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Don't Forget about Plein Air!

Jul 05, 2011 05:15PM ● By Anonymous


WHAT: The 7th Annual Plein-Air! Easton competition is the East Coast's premier plein air festival featuring top artists, collectors’ events, art galleries, workshops and more.


WHO: Competition Jurist Tim Newton
Awards Judge M. Stephen Doherty
Executive Director of the Avalon Foundation Al Bond
Operations Director of the Avalon Foundation Jessica Rogers


WHEN: Monday, July 18–Sunday, July 24, 2011
Events all week in various locations and times
Competition Gallery hours
July 23, 9am-9pm – July 24 10am-4pm


WHERE:  Headquarters
Avalon Foundation
40 East Dover Street
Easton, MD 21601

Competition Gallery

Academy Art Museum
106 South St
Easton, Maryland 21601


DETAILS: Fifty-eight artists will compete in the 7th Annual Plein-Air! Easton competition. This week-long event produces some of the best representational art in America today, created by the nation’s top plein air painters. Artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts alike come together for the hottest art sale of the year. The juried exhibition and competition is a project of the Avalon Foundation and culminates with an awards presentation and multi-day exhibition and sale at the Academy Art Museum, a museum accredited by the American Association of Museums. The competition is part of an arts festival which will include other fine art exhibits, workshops, lectures, theatre and music.

Plein Air–Easton! is the work of the Avalon Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide diversified arts and educational programs that improve the quality of life in the Mid-Shore region. Plein Air–Easton! is supported by various corporate, media, and community sponsors, including the Talbot County Arts Council. Donations from Friends of Plein Air–Easton! support the event while promoting conservation and tourism through the arts and a distinct sense of place. Strong community support and sponsorships have been key components in the great success of this event. For full itineraries, artists’ bios, registration for ticketed events, and more, visit, email or phone 410.822.7297.