Over fifty artists decended upon Duluth, Georgia from May 9-12 to participate in Paint Duluth 4, a plein air festival sponsored by the Duluth Public Arts Commission. "Plein air" is French for "outdoors", and it can be quite a challenge to create winsome paintings while dealing with iffy weather, changing light and shadows, friendly passers-by, and in one instance, a model (a vendor's trailer) that was hitched and towed away in the middle of the quick-draw competition!
Last night, Adrian Collaborative generously donated their office space for a celebratory reception and sale. The judge's awards were selected by esteemed artist Charles Cashwell, who also taught an excellent workshop on Thursday.
I was honored to receive the People's Choice award AND sell my painting, Parson's Alley, to two delightful customers. I'm not sure I've caught the plein air bug yet, but I couldn't resist meeting so many interesting people and learning by observing their artistry right here in my home town.
Even if you missed the parade of easels, it's not too late to view and purchase the results of the event. Art remains on display and for sale at Adrian Collaborative (3150 Main Street, Suite 103, Duluth, GA 30096) 1-5pm. today through Saturday.
Paint Duluth 4 is a fundraiser for the Duluth Public Arts Commission, which sponsors artistic improvements to the community (like murals!).
I want to express my appreciation to the many volunteers who made this event a success, and our hosts, Larry and Pam Smith of 2Smith Gallery on Duluth's Main Street, who did an incredible job of creating a welcoming and educational environment for beautiful art to happen.