Just about anyone who lives here would agree that all the gray, dark gloom of winter is long forgotten once the beauty of a Northwest summer takes hold. The month of August, being the prime summertime month in the Puget Sound region, is also prime time for plein air painting. It’s no surprise that this region is rife with plein air events in the summer, including our very own Paint Out Winslow—taking place this year on August 19 and 20.
Since its inception in 2014, Paint Out Winslow has taken place only in Winslow, the island’s historic downtown district. With its eclectic storefronts, varied waterfront views, and steady stream of foot traffic, it has served as the perfect place to paint on a late summer weekend. Starting this year, however, we’re inviting artists of all levels to get a fresh perspective and paint anywhere on Bainbridge Island during the two-day event. Other changes afoot this year include free participation for all painters, as well as a new amateur category. There will be prizes awarded in cash and art supplies in both the professional and amateur categories during a public celebration on Sunday afternoon.
Former BAC Director of Education Lynnette Sandbloom led the creation of the event three years ago. She envisioned “an energetic and communal painting opportunity for area artists while also bringing them into the public eye.” Making the event more accessible to all with free entry creates even more opportunity, and is in alignment with our mission of encouraging the appreciation and creation of fine contemporary art in our community.
“We are thrilled to continue this community event, and this year it is better than ever!” says Programming and Outreach Director, Georgia Browne. “Since now it is completely free to participate, island-wide, and has both amateur and professional categories offered, there is no excuse not to join in the fun! Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is proud to nourish and support the artist in each and every one of us.” After a day and a half of painting time, a juried evaluation will take place at Winslow Art Center in the Winslow Mall on Sunday afternoon with awards and a wine and cheese reception. The public is invited to join the celebration and enjoy viewing the finished works, which will be on display at Winslow Art Center until August 31st.
For more information and to register online, visit bacart.org/paintout. To register in person, drop by the gallery or call 206.842.3132.
Paint Out Winslow is made possible by our generous sponsors: Artists’ Edge, The Ellis Family, M. Graham, and Winslow Art Center.