The 2016 Local Color Art Show and Competition, a popular annual event sponsored by The Working Artists Forum (WAF), opened from July 15-17 at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. Running in conjunction with The Plein Air Easton Art Festival, Local Color attracted large crowds of art lovers and featured paintings by 42 professional artists representing the Delmarva Peninsula. The show judge this year was Jason Sacran, Plein Air Easton’s 2015 Grand Prize Winner. Participating artists were juried in by Tim Bell, PAE’s 2015 second place winner.
Local Color’s Best in Show award this year went to Barbara Zuehlke for her painting, “Kiss, Kiss #2.” Awards of Excellence went to Fred Craig, Sandy Alanko and Carla Huber and Honorable Mentions were awarded to Carole Boggemann-Peirson, Valerie Sunderland and Sarah Stolte.
Throughout the weekend, five demonstrations were given by award winners of Plein Air Easton’s 2015 Competition, including Jason Sacran, Tim Bell, John Brandon Sills, Neal Hughes and Hiu Lai Chong. On Saturday, July 16th, some of the Local Color artists headed to the streets around the Tidewater Inn to paint in plein air for Easton’s famous Quick Draw.
Adding to the excitement of the weekend, a drawing was held during Local Color to win a Carribean Cruise in 2017. The lucky winner received a stateroom for two aboard the Celebrity Reflection, courtesy of CruiseOne along with workshop paint outs in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico under the instruction of Jason Saran and Hiu Lai Chong.
Proceeds from Local Color help to fund The Working Artists Forum’s educational program for elementary school art classes in six eastern shore counties.
Photo 1: Winning Artists- Valerie Sunderland, Sandy Alanko, Carole Boggemann-Pierson, Sarah Stolte, Jason Sacran (judge), Barbara Zuehlke, Fred Craig and Carla Huber
WAF is a non-profit organization consisting of painters working in one or ore medium, who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. To learn more about The Working Artists Forum, their website may be seen at www.workingartistsforum.com.