Event Dates: September 17-20, 2014

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2014 Solomons Plein Air Festival Prospectus!

The prospectus for the 2014 Solomons Plein Air Festival is here! The event this year is on September 17-20, 2014. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2014!! Download a

Who’s the Judge?

The Solomons Plein Air Committee is proud to announce that M. Stephen Doherty will be the entry and prize judge for this years plein air festival!! See more here!

2014 Dates Are Set!!

The competition will be September 17-21, 2014. The artist applications are due May 15, 2014. The selected artists registration will be Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The Affaire of the Arts

A BIG Thank You!

A BIG Thank You for attending, sponsoring, and participating in this years Avian Solomons Plein Air Festival!! A huge ‘Thank You’ to the artists who came from all over the

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”

2014 Solomons Plein Air Festival Prospectus!

The prospectus for the 2014 Solomons Plein Air Festival is here!

The event this year is on September 17-20, 2014. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2014!!

Download a PDF version of the prospectus here!

Download a Word version of the prospectus here!

Who’s the Judge?

The Solomons Plein Air Committee is proud to announce that M. Stephen Doherty will be the entry and prize judge for this years plein air festival!!

See more here!

2014 Dates Are Set!!

The competition will be September 17-21, 2014. The artist applications are due May 15, 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 next year! Nocturnal Quickdraw and invitational (free) plein air painting on the Riverwalk for anyone who wants to enter (Saturday morning).  ALL proceeds will go to a designated charity.

A BIG Thank You!

A BIG Thank You for attending, sponsoring, and participating in this years 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 BusinessAssociation
Ruddy Duck Brewery
Calvert Marina
Bill Chambers

Thank you to ALL who contributed.  The sponsor list is available at http://www.solomonspleinair.com/sponsors-2/.  Please patronize 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.

PF1-300x225 PF3-300x225 PF2-300x225 PF4-300x225McDougall 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.
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 pm

Friday’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 pm

Cove 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

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.

CalvertCliffs-map

     [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

     [PDF - 1.6mb download]
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.

BiscoeGray-map

     [PDF - 1.5mb download]
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

     [PDF - 1.5b download]

CovePt-300x213Cove Point Light Station

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

Painting Locations—Solomons (Thursday & Friday)

Solomons Island
Some Suggested Painting Locations – Those with an asterisk* provide some shelter in case of rain.(Numbers coordinate with hand drawn map. Map coming soon!)
Dowell1-300x3161. End of the Dowell Peninsula:

    End of Dowell Road.Road.
    Views of the On Watch WWII statue, mouth of Mill Creek, Back Creek and Solomons Harbor, Molly’s Legg, marinas, Ship’s Point
CalvMrn1-300x225 CalvMrn2-300x4002. *Calvert Marina:

    14485 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20629.
    Views across Back Creek looking toward the Drum Point Lighthouse and Calvert Marine Museum, WWII vintage building housing Vincenzo’s Restaurant, views (from East) Back Bay, Calvert Marina charter boats (There are covered sheds there where painting can take place for shade or shelter.)
AMSG1-300x4003. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center:

    13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20657
    Views of garden and surrounding woods, sculpture, water views of St. John’s Creek through the trees, butterfly garden in bloom, fairy houses.
EndofSolomons-300x178 EndofSolomons1-300x2254. Farren Avenue, Solomons:

    Between Carls St. and Charles St.
    This waterfront street has wonderful views of the bay. Sunrise is particularly beautiful! Best view of the mouth of the Patuxent River, nesting ospreys, boats coming and going from the Island.
5. *Carmen & Matt Gambrill’s home:

    14364 Sedwick Avenue, Solomons, MD 20688 (next to the cemetery)
    Artists are invited to set up on the front lawn and porch of the house. The neighbors are all happy to have painters on this block of Sedwick Avenue. (The front porch provides shelter in inclement weather.)
6. *Back Creek Inn:

    210 Alexander Street, Solomons, MD 20688
    Beautiful Garden and restored B&B overlooking Back Creek . The front porch is sheltered.
7. *The McNelis Group Office:

    14488 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
    Artists are welcome to set up on the deck or front yard of The McNelis Group office. (Refreshments provided on Friday morning here!)
8. Solomons Yachting Center:

    255 Alexander Street, Solomons, MD 20688
    On Jane’s Point, waterfront views of Back Creek, Solomons Harbor (Northern view), The Narrows, sail boats, Molly’s Legg, fishing fleet
9. *Solomons Boardwalk/Sidewalk:

    From A Street to Charles Street
    Views (from East) of the Patuxent River, Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge, rowboats on moorings, boats sailing, historic Methodist and Episcopal churches, Solomons Island Yacht Club, J.C. Lore Oyster House, St. Mary’s County on opposite shore (The Pavilion is sheltered)
10. *Solomons Comfort Station:

    Next to 14488 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
    Tucked behind the public toilets is a quiet place with transient pier looking over The Narrows and Jane’s Point (There is some shelter here with a view.)
11. Solomons Victorian Inn:

    125 Charles Street, Solomons, MD 20688
    Artists are invited to paint the fantastic garden and fountain at 125 Charles Street in Solomons. Complimentary iced tea and bathroom facilities to all artists!
Wharf1-300x225 WHarf2-300x22512. Waterman’s Wharf:

    Make a left off Charles St. onto Williams St.
    Working waterman’s dock, crab pots, oyster and crab boats, view across to On Watch, Solomons Harbor (view from south)

CMMDrumPtLght-300x24313. Calvert Marine Museum:

14200 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688

    he Solomons campus of the museum is open for artist. Artists need to show their festival name tag to gain admittance. Indoor painting permitted providing artist take care to not obstruct the walkways and to cover the floor to protect from paint drips. The museum buildings are open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. The grounds are open to the artists from sunrise to sunset.

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In addition, there are many other beautiful spots around Solomons. Please be courteous and get permission before going onto private property.

Quick note to Artists

Just wanted to give a heads up to all participants in the plein air event. Calvert County is proud to have some of the best law enforcement officers in MD. That said, a notice has been sent out to Calvert County residence stating that in September and October both the sheriffs office and state trouper barracks will be conducting “Operation Slow Down” on Route 4. Route 4 runs the length of Calvert County and is a training ground for state and sheriff recruits to cut their teeth at speed traps. Please drive responsibly on all county roads but be vigilant on route 4.

Painting Locations—Chesapeake Beach (For Wednesday)

Chesapeake Beach is a small town on the bay in Calvert County, Maryland. Its major attractions include a Railway Museum, Rail Trail, the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, marinas, piers, charter boat fishing, and a Veterans Memorial Park.
Bayfront-Park-300x160 BrownieBeach-300x225Bay Front Park (aka Brownies Beach)
Brownies Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

 

Entrance Fee: None. Enjoy the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay one-half mile south of Chesapeake Beach. The Park opens at 6am and closes at 9pm.

RailTrail1-300x164 RailTrail2=300x166 RailTrail3-300x166Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail
Access is behind the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, 4079 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732, 410-257-2230, www.chesapeake-beach.md.us.

 

Entrance Fee: None. The trail is located partially on the right-of-way of the long abandoned Chesapeake Beach Railway and Fishing Creek. The creek is a watershed that empties into the Chesapeake Bay with hundreds of acres of surrounding marsh and forest.

RailwayMuseum1-300x225 RailwayMuseum2-300x225Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
4155 Mears Ave , Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

 

Inside Museum open 1p.m.-4p.m. Grounds have train cars and the Railway Station (the museum). An additional boardwalk begins on the back side of the museum.