It was a typical gorgeous Northwest summer weekend on August 19th and 20th, which proved the perfect climate for our fourth annual plein air painting event, Paint Out Winslow. After three years of the popular event being bound within the confines of downtown Winslow, we opened up the territory to allow artists to roam all over Bainbridge Island, and roam they did. Also new this year was the addition of an amateur category, encouraging anyone inspired to pick up a brush or a pencil to do so—whether they were first-timers or plein air pros.
Overall, about 35 artists participated in the free event, including several budding young artists who painted alongside a parent or two, proving that creating art can be a delightful family affair. Artists employed a diverse range of styles and mediums to depict some of the most iconic locations on the island—as well as some lesser known locales that got their moment in the sun (yes, literally and figuratively).
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By late Sunday morning 23 pieces were turned in for evaluation and judging for awards. Overall, seven prizes in amateur and professional categories were awarded during a free public reception at Winslow Art Center that afternoon. Artists swapped tips, techniques and location secrets with each other, while admirers who came to see the fruits of their labors enjoyed viewing the works. Finished pieces were on public display at the Center through August.
Taking home prizes of cash and art supplies, hearty congratulations go to these winners:
- First Prize- Erin Parker (watercolor and pencil)
- Second Prize- Shawn Behling (wood, house paint and acrylic)
- Third Prize- Susan Jackson (Pen, ink and watercolor)
- First Prize- Bill Hemp (mixed media)
- Second Prize- Millard Davidson (oil)
- Third Prize- Nicholas Ogilvie (watercolor)
Innovation Award: Nicole Gelinas (acrylic)
And kudos to all the Paint Out Winslow artists! You all made the event a success, and showed that art is for everyone—in the making and the sharing. See you next year!