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Registration for the 2018 Adirondack Plein Air Festival will open Feb 1, 2018VLADISLAVE YELISEYEV - 1ST PLACE - 2017 ADIRONDACK PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
Please check back in January for registration details. 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of the event, celebrating the dramatic landscapes of the Adirondack Mountains. We are adding an additional painting day this year too - artists may now start painting on Monday Aug 13, as soon as you check in and get canvases stamped. There's a good chance we will host a "Nocturne Reception" at the Hotel Saranac. Mark your calendars: the Special Preview Party will be Friday evening, Aug 17 and the Show & Sale on Saturday Aug 18.
Here's another opportunity to paint the Adirondacks: The Publisher's Invitational Adirondack Paint Week, hosted by Eric Rhoads. Spend June 10-18 at Paul Smith's College and do nothing but paint for a week! No competition, no exhibit, no schedule - just painting with plein air artists from all over the country. Registration is open!
Event Coverage in Plein Air Today
A roster of 50 outstanding artists made it a challenge for Awards Juror Aline Ordman, but in the end, Sarasota, Florida artist Vladislav Yeliseyev took home the 1st Place prize at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. He headed home with a check for $1000, from Saranac Lake ArtWorks, $750 Featured ArtWork ad in PleinAirCollector.com, 1 nights lodging & breakfast (Hotel Saranac $300); Frame & Panel (Ampersand $120); and a set of Golden QR watercolors (Golden Paints, $112). Vlad was recognized for the quality of his entire body of work.
George Van Hook, Cambridge, NY, won the 2nd place prize of $500, donated by AdkAction. There were 6 $250 awards handed out: Andre Lucero, Virginia, won the BookStore Plus Award; Patricia Bellerose, Quebec, received the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Award; Alison Leigh Menke, Maryland, earned the "Best of Lake Placid" Award, sponsored by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; the "Best of the VIC" Award, from Paul Smiths College, went to Olena Babak, Maine; the Adirondack Motel Award, donated by Fred & Sue Mueller, went to Cynthia Rosen, of Vermont; and Tara Will, Maryland, received the Community Bank Award for the merit of her entire body of work.
There was also a special display of paintings done of Eagle Island, as a fund-raiser for the Friends of Eagle Island. and Pennsylvania artist Beth Bathe won the prize in that category.
The artists all voted for their favorite and that $150 award, donated by the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, went to Tara Will. She also won the $200 Quick Draw Competition, held Saturday morning amid threatening skies, donated by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Geomatics Land Surveying.
During the course of the week the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery sponsored a Nocturne Contest - paintings done after the sun goes down. New York artist Crista Pisano won that $100 prize.
The final award, the People's Choice, went to Tarryl Gabel, of New York. Tarryl has attended every single Adirondack Plein Air Festival (this year was the 9th). The $500 prize was donated by AdkAction, an organization that is very supportive of local arts initiatives.
Thanks to all our artists, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and art collectors - it was a wonderfully successful event and photos will be posted soon.
OTHER ADIRONDACK PLEIN AIR EVENTS
The Adirondack region has long been known as a wonderful, wild vacation retreat and the inspiration for numerous artists, writers and musicians. The artists who come and take part in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival know that very well, which is what attracts them from all over the country. It's the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi, yet within an easy days drive of the major cities of the northeast. There are mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, forests, farms, and small communities - a full variety of subject matter for artists. Ninety artists submitted applications and 50 were selected to participate.
The Adirondack Plein Air Festival involves 4 1/2 days of painting and then a huge Show & Sale that could very well have 500 fresh, wet paintings that were created during the event. Spectators are encouraged to come watch the creative process as well as to enjoy the Adirondack environment themselves. Click on the "Schedule" link above to see what is going on each day of the event.
Our artists have a wonderful time exploring the Adirondacks with their paintbrushes. We invite you to come see what they have produced and perhaps bring home your own piece of the Adirondacks.
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Eagle Island
A small group of artists have been invited to paint at the Eagle Island Camp, on Upper Saranac Lake. There will be a special display set up in the Town Hall to feature these paintings of the historic property and information will be available from the Friends of Eagle Island.
REGISTRATION CLOSED March 27
Ninety artists applied and 50 artists have been selected to participate, along with 10 alternates. Our 3 Selection Jurors were Massachusetts artist John MacDonald (our 2016 Awards Juror), Saratoga, NY artist Anne Diggory (a former Awards Juror), and Delaware artist Sarah Yeoman.
2017 Awards Juror & Workshop Presenter: Aline E. Ordman
We are proud to announce Vermont artist Aline E. Ordman as our 2017 Juror of Awards.
Aline received her BFA at Cornell University, and continued her training at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, earning a degree in Illustration.
Aline is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society (for her oil paintings) and a Master Circle Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies. She was been featured in The Pastel Journal, has been honored with awards at the 33rd, 34th and 38th Annual Juried Shows of the Pastel Society of America in New York City and juried the 2014 Pastel Society of America’s National Juried Show. In 2016 she was a Faculty Pastel Demonstrator for the National Plein Air Convention and in 2017 will do a Pastel presentation at the National Plein Air Convention.
Her work has been accepted in national juried shows of the American Impressionist Society, The Pastel Society of America and the Oil Painters of America.
Aline teaches workshops throughout the country and in Europe. Learn more about Aline at her website and blog.
2017 Plein Air Festival - Town Hall Show & Sale, Mark Kurtz Photography