Plein Air–Easton! Awards More than $25,000 in Prizes

1d281367 (204 x 170)The 9th Annual Plein Air–Easton! awards have been announced. With hundreds of paintings sold in one weekend for a total sales volume topping $325, 000, the event continues to live up to its reputation as the premier plein air festival in America.

2013 National Competition Award Winners
Grand Prize Timothy E. Dills Memorial Award, $5,000: Garin Baker from New York, NY for “A Buck Twenty a Bushel”
Second Place Academy Art Museum Award, $2,000: Nancy Tankersley from Easton, MD for “Brookletts Morning”
Third Place Ben Franklin Crafts Design & Create Award, $1,000: Robert J Barber from Bethlehem, PA for “Two Sycamores”
Vanishing Landscape Award (sponsored by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy), $2,000: Charlie Hunter from Bellows Falls, VT for “Bridge”

Best Marine Award (sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum), $2,000: Greg LaRock from Newport Beach, CA for “Blocked In”
Best Architectural Award (sponsored by the Historical Society of Talbot County), $1,000: Tim Kelly from Baltimore, MD for “Old Dover Bridge”
Artists’ Choice Award, $500 + full page ad in PleinAir magazine: Ken DeWaard from Chicago, IL for “A Waterman’s Life”
Troika Gallery Award for Best Painting by a Maryland Artist, $500: Hiu Lai Chong from Rockville, MD for “Take Me Up”
South Street Art Gallery Award for Best New Artist to Plein Air–Easton!, $500: Mark Laguë from Montreal, Quebec for “Late Afternoon on Tilghman”
Gail Grafton Memorial Landscape Award, $500: John Michael Carter from Louisville, KY for “The Cove”
Carol Hilderbrandt Award of Joy and Exuberance, $500: Crystal Moll from Baltimore, MD for “Essence of St. Michaels”
Studio B Gallery Historic Preservation Award (highlighting the renovation and adaptive reuse of the McCord’s Building), $500: Richard R. Sneary from Kansas City, MO for “Side Door”
Honorable Mention, $150: Stewart Burgess White from Baltimore, MD for “Paint the Town”
Honorable Mention, $150: Larry Moore from Orlando, FL for “Plenty of Work to Do”

2013 Local Color Award Winners
Best in Show, $600: Linda Kirvan from Oxford, MD for “Baiting Up”
Award of Excellence, $200: Margery Caggiano from St. Michaels, MD for “Last Exit”
Award of Excellence, $200: Nancy B. Galvin from Middle River, MD for “Vail Valley”
Award of Excellence, $200: Sarah Stolte from Trappe, MD for “Showing Off”
Honorable Mention: Katie Cassidy from Easton, MD for “Color of Snow”
Honorable Mention: Fred Craig from Oxford, MD for “Morning Sun”
Honorable Mention: Valerie Sunderland from Wittman, MD for “Rowboat Reflections”


2013 Quick Draw Winners
First Place, $1,500: Paul Bachem from Locust Valley, NY for “Red, White & Blue”
Second Place, $750: Ned Mueller from Renton, WA for “The Artist”
Third Place, $500: Ken DeWaard from Chicago, IL for “Subtle Beauty”
Easton Studio & School Award (Best Non-Competition Artist), $300: Jeremy Joseph from Easton, MD for “Blue Crab”
Honorable Mentions, $100:
Jason Tako from Dover, PA for “Orange Umbrella”
David Csont from Pittsburgh, PA for “Bullitt Window”
Cindy Baron from East Greenwich, RI for “Through the Trees”

2013 The Next Generation Winners
Sponsored by Attraction magazine with product awards donated by Tom Lynch
Ages 12-18
First Place, $200: Bradley Milligan, age 17, from Easton, MD for “Portrait of Shea Springer”
Second Place, $100: Jamie Bonan, age 17, from Potomac, MD for “Mason’s Umbrella”
Third Place, $50: Will Ridenhour, age 12, from Bowie, MD for “A Bird’s Throne”
Honorable Mentions:
Miel Belloso, age 17, from Salisbury, MD for “The Fountain”
Claire Anovik, age 14, from Easton, MD for “Pottery Garden”
Ginger Myers, age 12, from St. Michaels, MD for “Wishing Well”

Age under 12
First Place: Amelia Cossentino from Trappe, MD for “Protective Parents”
Second Place: Vivi Morris from Easton, MD for “Myrtle”
Third Place: Clark Ridenhour from Bowie, MD for “Good to be a Dog”
Honorable Mentions:
Gracie Callahan from Denton, MD for “Rose”
Eryn Callahan from Denton, MD for “Rainbow Flower”
Sam Rogers from Easton, MD, Untitled

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. The Academy Art Museum is the accredited museum venue for the competition exhibit.

Plein Air–Easton! is supported by various corporate, media, and community sponsors, including the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Star Democrat, and Attraction magazine. Donations from Friends of Plein Air–Easton! support the event while promoting conservation and tourism through the arts. Strong community support and sponsorships have helped make Plein Air–Easton! one of Easton’s largest events and America’s premier plein air festival.

The 10th Annual Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival will take place July 12-20, 2014.

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