Summerfest call for entries

Jun 9, 2013

Summerfest is gearing up for its 30th Anniversary Arts Faire held June 13 to 15, on the Tabernacle Grounds, 50 N. Main St., in Logan. The 2013 juried festival is a free event that features more than 140 fine artists, fine craft artists, live music, food, children’s activities and a variety of annual contests.

Local and nationally known artists from across the country come to exhibit their art at Summerfest as well as participate in their Plein Air Paint Out and Plein Air Photography Contests in beautiful Northern Utah. Cash prizes will be awarded in all three categories, visit for details.

An artist touches up a painting at the Summerfest Arts Faire in Logan.
Credit Summerfest Arts Faire

“We have so many talented artists living and working in Utah, the Summerfest contests are the perfect opportunity to share in the excitement, inspire new work, and celebrate the creative process,” said Amanda Castillo, contest coordinator for Summerfest. “All the entries will be on display throughout the festival and many will be for sale in the Plein Air Silent Auction. This is a great opportunity for collectors to buy local and highly sough after work and enjoy a wonderful Cache Valley tradition.”

Summerfest kicks off the week with their Plein Air Paint Out registration and canvas stamping on Monday, June 10 from 8 am to 11 am in the Champ Hall at St John’s Episcopal Church (85 E 100 N). Summerfest invites all artists to participate in the 6th Annual Plein Air by creating original art around Cache Valley June 10-12. Entrance fee for the Paint Out is $40, nonrefundable. Artists will need to return their framed and wired paintings to the festival grounds silent auction tent from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, June 12. This is a great opportunity for artists to paint the Cache Valley area, sell their paintings to the public during Summerfest, and compete for cash awards. "Plein Air" means "in the open air" and artists are encouraged to do just that, get out of the studio and make some paintings in the beautiful landscapes of Cache Valley. Each artist can enter up to two paintings, but can get more canvases stamped, so if they sell a painting at the Silent Auction they can replace it with another stamped painting. To register in advance, download the pdf form online and send it with your $40 nonrefundable payment to the Summerfest offices, or register in person on Monday, June 10 during the canvas stamping between 8 am and 11 am.

Photographers can join the Annual Summerfest Photography Contest by taking photos between June 10 and June 12 in Cache Valley. Framed and wired entries can be submitted from 10 am to noon on June 12. All of the entered photos will be juried and displayed through June 15 and can be available for sale at the silent auction tent. This event provides great exposure for photographers and a good opportunity to have work shown, and sold at a major art festival. Photographers can enter two photos if they are from different categories. Categories include: landscape, still life, portrait, action, wildlife, and abstract/digital art. To register in advance, download the pdf form online and send it with your $25 nonrefundable payment to the Summerfest offices, or register when you submit your framed photos on June 12 from 10 AM to 12 noon. Photographs must be taken between 12:01 AM June 10 and 10:00 AM June 12. EXIF data is required.

Be on the lookout for contest participants throughout the valley as they paint behind their easels on-site and photograph images to be framed and submitted for judging. All the works will be on display and up for silent auction. Many nationally recognized artists live in Cache Valley and many of them will be participating in Summerfest Arts Faire or in the Plein Air competition.

Visit the silent auction tent June 13-15 to view or purchase art from the Plein Air Painting and Plein Air Photography contests. The Silent Auction begins at the private reception and continues through Saturday June 15th when the auction closes at 7:00 pm. All sales are subject to a 25% gallery fee, and Utah Sales tax will be collected by Summerfest and submitted to the State of Utah. Unsold work must be picked up at the Silent Auction tent between 7:30 and 10:00 pm. Items left for more than 30 days after the event will become the property of Summerfest Arts Faire and may be sold to fund the Summerfest Art Scholarship Program

Summerfest hours are Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14 from 11 am to 10 pm, and Saturday June 15 from 10 am to 9 pm. In partnership with Summerfest, the Cache Valley Center for the Arts will be hosting the 2nd Friday CVCA Gallery Walk at the tabernacle grounds during Summerfest. Over a dozen artists will be featured in the Gallery Walk held Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm. For highlighted artist info visit

For contest registration, please visit the Summerfest office at 69 E 100 N in Logan, Utah or call 435-213-3858 or email Admission to Summerfest Arts Faire is free. This project is supported in part by the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, Utah Arts & Museums, National Endowment for the Arts, and generous support is provided by the Cache County RAPZ Fund.



Debbie Ditton, Executive Director


Summerfest Cell: 435-213-3858