Registration is Open for Plein Air Events that Encourage Participation and Let Art Enthusiasts Engage Award-Winning Pros in Historic Waterfront Community
Gloucester, Va. May 10, 2017 - Art enthusiasts of all ages and abilities who register for Gloucester Arts Festival events taking place May 20-28 will get a rare opportunity to learn from and "compete" right alongside the region's most talented artists.
Paint Main 2.5, the festival's outdoor "plein air" painting competition, exhibition and sale, will be held on Gloucester Main Street at the Tabb House Lawn on Saturday, May 27 from 8:00 - 11:30 AM. The Paint Main event is open to anyone who wishes to participate - from students (ages 13 - 18), to amateurs, to professionals - and it includes invited Festival Artists. Children 12 and under can also get in on the fun by participating in the Kids Paint .5 event at 9:00 AM that same morning.
Registered participants in Paint Main 2.5 will paint en plein air for two and a half hours, with paintings then publicly displayed and judged by award-winning guest artist Hai-Ou Hou. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, and participants can then offer their works for sale to admiring festival goers.
"The Paint Main event is a wonderful opportunity for people across the region to create, show, and sell their artwork," said Jenny Crittenden, Executive Director of the Cook Foundation, a key presenter of the festival. "From local artists, to families with budding artists, to art appreciators, to the general public, all are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend this fast-paced event and become an inspirational part of the creative process."
Other exciting festival events will give participants the chance to learn plein air and other painting techniques prior to Paint Main 2.5.
For example, accomplished art enthusiasts can participate in a Plein Air Workshop taking place May 20-21 in the Arts on Main building. Led by award-winning artist Hai-Ou Hou, the two-day all-level, all-media Plein Air Workshop is perfectly timed to prepare participants mentally and physically for painting quickly in plein air or any alla prima subject. This dynamic, intensive session is packed full of information and demonstrations.
In addition, a Nocturne Paint Out will take place 3:30 - 7:30 PM the evening of May 22nd at historic Little England Plantation in southern Gloucester County. This free event is a rare opportunity to paint on the grounds of the circa 1716 brick Georgian home set along one mile of water frontage facing the York River and Sarah Creek. Little England also boasts a 58-acre working farm, with other painting options to include gardens, quaint outbuildings and farm animals - a setting which lends itself perfectly to the outdoor plen air style.
On Thursday, May 25th the Festival's curating artist Dorothy Fagan and noted plein air painter Gary Pendleton will host a book signing and slideshow entitled "Plein Air Painting is the New Golf" from 7:00 - 10:00 PM at the Stewart Gallery on Gloucester Main Street.
"Like golf, all plen air painting takes is a willingness to swing freely without obsessing over every stroke," said Fagan, who will be compiling Festival works in the first ever Heart of the River Collection. "Even the pros know it's a great way to relax and release stress, get some sun and fresh air, and go home with a new vantage point on life."
The Gloucester Arts Festival events and Symphony Under the Stars, which rounds out the festival on May 27, are supported by the Cook Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 committed to enhancing quality-of-life by promoting local arts and architecture.
To register and buy tickets for festival events, visit gloucesterartsfestival.com or connect on Facebook.
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