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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