Plein Air kicks off with Paint-Out

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— The 13th an­nual Plein Air Easton paint­ing com­pe­ti­tion and festival is in full swing.

The win­ner of the Til­gh­man Is­land Paint-Out, spon­sored by Buddy Har­ri­son and Har­ri­son’s Restau­rant and Inn, was Rus­sell Jewell for his paint­ing, “Til­gh­man Toil.”

The artists also were treated to an Eastern Shore Crab Feast af­ter the paint­ing was done cour­tesy of Har­ri­son and the Til­gh­man Water­man’s Mu­seum.

As the re­gion gets ready for a full week of paint­ing “en plein air,” or “paint­ing out­doors from life,” there are tons of free artis­tic events dur­ing the run of the festival for artists, col­lec­tors and chil­dren.

“We heard from sev­eral festival go­ers that they wanted an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the festival so we cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one to do that,” said festival or­ga­nizer Al Bond of the Avalon Foun­da­tion, which runs the event. “There are loads of artists at var­i­ous lev­els who want to paint along­side the com­pe­ti­tion painters so we wanted to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who aren’t in Plein Air Easton to do that.

“There are still the 58 juried Plein Air painters in the com­pe­ti­tion, but Plein Air Easton is for ev­ery­body to be a part of in a mean­ing­ful way.”

Plein Air Easton is full of free con­tent and ed­u­ca­tional con­tent all week long.

The in­side of the Avalon Theatre will be a café and lunch spot, cour­tesy of RiseUp Cof­fee Roast­ers and Hills Café and Juice Bar, all week long.

The Avalon also will host free demon­stra­tions through­out the week.

At 10 a.m. Mon­day, July 17, Tony Zatz­ick from Win­sor & New­ton, which man­u­fac­tures a va­ri­ety of fine art prod­ucts, will give a demon­stra­tion in acrylics on the Avalon stage, with free sam­ples for the first 30 at­ten­dees.

Zatz­ick will host a free paint-out at 2 p.m.

On Tues­day, July 18, Win­sor & New­ton will of­fer a wa­ter­color demon­stra­tion at 10 a.m. and an oil demon­stra­tion at 2 p.m. Free sam­ples again will be of­fered to the first 30 at­ten­dees.

Also at 2 p.m. Tues­day, Anke Van Wa­gen­berg, se­nior cu­ra­tor at the Acad­emy Art Mu­seum, will give a free slideshow pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­tory of plein air paint­ing.

All this ac­tion will build up to the festival’s big­gest days, with the an­nounce­ment of the grand prize win­ner Fri­day night, July 21, at the Quick Draw Com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day, July 22.

More in­for­ma­tion about the festival and all its ac­tiv­i­ties is avail­able on­line at www.pleinaireas­ton.com, or stop by the in­for­ma­tion cen­ter for Plein Air Easton in the Avalon Theatre lobby.

TED MUELLER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Rus­sell Jewell, fourth from left, is named the win­ner of the Til­gh­man Is­land Paint-Out for his paint­ing, “Til­gh­man Toil.”

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