Frederick, MD (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
Easels in Frederick, a national, juried plein air painting event in historic Downtown Frederick, held their awards ceremony on June 23rd during the Collectors Preview Party.
Renowned plein air artist Lori Putnam, who served as this year’s awards judge, selected the winners of the six top prizes.
The 2012 grand prize winner was Kirk Larsen for his painting “Quiet Time.” Larsen is from Hicksville, NY and received $5,000 in prize money, sponsored by Easels in Frederick donors.
The second prize work, received $2,500 sponsored by Everedy Square & Shab Row, was “Carroll Creek Alley” created by Jason Tako. Tako is from Dover, PA. “Frederick’s Cupola,” the work of Luc Herbots, received the third place award of $1,500, contributed by Easels in Frederick donors. Herbots is from Port Republic, MD.
The award for best painting with an Architectural Subject and a prize of $1,000, sponsored by Proffitt and Associates Architects, went to Shelby Keefe from Milwaukee, WI for “Alterations.” Beverly Ford Evans received the award of Best Thursday night with a prize of $1,000, sponsored by M&T Bank, for her work “Evening at the Creek.” The Best Use of Light award of $1,000, sponsored by Yvonne and Jim Reinsch, was awarded to Dennis Young from New Castle, DE for “Evening Shadows.”
Ticketholders at the Saturday evening Collectors Champagne Preview Party cast their ballots for the $1,500 Collectors’ Award, sponsored by PNC Bank. The winning painting was “Orange Umbrellas and Blue Sky” by artist Kirk Larsen.
Attendees at Sunday’s Public Exhibit cast their votes for “Frederick’s Venice” by artist Russell Jewell from Easley, SC, who received the $1,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Wegmans.
Quick Draw competition awards, selected by judge Sara Linda Poly, were announced at the culmination of the Saturday morning “paint-against-the-clock” event along part of Carroll Creek. Seventy-one juried and non-juried artists participated in this fun spectator contest, new for Easels in Frederick this year. Winners were: Anne Gibson Snyder of Braddock Heights, 1st place, $500, sponsored by Hunt Hendrickson and Matthew McGreevy/The Hendrickson Group, MSSB; Hui Lai Chong of Rockville, 2nd place, $300, sponsored by Karlys and Tom “Klynch”; Stewart White of Baltimore, 3rd place, $200, sponsored by Carol Topchik and Caron Thornton; and Jason Tako of Dover, PA, Honorable Mention, a $25 gift card contributed by Drawing Board Plus.
In addition to winning awards, participating artists also had the opportunity sell their paintings at the Quick Draw contest and at the private and public exhibits over the weekend. Thirty-five paintings went home with appreciative art enthusiasts.
"Saturday and Sunday together, alone, brought an estimated 750 people, so we are very pleased with the turnout and cannot wait to see what 2013 brings for Easels in Frederick," said Carolyn Greiner, co-chair of Easels in Frederick.
June 19-23 will serve as the dates for the 2013 Easels in Frederick where 30 artists will be selected to compete for prize money by painting scenes from beautiful Downtown Frederick.
For more information about Easels in Frederick visit http://www.easelsinfrederick.org or call The Delaplaine at 301-689-0656.
Easels in Frederick is a committee of The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center created to organize and manage the 2012 juried plein air painting competition. The Delaplaine is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization and all charitable contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Delaplaine remains the only arts organization to have been certified under the Standards for Excellence in Nonprofit Management by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. The Delaplaine provides the Frederick region with educational opportunities and experiences in the visual arts through classes, exhibits, and programs.