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Plein Air
Suffolk Plein Air Invitational 2021
BIG THANKS to everyone who made this weekend’s SUFFOLK PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL absolutely amazing! With love & support Suffolk, Virginia now has a world-class Plein Air event, that will continue to grow & evolve as a ‘Must-Do’ & ‘Must-See’ arts festival each year!
We THANK the:
Plein Air ARTISTS who shared their exceptional talents,
Community who embraced the Plein Air Festival,
Patrons who enthusiastically purchased Plein Air art,
Sponsors for their generous support and vision, and
• Suffolk Plein Air Festival Volunteers, Committee Members, Staff, Taste of Suffolk, Suffolk Art League, Suffolk Tourism, and the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts for their leadership, hard work and dedication to make the Suffolk Plein Air Festival a reality!
Check out the great artwork and artists from the Suffolk Plein Air Festival’s Wet Paint Sale & Awards Reception, held Saturday September 11 at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Link to FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM

AWARDS:
Juror Victor Frailing reviewed the plein air artwork following the two days of painting. A CASH AWARD will be given for the Best In Show, $3,000, 2nd Place, $1,000, on Saturday evening along with 3rd Place, $500, CASH awards. Additional non-monetary awards given for Top Rural, Top Waterway and Top Urban paintings. Big Thanks to juror Victor Frailing for selecting this year’s winners.

BEST IN SHOW:
Orit Reuben
Second Place overall: Theresa Miller
Third Place overall: Elizabeth Blanchard
Best Farmland: Theresa Miller
Best Waterview: William Bensen
Best Historic/Urban: Doug Clarke
Honorable Mentions:
– Karen Crenshaw
– Tomas Ehrenberger
– John Meyers
– Elizabeth Blanchard
– Coakley Brown
– Thomas Bradshaw

What is Plein Air Painting?:
Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

SCCA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL:  Tuesday, September 7 – Saturday, September  11, 2021, featured artist Thomas Bradshaw of Blackstone, VA and 38 talented artists from all over VA, MD, NC, SC and FL painted Suffolk’s historic downtown, beautiful farmland, and pristine waterfront.  This festival is presented by:The Suffolk Art League, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, and Suffolk Tourism.

FESTIVAL Schedule of Events

Tuesday, SEPT. 7, 2021
9:00 AM Check in for Thomas Bradshaw Plein Air Two Day Workshop
Wednesday, SEPT. 8, 2021
9:00 AM Check in for Thomas Bradshaw Plein Air Two Day Workshop=
Thursday, SEPT. 9, 2021 
4 – 6 PM – Artist Registration and Artist Welcome Reception. (Invitation Only) Stamp your canvases at the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center

Friday, SEPT. 10, 2021
8:30-9:30 AM – Artist Registration continues at the Suffolk Center.

8:30 AM – 4 PM – Plein Air Painting Starts, Rain or Shine. Artists will be provided with suggested painting locations throughout Suffolk, VA.
4:30 PM – Artist’s Dinner at The Suffolk Art Gallery, (Invitation Only)
Saturday, SEPT. 11, 2021
9 AM – Artist DEMO by Thomas Bradshaw
11 AM – Quick Draw Check-In begins at the Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival on Main Street.
12 – 2 PM – Quick Draw painting at Taste of Suffolk.
2 – 2:30 PM – Quick Draw Painters bring work to the garden area between the Courthouse and the building housing Harper’s Table for judging.
2 – 3:30 PM – Quick Draw Wet Paint Sale and Awards
6:30 – 7:30 PM – VIP Sponsors and Patrons Pre-Sale Reception
7:30 – 9:30 PM – WET PAINT SALE Cocktail Reception: The cost for this special event is $100 per person / Space is Limited! The evening includes: Heavy Hors d’oeuvres • Open bar • Live Music Wet Paint Sale showcasing the newly painted works of art by the invited and juried artists, providing guests with first access to purchasing the new artwork created during the Plein Air Invitational.
8:00 PM – ART RAFFLE Drawing ~ Need not be present to win!
Sunday, SEPT. 12, 2021 

9:00 AM – 10:30AMArtist’s Brunch (Invitation Only) Artists will pick up unsold work.

 

Plein Air Art Raffle

ART RAFFLE
“Seaboard Railroad Station en Plein Air”

Artist: Brian Murphy
Medium: Oil Painting
Size: 12 x16”, plus frame, value: $900
Tickets: $10 or 3 for $25 

WINNER: GIN STAYLOR

Quick Draw Competition

QUICK DRAW COMPETITION

Join the Fun ~ PAINT SUFFOLK!
Open to all Levels, Ages & Abilities
Date: Saturday, September 11, Noon – 2:00 PM  Early registration encouraged.
Where: Main Street stage at the Taste of Suffolk Festival
Cost: $10; Grand prize a Plein Air Art Box, plus ribbons will be awarded.
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WET PAINT SALE & RECEPTION

The Plein Air Invitational 2021 concludes on Saturday evening, September 11, 7:30 – 9:30 PM with special ticketed Suffolk Plein Air Cocktail Reception & ‘Wet Paint Sale’, providing Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and showcasing the newly painted Plein Air works of art. The cost for this special event is $100 per person.  Space is Limited!

 

Thomas Bradshaw Workshop

THOMAS BRADSHAW WORKSHOP

Dates: September 7 & 8 , 2021
Cost: $195 / person
Level: Seasoned Artists
Description:
This workshop is designed for seasoned artists who want to learn more about using a limited palette and incorporating greys in a plein air piece. Thomas will demonstrate his process step by step, giving you plenty of time to paint during and after the demo. You will be able to show him your work in progress and get personal feedback.
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PAINTING LOCATIONS

PAINTING LOCATIONS

The Suffolk Plein Air Festival committee has secured permission for artists and art enthusiasts to gather for this outdoor painting experience in our beautiful city that is SUFFOLK! Artists can paint at any of the 12 locations throughout the Plein Air Festival, September 9-11.
SEE LOCATIONS

 

MEET THE ARTISTS

MEET THE PLEIN AIR ARTISTS

The Professional Plein Air Artists participating in Suffolk Plein Air come from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and as far away as Florida. Get to know them, watch them paint and purchase their original artworks!
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INVITATIONAL ART GALLERY

INVITATIONAL ART GALLERY

Plein Air Artists were invited to display their favorite artworks created prior to the start of the Suffolk Plein Air Festival. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with their painting styles and techniques. Artwork is available for purchase.
SEE ARTWORK

Suffolk Plein Air Society

JOIN THE SUFFOLK CENTER PLEIN AIR SOCIETY!
Lead by artists Barbara Harris and Sandy Waters, the Plein Air Society encourages interest in the plein air method of painting designating monthly painting locations throughout the Hampton Roads Area. Membership is open to all levels. The Plein Air Society meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Suffolk Center, 110 W. Finney Ave., Suffolk, VA 23434. REGISTER HERE