Artists Compete for Prestige at 14th Plein Air Easton Festival
Updated: Jul 17, 2018 12:36 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(EASTON, Md.) - The Plein Air Easton festival is in full swing this week stretching from the back alley corners of downtown to the far reaches of Talbot County.
Artists from all over the country are selected to compete against one another for days painting in plein air, also known as painting outdoors.
"They have three days to paint the Delmarva peninsula," said the event's coordinator Marie Nuthall, "and then they have the following two days to paint Talbot county only, and then the last two days to paint easton proper."
For 14 years Plein Air Easton has taken the town by storm with close to 300 applicants vying for a spot and only 58 selected, with hundreds more coming to see live paintings and demonstrations.
"No matter what it is, a grand house, a neglected alley, it's all familiar themes and subjects we see everyday," said Thomas Bucci, a watercolorist competing for the first time. "Our job as artists is to make those things more interesting."
Some painters have come from as far as California.
"I was just down just off a field in Trappe. The land goes on forever, very fertile and lush. Agriculture is important in the area so I thought I'd try to capture some of that," said Jonathan Gaetke, a plein air oil painter.
Artists produce several paintings throughout the week, many of them will either be sold or displayed in local museum exhibits.
"They compete for thousands and thousands of dollars in prizes. Plein Air Easton is a career-maker. People that have never been here before, this competition will open doors for them after having competed," said Nuthall.
For more information about how to experience Plein Air Easton, you can visit the Avalon Theater on Dover and Harris Street, or visit https://pleinaireaston.com/home.