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Plein Air Easton 2019 Festival Highlights

July 11 - July 21

Celebrating its 15th year, Plein Air Easton sets the bar as the largest and most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the U.S. Hundreds of artists entered; only 58 were selected by this year’s juror, internationally known and highly respected arts professional, Daniel Weiss, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. See festival highlights listed below:

Tilghman

7th ANNUAL TILGHMAN ISLAND PRE-COMPETITION PAINT OUT, EXHIBITION & SALE

Sponsored by the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum

July 11 • 5 a.m.-6 p.m. Tilghman Island Paint Out. Exhibition and Sale, 6-8 p.m.

WYLDER HOTEL, 21551 Chesapeake House Drive

Plein Air Easton competition painters compete for a $1,000 Artists’ Choice Award. The artists can be seen throughout the day painting all over Tilghman Island. Completed paintings will be exhibited at Wylder Hotel beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner reservations required at 410-886-2121. The winning painting will be announced at 7 p.m.

Oxford

PAINT OXFORD EXHIBIT & SALE

Free and Open to the Public

Presented by the Oxford Community Center in partnership with the Oxford Business Association

July 14 • 3:30-6:30 p.m., Live Music All Afternoon, Exhibition & Sale • 5-6:30 p.m.

OXFORD COMMUNITY CENTER, 200 Oxford Road

Competition artists will begin painting at the crack of dawn to capture scenes of Oxford, and the day will conclude with live music, a free reception, exhibit, and sale at the Oxford Community Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A $1,000 Artists’ Choice prize will be awarded, as will a first-ever $250 WaterWays Award sponsored by Attraction magazine and the Oxford Museum.

Easton

AVALON GALLERY & INFORMATION CENTER

Free and Open to the Public

July 14 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

July 15-19 • 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 20 • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 21 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

AVALON THEATRE, 40 East Dover Street

The Avalon Information Center (in the Avalon lobby) is the place to go for comprehensive information about the festival and its associated events. Rise Up Coffee and Hill’s Café and Juice Bar will be set up in the theatre selling coffee drinks and luncheon fare. For a complete listing of demos, lectures and free classes in the Avalon, visit pleinaireaston.com.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION

Free and Open to the Public

July 15-18 • 10-11 a.m.

PAE has invited a dozen alumni to paint out in specific locations in Talbot County (find out where they are by checking in at the Avalon Information Center). The following day, they will take part in a panel discussion highlighting tips and tricks of plein air painting. The panel discussion features three alumni each day. This event will be live streamed.

NOCTURNE PAINT OUT

Free and Open to the Public

July 17 • 8:30-11 p.m.

PAE is taking it to the streets this evening for the third annual nocturne paint out under the stars. Bring your easels and paints and set up along Washington Street between Dover and Goldsborough Streets. for a relaxed and fun time painting among friends and the pros.

REHEARSE QUICK DRAW

Sponsored by Chesapeake Fine Art Studio

July 18-19 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

9-10 a.m. check in at the Avalon Lobby before setting out to paint

10 a.m.-Noon • registered artists paint

12:30 p.m. • structured critique, Avalon Gallery (1 p.m. on Friday)

AVALON GALLERY & INFORMATION CENTER, 40 East Dover Street

This is an event specifically for anyone who wants to practice their quick draw skills prior to Saturday’s all-ages Quick Draw. This event is limited to 40 participants; register ($30) at pleinaireaston.com.

TALK: ANDREA BAYER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COLLECTIONS AND ADMINISTRATION, METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART “Behind the Scenes at the Met”

This event is presented by Troika Gallery

July 18 • 7 p.m.

AVALON THEATRE, 40 East Dover Street

With approximately two million objects in its collection representing more than 5,000 years of artistic achievement from around the world, seven million visitors annually, and an operating budget of $320 million, The Met is one of the largest and most diverse art museums in the world. VIP tickets include a catered reception and Meet & Greet with Dr. Andrea Bayer at Troika Gallery after the lecture, at The Avalon Theatre. Purchase tickets at avalonfoundation.org.

DEMO: JOVE WANG

This event is presented by Studio B Gallery

July 19 • 9 a.m.-Noon

AVALON THEATRE, 40 East Dover Street

Watch a masterpiece being created live. Master Jove Wang is a highly sought after and world-renowned portrait artist, award winning plein air painter, professor and author. His paintings depict an accumulation of experience and artistic integration that create a powerful visual effect reflecting the soul of what he paints, whether it is a character, landscape or still life.  His spirit of freehand expression on the basis of realism makes his artistic achievements on the level of mastery sought by many. Purchase tickets at avalonfoundation.org.

COLLECTORS’ PREVIEW PARTY

July 19 • 7 p.m.

WATERFOWL ARMORY, 40 South Harrison Street, and ACADEMY ART MUSEUM, 106 South Street

The Collectors’ Preview Party offers the first opportunity to see the entire competition show. This evening bustles with excitement and sales are brisk as a painting is sold every 45 seconds over 90 minutes. Purchase tickets at avalonfoundation.org.

FREE STREET CONCERT

July 20, • 7-9 p.m.

HARRISON STREET, alongside the Tidewater Inn

Bring a lawn chair and/or your dancing feet while we stop traffic and listen to live music.

TALK: RAOUL MIDDLEMAN, Contemporary Artist

This event is presented by Troika Gallery

July 20 • 7 p.m.

AVALON THEATRE, 40 E Dover Street

Join Raoul as he discusses his prolific art career spanning over 50 years and producing over 15,000 paintings. Highlights from the not-yet released documentary film, “Middleman,” will also be featured. VIP tickets include a catered reception and Meet & Greet with artist Raoul Middleman at Troika Gallery after the lecture at the Avalon Theatre. Purchase tickets at avalonfoundation.org.

COMPETITION GALLERY

Free and Open to the Public

July 20 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 21 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

ACADEMY ART MUSEUM, 106 South Street

The Competition Gallery will be held in the front two galleries at the acclaimed Academy Art Museum. Competition paintings will stay on the walls all weekend regardless of sales and the winning paintings will be featured collectively in the south gallery of the museum.

THE LIBRARY EXHIBITION & SALE

Free and Open to the Public

July 20 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 21 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

WATERFOWL ARMORY, 40 South Harrison Street

The Waterfowl Armory will hold the Library Show, the Awards Ceremony and the Judge’s Talk. This is an exhibit of the plein air works created exclusively by the 58 competition artists, most of which will have been completed just this week and may still be wet. All paintings will be fully on view and each artist will have a space to highlight an example of their work on a gallery-lit panel.

PLEIN AIR EASTON’S QUICK DRAW COMPETITION

Free and Open to the Public

July 20 • 9 a.m.

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION TENT, South Harrison Street

Registration: $10 to paint

10 a.m.-Noon • registered artists’ paint

Noon-2 p.m. • Exhibition & Sale

1:30 p.m. • Awards

The Quick Draw Competition is a plein air painting competition, exhibit and sale that is open to anyone. This is one of the most compelling experiences of the week, as up to 200 artists are registered to paint for two hours within a specific geographic area downtown. At noon, all completed works are brought to Harrison Street where an exhibit and sale of paintings takes place. The paintings will be judged by Plein Air Easton Competition Judge, David Levy, and awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Unsold paintings will be removed at 2 p.m.; if you like it, buy it. Registration available online at pleinaireaston.com, in person at the Avalon Gallery and Info Center the week prior, or the day of on Harrison Street.

CHILDREN’S PAINT OUT

Sponsored by The Country School

Free and Open to the Public

July 20 • 10 a.m.-Noon

ACADEMY ART MUSEUM, Lawn, 106 South Street

An outdoor paint out for children age 12 and under. Materials supplied.

LOCAL COLOR

Free and Open to the Public

July 19 • Noon-6 p.m. Exhibit and Sale (Opening reception and Awards Ceremony at Noon)

July 20 • 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

July 21 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

TIDEWATER INN, 101 East Dover Street

The Working Artists Forum sponsors a juried and judged art exhibit entitled “Local Color.” This show spotlights some of the best artists from the Delmarva Peninsula. This year’s judge is Tim Bell, Grand Prize Winner, Plein Air Easton 2018. Sold paintings are replenished. Free demos by award-winning PAE competition artists throughout the weekend.

ARTISANS’ MARKET EXHIBIT & SALE

Free and Open to the Public

July 20-21 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

HARRISON STREET PARKING LOT, across from the Waterfowl Building

A showcase of unique and diverse artistry from local artisans. Jewelers, photographers, metal workers, potters, woodworkers and more will be present to show and sell their work.

PLEIN AIR EASTON: THE NEXT GENERATION

Free and Open to the Public

QUICK DRAW: a painting competition for artists 18 and under

July 21 • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Register at the INFORMATION & REGISTRATION TENT, South Harrison Street

Registration: $10 or $30 with supplies

9 a.m. – registration

10 a.m.-Noon • registered artists paint

Noon-1 p.m. • Exhibit, Awards and Sale

Artists 18 years old and younger are invited to participate. All artwork must be framed or matted (artwork created as part of the workshops is eligible as long as it is framed). Any framed and completed artwork should be displayed for judging and sale upon completion in front of the Bartlett Pear Inn on Harrison Street. Plein Air Easton Competition Judge, David Levy, will judge all submitted work beginning at noon with awards immediately following.

PLEIN AIR EASTON: THE NEXT GENERATION

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by The Star Democrat

July 21 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Art Stations

Harrison Street parking lot on the corner of Harrison and Glenwood Streets

Jump in on any of the free arts activities for kids. Free face painting.  Homemade ice cream by Nice Farms Creamery.

LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, DEMOS & EXHIBITIONS

Free and Open to the Public

July 15-19 • Visit pleinaireaston.com.

Some may require reservations.

SMALL PAINTING SUNDAY

Free and Open to the Public

July 21 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

WATERFOWL ARMORY, 40 South Harrison Street

The 58 competition artists produce many paintings throughout the week but may submit only two paintings for judging. As the festival has grown, so have these works in size and scope.  Artists are required to paint one additional piece on a small 6”x8” canvas. The paintings will be judged by competition judge Dr. David C. Levy, before being locked away in a vault. At 10 a.m. these little gems are unveiled in their own small painting exhibit and sale.

Judges Talk – Choosing a Winning Painting

Free and Open to the Public

July 21 • 2 p.m.

WATERFOWL ARMORY, 40 South Harrison Street

Join educator, museum director, art historian, designer/photographer, and musician Dr. David C. Levy as he discusses how and why the winners were selected. This is the perfect send off to an exciting weekend and the last opportunity to purchase a painting.

Plein Air Easton is the work of the Avalon Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a strong community on the Eastern Shore by creating accessible, uplifting arts, education, and cultural experiences that appeal to the interests of a diverse population and to ensure the long term viability of the historic Avalon Theatre. The event is supported by the Talbot County Arts Council, corporate donors, Friends of Plein Air Easton and strong community support. For more information, visit www.pleinaireaston.com, email info@pleinaireaston.com or call the Plein Air Easton hotline at 410-822-7297.

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July 11
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July 21

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