Suffolk Plein Air Festival attracts artists from far and wide
Published 9:13 pm Friday, July 1, 2022
Suffolk is gearing up for the second annual Suffolk Plein Air Festival Sept. 6-11.
This year’s event has expanded to include 45 plein air artists from across the United States and as far away as the Netherlands who will “Paint Suffolk Virginia.”
“They are coming to capture the beauty of Suffolk’s waterways, landscapes and cityscapes, compete for prizes and sell their artwork,” said Sandy Waters, the festival’s co-chair. ”Seeing our city through the eyes and talents of others is a highlight of this weeklong outdoor painting event.”
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Elizabeth Blanchard, Betsy Brothers and Carey Woodruff of Suffolk will be among the participating artists. Others are:
Natalia Andreeva of Tallahassee, Florida
Pamela Betts of Silver Spring, Maryland
Thomas Bradshaw of Blackstone
Coakley Brown of Henrico
Lisa Burger Lentz of Media, Pennsylvania
Gina Buzby of Norfolk
Doug Clarke of Norfolk
Lynn Cothern of Gaithersburg, Maryland
Huchen Courouleau of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
Karen Lee Crenshaw of Jacksonville, North Carolina
rlene Daniels of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mary Ann Davis of Indianapolis, Indiana
Steve Doherty of Waynesboro
Vlad Duchev of Baltimore, Maryland
John Eiseman of Hebron, Maryland
Catherine Hillis of Locust Grove
Pearl Horng of Midlothian
Betty Huang of Easton, Maryland
Greg Johannesen of Port Republic, Maryland
Rose Kennedy of Hope Mills, North Carolina
Brett LaGue of Fincastle
William Lake of Charlottesville
Melanie Landrith of Media, Pennsylvania
Kirk Larsen of Hicksville, New York
Allen Lassiter of Elizabeth City, North Carolina
John Meyers of Norfolk
Theresa Miller of Vienna
Mark Monsarrat of San Francisco, California
Brian Murphy of Newport News
Lynda Mussen of Peru, New York, New York
Jim Rehak of Seaford, Delaware
Orit Reuben of Orlando, Florida
Elizabeth Rhoades of Belle Haven
Tatyana Robberts of O’Fallon, Illinois
Karen Spaulding of Hampton
Norma Swan of Norfolk
Karen Thuermer of Alexandria
Lyudmila Tomova of Raleigh, North Carolina
Dimitris Voyiazoglou of Rijswijk, The Netherlands
Rachel Vredenburg of Chesapeake
Terry Wylie of Norfolk
Lori Yates of Easton, Maryland
Waters co-chairs the Suffolk Plein Air Festival Committee with Barbara Harris. The committee includes representatives from the Suffolk Art League, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and Suffolk Tourism.
After three days of painting, juror James Warwick Jones will review more than 120 works of art to select the winners.
Cash awards will be given for the Best In Show, $3,000; second place, $1,000; and third place, $500. Additionally, there are non-monetary awards given for Top Rural, Top Waterway and Top Urban paintings.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, artists and patrons will gather at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts for the Wet Paint Sale and Awards Reception. Attendees will have the chance to meet the artists and view and purchase all of their new artwork.
Wet Paint Sale tickets are $100 and include food catered by Taste, an open bar and live music. Purchase tickets online at www.SuffolkPleinAir.org.
From noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, in conjunction with the annual Taste of Suffolk downtown street festival, children, students and adults are invited to paint outside, “en plein air,” during the “Quick Draw” event. This is a chance for novice to experienced painters to try their hand at plein air painting.
Participants will produce an original piece of artwork in only two hours, with prizes awarded. Quick Draw artists are encouraged to sell their Suffolk Plein Air artwork during Taste of Suffolk. Quick Draw registration is $10, open to all ages and abilities at SuffolkPleinAir.org.
“The success of Suffolk Plein Air Festival is a tribute to the vision and collaboration of the Suffolk community,” Waters said. “So many wonderful people have opened their homes to host some of our out-of-town artists for the week. Others have offered their properties as locations for the artists to paint. Generous business and patron sponsors stepped up to ensure the arts are accessible for all, bringing together artists of all skill levels and ages – younger and older – providing rich experiences for the community at large.”
For information about sponsoring the 2022 Suffolk Plein Air Festival sponsor, attending events or volunteering, contact email@example.com or visit SuffolkPleinAir.org.