Event Dates: September 15-20, 2015

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Solomons Plein Air Festival Application 2016

  Ready, set, apply! Click the link below to download the 2016 Solomons Plein Air Festival application and prospectus. Below the link, you will find information on this year’s festival

Calvert County Painting Locations

Here are possible painting locations throughout Calver County!   2015SolomonsPleinAirLocationsCalvert

Solomons Painting locations

This is a list of possible painting locations within Solomons. 2015SolomonsPleinAirLocations

Affaire of the Arts!

Want to mingle with the artists, enjoy amazing finger food, listen to great music and with your purchase of the artwork – supporting the arts, Solomons, and wonderful nonprofits? Find out more

Calling all antique and exotic car owners!

Solomons Plein Air Festival Application 2016

announcing 2016

 

Ready, set, apply! Click the link below to download 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.

Solomons Plein Air 2016 Application

 

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 1, 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

 

Calvert County Painting Locations

Here are possible painting locations throughout Calver County!

 

2015SolomonsPleinAirLocationsCalvert

Solomons Painting locations

This is a list of possible painting locations within Solomons.

2015SolomonsPleinAirLocations

Affaire of the Arts!

Want to mingle with the artists, enjoy amazing finger food, listen to great music and with your purchase of the artwork – supporting the arts, Solomons, and wonderful nonprofits?

Find out more about the “Affaire of the Arts“!

Calling all antique and exotic car owners!

SPAF-cars

2015 Sunset Quick Draw

Thursday, September 17, 2015
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.

 

Click here to download the Quick Draw registration form!

2015 Paint the Town for a Cause!

Saturday, September 19, 2015
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Solomons Riverwalk

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.

 

Click here to download a PDF registration form.

Announcing 2015 Solomons Plein Air Artists

Congratulations to all of our Solomons Plein Air Festival participating artists of 2015! Visit their websites below to learn more about them.

 

Bruno Baran of Nottingham, MD

www.brunobaranfineart.com

 

John Caggiano of Rockport, MA

www.johncaggiano.com

 

Jackie Clark of New York, NY

www.jackieclarkartist.com

 

Ann Jagielski Crostic of Baltimore, MD

 

David Diaz of Annapolis, MD

www.artworksbydaviddiaz.com

 

Wesley James Drake of Chicago, IL

www.wesleydrake.com

 

Eileen Eder of Guilford, CT

www.eileeneder.com

 

Peter Emerson of Lewisberry, PA

 

Raymond Ewing of Swan Point, MD

www.ray.fineartstudioonline.com

 

Stephan Giannini of Rockland, ME

www.stephangiannini.com

 

Elissa Gore of New York, NY

www.elissagore.net

 

Debra Howard of Crisfield, MD

www.artistdebrahoward.com

 

Neal Hughes of Moorestown, NJ

www.nealhughes.com

 

Greg Johannesen of Port Republic, MD

www.gregjohannesen.com

 

Diane Joy Laird of Middletown, DE

www.simplejoysLLC.com

 

Patrick Lee of Pittsburgh, PA

www.patrickleefineart.com

 

Mimi Little of Port Republic, MD

www.mimilittle.com

 

Mick McAndrews of Downingtown, PA

www.mickmcandrewsfineart.com

 

Crystal Moll of Baltimore, MD

www.crystalmoll.com

 

JoEllen Murphy of Washington, DC

www.joellenmurphy.com

 

Carole Boggeman Peirson of Townsend, VA

www.artworkbycarole.com

 

Duane Sabiston of Baltimore, MD

www.duanesabiston.net

 

Barbara Stepura of White Plains, MD

 

Catherine Whitehead of Glen Gardner, NJ

www.catherinewhitehead.com

 

Dennis Young of New Castle, DE

www.dennisyoungarts.com

 

Marius Zabinski of Brussels, Belgium

Marius is this year’s Invited Artist. He has graciously agreed to join us in Solomons for the 2015 festival and paint alongside our competition artists!

Over $10,000 Cash Awarded in 2014!

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!

 

Meet the Judge – 2015

Please welcome Hiu Lai Chong as the SPAF juror for 2015.

Please welcome Hiu Lai Chong as the SPAF juror for 2015.

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.