Announcement of the Theme for 2017

The theme for the Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts’ contests in 2017 is “Once In a Lifetime”!

A strong shift is occurring this year as some major changes have been made in the rules… and everyone is automatically entered in the “theme”!

We want to see the best you’ve ever had… that “Once In a Lifetime” piece that will never be duplicated!

First of all, there is no time limit for your entries. In the past, it has been a requirement that your art (or photo) must have been created within the last two years. Not this time… you may have a drawing or a photograph that was created 10, 25, or 40 years ago, if it is your “Once In a Lifetime” piece, you may enter it, as long as you created it and as long as it has never been entered in one of our previous shows. That would be Uintah Arts Council, Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts, or any contest at the Western Heritage, or now the Uintah County Heritage Museum. If it was shown but no prizes were awarded for that show… it may be entered in our show this year.

The second big change is that each artist may now only enter two (2) pieces of artwork. So pick you two very best items.

The last big change is that we have had to revamp the prize matrix. In well over twenty years of paying out more prize money than we have taken in, we have had to trim back the cash prizes somewhat.

Our greatest hope is that all of you artists and photographers will continue to enter these shows/contests for the recognition, exposure, and just the sheer pleasure of showing off your wonderful creations.

Most of the rest of the rules are staying nearly the same, but you should double-check all of them as you prepare your entries.

Click on the tabs at the top of the web page at OutlawTrailFestival.com, to get to the information you need, whether its for the Photo Shootout or whether it’s for the Art Show. I think you’ll find everything you need.

Outlaw Trail Theater Announcement 2017!

The Uintah Arts Council’s Outlaw Trail Theater is proud and excited to announce their 2017 summer shows! Yes, we said shows (plural)!

First of all, we are keeping with tradition by producing a musical… the incomparable Singin’ In the Rain! This show will be directed and choreographed by Taunia Wheeler with music director Brian Litton. The show will run June 19th thru July 1st. Auditions will be held in early-mid April and rehearsals will start May 1st.

Along with the musical, we will also be producing a fun-filled melodrama… Showtime On the Showboat or… Don’t Throw Garbage In the River! The melodrama will be directed by Jake Harrison! “Showtime” will run a few performances during the Uintah County Fair and again on Wednesday nights, June 21st and 28th, during the musical. Auditions for the melodrama will be held at the end of April and rehearsals, again, will begin in the first week of May.

Anyone interested in auditioning should click here, audition/OutlawTrailTheater.com.

Ticket information, etc., will be available here, at OutlawTrailTheater.com.

Follow us here on Facebook, also, to keep up on what’s going on… or we’ll try to keep feeding our Twitter site here.

Four Important Points

Hello Artists,

A few things, first, check your promotions folder or junk mail  if you didn’t receive the meeting invitation already sent.

Second, The Library in the large conference room has wonderful artwork and photography featuring  Lori Burchinal, Jay Stocks, Deena Millecam, Susan Dart, and two other artists work.  They are hosting an Open House on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 PM.  Hope to see you all there!

Third, a reminder that we will be presenting our Uintah Mountain Artist group, our intentions and goals to the Chamber of Commerce at their luncheon on Tuesday, November 15 at noon at the Golden Corral.  If you want to show 1 or 2 pieces of work be there by 11:30, and bring your own easel.  You can buy lunch if you’d like but it’s not necessary.

Fourth, our next meeting is Wednesday, November 16.  I know…busy busy busy!  Creative people tend to be busy people…true?

And think on this….we need someone to oversee the “Trees for Charity Event” Artwork will be displayed in the back foyer, and the UBOC Christmas concert also wants artwork displayed that Saturday, Dec. 3rd and someone needs to oversee that Event,  Be prepared to volunteer!  We’ll talk about these needs on Wednesday

Till we meet again…
Nila Jane
Event Coordinator

Uintah Mountain Artists Invitation

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Uintah Mountain Artists

Presentation by Marjorie Reynolds
‘The Art of Composing Your Composition’

Please bring your sketchbook and your favorite sketching tools!

Help us make the Uintah Basin an Art destination
Any type of visual artist is welcome…quilting, crafts, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, woodworking, pottery, origami…

Remember to bring your “Resurrect” challenge!
Wednesday, Nov. 16
7:00 PM
Split Mountain Conference room in the Uintah County Building
152 E 100 N, Vernal, UT

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Featured ‘High Contrast’ artwork:
Rebecca Ipson
Marjorie Reynolds
Lori Burchinal
Kenna Rieske
Josephine Moellmer

My mailing address is:
Nila Jane Autry
2381 West 550 North
Vernal, UT  84078

Photo Show on Display Through Nov. 4th

The Outlaw Trail Festival’s 20th Annual Photo Shootout is on display at the Uintah County Heritage Museum until November 4th… during regular business hours every day. Come see the

boy on playground equipment

Jungle Joe – Eliza Stocks

work of our photographers! It’s free! You may even cast a vote for your favorite photo! (Please, only one vote per visitor… must be present to vote)


The Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts is a part of the Uintah Arts Council.

Photo Shootout Winners Announced!

Thursday evening, October 13th, the winners were presented their wards at the 20th Annual Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts. Twenty-six different photographers ranging from amateurs to professional entered seventy-six photos in this excellent contest.

The show will be on display through Friday, November 4th, at the Uintah County Heritage Museum during regular business hours. Admission is free!

Best of Show – Louis Kamler – “Another Tequila Sunrise” – #26

Best of Show - Another Tequila Sunrise

Best of Show – Another Tequila Sunrise

[Numbers refer to display placement at the museum in the show]

Theme Division

Amateur 1st Place – Aubrey Janowicz – “Saddle Maker” – #64

Amateur 2nd Place – Sienna Ratieta – “Boots & Bling” – #49

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Orion’s Belt Buckle Bling” – #24

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – R. Gary Dow – “7th U.S. Cavalry” – #36

Professional 1st Place – Natalie Heller – “Charro Spurs” – #12

Professional 2nd Place – Gay VanderLinden – “Mud Buckles” – #5

Landscape – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Stewart Redmond – “Dry Fork Dreams” – #68

Amateur 2nd Place – Sienna Ratieta – “Whale Head Rock” – #53

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Caldera Morning” – #28

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Jay Stocks – “The Oxbow” – #23

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Blue Canyon” – #7

Pro 2nd Place – Cindy Skimming – “Beautiful Trees” – #16

People – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Eliza Stocks – “Jungle Joe” – #57

Amateur 2nd Place – Kellie Shepherd – “O Pescador” – #47

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Jay Stocks – “Stephanie” – #25

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – Chad Hamblin – “The Lookout” – #21

Pro 1st Place – Kimberly Christensen – “Tired” – #9

Pro 2nd Place – Gay VanderLinden – “Grandma Watches” – #2

Honorable Mention – Natalie Heller – “Waiting for the Call” – #1

Flora/Fauna – Open Division

Amateur 1st Place – Layne Wardell – “Aspen Leaves” – #70

Amateur 2nd Place – Ryan Kelly – “Worthy Opponent” – #52

Advanced Amateur 1st Place – Louis Kamler – “Blood Brothers” – #42

Advanced Amateur 2nd Place – R. Gary Dow – “Rain Lilly” – #44

Pro 1st Place – Rod Martinez – “Simple Tulip” – #18

Pro 2nd Place – Tamra Ratieta – “Great Horned Owlets” – #6

Honorable Mention – Cindy Skimming – “Elk in Fog” – #14

2016 Winners

2016 Winners


Our Juror,

Pretty blond girl

Amber Rust is the owner of Two Color Photography in Brigham City.  Although she has been in business for 15 years, her interest in photography started over 16 years ago at the birth of her first daughter. 

Amber grew up in the printing industry working at her father’s printing business from the time she was tall enough to see over the collating table. After graduating from Uintah High School she went to Utah State University where she worked at Utah State University’s Conferencing Division as a graphic designer for 4 years.  She then took on the role of graphic designer for Cache Valley Parents magazine which was later renamed Top Of Utah Families.  Through her work at Top of Utah Families, Amber began using her own pictures in the magazine when it was hard to find stock photos that fit into the tight budget of a small magazine. 

Amber shot her first two weddings 13 years ago using a film camera.  She bought her first Digital SLR after her second wedding and hasn’t looked back since.  Her business has now evolved from photographing two weddings a year to retiring her wedding photography line and choosing to specialize in newborn and family photography.  She has a custom designed newborn studio in her home.  Newborn sessions are her most frequently photographed sessions with babies and children taking a close second! In 2016 Two Color Photography added 5 associate photographers to help reach all the clients needing sessions. 

Amber now teaches a number of workshops from Newborn Photography Workshops, Pricing and Marketing Workshops, and General Photography classes/workshops.  She also mentors photographers one-on-one. 

Amber served as President of Brigham City’s Women in Business Organization in 2014 and was named Business Woman of the Year in Brigham City in 2014.  Amber also donates her talents to photograph angels for the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Organization.  She also presented at the this year’s Women’s Forum

 Amber is married to Thomas Rust and they are the proud parents of 5 children. 

Photo Show Is Ready to View!

Our 20th Annual Juried Photo Shootout is ready to show! The photos were all hung over the weekend… and judged. There are lots of very, very fine photos.

If you’re interested in the awards… there will be a reception (free) for the photographers, their families and friends and the public on Thursday, October 13th from 6:30 p.m. until about 7:30 p.m. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m., and the results will be posted on this website and on our Facebook pages after Thursday.

You may even cast a ballot for your very favorite photo while you are visiting the museum. (Only one vote per person, please, and every voter must be present in the museum to cast their vote… no proxies)

Please visit the Uintah County Heritage Museum, in Vernal, and take a look for yourself. It’s free! The address is 155 E Main street and the hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Sunday). The show will be on display through Friday, November 4th.

This year’s theme is “Boots, Buckles & Bling”

Our 2016 Photo Shootout Juror

Pretty blond girl

Amber Rust is the owner of Two Color Photography in Brigham City.  Although she has been in business for 15 years, her interest in photography started over 16 years ago at the birth of her first daughter. 

Amber grew up in the printing industry working at her father’s printing business from the time she was tall enough to see over the collating table. After graduating from Uintah High School she went to Utah State University where she worked at Utah State University’s Conferencing Division as a graphic designer for 4 years.  She then took on the role of graphic designer for Cache Valley Parents magazine which was later renamed Top Of Utah Families.  Through her work at Top of Utah Families, Amber began using her own pictures in the magazine when it was hard to find stock photos that fit into the tight budget of a small magazine. 

Amber shot her first two weddings 13 years ago using a film camera.  She bought her first Digital SLR after her second wedding and hasn’t looked back since.  Her business has now evolved from photographing two weddings a year to retiring her wedding photography line and choosing to specialize in newborn and family photography.  She has a custom designed newborn studio in her home.  Newborn sessions are her most frequently photographed sessions with babies and children taking a close second! In 2016 Two Color Photography added 5 associate photographers to help reach all the clients needing sessions.

Amber now teaches a number of workshops from Newborn Photography Workshops, Pricing and Marketing Workshops, and General Photography classes/workshops.  She also mentors photographers one-on-one. 

Amber served as President of Brigham City’s Women in Business Organization in 2014 and was named Business Woman of the Year in Brigham City in 2014.  Amber also donates her talents to photograph angels for the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Organization.  She also presented at the this year’s Women’s Forum 

Amber is married to Thomas Rust and they are the proud parents of 5 children. 

The Uintah Arts Council’s Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts is proud to welcome Amber as the juror for our 20th anniversary contest!

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