The week of September 18th through 21st, 2014 will bring 30 nationally known landscape painters to High Point for the first annual Piedmont Plein Air Paint-out.  "Plein air" is a French expression which means "in the open air," and is specifically used to describe the act of painting outdoors.  Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Impressionists and the technique has remained a staple of landscape painters to this day.

On Thursday 9/18, artists will participate in a Quick paint event along Main Street from Parkway Avenue to Farriss Avenue.  Artists will paint landscapes and architecture along this corridor from 2-5 pm and deliver at least one finished and framed work of art at the end of that time period.  This is always an exciting event as it allows the public to watch works being created and completed in a short period of time.

All day (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) Friday and Saturday (9/19 & 20) you are invited to come out and watch the artists paint in any or all of the 5 locations.  There is no charge for this.  On Sunday (9/21), food trucks will begin serving lunch at 11:30 am on Farriss Ave..  All food truck items will be available for purchase.  At 12:00 on Sunday The Public is invited to come into the JH Adams Inn to view the artwork which has been produced throughout the weekend.  There will be a presentation of awards by our competition judge, live music, and dessert served.  All artwork will be available for purchase at this event on Sunday.  There is a $5 fee for entry to this event at the Inn (on Sunday only).

Click this link to watch upcoming Piedmont Plein Air Artist Russell Jewell
paint at the Plein Air Easton event!

2014 Piedmont Plein Air Paintout Artists Announced!
(Artists images located on Visitors & Collectors page)

Brenda Behr, Goldsboro, North Carolina

SM Botstein,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Lon Brauer,
Granite City, Illinois

Jim Carson,
Saluda, North Carolina

Jean Cauthen,
Mint Hill, North Carolina

Amy Queen Chappin,
Statesville, North Carolina

Susan Covert,
Bradenton, Florida

Katie Dobson-Cundiff,
Bradenton, Florida

Harold Frontz,
Lexington, North Carolina

Dan Graziano,
Castine, Maine

Kim Hall,
Richmond, Virginia

Laurie Snow Hein,
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Catherine Hillis,
Round Hill, Virginia

Carrie Jacobson,
Wachapreague, Virginia

Russell Jewell,
Easley, South Carolina

Cheryl Keefer,
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Jane Delight Keeling,
Bradenton, Florida

Rose Kennedy,
Hope Mills, North Carolina

Brett LaGue,
Fincastle, Virginia

Karen Leffel-Massengill,
Palm City, Florida

Kaaren Lundeen,
Brevard, North Carolina

Jessie Mackay,
Pinehurst, North Carolina

Lynn Mehta,
Alexandria, Virginia

Cheryl Powell,
Kernersville, North Carolina

Blair Pessemier,
Paris, France

Jeremy Sams,
Archdale, North Carolina

Phyllis Steimel,
Salisbury, North Carolina

Gina Strumpf,
Charlotte, North Carolina

Meg Nottingham Walsh,
Arlington, Virginia

Dawn Whitelaw,
Franklin, Tennessee

2014 Selection Juror     Scott M. Raynor

Scott earned his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He had additional graduate coursework at Johnson State College in Vermont and studied painting at the Courthauld Institute in London, UK.  He serves as Chair of the Art Department and Associate Professor of Art at High Point University.  Scott uses the interior as an avenue to explore complex color harmonies and relationships and the rendering of forms.  He is fascinated with the idea of personal mythology and symbolic objects and is drawn to the infinite possibilities of seeing


2014 Competition Juror     Richard Oversmith

Richard received formal training in Fine Art and Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  While at Kendall, he was invited to study at the Royal College of Art in London, England.  There he gained experience in plein air painting and found direction in his work as an oil painter.  Richard's purpose in painting is to provoke the viewer to interact with his pieces.  His paintings are his voice and stroke by stroke he composes a whole that relates to his vision.  He allows the setting to speak to him, creating only as many brushstrokes as are needed for the viewer's eye to understand and connect.

2014 Piedmont Plein Air Paintout net proceeds benefit the



             The David R. Hayworth Family Fund                     

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