Thirty-seven artists se­lected for Plein Air Fes­ti­val

Parrs­boro Creative thrilled with re­sponse to first-time event

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF Artist Wil­liam Rogers is the hon­orary chair­man of the in­au­gu­ral Parrs­boro In­ter­na­tional Plein Air Fes­ti­val, which will take place on the week­end of June 16 to 18. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ox­ford Li­brary. Call 902-447-2440 for more in­for­mat

Michael Fuller knew they had a good idea with the Parrs­boro In­ter­na­tional Plein Air Fes­ti­val, but even he seems sur­prised with the over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the artist com­mu­nity.

Thirty-seven artists have been se­lected by a jury to take part in the in­au­gu­ral event, which will take place June 16 to 18, out of al­most 70 who ap­plied.

“I think the re­sponse is amaz­ing,” said Fuller, chair­man of Parrs­boro Creative, an ini­tia­tive to de­velop Parrs­boro as an artist-friendly com­mu­nity. “I think, in a way, what’s hap­pen­ing with the Plein Air Fes­ti­val is that it will spread the name of Parrs­boro as an arts des­ti­na­tion to plein air artists, which is a large and de­vel­op­ing move­ment in vis­ual arts across North Amer­ica.”

That far-reach­ing base is ev­i­dent in where the fes­ti­val’s artists are coming from this year. Not only are the Mar­itimes well rep­re­sented, but tal­ented artists will also be coming from as far away as Ohio to On­tario, Que­bec, New York, Mas­sachusetts, Maine and other ar­eas.

Plein air is paint­ing out­side in na­ture from life in real-time. The fes­ti­val will see the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists spread through­out the lo­cal area at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions dur­ing the three-day pe­riod. The artists will be com­pet­ing for a $2,500 prize, thanks to sup­port from spon­sors like O’Re­gan’s, Masstown Mar­ket and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land.

The pub­lic will not only be able to see the artists at work on lo­ca­tion, but will also have a chance to buy their many works. A col­lec­tors gala will be held on Satur­day evening at ArtLab on Main Street. Ad­mis­sion to the event will be $100, but that $100 will go to­ward the pur­chase of a paint­ing.

While the fes­ti­val will help pro­mote Parrs­boro to artists, the gala is a way to help pro­mote it to art buy­ers, which is just as im­por­tant, ac­cord­ing to Fuller.

“It’s a two-way street,” he said. “You have to de­velop the artist com­mu­nity and you have to de­velop the con­sumer com­mu­nity, as well. This will go a long way to do­ing both.”

The fes­ti­val will be a high­light of what looks like an­other busy year for Parrs­boro Creative, which will once again of­fer its cul­tural cam­pus, with a mul­ti­tude of cour­ses and work­shops from high-cal­i­bre in­struc­tors such as pain­ter Tom Fore­stall and ukulele player James Hill.

7:30 p.m. at the Parrs­boro Hall fea­tur­ing La La Land. Free 50-minute ses­sions at the Springhill Miner’s Memorial Li­brary. Ses­sions on tablets and iPads, dig­i­tal cam­eras, cell­phones, lap­tops, eRead­ers and au­dio­books are by ap­point­ment only. Call 902-597-2211 to book an ap­point­ment.

7 p.m. Amherst Curl­ing Club’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

10 to 11:30 a.m. at Four Fa­thers Memorial Li­brary in part­ner­ship with Mag­gie’s Place. Sing songs, read a story and have a snack. For up to age five. 1 to 3 p.m. at Mag­gie’s Place, 11 Elm­wood Dr., Amherst. Drop-in to chat with Pub­lic Health and Mag­gie’s Place staff about your child’s health, have your baby weighed, breastfeeding sup­port and so on.

3 to 4 p.m. at the Springhill Miner’s Memorial Li­brary. For grades Pri­mary to 6. Show off your green thumb by grow­ing a Plant Pal. Call 902-597-2211 for more in­for­ma­tion. Chil­dren un­der age nine must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

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