Event Dates: September 17-21, 2014

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Book Signing – “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic”

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

You Can Paint Too!

p5rn7vb Why not join the artists painting in the competition? There are two events in which the public can join the artists to “paint the town.” And after each event,

Meet the Judge

The Solomons Plein Air Committee is proud to announce that M. Stephen Doherty will be the entry and prize judge for this year’s Plein Air Festival! See more here!

2014 Festival Dates

The competition will be September 17-21, 2014. The selected artists registration will be Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The Affaire of the Arts opening reception will be held on September 20,

Schedule of Events

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 ALL DAY – Artists paint throughout Calvert County. Track your favorite Plein Air artists on our Twitter page! @PleinAirFest #SolomonsArt THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 All day – Artists

Book Signing – “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic”

Don’t miss your chance to purchase one of these fabulous books by Gary Pendleton.

Pendleton

Gary Pendleton will be here to sign his new book, featuring several of our 2014 artists!

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.

You Can Paint Too!

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Why not join the artists painting in the competition? U Paint 2

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 brushed, 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!

Wesley Drake QD winning painting

Award winning Quick Draw painting by Wesley James Drake, SPAF 2013

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.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for minute-to-minute updates on artists and events. Who knows…You might be featured!

Star Spangled Quick Draw Honorable Mention – Alison Mehnke

2013 Star Spangled Quick Draw “Honorable Mention” – Alison Mehnke

Meet the Judge

M. Stephen Doherty, editor of "Plein Air Magazine" will be adjudicating the competition in 2014

M. Stephen Doherty, editor of “Plein Air Magazine” will be adjudicating the competition in 2014

The Solomons Plein Air Committee is proud to announce that M. Stephen Doherty will be the entry and prize judge for this year’s Plein Air Festival!

See more here!

2014 Festival Dates

The competition will be September 17-21, 2014.

The selected artists registration will be Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The Affaire of the Arts opening reception will be held on September 20, 2014 (Saturday night).

New this year! Nocturnal Quickdraw (6:30 Thursday night) and Paint the Town for a Cause – an art from the heart public paint out on the Riverwalk for anyone who wants to enter (10:00 Saturday morning).  ALL proceeds will go to 5 great causes: P.A.W.S, Sophia’s Oasis for Equines, an art scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland, HeartFELT, and the Solomons 4th or July Fireworks.

Schedule of Events

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

ALL DAY – Artists paint throughout Calvert County. Track your favorite Plein Air artists on our Twitter page!

@PleinAirFest #SolomonsArt

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

All day – Artists paint throughout Solomons.
6 p.m. – Quick Draw Registration at SMSA Clubhouse across from the Pavilion on the Riverwalk in Solomons ($25 for NON competition artists)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Nocturnal Quick Draw Competition
8:30 p.m. – Quick Draw Judging and Awards presentation by M. Stephen Doherty at Southern Maryland Sailing Association
9 – 10:00 p.m. – Quick Draw painting sale at SMSA
*Note: Unsold paintings move to the Solomons United Methodist Church and will be available for purchase Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Avian Best of Show Ray Ewing “Pixie Dust” (pastel)

Avian Best of Show Ray Ewing “Pixie Dust” (pastel)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

All day – Artists paint in Solomons.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Quick Draw Paintings on Sale at Solomons United Methodist Church

Children's painting extravaganza

Children’s painting extravaganza

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

9 a.m. – Register at the Riverwalk Pavilion to participate in “Paint the Town for a Cause” – an art from the heart public paint out.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – “Paint the Town for a Cause!” – an art from the heart public paint out.
1 p.m. – Awards presentation (Plein Air Committee & Team Hyundai, sponsor)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gary Pendleton book sales and signing “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Quick Draw Paintings on Sale at Solomons United Methodist Church
6 – 9 p.m. – The “Affaire of the Arts” at carmen’s gallery.
• Competition paintings are available for purchase.
• Juror/judge M. Stephen Doherty will be in attendance.
• Ritmo Cache, the extraordinary band from CSM, will be entertaining “en plein air” in the gallery garden.
• Cash bar
• Gary Pendleton book sales and signing “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic” (Many of the artists featured in the book will be on hand to sign your book, too!)

Affair of the Arts - all a glow

Affair of the Arts – all a glow

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

11 a.m – 5 p.m. – Solomons Plein Air Festival Artwork available for purchase at carmen’s gallery.

Keep track of up-to-date information on Twitter: @PleinAirFest #SolomonsArt

Check out the Artists’ page!

Our judge has chosen the participants for the 2014 Solomons Plein Air!

http://www.solomonspleinair.com/artist/2014-artists/

A BIG Thank You from our 2013 Festival!

A BIG Thank You for attending, sponsoring, and participating in the 2013 Avian Solomons Plein Air Festival!!

A huge ‘Thank You’ to the artists who came from all over the East Coast and beyond to paint Solomons and Calvert County and produced fabulous, strong paintings!

Thank You to our Major Sponsors for this event including:
Avian
SMECO
Solomons Business Association
Ruddy Duck Brewery
Calvert Marina
Bill Chambers

Thank you to all who contributed.  Many of last year’s sponsors are back for 2014.  Please visit these businesses and tell them you appreciate their contribution to the arts in Southern Maryland!

 

Avian Solomons Plein Air Festival 2013 Winners!

 

Avian “Best of Show”

Ray Ewing for “Pixie Dust” (pastel)

2nd place

Paul Romano for “Crab Boat” (oil)

3rd place

Wesley James Drake for “Lost in the Cypress Swamp” (oil)

Artists’ Choice

Ann Crostic “Poplars” (oil)

Honorable Mentions:

Ray Ewing
Ann Crostic
Lynn Mehta
Greg Johannesen
Luc Herbots

Star Spangled Quick Draw Winners

1st place – Greg Johannesen
2nd place – Luc Herbots
3rd place – Lissa Abrams

6 Honorable mentions:

Wesley James Drake, Alison Mehnke, Kevin Beck, Debra Howard, Dennis Young, Ann Crostic

Student Division:

1st place: Jo Gilhooly
2nd place: Rachel Gill

Painting Locations—Miscellaneous (For Wednesday)


cabin-300x225Matoaka Cabins in St. Leonard

    4510 Matoaka Lane, St. Leonard, Maryland 20685
    There are bayfront rustic cabins and cottages. The manager would welcome the artists and there are port-a-pots on sight.

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McDougall home in Prince Frederick

    Guests will be staying there and a bathroom MAY be available. Please call Jean McDougall for address and directions. There is a bungalow waterfront farmhouse, various outbuildings and agricultural landscapes.

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lusby2-300x225 lusby1-300x225The Leitner/Szymanski home in Lusby

    Bathrooms may be available. Please call Jean McDougall for directions. There is an older farmhouse and a smorgasbord of outbuildings and a pier from which you can see another interesting house.
Calvert County Wineries
Solomons Island Winery
515 Garner Rd, Lusby, MD
Open 11 am – 5 pmFriday’s Creek Winery
3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings, MD
Only open Thursday thru Mondays (not sure if they will allow visitors)Running Hare Vineyard
150 Adelina Rd, Prince Frederick, MD
Open Noon – 6 pmCove Point Winery
755 Cove Point Rd, Lusby, MD
Unknown hours (not sure if they will allow visitors)Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery
8650 Mackall Rd, St Leonard, MD
Tasting room open 2 pm – 8 pm (ask for access to grounds during those times)

ChristChurch-300x225 OneRoom-300x225 BroomesIslandMarina-300x225 BIMarsh-300x225Broomes Island Area

      Christ Church & One Room Schoolhouse
    3100 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676
      Broomes Island Marina
    Located next to Stoney’s 3939 Oyster House Road Broomes Island, MD 20615
      Len’s Marina
      8995 Broomes Island Rd Broomes Island, MD 20615
    Ask first. They have a little ice cream and sandwich shop.
      Marsh area
    Near the end of Broomes Island Road
Governor's Run Beach Governor’s Run Beach

Governors Run is located 16 miles North of Solomons. Take Route 4 North and turn right on Route 509. It jogs shortly after turn. Continue straight until you see the Bay. Amenities at address 2809 are 1/4 mile of private beach with cliffs, a 450-foot pier, kayak rackwith colorful kayaks and two old beach cabanas. Artists are welcome to use Sylvia Koskey’s house for bathroom, drinks and breaks.

    0826141124-020826141121-00

Painting Locations—Parks (For Wednesday)

CyprSwamp-300x225Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

      2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678,

www.calvertparks.org

    Entrance Fee: None. Artists are asked to check in at the office and the naturalists will suggest excellent locations from which to paint. The site has the northernmost naturally occurring cypress swamp in the country.

CypressSwamp-map

    [PDF - 1.5mb download]
JPPMBarn-300x183JeffPat1-300x225 JeffPat-300x225 JPP-300x190Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

      10515 Mackall Road,
      St. Leonard, MD 20685,

www.jefpat.org

    Entrance Fee: None. Gates open from 7:30 till dusk. The site is the location of the largest naval engagement to occur in Maryland waters. The Battle of St. Leonard Creek occurred during the War of 1812. The site is bordered by the Patuxent River, has multiple locations from which to paint.

JeffersonPaterson-map

    [PDF - 328kb download]
FlagPond1-300x201 FlagPond2-300x165Flag Ponds Nature Center

    1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657
    Entrance Fee: None. Ranger Connie Sutton will arrive at 8:30 a.m. The park is normally closed on Wednesday and Thursday but they will make it available with no fees. They would like if the artists could arrive at the same time. The site would allow access to the beach and Calvert Cliffs.

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     [PDF - 1.5mb download]
KingsLanding-300x206 KingsLanding-300x312Kings Landing Park

      3255 Kings Landing Road, Hungtingtown, MD 20639,

www.calvertparks.org

    Entrance Fee: None. Hours are 9am-5pm. Artists are asked to check in at the office. Malina Whicher, Park Manager, has several suggested locations including the pier overlooking the Patuxent River and several barns on the property. She will assist with directions to the locations.

KingsLandingPark-map

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LowerMarlboro-300x126LowerMarl-300x225 LowerMarl2-300x225Lower Marlboro 1812 Site

    at the end of Lower Marlboro Road in Huntingtown
    Entrance Fee: None. A pier (paved circle) overlookes the Patuxent River. Great sunsets overlooking the river and marsh.— The history of the village of Lower Marlboro dates back to the mid-1600s. Originally known as Coxtown, it was one of the five original ports of entry in Maryland (a point for tariff and tax collection). In 1814, British war ships anchored at Lower Marlboro on at least two occasions.
BGHF1-300x201 BGHF2-300x225Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    2695 Gray’s Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Entrance Fee: None. Hours—grounds are open dawn to dusk. This park is still under development. There are no facilities (water, restrooms). Parking is limited via the equestrian entrance.

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CalvClifs-300x204 CalvertCliffs-300x225 CalClif-300x225 CalvClifs-300x400Calvert Cliffs State Park

    9500 H. G. Trueman Road, Lusby, Maryland
    Entrance Fee: $7. Calvert Cliffs State Park is a day-use park open sunrise to sunset. Sandy beach, unique cliffs, a freshwater and tidal marshland and 13 miles of hiking trails. The shortest route to the beach is the 1.8 mile red trail. This trail takes you past the tidal marsh.

CalvertCliffs-map

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CovePt-300x213Cove Point Light Station

    3500 Lighthouse Boulevard, Lusby, MD 20657
    Details to come.