Artists capture life, landscapes in Cache Valley during plein air contest

When Jodi McGregor Peterson’s husband gave her an easel last year, she soon started scouting out painting locations around Cache Valley.

She was looking for a few particulars: The place had to be easy to access (she’d be lugging all of her materials there), and there needed to be some degree of solitude.

The Logan resident found Second Dam up Logan Canyon, where she returned Monday and Tuesday of this week to paint for several hours.

Peterson was one of 32 painters and nearly as many photographers who entered this year’s Plein Air Paint Out and Photography Contest, which is put on as part of the Summerfest Arts Faire.

With just about 48 hours to create their artwork, the artists are working under typically very different conditions than usual.

“Each brush stroke should be decisive,” Peterson said. “You can’t tickle the painting.”

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