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HOW IT WORKS
Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air painting competition that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. For 14 years it has been a premier event, bringing people together to share in the spirit and vibrancy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city and a former capital of the United States -home to families, businesses, colleges, and maritime activities.
Awards for artists participating in Paint Annapolis total $15,000.
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 2016 Awards
London Town Winners
The London Town paint-out on Wednesday, June 1 was set in the picturesque gardens of Historic London Town. The artwork shows off the grounds and the environment in full-June bloom as well as the historic buildings. The awards were juried on-site by Ron Colbroth and Lauren Silberman; here are their decisions.
- Mehrdad Izad
- Kathleen Robinson
- Anne Chamberlain
Honorable Mention – Mike Jakubowski
- Julie Riker – pictured below.
- Nyle Gordon
- Olena Baraka
Honorable Mention – Paul George
Dueling Brushes Winners
The last Paint Annapolis event was held on June 5th out on West St. The artists only had 3 hours to complete their work, painting from the Eastport Bridge, to Cathedral St., over to King George, then back to Ego Alley and the docks. Awards were given out immediately after the event by juror Kirk McBride whose decisions included awards for juried, public, and student artists.
- Chavela Bell
- Jonathan Storch
- Ronaldo Dorado
- Carolyn Councell
- Mike Jabokowski
Honorable Mention – Matt Fenton
- Lon Brauer
- Neal Hughes
- Katie Dobson Cundiff
The Nocturne is our after-hours painting event during Paint Annapolis. From sundown to sunup artists had free range of downtown to paint the changing lights and the city-scape. Pieces were brought to the gallery the next day and were later juried by Abigail McBride, with the awards as follows:
- Ronaldo Dorado for Harbor Light
- Stacey Sass for Waiting to Go Out
- Nina Ellsworth for Midnight on Main Street
Honorable Mention – Courtney E. Lee for Social Network
- Elise Phillips for Naptown Evening Sparkle
- Patrick Saunders for Night Falls on the Maryland Inn
- Nyle Gordon for Hats in the Belfry
Honorable Mention – David Williams for Maryland Inn
Paint Annapolis 2016 Winners
After the artists spent a week of exploring and painting Annapolis, Juror Ron Boehmer decided the pieces which achieved such superior work as to be honored with titles and awards. Here are his decisions:
Honorable Mention- Patrick Saunders for Morning After the Holiday
Honorable Mention- Duane Sabiston for Pick a Color
Honorable Mention- Nikolay Mikushkin for Roots of Fallen Tree
Best Painting in the Naval Academy- Ken Karlic for It’s Academic
Best Painting in the Country- David Diaz for Break Time
Ardis Diaz Memorial Award for Best Use of Light- William Rogers for Annapolis Skyline
Lee Boynton Memorial Award for Best Use of Water- Ray Ewing for Calm Water
Third Place- Neal Hughes for Its Still Runs
Second Place- Lon Brauer for Garden Party
First Place- Elise Phillips for Clearing Skies
We would like to thank all the artists, sponsors, and volunteers for their time and participation -without you, Paint Annapolis would not be possible! We also want to congratulate all of our amazing award winners!
Clearing Skies by Elise Phillips, Paint Annapolis 2016 Winner
SEE AND PURCHASE ARTWORK
Artwork painted during Paint Annapolis will be on display at three locations.
The exhibit will open on Saturday June 4 at Circle Gallery. Private Sponsor Reception from 4:30-6 pm, Public Reception 6-8pm.
Circle Gallery at 18 State Circle, June 5-12
MFA’s Summer Annex at 53 Maryland Avenue, June 5-12
49 West, Dueling Brushes on display June 5-30