Thanks to all artists for your submissions. Applications are no longer being accepted. Applications have been submitted to juror Hiu Lai Chong for review. Stay tuned for our June announcement
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 Artist Application is now available by clicking on the link below.
All information included in this packet is accurate, but subject to change.
A few words from past participants:
– Mick McAndrews, watercolor
“Yes, it was a good group of artists. I knew a few before; others I met for the first time; many I was in awe of. A talented and supportive group that I was, and am, very fortunate to know.”
– Ann Crostic, oil
– Dennis Young, pastel & oil
You asked, we listened!
Artists made several helpful suggestions after the 2014 Festival, and we have done our best to work them into our plans for 2015. Exciting improvements for 2015:
- Process for registering paintings for “Affaire of the Arts” will be streamlined
- We will be working with some local restaurants to stay open later in the evening
- Artists will have materials to pass to spectators about the event lineup
- SPAF will be working with ArtsFest to bring more event spectators
- Artwork from the “Paint the Town” event will be spread out along the beautifully sunny Solomons Riverwalk for public perusal (weather permitting)
Best of luck, applicants, and stay tuned for more exciting information!
Thanks to all artists for your submissions. Applications are no longer being accepted. Applications have been submitted to juror Hiu Lai Chong for review. Stay tuned for our June announcement of the 2015 festival participants.
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.
In 2014, the Solomons Plein Air Festival was proud to donate over $9000 to the following charities and causes:
Thank you to our sponsors, artists, patrons, and community members for making all of this possible!
It’s 6:00 a.m. and we just received word that there is an artist out painting by headlamp in Solomons. That’s dedication for you! Artists were positioned throughout Solomons, all the way from the Tiki Bar to the Calvert Marina today.
Volunteers began to hang decorations for the Affaire of the Arts, happening on Saturday night. The carmen’s gallery kitties were worn out from all the excitement.
Then, at 6:30 p.m. a horn sounded and the artists were off to the races for our Nocturnal Quick Draw! They painted up and down the Solomons Riverwalk, competing for cash prizes, and hoping to sell their finished paintings.
When the horn blew again at 8:30, artists took their easels and paintings to the Southern Maryland Sailing Association for judging and sales. These are the paintings that won awards Quick Draw awards:
Day One of the 2014 Solomons Plein Air Festival and artists were fresh off the starting blocks. We here at the home office received messages from artists across Calvert County:
“With Luc Herbots at Crane Ranch off Mackall Road…Beautiful!”
“Greys Road Dog Park near swamp”
“Change of plans.. it’s high tide and too windy at the beach. Will let you know where I land!”
“Wind died down so I’m at beach again ”
And we also had quite a few customers ask about the artists and where they could find more of them out painting. This is good news for the Plein Air world!
Some artists spent the whole day working on one beautiful painting. Some artists painted two or three or four paintings today, driving back and forth across Calvert County. Here are a few of the paintings we were privileged enough to see yesterday.
In the evening the artists had a chance to sail out on a boat or two to catch the Sailboat Races in Solomons. There was music, laughter, serene waters, and general merriment onboard. Thanks to Aram Neresian and Peter D’Arista of Team Hyundai, our sponsors for the evening boating trip.
Now the artists are preparing for Day Two of the Solomons Plein Air Festival, with the Nocturnal Quick Draw Thursday at 6:30 p.m.! Registration for public participants begins at 6:00 at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association across from the Riverwalk Pavilion. Registration fee is $25 for public participants. Come watch the artists do what they do best!
The Solomons Plein Air Festival is getting a lot of press this year! Check out some of our feature articles by clicking on the pictures below! Also check out our video press on YouTube by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.
Click on the image above to read our article in the Calvert County Times, page 12.
Article by Sarah Miller, Photos by Frank Marquart
Click on the photo above to read our article in the Old Town Crier, page 25.
Article by Bob Tagert
Don’t miss your chance to purchase one of these fabulous books by Gary Pendleton.100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic features several of the artists participating in this year’s festival, as well as many others. You can view some of their work in the book and watch them create new work live! Meet the author, meet the artists, and get some signatures. Gary will be signing and selling books on the Riverwalk on Saturday, September 20th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. He will also be signing and selling copies at the “Affaire of the Arts” at carmen’s gallery Saturday evening from 6 – 9 p.m.
About the book: 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic presents the work of an impressive group of contemporary landscape painters. It reveals a body of work that rivals and even surpasses many of the great art movements of the past.
It includes a concise history of Plein Air painters from The Pennsylvania Impressionists to the talented rising artists of today. It is a must-have for anyone who cares about great paintings and the artists who made them. Packed with over 400 color images, this book rightly proclaims the rich history of art in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.
Published by Schiffer books.
There are two events in which the public can join the artists to “paint the town.” And after each event, all painters have the option to sell their work!
Nocturnal Quick Draw
Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Registration for the public begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Southern Md. Sailing Association (SMSA) clubhouse just across from the Riverwalk Pavilion on Solomons Island Road. For this event the public registration fee is $25. Artists participating in the Quick Draw must have their canvases stamped at the registration table to be considered for awards. Bring your easels, paint brushes, pastels, head lamps, etc. and you will be all set to paint the evening away. Any medium is welcome, but photography is not acceptable. All entries must be painted without the assistance of photographs.
What is a “Quick Draw”, you ask? Well, in our festival, the procedure is as follows… A horn will sound at 6:30 p.m. and artists may begin painting. At precisely 8:30 p.m. another horn will sound and artists must put down their materials and submit their artwork for adjudication at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association. M. Stephen Doherty, the highly regarded editor of “Plein Air Magazine,” will choose the paintings that best fit the category standards, and present awards to the winners. Immediately following the awards, the “wet” paintings will be sold by the artists. Artists receive 60% of the sale proceeds, and 40% of the proceeds support the Festival. Paintings will be on display and available for purchase at the Solomons United Methodist Church on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Paint the Town for a Cause – an Art from the Heart Public Paint Out
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registration for the public begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion on Solomons Island Road. Registration for this event is free! Please bring your own materials for this event. As with the Quick Draw, an medium is welcome, but photography is not acceptable. All entries must be painted without the assistance of photographs. We are expecting a large public turnout for this event, so come show off your artistry!
Awards will be presented in several categories for both juried and non-juried artists. NEW! Team Hyundai will be providing exotic cars to be painted, and specific awards will be given for outstanding paintings of these vehicles. There will also be specific prizes given to non-juried artists, courtesy of Plein Air Magazine, Dick Blick Art Supply, and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, among others. Team Hyundai and a Guest Artist will adjudicate this event. Artists receive 50% of the proceeds from the sale of their paintings, and the other half supports HeartFELT, an organization to feed hungry children in our area.
Children are welcome to participate but must be supervised by a parent. Children are also welcome to sell their work.
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