BERLIN– The artists will be out next week to kick off the ‘Paint Worcester County’ event.
Paint Worcester County, the outdoor painting event organized by the Worcester County Arts Council, runs from September 18-23. More than 40 artists will be installed throughout the department painting local scenes.
“Paint Worcester County enables artists to explore and interpret the county’s historic sites, architecture, landscapes, marshes, seaside and street scenes,” said Anna Mullis, Executive Director of Worcester County Arts Council. “It also encourages residents and visitors to see our monuments through the eyes of these artists as they work at their easels in public spaces.”
The Worcester County Arts Council launched Paint Berlin, an outdoor event held in the city, in 2010. Last year, however, it was expanded to include the whole county under the name Paint Worcester County. Mullis said that this year, 46 artists will be setting up easels across the region from September 18-23.
“For the viewer, this art form can be very exciting as it invites you into the creative process, the sight, sound and even smell of the artist’s world,” Mullis said. “We invite visitors of all ages to observe the entire process, from the first brush stroke to the final touch.”
Artowrk made during the competition will be reviewed and judged by Barbara Scheihing. A total of $2450 in prize money will be awarded. The public will have the opportunity to purchase the artwork made during Paint Worcester County at a “Wet Paint” sale on Friday, September 23 at the Berlin Library. While the sale takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the art will remain in the library gallery until December 31.
Mullis hopes the event will inspire interest in art and give local citizens a taste of outdoor style, which gives artists a chance to work outdoors in unique settings.
“By making people more aware of the beauty of Worcester County and integrating art into the social fabric of our community, Paint Worcester County hopes to inspire an interest in outdoor painting, its origins and history,” said Mullis said.
At last year’s event, which drew 35 attendees, Easton artist Rhonda Ford won first place for her oil painting titled “Rain, Rain Go Away”. Second place went to Mateus Costa from Pennsylvania for “Lunch at Sterling Tavern”, a watercolour, and third place was received by Barbara Kern-Bush from Pocomoke for her oil painting, the “Prettiest Bridge”.
For more information about the event, visit worcestercountyartscouncil.org or call 410-641-0809.