2Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out results from the weekend
Artists from around Middle Tennessee took advantage of the lovely weather this past weekend as they painted scenes of Clarksville’s downtown and river district in the fourth annual 2Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out.
The paint-out culminated with an awards reception, exhibition and sales of work produced through the weekend at the Tree of Life Center.
Three top awards received cash prizes: Tiffany Foss, Franklin, took the first place prize of $500, courtesy of Hand Family Companies, for her work, “Franklin Street Blooms,” a creative look at Couture Crush on the corner of First and Franklin streets.
Patsy Sharpe, Clarksville, received second place of $250, courtesy of Planters Bank, for “Looking Up,” a view of an ancient tree in her backyard.
Janet Felts, Erin, took third place of $100, courtesy of Heimansohn Steel and Salvage, for “Rock by the River,” painted from a Liberty Park view of the Cumberland.
Barbara Joins, Franklin, won an honorable mention award of $30, donated by Bettye Holte, for “Red Door,” an image of Trinity Episcopal Church. Foss also won the top honor for the 90-minute Quick Draw competition with an oil painting of the RiverWalk.
Respected educators and professional artists Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl, Austin Peay State University professors of art, judged work for the Paint-Out and the Quick Draw.
A French expression which means 'in the open air,' en plein air painting became popular among 19th century impressionist painters intrigued by the changing patterns of sunlight on a landscape. Today’s plein air artists work in their surroundings, painting what the naked eye sees, without the focusing aid of photographs.
The 2Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out is sponsored by the 2Rivers Painters, Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, and Downtown Artists Cooperative.
Call to Artists:
The fourth annual 2 Rivers Plein Air Paint Out is coming up in two weeks and I hope you'll consider joining us. Artists can paint anywhere in the Clarksville city limits from Friday morning til Saturday at 4 p.m. when we ask you to bring your work to the Tree of Life Center at 30 Crossland Avenue. Prizes from $500 to $250 will be awarded at a reception Saturday night where work will be exhibited for sale.
If you can't devote an entire day or two to painting, you can join us for a 90-minute Quick Draw at 4 p.m. Saturday, Tree of Life Center. Again, your work can be for sale and a first place award of $50 will be given.
If you haven't tried plein air painting before, the 2Rivers Plein Air Paint Out can be an easy way to get started, with an entry fee of only $35 and $15 for the Quick Draw competition.
If you are interested, email me at email@example.com and I'll send you a prospectus.
Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.
Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council
Dr. Ellen Kanervo, Executive Director
P.O. Box 555
200 S Second Street
Clarksville, TN 37041-0555