Learn, Paint, Be Inspired at Plein Air Easton


Words of Advice – Do not be afraid! Bring your paints, set up your easel, ask questions and make friends. We’ll point you toward opportunities for anyone (not just the 58 juried artists) to paint, and every opportunity to watch and learn. Jump on in!

Events for every Artist to Consider:

The 58 competition artists will be painting all around the area for many days however, events held in Oxford and Tilghman early in the week will give you a chance to identify painters to watch while they are likely to be painting in a concentrated area.

July 13:


The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum hosts the first paint out, so artists are fresh and full of energy. The artists will bring their completed works and meet up at Harrison’s at 6pm so consider visiting and stay for a drink at Harrison’s so you can take in all of the works created that day.

July 16:


If you missed it last year, don’t miss it again. Oxford will host its second annual Paint Oxford Day. Taking place on Sunday, July 16th, local businesses will offer specials and the day will conclude with live music, a free reception, exhibition, and sale at the Oxford Community Center from 5 to 6:30 pm. A $1,000 artist’s choice prize will be awarded. This event is sponsored by the Oxford Business Association.

July 17:

Easton – Avalon

10am – FREE Demo and FREE Samples (for the first 30 attendees) from Winsor & Newton, (acrylic medium) at the Avalon Theatre. Demonstration by Tony Zatzick from Winsor & Newton on the Avalon Theatre stage. Learn and be inspired amidst a great art exhibition also in the theatre. Plan to attend Tony’s afternoon Paint-Out and stay for lunch in between with Rise up Coffee and Hill’s Cafe & Juice Bar onsite.

2pm – FREE Paint Out Meet Tony Zatzick in the Avalon Lobby and walk to the Historical Society Gardens for this relaxed and FREE paint out.

July 18:

Easton – Avalon

10am AND 2pm – FREE Demo and FREE Samples (for the first 30 attendees) from Winsor & Newton, Avalon Theatre, 10am (watercolor) or 2pm (oil) – Demonstrations by Tony Zatzick from Winsor & Newton on the Avalon Theatre stage. Learn and be inspired amidst a great art exhibition also in the theatre. Plan to attend both of today’s demos and stay for lunch in between with Rise up Coffee and Hill’s Cafe & Juice Bar onsite.

July 19:


10am to 12pm – FREE Outside Studio Demo with Crystal Moll, PAE Alumnae. Crystal works strictly on location. Drawn to urban landscapes, she investigates the colors reaction as it is bathed warm in sunlight or cooled in shadow. Most of her pieces require 2-10 visits often working over weeks… a painting may become ‘caught’ in a season so work will commence the following season. Meet in the Avalon Lobby and join her at an outside location as she chases the sun for a 2 hours. She also owns the Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore, where she displays not just her work but the work of many fine artists with an emphasis on plein air painting. crystalmoll.com

8:30 to 11pm – Paint a Nocturne. Plein Air Easton will shut down Harrison Street in front of the Tidewater Inn. Set up in the middle of the street and paint safely alongside your friends and competing artists. This is an easy, no stress, no exhibition paint-out; just bring your paints and enjoy the camaraderie.

July 19, 20 and 21:


10am – Rehearse Quick Draw. Online registration required and spaces limited. Sign up for one day or all three days to practice your Quick Draw painting skills. Work on composition or colors, take the time to understand the light and shadows, and receive instruction and critique from educators and professional painters. Opportunities each day to win prizes and scholarships.

Wednesday Session – This session is free, however, you must provide proof that you are (or have been) enrolled in a weekly class or demo at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio during 2017. Apply Online. Wednesday Judge = Rita Curtis
Thursday Session – $30 per artists. Apply Online. Thursday Judge = Christine O’Neill
Friday Session – $30 per artists. Apply Online. Friday Judge = Charlie Hunter

July 21:


9-11am – FREE Demo and Lecture with Joe Gyurcsak, PAE Competition Artist. Join us at The Easton Historical Society Gardens for a great demo and lecture session on plein air painting with Joe G! He will create a vibrant and spontaneous painting in the open air covering all the principal elements on abstract-realism and impressionism. Joe is one of the 58 competition artists and who has also participated Forgotten Coast Plein Air, Door County Plein Air and 4th time Faculty at the Plein Air Convention.

July 22:


10am – Quick Draw. Paint and Compete in the Largest Quick Draw in the Country, Harrison Street, Easton (registration required – apply online or in person) 2 hours of painting alongside hundreds of other artists, a 2-hour exhibition with brisk sales and a chance to win awards.

July 21, 22 and 23:


Demonstrations by Competing Artists @ Local Color, Tidewater Inn – Hosted by the Working Artist Forum. Do not miss demonstrations from some of Plein Air Easton’s previous award-winning painters (Sara Linda Poly, Trey Finney, Charlie Hunter, Jason Sacran and Hiu Lai Chong). Tip: While demons are free, seating can be limited, so arrive early for the best view.

Show Hours

· Friday, July 21, 12 Noon – 6:00PM
· Saturday, July 22, 10:00AM – 8:00PM
· Sunday, July 23, 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Free Demonstrations by Plein Air Easton’s 2016 Competition Award Winners

· Sara Linda Poly (Friday 1:00pm-3:00 pm) Judge
· Trey Finney (Friday 3:30pm -5:30pm)
· Charlie Hunter – Saturday (2:30pm -4:30pm)
· Jason Sacran – Saturday (5:00pm -7:00pm)
· Hiu Lai Chong – Sunday 9:00am -11:00am (Pastry buffet)
· Camille Przewodek – Sunday 11:30 – 1:30

July 23:


2pm – Plein Air Easton’s Judge’s Talk, Armory. Ever wondered, “What was that judge thinking?” West Fraser, this year’s judge, will explain his award choices in the festival’s culminating event. It is a great opportunity to learn what constitutes a winning painting, and a chance to say goodbye to newfound friends.

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