Here are possible painting locations throughout Calver County! (contained in a downloadable PDF – 576kb download) 2016 Solomons Plein Air Festival painting locations for Calvert
Here are possible painting locations throughout Calver County! (contained in a downloadable PDF – 576kb download)
This is a list of possible painting locations within Solomons. (contained in a downloadable PDF – 226kb)
Check out the Solomons Plein Air Festival live with Elena Russo on Comcast Newsmakers! We’ve presented this event for the last 6 years with carmen’s gallery as host. This year, we’ll be taking a big leap to the Holiday Inn! Learn more about plein air painting, this year’s charities, and the event itself by watching this video.
The Solomons Plein Air Festival is proud to donate a portion of its proceeds to charity every year. Each charity and organization listed below is greatly in need of funding to reach its yearly goals. We are happy to be able to help them all in the best way we know how!
Come out and visit these charities and learn more about them at our Paint the Town for a Cause event Saturday, September 17 at 10 a.m. on the Solomons Island Riverwalk. Meet the charities and watch the artists paint. You can best support each charity by your purchase of artwork on the riverwalk during the morning event. Hope to see you there!
MEET THE CHARITY!
The Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship is awarded to students in need who are pursuing the arts at the College of Southern Maryland. Dennis Lake Smith was a resident of Solomons, Maryland and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who received the following decorations: small arms expert marksmanship ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He was also a past member of the Boy Scouts of America, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Although he was offered a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music, Dennis instead chose to study art at the Maryland Institute of Art and was the artist who, in his shop, designed the first Cavalier billboard welcoming visitors to Calvert County. Dennis graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University later in life, while working full time. He was a valued employee of Wyle’s Labs in California, Maryland where he was a software applications engineer; however, his real loves were art, music, and flying airplanes. He was a saxophone and harmonica player extraordinaire, who played with the very popular Southern Maryland band “Round Midnite”. Dennis also had a passion for traveling, having seen much of the world, both for business and pleasure. Two of his favorite destinations were Florida and New Orleans, where he loved to attend the Jazz and Heritage Festivals with his friends from Solomons.
MEET THE CHARITY!
The July 4th Fireworks are an amazing spectacle in Southern Maryland, shot from the Patuxent River and hosted by the Solomons Business Association. This year the SBA will once again be hosting a Wounded Warriors group for our annual 4th of July Celebration! Get involved by welcoming these veterans with gift certificates, prime viewing locations, gift bag items, or any other idea you have for helping them make the most of their time here in Solomons!
MEET THE CHARITY!
Heart F.E.L.T.(Feeding Empty Little Tummies) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to students and their siblings on weekends, holidays and extended school break periods. We believe that every child deserves the advantage good nutrition provides to physical, emotional and intellectual development.
MEET THE CHARITY!
Founded in 1990, the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center (OWRC) has helped rescue over 20,000 animals. Located on R.G. (Doc) Wexler’s three-acre home in Calvert county, the Center rescues all animals – from mice to deer to porpoises. OWRC operates under a strict “no-kill” policy and will help any animal. The public and local veterinarians refer forty to sixty percent of the animals; the remainder of the animals come in from animal control, the local police, and concerned private citizens. OWRC is one of the only facilities in Maryland equipped to rescue wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay. Sea turtles, osprey, and pelicans are among the water wildlife seen by OWRC.
MEET THE CHARITY!
PAWS is a 501(c)(3) charity that was founded in 1996 for the purpose of humane education, pet rescue, and adoption of healthy, social pets to suitable families. We have fulfilled our goals by rescue of dogs and cats that were strays, owner given up and from shelters. We vet these pets completely, including testing, altering, shots, and micro-chipping. Through showings at PetSmart, Petco, and Petfinder.com, we find them forever homes. We bring educational programs to schools and communities, stressing the importance of spay and neuter. All of our work is done using foster homes and volunteers.
MEET THE CHARITY!
Sophia’s Oasis For Equines, Inc. (SOFE), is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, equine welfare organization located in the State of Maryland. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of equines in need; assisting equines in situations of neglect, abuse or the threat of slaughter. We are also dedicated to assisting other equine rescue organizations located in the tri-state area, New Jersey and Delaware to save equines from the slaughter pipeline. Additionally, we desire to help the BLM mustangs whenever possible. We are dedicated to educating the public regarding the standards of care required to maintain an equine as a riding partner and/or companion animal in a humane manner.”
The Solomons Plein Air Festival is excited to announce the list of talented artists for 2016. We received exactly 100 applications and juror Valerie Craig had many difficult decisions to make. This year, painters join us from as far away as Italy, and as close as our home state of Maryland.
Join us as we welcome our 2016 artists to Solomons!
Olena Babak of Hartland, ME
Bruno Baran of Nottingham, MD
Al Barker of Bordentown, NJ
Beth Bathe of Lancaster, PA
Christina Body of Wilmette, IL
Claudia Brookes of Monkton, MD
Brienne M. Brown of Julian, PA
Barbara Clark of Corrales, NM
Henry Coe of Parkton, MD
Guy S. Crittenden of Richmond, VA
Wesley James Drake of Chicago, IL
Eileen Eder of Guilford, CT
Raymond Ewing of Swan Point, MD
Neal Hughes of Moorestown, NJ
Ken Karlic of Fallston, MD
Tim Kelly of Baltimore, MD
Linda Kirvan of Bethesda, MD
Patrick Lee of Pittsburgh, PA
Andre Lucero of Goochland, VA
Maria Marino of Sykesville, MD
Mick McAndrews of Downingtown, PA
Devin Roberts of Springfield, MO
J. Stacy Rogers of Lewes, DE
Cynthia Rosen of Dorset, VT
Jason Sacran of Fort Smith, AR
Jeremy Sams of Archdale, NC
Robert Simone of St. Petersburg, FL
Richard Sneary of Kansas City, MO
Anthony Watkins of Bradley, ME
Stewart White of Baltimore, MD
Dennis Young of Newcastle, DE
Exactly 100 applications have been sent off to juror Valerie Craig. In just a few short weeks, she’ll have to make some major decisions. We can tell you that the talent in this year’s pool of applicants is sky high. So good luck, Valerie!
To see more about our judge, visit her website at www.valeriecraig.com
Ready, set, apply! Click the link below to go to 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 15, 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
Saturday, September 17, 2016
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (time tentative)
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.
Check back for a downloadable registration form
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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.
Check back soon for a downloadable registration form.