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Paint Annapolis
May 30 – June 12, 2016

A plein air painting competition hosted by
Maryland Federation of Art


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.

Public Artists

  1. Mehrdad Izad
  2. Kathleen Robinson
  3. Anne Chamberlain

Honorable Mention – Mike Jakubowski

Juried Artists

  1. Julie Riker – pictured below.
  2. Nyle Gordon
  3. Olena Baraka

Honorable Mention – Paul George


Fist Place Juried Artist Winner, Julie Riker

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.

Student Artists

  1. Chavela Bell
  2. Jonathan Storch

Public Artists

  1. Ronaldo Dorado
  2. Carolyn Councell
  3. Mike Jabokowski

Honorable Mention – Matt Fenton

Juried Artists

  1. Lon Brauer
  2. Neal Hughes
  3. Katie Dobson Cundiff

First Place Juried Artist Winner, Lon Brauer

Nocturne Winners

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:

Public Artists

  1. Ronaldo Dorado for Harbor Light
  2. Stacey Sass for Waiting to Go Out
  3. Nina Ellsworth for Midnight on Main Street

Honorable Mention – Courtney E. Lee for Social Network

Juried Artists

  1. Elise Phillips for Naptown Evening Sparkle
  2. Patrick Saunders for Night Falls on the Maryland Inn
  3. Nyle Gordon for Hats in the Belfry

Honorable Mention – David Williams for Maryland Inn


First Place Juried Artist Winner, Elise Phillips’s Naptown Evening Sparkle

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!  

13346904_10154960842159460_4451900351997639054_n.jpgClearing Skies by Elise Phillips, Paint Annapolis 2016 Winner


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


Learn more about plein air painting in Maryland: Mountain Maryland in Cumberland and Easels in Frederick.

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