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Paint the Town 2014
Paint the Town is the premier plein air event sponsored by RiverArts every April. This year’s Paint the Town is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27. The weekend will be filled with exciting activities and fun for plein air artists. Chestertown offers a wide range of subjects from historic streetscapes and gardens to the color and charm of the outdoor Farmers’ Market. Other special events include the annual Taste of the Town on Sunday.
This non-juried event is open to plein air artists painting in all media and includes a “Wet Paint” exhibition and sale, 5:00 to 8:00 on Saturday evening, April 26 and a “Quick Draw” on Sunday morning, April 27 in Fountain Park. Prizes will be awarded at both events. At the conclusion of the Quick Draw competition, participating artists may leave up to two pieces of unsold work for the Chestertown RiverArts exhibition, “Second Look,” set to open on Wednesday, April 30 with an opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8:00 and running through May 17.
“Paint the Town” space is limited to 50 artists, and participation is on a “first-come, first-served basis” with submission of entry form and $40 fee without lodging or $50 for artists who request hosting. The deadline for refunds is March 1, 2014.
Last year’s plein air event was great fun. The artwork from the first three days of painting was on exhibit in the Wet Paint Show and Sale on Saturday, April 27. The fifty-five artists on exhibit that evening voted on the Best in Show individual painting and body of work. Ray Ewing was voted as the best body of work and Deborah Maklowski’s painting, “Red Barn,” won the best in show award.
At the Quick Draw Competition on April 28, Judge Diane Mullaly selected Michele “Morning Coffee” for the best in show award. Michele also won the People’s Choice award for the same painting. Brad Ross was selected as the 2nd place winner for his “High Street Shade.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Marilyn Rose, David Diaz and Janice Kirsh.
Brad Ross wins 2nd place award in 2013 Quick Draw.