Thirty-seven artists selected for Plein Air Festival
Parrsboro Creative thrilled with response to first-time event
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.