In the Open Air – Wasatch Plein Air Paradise

Process of plein air painting, group class of adult talented students in the park with paints easels, and canvases during lesson of watercolour painting outdoors

By Brandi Christoffersen

Heber Valley is proud to be the home of Wasatch Plein Air Paradise. Celebrating its 15th year, the fine art painting competition and sale is the largest in Utah. Painters of all levels enter multiple painting competitions vying for $20,000 in cash and awards. Wasatch Plein Air Paradise is hosted by the Midway Art Association, a group of local artists, collectors and art enthusiasts formed to encourage and support our growing art community through education and sales.

Beginning June 23rd and running through July 4th, over 100 artists from Utah and surrounding areas gather in Midway to paint “en plein air”—in the open air. The event is free and open to the public and features a main competition, local paint outs and a 90-minute quick draw and auction, which is a favorite of attendees as they watch talented artists complete a masterwork in minutes.

It’s no wonder the festival attracts viewers from all over the region and continually grows in popularity each year.