Art not only can enhance one’s life; the process of creating it has also been known to change one’s life as well.
That’s what happened to Stephen Griffin when he discovered at an early age that his artistic aptitude helped to transform a learning disability he struggled with into a rewarding life-long passion.
This spring, as part of the Avalon Foundation’s celebration of Plein Air-Easton’s (PAE) tenth anniversary, the award-winning artist will share his passion for creating art with advanced art students in Talbot County high schools during a week-long residency.
In its 11th year, Plein Air Easton is the largest and most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the United States. The festival is the work of the non-profit Avalon Foundation. The object of Plein Air Easton is to expose the area’s vibrant arts community to a larger market. The Avalon Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the people living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
~~Easton Galleries are known for their hospitality ALL year long, hosting monthly shows and receptions during the First Friday Gallery Walk. Now, to celebrate Plein Air Easton in it’s 10th year, they are offering a wide variety of activities and extending their hours. Supporters of the festival from it’s early inception with money, mailing lists and hard work, the galleries applaud that the festival has also become an important part of the town’s identity as an arts destination.
On a early warm morning in Easton, artists, teachers and volunteers are busy setting up for the Plein Air Easton Next Generation event. What seems like a quiet start, soon the street becomes alive with the arrival of young artists and families.
A few months ago, one of our members stopped by the office at Evergreen to register for a yoga class. Through the course of the conversation, she asked if a group of plein air painters would be able to spend a day painting on the grounds. Of course, we would welcome the artists anytime, so we scheduled a date. Later in the month, I noticed there were additional cars in the parking lot. Since there was no class scheduled in the building at that time, I took a walk around the buildings.