Event Dates: September 17-21, 2014

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Over $7000 Donated to Charity

GIVING BACK   In 2014, the Solomons Plein Air Festival is proud to donate over $7000 to the following charities and causes:                

And the Award goes to…!

Quick Draw    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

Day Two Recap 2014

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

Day One Recap 2014

m4s0n501 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

SPAF in the News!

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

And the Award goes to…!

Quick Draw 


 

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.

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Click on this pic of our judge M. Stephen Doherty to see his anecdote about judging

Award winners at the Quick Draw were:

Honorable Mention to Lee Boynton

Honorable Mention to Lee Boynton

 

Honorable Mention to Wesley Drake

Honorable Mention to Wesley Drake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place to Mick McAndrews

3rd Place to Mick McAndrews

2nd Place to Carole Peirson

2nd Place to Carole Peirson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Place to Tim Kelly

1st Place to Tim Kelly

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:

3rd Place to Ray Ewing for "Pastel Truck"

Team Hyundai 3rd Place to Ray Ewing for “Pastel Truck”

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Team Hyundai 2nd Place to Tim Kelly for “Corvette Summer”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Team Hyundai First Place to Nancy Tankersley

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:

Roland Colmus

Best Painting by a non-competition artist to Roland Colmus

3rd Place to Dennis Young for "Dogs and Trucks"

3rd Place to Dennis Young for “Dogs and Trucks”

Team Hyundai 2nd Place to Stephan Giannini for "Study in Reds"

2nd Place to Stephan Giannini for “Study in Reds”

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Best in Show to Wesley Drake for “Good Ole Oldsmobile”

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:

 

Carole Peirson for her body of work throughout the festival

Carole Peirson for her body of work throughout the festival

 

Awards from Mr. Doherty went to:

Mick McAndrews received the Robert Guthrie Memorial Award for displaying the qualities in artistry and in life that the late  artist Robert Guthrie possessed and valued.

Mick McAndrews received the Robert Guthrie Memorial Award for displaying the qualities in artistry and in life that the late artist Robert Guthrie possessed and valued.

 

Stephan Giannini won the Juror's Choice Award, which carries with it the unique opportunity to be featured in an ad in "Plein Air Magazine"

Stephan Giannini won the Juror’s Choice Award, which carries with it the unique opportunity to be featured in an ad in “Plein Air Magazine”

Honorable Mention to Carole Peirson for "Last Light"

Honorable Mention to Carole Peirson for “Last Light”

3rd Place to Ray Ewing for "King of the Yard"

3rd Place to Ray Ewing for “King of the Yard”

2nd Place to Wesley James Drake for "A Fresh Start"

2nd Place to Wesley James Drake for “A Fresh Start”

Best of Show to Tim Kelly for "Relaxing in Her Slip"

Best of Show to Tim Kelly for “Relaxing in Her Slip”

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!

 

Over $7000 Donated to Charity

GIVING BACK

 

In 2014, the Solomons Plein Air Festival is proud to donate over $7000 to the following charities and causes:

 

SOFE

Sophia’s Oasis for Equines – Click to visit the S.O.F.E. website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to visit the P.A.W.S. website

Patuxent Animal Welfare Society – Click to visit the P.A.W.S. website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to visit Solomons United Methodist Church website

HeartFELT (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) – Click to visit Solomons United Methodist Church website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland Dennis Lake Smith Foundation Scholarship – Click to visit the CSM Foundation website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to visit the SBA Fireworks website

Solomons Business Association July 4 Fireworks – Click to visit the SBA Fireworks website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors, artists, patrons, and community members for making all of this possible!

Day Two Recap 2014

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.

Judge Stephen Doherty takes time to paint in the morning.

Judge Stephen Doherty takes time to paint in the morning.

Artist Carole Peirson paints on the main street in Solomons.

Artist Carole Peirson paints on the main street in Solomons.

 

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.

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Calypso taking a break from hard work.

 

 

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.

Bruno Baran finished before the first hour was up!

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Mick McAndrews fresh off the starting blocks.

How many artists does it take to paint a sunset?

Kevin Beck paints the sunset over Bunky’s.

Invited Artist Ed Cooper painting in the dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

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Lee Boynton – Honorable Mention

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Wesley Drake – Honorable Mention

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Mick McAndrews – 3rd Place

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Carole Peirson – 2nd Place

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Tim Kelly – 1st Place

Day One Recap 2014

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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!

 

Cathy Flowers

By Catherine Whitehead. Painted 9.17.2014.

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.

 

 

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Dennis Young at work at carmen’s gallery. Painted 9.17.2014.

Tim's first painting

Tim Kelly’s first painting of the festival. Painted 9.17.2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Sailboat Races in Solomons

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Artist Ray Ewing enjoys a sunset sail on the Schooner Heron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sponsors Peter D’Arista of Team Hyundai and Carlos Yanez of The Ruddy Duck take in the races.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Delfina, captained by Peter D’Arista of Team Hyundai passes under the trademark bridge.

 

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Schooner Heron, captained by Aram Neresian, takes a spin under the trademark bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

SPAF in the News!

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.
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Click on the image above to read our article in the Calvert County Times, page 12.

Article by Sarah Miller, Photos by Frank Marquart

 

 

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Click on the photo above to read our article in the Old Town Crier, page 25.

Article by Bob Tagert

 

 

 

SPAF on Metrocast Channel 10 with Carmen L. N. Gambrill and Greg Johannesen

 

 

SPAF on Metrocast Channel 10 with Carmen L. N. Gambrill and Peter D’Arista of Team Hyundai

 

 

SPAF on Comcast with Carmen Lee Nance Gambrill

 

 

 

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.

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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!

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 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!

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