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.

Local Color Art Show and Sale – Plein Air Easton

plein aireThe Local Color Art Show and Competition, sponsored by The Working Artists Forum, will be held Friday, July 15th – Sunday, July 17th,  in the Crystal Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn in Easton.  Local Color is held in conjunction with The Plein Air Easton Art Festival and will feature paintings by artists representing the Delmarva Peninsula.  For a list of artists who juried into Local Color this year, please see the attachment below.  The 2016 judge for Local Color is Jason Sacran, winner of Plein Air Easton’s 2015 Grand Prize. The juror is Tim Bell, the second place winner of Plein Air Easton in 2014 and 2015. These two artists will offer the first two of five free painting demonstrations sponsored by The Working Artists Forum (WAF).  A complete list of the demonstration schedule for the weekend may be found below.  During the show, a number of Local Color artists, painting in plein air, will be out in the streets around the Tidewater Inn.
As a special event this year, WAF will be hosting a raffle for a Caribbean Cruise,March 11-18, 2017, compliments of Kathleen Hopkins-CruiseOne.  Tickets may be purchased for $100 at http://www.mscf.org/plein-air-cruise-raffle/ for a chance to win a balcony stateroom for two aboard the Celebrity Reflection, valued at $4,200.  Along with the cruise, workshops are included for paint outs in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico under the guidance of accomplished Plein Air artists Jason Sacran and Hiu Lai Chong.  The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, July 15th at 12 noon, at the Tidewater Inn and you do not have to be present to win.  Only 100 tickets will be sold, so be sure to take advantage of this great tropical learning adventure!
Proceeds from Local Color and the raffle fundraiser help to fund The Working Artists Forum’s educational program for art classes in local schools. WAF is an non-profit organization consisting of painters working in a variety of media. Professional expertise of its membership is fostered through programs, group critiques, demonstrations, and member exhibitions.  Pro bono work for the community is encouraged.  To learn more about The Working Artists Forum, please see their website: http://www.workingartistsforum.com.  For questions regarding this event, please contact Doris Glovier at 410-957-2398 (email –glovier@comcast.net) or Nancy Thomas at 410-820-1133 (email –nancythomasart@gmail.com.)
Local Color Art Show and Demo Schedule:
Opening Reception and Award Ceremony – Friday, July 15th at 12:00 Noon
Show Hours:      Friday, July 15, 12 Noon to 6:00 p.m.
                          Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m .to 8:00 p.m.
                          Sunday, July 19th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Demonstrations by Plein Air Easton’s 2015 Competition Award Winners:
2015 Grand Prize Winner – Jason Sacran (Friday 1:00-3:00 p.m.) – Cruise Instructor
2015 2nd Place Award – Tim Bell (Friday 3:30-5:30 p.m.)
2015 3rd Place Award – John Brandon Sills (Saturday 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
2015 Quick Draw Winner – Neal Hughes (Saturday 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
2015 Honorable Mention – Hiu Lau Chong (Sunday 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) – Cruise Instructor

Pre-Plein Air Easton Paint Out Set for Tilghman Island July 9

Plein Air Easton, the largest and most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the country, is getting ready for what organizers hope to be its most successful year ever. The official
competition spans July 11-19, and for the last several years the Avalon Foundation has been encouraging its juried competition artists to travel to Talbot County early.

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 2.32.35 PM“Especially, artists that are new to the competition can feel overwhelmed when they first arrive. The Plein Air Easton steering committee came up with the idea that we could plan a few events prior to the Festival and invite the artists to arrive early. It gives them a chance to get settled and familiarize themselves with the local landscape.” explains Jess Rogers, General Manager of the Avalon Foundation.

Then, three years ago the Foundation decided that the artists did not require very structured events and could just arrive early and explore on their own. “I was shocked at the pushback we received from painters,” exclaims Rogers “they all wanted to know what kind of events we were
scheming and we truly had nothing planned.”

With only a couple of weeks left before the festival, the Avalon reached out to Cassandra Vanhooser, Talbot Tourism and Mary Kellogg, Tilghman Watermen’s Museum. “They really saved the day.” Rogers continued.

With a crew of volunteers (rallied by the Museum) and the generosity of Buddy Harrison, Jr., the first annual Tilghman Island Pre-Plein Air Easton paint out occurred and was an overwhelming success.

Now after three short years, the Paint Out has become a sought after event that artists and collectors flock towards. In this event, artists can arrive as early as 6 am (to catch that pre-dawn glow) to have their canvases stamped for what has become its own mini-competition, exhibition and sale. After a day of painting, artists check in their finished works at Harrison’s Chesapeake House in order to compete for a $1,000 artists’ choice award, sponsored by the Tilghman Waterman’s Museum presented that evening. Harrison’s Chesapeake House continues to sponsor a complimentary traditional Eastern Shore dinner for the competing artists in conjunction with the awards ceremony.

“We are also very pleased to add a Kids Paint Out this year during the Plein Air Easton Tilghman Paint out,” explains Mary Kellogg, “fifteen kids ranging from elementary to high school will be paired with local artists during ‘paint time’.” The resulting artworks will be displayed at Harrison’s Chesapeake House along with the paintings produced by the competition painters, where the kids will select peer winners.

Everybody is welcome to come to Harrison’s Chesapeake House (21551 Chesapeake House Drive, Tilghman Island) to meet the artists, view and purchase the work that was created that day. “It is just such a great time and a great opportunity, both for people to take in the beauty of Tilghman Island and also to get familiar with the artistic stylings of the competition painters. I hope to see a lot of people there.” Rogers concludes.

For complete information about Plein Air Easton visit www.pleinaireaston.com


Plein Air Easton: Collector’s Party Tickets On Sale Now

Access to Plein Air Easton’s Meet the Artists Dinner and Collectors’ Preview Party are available online now.

Plein Air Easton is expanding in its 11th year. Some of PAE’s signature events have been redesigned. This year, for the first time, Plein Air Easton will occupy both the Academy Art Museum and the Waterfowl Festival Armory. Come be a part of the modern plein air movement during this exciting year of expansion.

Collectors’ Preview Party Tickets – Get ’em before they’re gone!

The Collectors’ Preview Party (July 17th from 7-9pm) offers the first opportunity to see the entire competition art show and purchase the best of the best. It also offers the chance to be present as the awards are announced by 2015 Judge and magazine publisher, Christopher (Kip) Forbes. Enjoy the company of friends, wine, food and conversation with the participating artists. This is a high excitement event with brisk sales, as a painting is sold every 45 seconds over a 2 hour time frame. Tickets to this event sell out quickly and the $150 ticket price applies in full against the purchase of paintings at the i.g. Burton BMW Competition Gallery at the Academy Art Museum and the Library Exhibition and Sale at the Armory all weekend. Be one of the few to experience and to purchase the best of this year’s competition.

Plein Air Easton is as much a celebration of place as it is a world class arts event. If it is important to you to live in a vibrant arts community; if you value the Chesapeake Bay region’s extraordinary geography and culture and want to encourage others to do so as well, you should become a Friend of Plein Air Easton.

As a benefit of being a Friend of Plein Air Easton you will be invited to attend the Meet the Artists Dinner and Paint Out on Saturday, July 11th. Always highlighting a seldom seen and spectacular estate, this event has become a cornerstone of the summer calendar in Talbot County. For anyone who wants to be in the know, this event is the first opportunity to meet all of the 2015 Plein Air Easton juried artists and get the inside scoop on which artist to watch throughout the week.

This year the Meet the Artists Dinner will be held at Point Pleasant Farm, a rare landmark property near the mouth of Broad Creek. The scale of the farm is truly epic: over 8 miles of waterfront, 900 + acres of farm land and wilderness, an active grass fed cattle operation, miles of trails, and a superabundance of wildlife. Once owned as a hunting lodge for the DuPont family and later an Audubon property, the story of Point Pleasant Farm has been one of conservation for most of the 20th century. That spirit will continue into the future as owner Bob Pascal put the entire farm into development easements with the State, thus preserving it as it is for future generations.

Due to the size of this special place Friends are encouraged to arrive as early as 5 pm and explore the property by car. Maps will be provided. Competing artists could be anywhere on the property but will bring their work to the site of the party by 7pm when the official festivities begin. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this special place through the eyes of the nation’s top outdoor painters.

Join a community of arts enthusiasts at a truly remarkable celebration of the modern plein air painting movement.

Plein Air Easton Announces Award Winners, Breaks Painting Sales Records

The 10th year of Plein Air Easton lived up to its high expectations. Another year of record breaking painting sales and the addition of The Artist Gallery and Information Center opening at the Avalon Theatre created an exciting environment for artists, collectors and the thousands of visitors who ventured to Easton over the weeklong event.

This year’s $10,000 Grand Prize went to Plein Air Easton veteran John Brandon Sills for his painting “Meditation”.

Grant Prize winner

The Grand Prize went to Plein Air Easton veteran John Brandon Sills for his painting “Meditation”

There were 14 other awards passed out during the Friday night Collectors Party and they went to – Tim Bell – Second Place, Ken Dewaard – Third Place, Tim Kelly – Vanishing Landscape, Stephen J. Griffin – Best Maritime, Mark Boedges – Best Architectural, Zufar Bikbov – Artist’s Choice, Crystal Moll – The Carol Hilderbrandt Award of Connecting Artist with the Community, Garin Baker – Best Composition, Stephanie Marzalla – Judge’s Choice, Nikolay Mikushkin – Best New Artist to Plein Air Easton, Zufar Bikbov – Best Use of Light, Sara Linda Poly – Best Painting by a Maryland Artist, with Hiu Lai Chong and Robert J Barber both receiving Honorable Mention awards.

The sales numbers for the festival were up by 10%. The total number of paintings sold was 326 (with 107 being sold during the Collector’s Party alone) adding up to $365,004 in total dollars over the entire week. An even bigger change came in the average price per painting sold at the IG Burton Artists Gallery housed at The Academy Art Museum which rose significantly from $1300 per painting to $1500.

“We had great sales this year, the weather was beautiful and we are fully appreciative of both IG Burton and the Academy Art Museum for helping in hosting the finest outdoor painting competition in the country,” said Al Bond, Executive Director at The Avalon Foundation. “We were also extremely pleased with how well the new Artist Gallery and Information Center at The Avalon was received by the artists, visitors and residents.”

The Avalon Theatre, as most know it, was transformed into a gallery where most of the 58 competing artists hung their work throughout the week; a lounge with custom furniture; a cafe featuring Rise-Up Coffee Roasters and Banning’s Tavern and finally a comprehensive orientation and information center for visitors to the event.

The idea of the gallery was to be able to show samples of the artists’ work and let people know where any artists whose work that they liked were painting at any specific moment or showing at local galleries during the entire competition.

“The Avalon Gallery sold 13 painting which added up to $30,025 in sales with an average price of $2310,” said Jessica Rogers, General Manager at The Foundation. “It did what we were thinking it might in terms of sales, but in terms of a gathering place for artists, residents and tourists for that special week, it went well beyond our expectations.”

Tim Cureton, Owner and Operator at Rise Up Coffee remarked, “We were very pleased to be a part of Plein Air Easton and felt we were a meaningful part of this community event by being inside the newly designed space. Everything about it was better than we anticipated.” The special lighting brought in for the space was made possible by Marianne Meadows.

Both the Quick Draw and the Plein Air the Next Generation were successful as well. There were several thousand people in the streets on Saturday said Rogers, but it’s more about the spirit of the day she added. “The festival brings energy into town which is hard to quantify. When 200 artists are all creating in such a small area it’s hard not to be swept up in the moment. That’s what brings thousands of people onto Easton’s streets in July. Surrounded by hundreds of people creating beauty, it’s really quite moving.”

After completing its 10th year, the Avalon Foundation is moving forward with the prospect of launching another decade of Plein Air Easton. Event organizers are thrilled to announce that next year’s event Judge will be magazine executive, Kip Forbes. The fact that each year the competition has a new jurist and new judge ensures that each year’s show has a fresh perspective for the public and a clean slate for aspiring participants.

To learn more about this year’s festival visit www.pleinaireaston.com/articles to see all of this year’s action through the 3 minute video blogs that The Avalon Foundation creates to document the event.


Plein Air Complete with Pop-Up Rise Up

Rise Up Coffee has brought their Pop Up Cafe into the theatre and is pulling some fine espresso and selling pastries, Banning’s is serving lunch at the cafe tables in the theatre, and the Stoltz Room staff is pouring beverages of all kinds!


The theatre has been transformed and is a great place to mingle with the competition artists and meet friends. And you can find great art on the walls that is for sale and all of the information you might need to experience PAEX to the fullest. Come check it out! Sales are brisk!!