Ready, set, apply! Click the link below to download the 2016 Solomons Plein Air Festival application and prospectus. Below the link, you will find information on this year’s festival
Ready, set, apply! Click the link below to download the 2016 Solomons Plein Air Festival application and prospectus. Below the link, you will find information on this year’s festival updates and a few quotes from last year’s artists.
September 12 – 18, 2016
Artists, we’ve heard you loud and clear! You want more time to paint, you love the social events, and you love a challenging competition. Our 2016 event planning is underway, and we are excited for an even bigger and better year. Though we know it will be hard to top our 2015 festival, the new challenges and venues of the coming year will provide a fresh change and new dimensions to your Solomons experience.
Applications are now open and will be accepted through April 1, 2016.
And now, a word from some 2015 artists…
“It was an honor and a privilege for me to be among the selected artists again this year. SPAF is a gold-standard plein air event and I think the good word is going to spread quickly.” – Mick McAndrews, 2014/2015 juried artist
“This was the best experience I ever had at a plein air event. I want to come back next year!!” – Patrick Lee, 2015 juried artist
“This event was just exceptional. The welcome dinner, the skipjack cruise and the reception on Saturday night were just terrific. I was also so impressed with the enthusiasm all the Solomons folks seemed to have for the event. It really made the week special.” – JoEllen Murphy, 2015 juried artist
“Once again, thank you so much for the wonderful and yes, magical event that you and your volunteers put together. As you may know, I participate in up to a dozen plein air events a year, but I had the time of my life. Solomons was really special.” – John Caggiano, 2015 juried artist
“The Plein Air event was truly outstanding in every respect. The various art competitions, charitable art auctions, stunning art exhibits, and sterling receptions were activities not to be missed. Regional tourists and visitors would be impressively stimulated by the opportunity to become involved in this memorable celebration of the arts.” – Al Biegel, 2015 Quick Draw artist
Here are possible painting locations throughout Calver County!
This is a list of possible painting locations within Solomons.
Want to mingle with the artists, enjoy amazing finger food, listen to great music and with your purchase of the artwork – supporting the arts, Solomons, and wonderful nonprofits?
Find out more about the “Affaire of the Arts“!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Southern Maryland Sailing Association
Come paint with our artists for the Sunset Quick Draw! This event costs $25 to register for public participants. No entry fee for juried artists. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Please print this form and bring it with you to the registration table. Onsite registration is required to participate in this event. All artists are eligible to win cash prizes.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Come paint with our artists on the Solomons Riverwalk! This event is FREE to register & open to all ages. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Please print this form and bring it with you to the registration table. You may also register onsite, but you must register to participate in this event.
Congratulations to all of our Solomons Plein Air Festival participating artists of 2015! Visit their websites below to learn more about them.
Bruno Baran of Nottingham, MD
John Caggiano of Rockport, MA
Jackie Clark of New York, NY
Ann Jagielski Crostic of Baltimore, MD
David Diaz of Annapolis, MD
Wesley James Drake of Chicago, IL
Eileen Eder of Guilford, CT
Peter Emerson of Lewisberry, PA
Raymond Ewing of Swan Point, MD
Stephan Giannini of Rockland, ME
Elissa Gore of New York, NY
Debra Howard of Crisfield, MD
Neal Hughes of Moorestown, NJ
Greg Johannesen of Port Republic, MD
Diane Joy Laird of Middletown, DE
Patrick Lee of Pittsburgh, PA
Mimi Little of Port Republic, MD
Mick McAndrews of Downingtown, PA
Crystal Moll of Baltimore, MD
JoEllen Murphy of Washington, DC
Carole Boggeman Peirson of Townsend, VA
Duane Sabiston of Baltimore, MD
Barbara Stepura of White Plains, MD
Catherine Whitehead of Glen Gardner, NJ
Dennis Young of New Castle, DE
Marius Zabinski of Brussels, Belgium
Marius is this year’s Invited Artist. He has graciously agreed to join us in Solomons for the 2015 festival and paint alongside our competition artists!
Judge M. Stephen Doherty, editor of Plein Air Magazine awarded several ribbons for our first big event, the Nocturnal Quick Draw on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Click on the picture below to watch the video of Mr. Doherty’s speech to the artists.
Award winners at the Quick Draw were:
This year’s Quick Draw cash awards were
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $350
3rd Place: $200
Paint the Town for a Cause
A new event this year was “Paint the Town for a Cause” an art from the heart public paint out. Artists of all ages and experience levels were encouraged to paint alongside the competition artists. Anyone had a chance at awards and prizes in two categories. First, Team Hyundai was gracious enough to award cash prizes to the best paintings of the antique cars parked on the Solomons Riverwalk. Those winners were:
Next, Nancy Tankersley and Ed Cooper, our highly accomplished invited artists judged a youth category and an adult category. For privacy reasons we will not list the names of the winners in the youth category, but offer a hearty congratulations to all those who entered the contest and encourage each entrant to continue pursuing the arts!
The winners in the adult category were:
Cash awards and prizes for this event were:
Team Hyundai 1st Place – $400
Team Hyundai 2nd Place – $250
Team Hyundai 3rd Place – $100
Best in Show – $300
All other awards for this event were art items, gift certificates, and educational materials graciously donated by Blick Art Materials, carmen’s gallery, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Easton Studio, and Plein Air Magazine.
Affaire of the Arts
Finally, judge M. Stephen Doherty had a tough job ahead of him to choose award winners for the Solomons Plein Air Festival show at The Affaire of the Arts, hosted by carmen’s gallery. The artists also had to choose their favorite artist from amongst their ranks. The Artists’ Choice Award went to:
Awards from Mr. Doherty went to:
Cash awards for this event were
Best of Show: $3500
2nd Place: $2000
3rd Place: $1000
Honorable Mention: $100
Artists’ Choice: $750
Juror’s Choice: Ad in Plein Air Magazine (non-cash award)
Robert Guthrie Memorial: $600
The Solomons Plein Air Festival committee would like to thank all of the artists, sponsors, judges, host families, volunteers, collectors, art enthusiasts, and spectators for coming out to support the various events throughout the week. This event would not have been possible without your support and attendance. Congratulations on a successful 2014 event!
The Solomons Plein Air Festival is proud to announce this year’s juror – Hiu Lai Chong. After speaking with her, we could see why artists and journalists alike recommended her so highly. Her work speaks for itself, and her spitfire personality is radiant. Welcome aboard Hiu Lai Chong! See her bio below and see some of her fabulous work at www.hiulaichong.com
About the Artist
Hiu Lai Chong finds her painting inspiration at local marinas and shorelines along the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. She loves painting from life and enjoys using vivid colors and sensitive brush strokes to express mood and feeling in her work.
She received her early art training in Hong Kong at the Jockey Club Ti-I College, and earned her Associate in Applied Science degree from Navarro College and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the Fellowship Award. She continued her art education through various workshops and classes at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia and around the country.
Today she focuses on landscape, portrait and figure painting, enjoying the beauty that all of nature offers. Hiu Lai is an artist member of the California Arts Club, Laguna Plein Air Painter Association, member of the Oil Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club, Portrait Society of America, Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painter Association, and member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters. Her paintings have won awards and been shown in museums around the country. In the October 2011 of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, editor Peter Trippi named Hiu Lai as one of Three Artists to Watch. In 2012, Hiu Lai received the Grand Prize and Artist’s Choice Award at Plein Air Easton, Maryland. She was featured in the October-November issue of Plein Air Magazine by Editor-in-Chief Steve Doherty, who was the judge at the 2014 Solomons Plein Air Festival.