and subsequent entries. An entry fee discount is available for artists who participate in the Paint Out Day on October 1.

Stamping will occur at Eden 1900 Art Gallery during the following dates and times:
Fridays and Saturdays, beginning September 16 through October 1, 2022, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm; (Note – hours subject to seasonal change). Additional times may be available by appointment or for special events.

Gallery Location

6355 E 1900 North, Eden, Utah. Please note art gallery is only open two days per week and hours are limited.

Special Events
Paint-Out (October 1) and Photography Day (Sept 30 – Oct 1)
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Paint Out Day!

To generate activity and excitement for the Plein Air contest, Eden 1900 LLC will supplement with two additional activities in Ogden Valley. One will be an on-site Paint-Out at the Gallery and Sunnyfield Farm on Saturday, October 1. See the Paint Out Day web page for Paint Out hours at each location.


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Photography Day

The other is an online Fall in Love with Ogden Valley Photography Day Contest from 4 PM on September 30 to 4 PM on October 1. Visit eden1900.com/photoday for details. Sign up is now open.

Paint Out information

Paint-Out Artists will participate on site and may paint or draw any view that they can see from either location, see eden1900.com/paintoutday. Paint-Out Artists may bring their own props for a still life, or their own appropriately clad models or subjects to be painted. Prizes for Paint-Out Day are in conjunction with the Plein Air Contest. Prizes for Photography Day will be based on participation. 

During the Paint-Out day, artists are invited to create their Plein Air paintings based on views from anywhere on the grounds of the Eden 1900 Art Gallery or Sunnyfield Farm during hours listed on the Paint Out Day web page. Artists may offer their works of this day in a wet paint sale to the public. Works created and sold on this one day may be sold directly off the easel by the artist without Gallery commission up until they enter the gallery. Also, as a participants in the Paint-Out Day, artists will receive a 25% rebate on all of their entry fees for the 2022 Fall in Love with Ogden Valley Plein Air Painting Contest.

Paint-Out is open to the public (see hours by location listed on the Paint Out Day web page. The public is invited to watch the artists in action and purchase “wet-paint” works directly from the artists while they are working.

Photography Day information

As mentioned above, in addition to the special Paint Out day, Eden 1900 is including photographers this year. The special 24-hour period to take photographs for this contest begins at 4 PM on Friday, September 30 and goes until 4 PM on Saturday, October 1. Entry fee and photograph submittal are all accomplished online. See details, rules, and additional information at Eden1900.com/PhotoDay.

Completion Date

Completed paintings for the Fall in Love with Ogden Valley Plein Air Painting Contest should be turned in to the gallery by Saturday, October 1, during regular hours.

Display and Sales Period

Space permitting, entered works will remain on display in the Eden 1900 Art Gallery until December 3, 2022, or until sold. Top three paintings to be announced and an Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Artists may set minimum prices for their works. The Eden 1900 Art Gallery will earn its standard 30 percent consignment fee for entered paintings.

Event – Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony, October 15, 2022

Competing artists and their guests as well as gallery supporters are invited to attend an Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Eden 1900 Art Gallery on Saturday evening, October 15, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. Details with respect to maximum attendance due to social distancing will be announced in September.

Additional Information

Please contact the Eden 1900 Art Gallery for additional information or to schedule a special stamp-in appointment via email: Gallery@Eden1900.com; or text: 801-745-2839.

“Call for Artists” poster:


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