Featured Artists Paint in Featured Locations
Monday-Wednesday Plein Air Easton artists will be divided across 4 locations – Easton, Tilghman, Oxford and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Painting on their own schedules and capturing the landscape as it inspires them; consider spending these days choosing one of these picturesque places and take the time to explore them and support their local businesses on your own and at your own pace (while using all of your good social distancing practices). You will likely spot artists at work along the way!
Art Exhibit, Sale and Awards, 4 – 8 pm daily
After a day of painting artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their fresh paintings in small pop up exhibits right in the communities in which they were created. This affords patrons who do not wish to or are not able to travel to the Plein Air Easton Exhibition Hall the opportunity to view and purchase the artwork that was lovingly created right by their own homes. Stroll through the Oxford Community Center grounds from 4-8pm to view the exhibit, and perhaps purchase, art created in the Oxford Community that same day.
Also, due to the generosity of Plein Air Easton supporters, Hali & Scott Asplundh, a nightly $500 award will be given at each of the four designated exhibition locations (Easton, Oxford, Tilghman and CBMM). The best painting produced from each region from each day (July 13-15) will be announced in-person at 5pm every night at each exhibition and will also stream on Plein Air Easton’s YouTube page and Facebook page.
Masks must be worn and social distancing rules will be enforced.
Oxford Exhibition Awards Judge – Bernie Dellario. Bernie is currently President of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters, is on the faculty of the Academy Art Museum, and received “Best in Show” at the 2019 members’ exhibit there. He will also judge the Ocean City Plein Air event in August.
The Avalon Foundation Partners with the Oxford Community Center and the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum to Present Educational Content during Plein Air Easton. Over the last 16 years, Plein Air Easton has grown to be the largest most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the nation. The COVID 19 pandemic has forced its organizers, the Avalon Foundation, to modify or completely reinvent almost every facet of the weeklong festival. Instead of focusing on large events that draw big crowds, this year’s programming is disbursed throughout the county and highlighted by small paint outs, pop up exhibitions and a large central exhibition hall with ample room for social distancing and other CDC best practices.
Missing from the programming offered by Plein Air Easton was the bevy of educational opportunities that typically accompany the festival. “The art demonstrations that have historically been hosted by the local galleries and the Working Artists Forum (whose annual “Local Color” exhibition and sale was cancelled because of the pandemic) are just not possible this year.” Explains Marie Nuthall. “These demonstrations are always just packed to the brim, nobody wants that right now, nor would it be safe for us to promote events of this nature this year.”
Recognizing the loss to the local artist community, Plein Air Easton’s partnering organizations the Oxford Community Center and the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum stepped up and have worked to organize two different series of outdoor, ticketed painting demonstrations. This means that artist demonstrations conducted by some of the nation’s top plein air painters will again be possible with limited capacity.
“Not only do these demos provide a valuable educational opportunity for those interested in learning more about painting styles, techniques and best practices, but by making these demos happen, it has presented another way to support the artists themselves.”, states Ms. Nuthall.
The six Oxford demonstrations, limited to 20 people per event, will all be done outdoors in the shade outside of the Oxford Community Center. Socially distanced seating will be provided and mask wearing will be required. Registrations should be made in advance for $20 on the Oxford Community Center’s website (oxfordcc.org) if you are interested in the Oxford series .
The Yankee Pedler Education Series (20 person limit per demo)
The Yankee Pedler Educational Series, is being presented in memory of Larry Murray. “Yankee Pedler” is the miniature skipjack that resides in front of the Oxford Community Center, in the general area in which the demos will be held. Larry Murray was much-beloved Oxford resident who passed away this June. In their eighties, Larry and his wife, Dorette, have annually and lovingly maintained that sweet wooden boat, with all the elbow grease and sweat wooden boats require. He was an exceptional friend, neighbor, volunteer and fine role model; an irreplaceable, stand-up guy.