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POint of interest

In the images above, Artist Tim Kelly began painting a boat parked next to the Southern Maryland Sailing Association. But as he was getting ready to add the boat into his painting, the boat was taken away to participate in the evening races. Sometimes, a plein air painter has to get creative!


6:00 p.m.

Solomons Riverwalk


The excitement in Solomons is palpable as the sun begins to set over the Patuxent River and the mammoth Thomas Johnson Bridge. Artists have carefully chosen vantage points in sight of the Riverwalk to capture the perfect sunset view on canvas. Some may choose to paint the gently flowing river, complete with birds and racing boats. Others will choose to paint the historic cottages and quaint architecture with the glow of the setting sun reflecting off their surfaces. As the horn sounds at 6:00 p.m., these artists begin the quick work of capturing their subjects. 

With the artists hard at work over the next two hours, the spectators are hatching their own plans. You can see a mix of avid art-lovers, families and community members weaving among the easels, deciding which are their favorites and which paintings they'd like to buy.

One hour left to paint!
1st Place
Devin Roberts furiously finishing is First Place Painting
2nd Place
3rd Place
Jason Sacran
Jason Sacran making tough decisions
Jeremy Sams
Jeremy Sams was painting Chad Smith, who was painting Kirk Larsen, who was painting the sunset
Chad Smith
Jeremy Sams was painting Chad Smith, who was painting Kirk Larsen, who was painting the sunset
Kirk Larsen
Jeremy Sams was painting Chad Smith, who was painting Kirk Larsen, who was painting the sunset
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september 20, 2017

At precisely 8:00 p.m. another horn will sound and artists must put down their brushes, frame their wet paintings and submit their artwork for adjudication at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association. Artists and spectators gather at the SMSA and await the exciting announcement of the award winners. It is at this point when we will start to observe the "red dots" or "red tickets" appearing. Red dots are an exciting part of the festival process for any spectator, and can be found at the registration desk. A red dot or ticket indicates that a painting is sold. With our ever-growing following of art-lovers, this part of the evening is thrilling!


We are certain that with the level of talent this year, Judge Jason Sacran will have to spend some time in thoughtful deliberation. That evening he will choose the paintings that best fit each category's standards, and present awards to the winners. 


Artists receive 60% of the sale proceeds, and 40% of the proceeds support the Festival and our charities.

If you'd like to learn more about painting alongside the artists at this event, please visit the link above.

Get a sneak peek at the artists who will be joining us this year.

Want to see what kind of paintings these incredible artists are producing? Here are some past examples.

Wednesday night's Quick Draw was so exciting! See all the remaining Quick Draw paintings on display through Sunday at carmen's gallery!  There are some amazing works there that you can purchase and peruse.