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Each year, usually in September, the Calvert Marine Museum hosts the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. The museum offers locals and tourists alike to visit Maryland’s historic lighthouses at some of the most beautiful spots in the state. The challenge has included Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll, Lightship Chesapeake, Hooper Strait, Choptank River Replica, Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point, Point Lookout and Fort Washington Lighthouses.  How many have you visited?




Solomons Plein Air Festival is partnering with Calvert Marine Museum to present a fantastic sunrise paint-out event for the artists. Artists will set up their easels and paints in the morning darkness and await the sunrise over the Cove Point Lighthouse.


Artists will have several hours to paint the sunrise, followed by a buffet breakfast and omelet bar, graciously provided by an anonymous donor. “We love events like these,” says Kristin Kauffman, the event coordinator. “The artwork that comes out of these mini competitions is really unbelievable. The artists are pushed to new heights when they are under a time crunch.” And even better – these painting will be featured at the Affaire of the Arts and can be entered for judging at the overall competition.

"The Cove Point Lighthouse and surrounding property is magical," says artist Mick McAndrews. "I can't wait to see the work produced by these juried artists at the first ever sunrise paint out." In 2016, several artists actually rented the lighthouse during the festival and painted many sunrises over the water together.

While this event is not open to the general public, these sunrise paintings will be sold at the Affaire of the Arts on Saturday evening at the Holiday Inn, Solomons.

Last Light Cove Point
painted by Hiu Lai Chong, 2015 judge
Cove Point at dawn
Best use of light, 2016
Andre Lucero painted the lighthouse in 2016 and won an award from judge Valeria Craig.
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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.