Artists wanted for Plein Air Outdoor Arts festival at railroad

A painting by local artist Darl Clark shows locomotive engine 40 at NNRY. (Courtesy photo)

A painting by local artist Darl Clark shows locomotive engine 40 at NNRY. (Courtesy photo)

Artists, artisans and vendors are wanted for the fourth annual Plein Air Outdoor Arts Festival at the Nevada Northern Railway. There is no charge whatsoever for any artist, artisan, craftsperson or vendor to participate in this annual event. There is also no time obligation and participants can be here for as long (or short) as they are able.  One does not need to live in the area to participate — all are welcome.

The event will kick off with the Meet the Artists Steam Train on Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Artists participating can ride the train for free. There will be other train rides throughout the Labor Day weekend.

The Plein Air Outdoor Arts festival at the historic railroad offers a unique setting in which to create art, as well as sell arts and crafts, and even food items.  Century-old steam locomotives and vintage diesel locomotives, passenger cars and railroad equipment create excellent subjects to be captured on canvas, on film, on wood, material or most any other media. The panoramic mountain vista and meadows surrounding the rail yard create a picturesque backdrop.

This year’s event will feature local artists, such as Darl Clark, as well as Salt Lake City resident, Colleen Reynolds   and Cedar City resident. Local resident, Delaine Spilsbury will be making Native American crafts and jewelry; and her sister, Laura Rainey, will be cooking Indian Tacos from scratch. Esther Duncan of Orderville Vines will be at the railroad on Saturday, hand-dying silk scarves. Candymae Davisroses will be on hand with homemade crafts. A variety of other artists and artisans have already confirmed attendance.

“Come to watch! Come to Paint! Come to Create!” is the motto of the Plein Air Outdoor Arts Festival. The public is invited to come out and watch “live” art in action — art created right in front of one’s eyes. The Plein Air aspect of the festival is what makes it particularly unique; though artists, artisans and vendors are welcome to just come out and display and sell their wares. Anyone interested in participating in the festival should please contact Dany Feinstein at, along with a photo, if possible, or website.

For more information, visit the railroad’s website at or call 866-40-STEAM, 775-289-2085 or come to the Gift Shop at the East Ely Depot at 1100 Avenue A, Ely.

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  1. We are still accepting artists, artisans & vendors – no charge to participate. I invite everyone to come by the railroad Labor Day Weekend to watch live art created on-site. There will be arts and crafts throughout the property from near the Gift Shop all the way to the Freight Barn. Enjoy arts, crafts, food, train rides and fun all weekend long! Please come out and support the arts and this great event. Please LIKE us at to stay connected. Train schedule online at Happy Rails to You! – Dany

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