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Plein Air competition results in awards

September 13, 2018

Doug Fryer, Spring City; and Jane Anne Woodhead, American Fork; were chosen by Judge Jon Poon as first place winners in the 12th Annual Spring City Arts Plein Air Competition.

SPRING CITY — Almost 100 artists from Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California competed “en plein air,” for four days in and around Spring City during the annual Spring City Arts Plein Air Competition and Studio Tour from Aug. 28-31. The winners have been chosen and awards presented.

Two artists were chosen by Judge John Poon, Salt Lake City, as this year’s first place winners. Doug Fryer, Spring City; and Jane Anne Woodhead, American Fork; each received $1,500 and had their paintings purchased by Zions Bank.

Doug said “I’m honored to receive a first place award and Zions Bank purchase award in the 2018 Spring City Arts Plein Air Competition!”

Second place winners, Ken Spencer, Blackfoot, ID; and Susan Gallacher, Spring City; each received $1,000. Third place winner, Susette Gertsch, Midway; received $500. Other award winners received $100 each.

The Lt. Governor’s Award was given to George Handrahan, Layton; and the Mayor’s award went to Tom Howard, Salt Lake City. The People’s Choice award went to Kimball Geisler, Idaho.

Merit Awards included George Handrahan, Layton; Steve Stauffer, Murray; Don Miskin, Logan; Cassandria Parsons, Spring City; and Joseph Alleman, Logan.

Honorable Mention went to George Handrahan, Jeanne LaRae Lagano, Steve Stauffer, Steve McGinty, Joe Alleman, Cassandria Parsons, Don Miskin, Kimbal Geisler and Natalie Shupe.

The event included a lively public auction and gallery sales on Sept. 1. This was Spring City Art’s 12th annual competition and it attracted more artists than any previous year. Visitors were also able to tour the studios of local artists where their work could be enjoyed in process.

Organizer Chris Anderson said, “We are continually amazed by the wealth of artistic talent in Sanpete County and the Western United States, and are thankful that so many are willing to participate in this event and share their artistic vision.”

“We are grateful to the residents of our communities who are willing to put up with crowds over the Labor Day weekend, to give others the chance to view the beauties of this area and capture bits of it on canvas.”

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