Day trip: Easton Plein Air! begins July 18

July 14, 2011

7th annual Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival

What: Fifty-eight artists will compete in the seventh annual Easton Plein-Air competition. The weeklong event is one of the largest of its kind and features a competition, art exhibit and sale, and a "quick draw" event highlighting emerging artists. The arts festival includes other fine art exhibits, workshops, lectures, theater and music.

Plein air translates roughly to "in the open air," but the essential element is that the artist paints from direct observation of the subject. Most plein-air paintings are made outdoors, which makes the creative process an inherently public one and also encourages quick work before the light changes.

Where: Various locations throughout Easton. The headquarters is at Coffee Cat, at the corner of Goldsborough and Washington streets, where you can find festival information, programs, posters and more. The Competition Gallery is at the Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton. The Tidewater Inn will host an exhibit that highlights the works of artists from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 24

How much: Free. Tickets are $150 for a collector's preview party Friday.

Information: Go to pleinaireaston.com or call 410-822-7297.

— The Baltimore Sun

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