Plein Air Easton holds 17th annual event

Posted 7/18/21

EASTON — The Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival in Easton last week featured 58 juried artists from all over the United States, who painted throughout Talbot County. They then …

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Plein Air Easton holds 17th annual event

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EASTON — The Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival in Easton last week featured 58 juried artists from all over the United States, who painted throughout Talbot County. They then selected their two best works to exhibit and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and recognition. Competition judge Daniel Weiss, CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, announced his selections for this year’s winners at an event on Saturday evening.

The term “plein air” comes from French, and refers to painting outdoors. The method is intended to contrast with studio painting, which can create a predetermined look, and to allow better use of light and natural conditions.

The Grand Prize, known as The Timothy Dills Memorial Award, went to Tim Kelly of Baltimore, for “A Little Bit Louder Now,” depicting the Avalon Theatre.
Chief Executive Officer and President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Daniel H. Weiss, who also maintains a home in Talbot County, was the head judge. “The quality of the works I have had a chance to look at during this Plein Air period has been really quite extraordinary,” Mr. Weiss said, noting that it had been difficult to make his choices for winners.

Artists from around the country were joined by Eastern Shore residents July 11-18, as they sought to capture scenes in Talbot County. Among them was Mary Veiga, who earned second place overall, with “Summer Symphony”.
“I am deeply honored and truly grateful,” Ms. Veiga said. “The show looks amazing with so many beautiful paintings this year.”

Awards
Judges’ Choice — 1) “All is Quiet Now” by Sara Lind Poly; 2) “Solitary Man” by Lon Brauer; and 3) “Easton Gothic” by Jill Glassman
Best Use of Light — “Bound” by Daniel Robbins
Best Painting by a Maryland Artist — “All is Peace” by Nancy Tankersley

Best Watercolor — “Oxford Tree Line” by David R. Csont
Best Nocturne — “Nocturne 11:44 p.m.” by Crista Pisano

Renaissance Award — “Talbot County Dawn” by John Brandon Sills
Best New Artist — “Forrest Landing Farm” by Laurie Maher
Best Architectural — “Brookletts” by Thomas Bucci
Best Marine — “See Ya Tomorrow” by Zufar Biklov
Life of a Waterman — “Working on the Chesapeake” by Leonard Mizerek
Life on the Farm — “The Farmhouse” by Neal Hughes
Third in Competition — “Another Beautiful Morning in Oxford” by Jeff Williams

Second in Competition — “Summer Symphony” by Mary Veiga
First in Competition — “A Little Bit Louder Now” by Tim Kelly
Artists’ Choice Award — “Bound” by Daniel Robbins
To learn more about the artists and the competition, visit pleinaireaston.com. A video of the awards presentation can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=9iCG3SXr5dA.