Mid­west Tra­di­tion

The 12th an­nual Door County Plein Air Fes­ti­val fea­tures 39 artists paint­ing the Wis­con­sin land­scape.

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For the past 11 years, the Penin­sula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wis­con­sin, has brought to­gether dozens of artists to par­tic­i­pate in an event that hon­ors the tra­di­tion of paint­ing out­doors. Con­sid­ered one of the Mid­west’s pre­miere paint­ing events, the Door County Plein Air Fes­ti­val gives artists one week to paint the shores and lands of Door County be­fore pre­sent­ing their work. The 12th an­nual edi­tion, fea­tur­ing 39 artists, will take place July 22 to 28, with a num­ber of free and tick­eted events to en­tice col­lec­tors and art en­thu­si­asts from all over. The ex­hi­bi­tion and sale will then hap­pen July 28 to Au­gust 11.

“One of the things that makes the Door County Plein Air Fes­ti­val so spe­cial is how many op­por­tu­ni­ties col­lec­tors and ap­pre­ci­a­tors have to con­nect with the artists while they are vis­it­ing the com­mu­nity,” says Cather­ine Hoke, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Penin­sula School of Art. “In turn, the com­mu­nity truly em­braces the artists for the week; it’s a tes­ta­ment to our Mid­west­ern hos­pi­tal­ity.”

High­lights of the fes­ti­val in­clude a tick­eted Wel­come Din­ner; the Sun­set & Noc­turne Paint Out on July 25 at 6 p.m.; and a lec­ture with fes­ti­val judge CW Mundy on July 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. The Gala Auc­tion on Fri­day, July 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. is an­other must-at­tend hap­pen­ing where paint­ings are sold by silent auc­tion to at­ten­dees. Tick­ets for the gala are $80. On Satur­day, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., fea­tured artists will par­tic­i­pate in the Quick Paint & Live Auc­tion, while ad­di­tional reg­is­tered artists of all lev­els will dis­play their tal­ents in the Dock­side Quick Paint, from 9 to 11 a.m. To close the week­end of paint­ing is the Open Door Cel­e­bra­tion on July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Among the artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2018 event are Mitch Baird, Jill Basham, M. Shawn Cor­nell, Andy Evansen, De­bra Joy Groesser, Stephanie Hartshorn, Kathleen B. Hud­son, Eric Ja­cob­sen, Shelby Keefe, John Lasater, Kathie Odom, Ja­son Sacran, Carol Strock Was­son and more.


Ja­son Sacran paint­ing at sun­rise. Photo by Char­lie Hoke.


Andy Evansen paint­ing the Lake Michi­gan shore­line. Photo by Char­lie Hoke.


Andy Evansen’s wa­ter­color paint­ing The Char­ter re­ceived Best in Show at the 2017 event.

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