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Featuring displays of Early Settlers, Fremont and Ute Indian artifacts, blacksmith display, barbershop, country store, 1890's/1900's ladies fashions, one room schoolroom, Gilsonite exhibit, old rifles, saddles, tack and leather, and much more. Picture galleries of "Uintah County Sheriffs" - 1880's to present and "Women of Courage" during the early 1880's/1900's.

Outdoor museum of Horse-Drawn equipment.

Free admission – donations accepted

For more information visit us at WesternHeritageMuseum

Located at:
328 East 200 South
Vernal, UT 84078

Hours:
(Summer) Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Mon-Fri 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Sat 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

(Winter) Labor Day thru Memorial Day
Mon - Fri 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Sat 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Human Rights Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Pioneer Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Phone Numbers:
(435) 789-7399
(Fax) (435) 789-9798

Staff:
Evan Baker ebaker@co.uintah.ut.us
Christine Y. Smith cysmith@co.uintah.ut.us

January -- 4th ANNUAL UTAH ARTS COUNCIL TRAVELING EXHIBIT
EXHIBIT TITLE:  "The Art of Rock Art"
ON DISPLAY:  Tuesday, December  21st thru Saturday, January 29th.
Blessed with natural wonders and inspirational landscapes, Utah attracts millions of visitors each year to its dozen National Parks and Monuments.  Less well-know, but of equal world-class significance, is Utah's prehistoric rock art.  This exhibition, Ancient Painters of the Colorado Plateau, is a sample of Utah's longest running style -- the Barrier Canyon style.  Utah's first artists, Western Archaic hunters and gatherers (ca. 750 BCE-CE 400), created many of the most striking rock art panels.  And while we do not know their name for themselves, we call their painting style the Barrier Canyon style.  Utah's collection of rock art styles rank among the best in the United States -- in numbers, in time-depth, and in aesthetic quality.

February -- 2010 UTAH WATERCOLOR SOCIETY JURIED EXHIBIT
ON DISPLAY:  Tuesday, February 1st through Friday, February 26th.
Each year the Utah Watercolor Society sponsors a competition juried by nationally recognized watercolorists.  From that show a selection of works are curated into an annual Uintah Arts Council Traveling Exhibit.  We are proud to host this wonderful exhibit of some of Utah's best, current watercolors!
The Utah Watercolor Society was founded in 1974 to "elevate watercolor and educate the public of the importance of watercolor as a creative, permanent art medium."  The society encourages its members to develop artistically and creatively and to share ideas and techniques with one another while providing opportunities for exposure of their art in exhibitions.  In order to expand its horizons, the society has joined with the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, an organization with societies in ten western states sharing the same goals and mission.

March -- 20th ANNUAL UINTA BASIN LOCAL ARTISTS EXHIBIT
THEME:  Open -- No Theme.
ON DISPLAY:  Tuesday, March 1st through Friday, April 2nd.
Open to Uinta Basin area artists -- novice to professional.  All Fine Art mediums welcome.  This is not a juried show and no entry fee is charged.  This event has traditionally been a venue to showcase local area artists and provide an opportunity for the community to appreciate the fine art talents of the many Basin area artists -- amateur and professional alike.
SUBMIT ENTRIES:  Monday, February 28th.
RECEPTION:  For artists, their families and friends will be held on Thursday, March 3rd -- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

April -- 5th ANNUAL UINTAH HIGH SCHOOL QUILT SHOW
ON DISPLAY: Tuesday, April 5th through Saturday, April 30th.
Rene Steele's quilting/sewing class students will have a variety of quilts and sewing projects on display.
OPENING RECEPTION: for the students, their families and friends will be held on Thursday, Thursday, April 7th -- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

May -- 19th ANNUAL UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT ART DEPARTMENTS
SPRING ART SHOW
ON DISPLAY: Wednesday, May 4th through Wednesday, May 21st.
Uintah School District art students will display a variety of arts -- oils, watercolors, sketching, and more.
OPENING RECEPTION: For students, their families, and friends will be held on Wednesday, May 4th -- 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

June – 22nd Annual Uintah Arts Council – Juried Art Show
Theme: "Fences, Paths and Waterways"Juried show sponsored by Uintah Arts Council’s Outlaw Trail Festival of the Arts.
Open to all artists West of the Mississippi. Oil, water colors, pen/pencil/charcoal drawings/sketches, wood carving, stone carving or metal casting. Entry fee $10 per entry (limit 3 entries) Cash prizes.
Submit entries: Thursday, May 26th & Friday, May 27th
Awards reception for artists, families and friends will be held on Thursday, June 9th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
On display: Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, July 1st
Pickup on Saturday, July 2rd (10 a.m. to 4 p.m,) or Tuesday, July 5th
~~ Museum will be closed Monday May 30th and Monday July 4th for the holiday ~~

July" Ladies and Their Art" Exhibit
A fine art and photography exhibit featuring the ladies of Utah and Uinta Basin (encompasses northwestern Colorado).
This exhibit is a corresponding event with the "Gents and Their Art" exhibit that was held in July 2009.
Submit entries: Friday July 1st, Saturday July 2nd and Tuesday July 5th.
Artists/photographers can submit up to 5 entries.
Reception for artists, families and friends to be held on Friday, July 8th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
On display: Wednesday, July 6th through Saturday, July 30th

August19th Annual Quilt Show
Features quilts created by the members of "Quilters On The Edge". This is one of our most popular exhibits and generally draws a huge crowd. A MUST SEE! Vote for your favorite.
On display: Tuesday, August 2nd through Saturday, August 27th
September10th Annual Uinta Basin Art League Exhibit
Theme: "To Be Announced"
The members of Uinta Basin Art League will exhibit fine art in various mediums – oils, acrylics, watercolors, woodworking art. This is one of our most popular fine art exhibits.
Reception for artists, families and friends to be held on Thursday September 8th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Light refreshments will be served. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
On display: Wednesday, September 7th through Friday, October 1st

September10th Annual Uinta Basin Art League Exhibit
Theme: "Catch All –Versatile & Entertaining"
The members of Uinta Basin Art League will exhibit fine art in various mediums – oils, acrylics, watercolors, woodworking art.
A.D. Shaw, guest artist, will also have work on display.
This is one of our most popular fine art exhibits.
A reception is not scheduled.
On display: Wednesday, September 7th through Saturday, October 1st

October16th Annual Uintah Arts Council – Juried Photo Shootout
Theme: "Fences, Paths and Waterways"
Juried show sponsored by Uintah Arts Council. Open to all photographers West of the Mississippi. Entry fee – Novice $10 per photo; Amateur $15 per photo; Advanced Amateur $15 per photo; Professional $15 per photo; Child (under 12) $5 per photo — (limit 3 photos)
Cash prizes.
Submit entries: Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th
Awards Reception for photographers, families and friends to be held on Thursday October 6th
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
On display: Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 28th
Pickup on Saturday October 29th (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)

November"Gilsonite – The Early Years"
On display: Monday, November 8th through Tuesday, November 30th
A photo exhibit featuring the History of Gilsonite -- the miners, the mines, the towns, and the Uintah Railway. Gilsonite, a naturally occurring pure asphalt, was discovered in the 1860's and is only found in the Uinta Basin (Eastern Utah and Western Colorado). By the mid 1880's, Samuel H. Gilson promoted it as a waterproof coating, insulation for wire cable, and as a unique varnish. Even Ford Model T''s were painted with it. Today, Gilsonite is used in more than 160 products.

Uintah County Western Heritage Museum, in conjunction with Uintah County Regional History Center, offers a glimpse into the Gilsonite history of Northeastern Utah with in-house photographs, as well as photos from Ziegler Chemical, American Gilsonite, and museum patrons.

December Christmas Villages
A varied assortment of holiday Christmas villages.
Christmas villages graciously loaned by patrons of the Museum for display.
If you would like to display yours, please call the Museum for details. 789-7399.
Bring your Christmas Villages on November 28th, 29th, and 30th (Monday thru Wednesday)
On display: Monday, December 5th through Friday, December 17th
Pickup up exhibit pieces Saturday December 18th (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
or Monday December 20th


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