New Plein Air Festival partners with Staunton Garden Week

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Photo Credit: Susie Lendermon

A new celebration of art will compliment Staunton Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. Twenty-three plein air painters from five states will be in Staunton to paint ”in the open air” April 21-23, 2016.

Beverly Street Studio School (BSSS) is sponsoring the first Plein Air art Festival where artists will paint downtown Staunton, the gardens of Staunton homes open during Garden Week, Rolling Hills Farm, and Polyface Farms.

April 22nd begins with a “Paint Staunton Quick Draw art competition”. This event is intended to get the community involved in the timed painting contest. Professional and amateur artists are invited to compete. Gena Adams, a local artist, is reaching out to local schools to get the youngest artists involved in this event. The competitors will have three hours to work on their painting. Then the piece will be brought to Sunspots Pavilion to be judged. Three cash prizes will be awarded in each category.

Later on Friday, April 22, 2016, at BSSS, Lauren Andreach will give an artist demonstration. This event is limited to 25 people so register soon.

On Saturday, April 23rd, the plein air painters will go into the Historic Gardens included on the garden tour. The works they produce will then be on display at BSSS later that evening. The display titled, “Fresh Paint”, will open with a private preview at 5:00pm then opens to the general public at 5:30pm with a reception running until 7:30pm.

More arts and culture will be featured in Staunton that weekend including the “Hot Glass Festival”, Bridge Day, the Historic Garden Tour, and the Shakespeare Block Party.

Plan your visit to the Shenandoah Valley for this special weekend in Staunton, VA.


One thought on “New Plein Air Festival partners with Staunton Garden Week

  1. Are there any plein air events scheduled for the fall? I just visited the area and am planning to return this fall to paint the autumn colors. I live in Springfield, IL but have lots of family in the area. While I was there I stayed at Bare Farm Cabin and painted in the area (near Lexington)…… it was a delightful trip.

    The Best,

    Rachel Lattimore
    cell: 217-402-5067

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