Plein Air Contest Comes to a Beautiful Conclusion
Saturday afternoon saw the wrap up of the Fifth Annual Theodore Robinson Plein Air Competition at the newly renamed John Evans Hall. It was a grand show and sale of the works of 13 artists from around the state. Artists from as far away as Kaukauna joined more local artists from Beloit, Madison, Waukesha, and Evansville to present paintings for judging that had been produced in and around the city over the previous nine days.
No one envied judges Jim Fouts, Gary Walker, and Tajali Tolan as they tried to pick the best of the works presented for judging. But, in the end, and after much discussion, they chose five paintings from two categories for monetary prizes and two more for Honorable Mention. Based on composition, brush work, and color use Jan Norsetter’s, Lake Leota September 23, 2016 , received the purple ribbon and $1000 cash prize as Best in Show. First Prize in the Sesquicentennial category celebrating 150 years of Evansville History went to a painting of Theodore Robinson’s Boyhood Home by Thomas Buchs.
The Theodore Robinson Plein Air competition is presented by the Friends of Eager Free Public Library, the Theodore Robinson Society, and Evansville Community Partnership. Sponsors this year included The Allen Creek Gallery, John and Sandy Decker, and the City of Evansville Tourism Commission, which provided the prizes for the Sesquicentennial paintings. Paintings for the competition have been moved to Creekside Place where they will remain on display through November 21 and where they may be purchased if you choose. Watch the Creekside Place Facebook page for postings of the works for sale there.
More information is online at www.ecp-wi.org or contact Jim Brooks, ECP Executive Director, via phone at 608/882-0598 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Lake Leota September 23, 2016
Lake Leota Day 2
Looking Towards Evansville
Breaking Clouds on Yahara River
Prizes Sponsored by Evansville Tourism Commission
1st Sesquicentennial Prize
Theodore Robinson’s Boyhood Home
2nd Sesquicentennial Prize
Eager Free Public Library
Red Lipstick on a Grand Dame
Open Air Art Contest in Evansville
They have a word for it, you know. In Italian they say al fresco when they dine outdoors. When people paint outdoors, the French say they are en Plein air, in the open air. The tradition of painting landscapes in the open air returns to Evansville as the Fourth Annual Theodore Robinson Plein Air Competition is held from September 23 to October 1. Artists will paint in and around Evansville for a week and then present the paintings for you to see and purchase on the final day.
More than two dozen painters from around the state and from northern Illinois will compete for the First Prize Ribbon and $1000 for the painting judged best by a panel of expert judges. Cash prizes will be awarded for Second and Third Place as well. The paintings will be for sale to the public at a closing event at the Masonic Temple, 104 West Main St in Evansville starting at Noon on October 1.
The Impressionists popularized painting in the out of doors in the 1870’s as equipment and paints made it easier to venture afield in search of the best light. The Evansville participants will be allowed to paint anywhere in a box enclosed by the Dane and Green County lines, CTH A on the south and the Rock River on the east. Popular subjects in years past have been the homes in the historic district, Lake Leota, Weary Road, and Magnolia Bluff but there are no other limits on the choice of subject.
The judging will be held at the Union Masonic Lodge on Main Street in Evansville on Saturday October 1 with doors opening to the public at Noon. Each artist will present one painting done during the week in the area for judging and will have other works available for sale to the public. The closing sale provides an opportunity for you to own quality original artwork created by local artists.
The Theodore Robinson Plein Air competition is presented by the Friends of Eager Free Public Library, the Theodore Robinson Society, and Evansville Community Partnership. Proceeds go to help the sponsoring non-profit organizations continue their work in the community
Paintings from the competition will be moved to the Andrew Gallery at Creekside Place where they will remain on display for several weeks and where they may be purchased if you choose.
More information is online at www.ecp-wi.org .or contact Jim Brooks, ECP Executive Director, via phone at 608/882-0598 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back. --Norman Rockwell