Plein Air kicks off with Paint-Out
— 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.
Russell Jewell, fourth from left, is named the winner of the Tilghman Island Paint-Out for his painting, “Tilghman Toil.”