Paint Annapolis 2015 International Plein Air Competition and Exhibition

Presented by the Maryland Federation of Art

A Plein Air Painting Competition

Plein air is painting outside – rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French ‘en plein air’, meaning ‘in the open air’.
Popularized by Impressionists who were particularly interested in the influence of changing light
and the effects of light on color when outdoors, plein air painting is now flourishing as its own art form.

Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air painting competition held June 8-14, 2015, that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. For 14 years it has been a premier event, bringing artists and patrons of the arts together to share in the spirit of the energy and vibrancy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the special colonial architecture, marine atmosphere and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city and a former capital of the United States – home to families, business, colleges, and maritime activities.

Paint Annapolis will include painting around Anne Arundel County and Annapolis, an optional Nocturne and Quick Draw.

Selection Juror: Billyo O’Donnell, Nationally recognized landscape artist and plein air painter.

Juror has selected 30 participants.

Awards Juror: David Lussier, Award winning contemporary impressionist and Plein Air painter.

As part of a cultural exchange with Wexford County, Ireland, at least one artist from Wexford will be chosen to aprticipate in Paint Annapolis

Competition June 8-14
Exhibition June 14-21
Awards Total: $10,000

Overview:

Paint Annapolis is a five-day plein air painting competition held June 8-14, 2015 that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from across the United States and Europe. For 13 years it has been a premier event bringing artists and patrons of the arts together to share in the spirit and energy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore (in paint) the special colonial architecture, marine atmosphere and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city and home to families, business, colleges and maritime activities. The painting event, held on city streets around Annapolis, brings a vibrancy of art to the community. Hundreds of residents and visitors come out during the four-day event to watch the painters create art from our cityscape and waterfront. Thirty artists will be selected from more than 100 entering professionals. At least one artist will be from Wexford, Ireland as part of a continuing cultural exchange between Annapolis and Wexford. Juror Billyo O’Donnell from Missouri will select the participating artists in the plein air competition.

Accepted Artists

  • David Diaz (MD)
  • Lee Boynton (MD)
  • Joanne Geisel (NC)
  • Kathleen Kotarba (MD)
  • Lynn Mehta (VA)
  • Jackie Clark (NY)
  • Greg Johannesen (MD)
  • Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian (PA)
  • Michael Kotarba (MD)
  • Bruno Baran (MD)
  • Raymond Ewing (MD)
  • Dennis Young (DE)
  • Joseph Palmerio (FL)
  • Ned Mueller (WA)
  • Elise Phillips (PA)
  • Elissa Gore (NY)
  • Jeremy Shires (NJ)
  • Stephanie Amato (NJ)
  • Suzanne Morris (VA)
  • Elizabeth Rhoades (CT)
  • William Rogers (CAN)
  • Russell Jewell (SC)
  • Katie Cundiff (FL)
  • Beth Bathe (PA)
  • Anne Gibson Snyder (MD)
  • Elaine Lisle (PA)
  • Pratima Rao (NJ)
  • Paul George (MA)
  • Karen Scannell (IRL)
  • Marilyn Rose (NJ)

Schedule

Monday, June 8

Accepted artists must sign in, get canvases stamped and pick up materials at Circle Gallery between noon and 6 pm.

Tuesday, June 9

Artists may paint anywhere in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Nocturne in Historic District

After 5 pm on Tuesday, June 9, are invited to paint a “nocturne” an after-dark painting in the downtown area.

Nocturne paintings created Tuesday night will be juried for special awards.

Wednesday, June 10

Artists may paint anywhere in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Thursday, June 11

Artists may paint anywhere within the greater Annapolis area including Eastport, West Annapolis, Naval Academy, and the Historic District

Friday, June 12

Artists may paint anywhere within the greater Annapolis area including Eastport, West Annapolis, Naval Academy, and the Historic District

Saturday, June 13

Sponsor Reception 4:30 – 6 pm

Opening Reception and Awards Presentation 6 – 8 pm

Artists’ work will be available for viewing and sales at Circle Gallery in Annapolis and on MFA’s website.

Sunday, June 14

Artists’ work is available for viewing and sales at Circle Gallery in Annapolis until June 21

Dueling Brushes

Dueling Brushes, a 3-hour quick draw, will take place Sunday morning at Susan B Campbell Park. Artists of any age and skill level may participate in Dueling Brushes and there is a special category for student participation.

MFA will set up a tent at Susan B Campbell Park and will have a PA system to make announcements during the event.

At the end of the competition participants in Dueling Brushes gather to be judged and prizes are awarded.  The public who are spectators throughout the event vote on a “People’s Choice Award” can purchase paintings from the artist at the conclusion of the Dueling Brushes competition.

Work from Dueling Brushes will be on display at the Annapolis Maritime Museum from June 14 – June 21

Buy a Ticket for the Sponsor Reception!
To Register for the Nocturne and/or Dueling Brushes visit their pages!

 

Nocturne
Dueling Brushes