For the first time, the Avalon Theatre will be transformed into an Information Center & Artists’ Gallery and will feature an exhibition of work from the 58 competition artists for the entire week, July 14-20!
Pictured: Representing the Tilghman Island Waterman’s Museum on behalf of Mary and Hal Kellogg are Doris and Bill Nielson, Plein Air Easton 2014 Competition Artist Ken DeWaard, Avalon Foundation Executive Director Al Bond, and owner of Harrison House, Buddy Harrison,Jr.
~~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.
~~A few years ago, Plein Air came to Talbot County. It seems very daunting to be surrounded by some of the best plein air artists in the country. For several years, I was terrified to pick up a brush, but after passing forty years old...I said 'what the heck' and decided to try just about everything. The first year, I took my children to participate in the children's quick draw. However, I did not officially participate. Faced with the prospect of silently observing for three hours, I decided it was best to pick up my brush as well.
~~Artist Paul Bachem is no stranger to winning awards. He did, afterall, take home top honors at the first Northport Plein Air event in New York a few years ago as well as honors in Wayne, Pa., Cranford, New Jersey and previously right here in Easton. However, by winning last year’s Quick Draw competition at Plein Air Easton, Bachem’s accomplishment was truly remarkable. The Quick Draw competition tasks artists with producing the highest quality of work in the shortest amount of time.
The Meet the Artists Opening Dinner and Paint Out follows in the romantic tradition of a bygone age when patrons hosted picnics on their estates, while artists painted and guests enjoyed an evening of entertaining company and fresh air. The event is the first opportunity to meet the 2014 Plein Air Easton juried artists en masse and get the inside scoop on who to watch throughout the week. This year the event will be held Saturday, July 12.