Kimbal Warren with his painting

The amazing canyons and arches around Moab, Utah, were the background for a recent plein air event that produced some strong work.

“Again,” by Larry Rudolech. First Place, Oil/Acrylic

Plein Air Moab, which ran from October 4 through 12, sent painters out into the canyonlands to capture the quintessential vistas of the West, the kind of landscape that moviemakers like John Ford imprinted on generations of Americans. The resulting artwork was, unsurprisingly, jaw-dropping.

“Red Rock Landscape,” by Carl Bork. Second Place, Oil/Acrylic

Kimbal Warren won Best of Show for his piece “Monitor — Moab,” which jurors called “a very bold painting with expressive pigmentation and color temperature.” Larry Rudolech won First Place in the Oil/Acrylic category for his “Again.” Carl Bork’s “Red Rock Landscape” came in Second Place. “Pancho and Lefty,” by John Lintott, came in Third for his “cerebral, controlled, graphic approach to realism in the landscape,” according to the judges.

“Pancho and Lefty,” by John Lintott. Third Place, Oil/Acrylic

“The Drop Off,” by Jonathan Frank. First Place, Wet Media

In the Wet Media categrory, Jonathan Frank pulled in the First Place award for “The Drop Off,” while Mike Padian took Second with “Slowly, Towards a Spheric.”

“Bull Canyon,” by Nori Thorne, First Place, Dry Media

In Dry Media, Nori Thorne won First Place for “Bull Canyon,” and Nancy Hutcheson took Second with “Outcropping AM.”

Richard Russell’s Quick Draw winner from the Castle Creek Winery location

Cliff Austin won the Quick Draw competition on Main Street, while Richard Russell won the Quick Draw at the Castle Creek Winery location.

Cliff Austin’s Quick Draw winner from the Main Street location

Vern G. Swanson and Peggy Immel served as competition judges. For more information, visit the competition’s website.


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