Open Air Extravaganza Benefits Students, Community

With inspiration from the land and sea, visiting artists from across the nation will capture Southern Maryland scenes on canvas during this fall’s Solomons Plein Air Festival presented by Avian with a portion of the proceeds supporting the College of Southern Maryland Foundation’s Dennis Lake Smith Art Scholarship. Here, 2015 Plein Air Festival artist and CSM art student Barbara Stepura of White Plains captures a morning perspective of the Thomas Johnson Bridge during the “Paint the Town for A Cause.”

Solomons Plein Air Festival Captures Southern Maryland Scenes

With inspiration from the land and sea, visiting artists from across the nation will capture Southern Maryland scenes on canvas during this fall’s Solomons Plein Air Festival in Solomons, Md. presented by Avian. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support the College of Southern Maryland Foundation’s Dennis Lake Smith Art Scholarship.

The festival will feature 31 artists, selected from a national field of 100 artist applicants, who will be painting throughout Solomons beginning Sept. 12. During the “Sunset Quick Draw” from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 14 along the Solomons Riverwalk, artists will have two hours to complete a canvas followed by judging, award and sale of the completed pieces at 8 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association in Solomons. The Quick Draw is open to any artist in the community, and registration is $25.

Community members may also join plein air artists from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 17 to “Paint the Town for A Cause” benefiting CSM and five other charities chosen by the Solomons Plein Air Festival committee. The Riverwalk will feature antique and exotic cars for artists to include in their artwork. Anyone participating will have opportunity to sell their painting, with 40 percent of the sales to benefit Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center, Sophia’s Oasis for Equines, HeartFELT, the Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship at CSM and the Solomons Business Association’s 4th of July fireworks. As in previous years, CSM art students are anticipated to participate in the “Paint the Town for A Cause.”

The festival culminates with an “Affaire of the Arts,” open to the public and hosted by carmen’s gallery, catered by Kingfishers and held at the Holiday Inn Solomons from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 17. All of the competition artists will be in attendance with the opportunity for people to meet the artists and purchase their original artwork produced during the festival.

The term “plein air” comes from the French term “en plein air” which translates as “in the open air.” Well-known artists, including Claude Monet and Pierre-August Renoir, created some of their best and most famous works in this style.

For a complete schedule, sponsors and details visit http://www.solomonspleinair.com/. For information on scholarships at CSM, visit www.csmd.edu/Foundation.

Calendar Listings
Solomons Plein Air Festival Sunset Quick Draw.
6-8 p.m., Sept. 14, Solomons Riverwalk. Open to the community, artists have two hours to complete a painting as part of the Solomons Plein Air Festival presented by Avian. Judging, awards and sale of art will begin at 8 p.m. at Southern Maryland Sailing Association, 14490 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. Registration is $25. www.solomonspleinair.com.

Solomons Plein Air Festival Paint the Town for A Cause. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 17, Solomons Riverwalk at the Gazebo. Register at the Gazebo to paint with the competition artists. Everyone is invited, so bring your own art supplies. Community members will join Solomons Plein Air Festival artists to “Paint the Town for A Cause” benefiting six charities chosen by the Solomons Plein Air Festival committee. The Riverwalk will feature antique and exotic cars for artists to include in their artwork. Anyone participating will have opportunity to sell their painting, with 40 percent of the sales to benefit Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center, Sophia’s Oasis for Equines, HeartFELT, the Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland and the Solomons Business Association’s 4th of July fireworks. Prizes available, and children must be supervised. www.solomonspleinairfestival.com.

Solomons Plein Air Festival Affaire of the Arts. 6-9 p.m., Sept. 17, Holiday Inn Solomons, 155 Holiday Drive, Solomons. The Solomons Plein Air Festival presented by Avian culminates with an “Affaire of the Arts,” open to the public and hosted by carmen’s gallery, catered by Kingfishers and held at the Holiday Inn Solomons. Meet the artists, view the award-winning paintings and purchase one for your home. All purchases support the artists, the festival, and six local charities, including Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center, Sophia’s Oasis for Equines, HeartFELT, the Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland and the Solomons Business Association’s 4th of July fireworks. Cash bar. $25. www.solomonspleinair.com

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