Plein Air–Easton! Announces Judges for 2010 Competition

The entry jurist and awards judge have been named for the 6th Annual Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, which takes place July 19-25, 2010.

The entry jurist is M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing, and Workshop magazines. Doherty graduated summa cum laude from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He has written dozens of magazine articles and several art books. Doherty is an active outdoor painter who travels around the United States and Europe. His paintings of the south have been featured at the Bryant Galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi, and he was included in a group exhibition of plein air painters at Tree’s Place Gallery on Cape Cod. Two of his paintings are included in a traveling exhibition titled “From Sea to Shining Sea” organized by the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California.

Doherty serves on the advisory boards of several arts organizations, including the New York Academy of Art, The Florence Academy, and the Portrait Society of America, and he has been a judge in various national and international competitions. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York with his wife, Sara.

Returning in 2010, after serving as the jurist in 2009, is awards judge Jean Stern, a recognized authority on California Impressionism. Stern has extensive experience as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher. He has been the executive director of the Irvine Museum in Irvine, California since its inception in January, 1993, and has produced a number of traveling exhibitions of plein air and impressionists artwork. He further established a national presence for the museum in the field of California Impressionism through a noteworthy international series of books, exhibitions, articles, video documentaries, and national and international lectures and exhibitions.

Stern is the author of numerous books and articles on California Impressionism, including monographs on important artists such Franz A. Bischoff, Alson S. Clark, Sam Hyde Harris, and Elsie Palmer Payne. Stern has contributed to several books on California art and written essays for numerous books and museum catalogs. Stern and Joan Irvine Smith co-authored California: This Golden Land of Promise I, a highly acclaimed history of California, illustrated with hundreds of important historical paintings.

In another book, Native Grandeur: Preserving California’s Vanishing Landscapes, Stern writes, “When America emerged on the world stage in the mid-nineteenth century, it was with an art tradition that reflected what was paramount to American society: its people and its land. The desire for realistic portrayal of forms has continually been a forceful characteristic of American art.”

Al Bond, Executive Director of the Avalon Foundation, says, “To have authorities of this caliber as jurist and awards judge is further evidence that we have established Plein Air–Easton! as a major event in the country.”

Plein Air–Easton! is a project of the Avalon Foundation and hosted by the Academy Art Museum, which provides an accredited museum venue for the competition exhibit. The event is supported by the Talbot County Arts Council, along with corporate and individual donors. 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 helped make Plein Air–Easton! one of Easton’s largest events and a premier plein air festival in the country.

Deadline for entries in the national competition is March 6, 2010. Competition artists will be announced March 27, 2010.
For more information, judge’s bios, galleries, itineraries, and artists’ prospectus, visit or call 410.822.7297.