September 18-21, 2014 the J. Gallery of Fine Art, in partnership with the Bienenstock Furniture Library, hosted the first “Piedmont Plein Air Paintout”. “Plein Air” is a French term meaning “painting in the open air”.
30 artists from Maine to Florida participated in the 4 day juried event, painting in 5 locations. The artists were selected from a pool of 50 applicants by Scott Raynor, chair of the art department at High Point University. The competition judge for awards was Richard Oversmith, an accomplished internationally known plein air artist.
Artists began the competition by painting in a “quick paint” along Main Street; meaning they set up, painted a scene of their choice and framed it within 3 hours.
All day Friday and Saturday the artists painted in their choice of the predetermined locations; with City Lake Park, Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point History Museum, High Point University, and “Downtown” being the choices. A team of 60 volunteers were posted in shifts at each of the locations. On Sunday, the weekend culminated with an exhibition of all of the completed artwork in a festival atmosphere, with live music and food trucks.
Citizens of High Point supported the event at every opportunity, coming out in the thousands throughout the whole 4 day weekend. Approximately 500 people were in attendance on Sunday and the total turnout for the four day event exceeded 8000 art lovers. The event will be held annually through the J. Gallery; next year’s event will be held September 17-20.
A portion of the net 2014 proceeds will go to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point.
2014 Award Winners!
Artist Russell Jewell with his Best in Show Award Winning Work "Sunny Side of the Street"
Artist Dawn Whitelaw with her First Place Award Winning Work "Mellow Yellow"
Artist Blair Pessemier with his Second Place Award Winning Work "City Lake Park"
Artist Lynn Mehta with her Third Place Award Winning Work "The Bus Depot"
Viewer's Choice Award Winning Artist Jeremy Sams with Competition Juror Richard Oversmith
Call for Artists and More Information
about the 2015 Piedmont Plein Air Paintout coming January 2015!
A HUGE thank you to the 2014 Participating Artists who made the Paintout such a success!
Brenda Behr, Goldsboro, North Carolina
SM Botstein, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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
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
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 Piedmont Plein Air Paintout net proceeds benefit the
The David R. Hayworth Family Fund
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