Affaire of the Arts
The Affaire of the Arts offers spectators, art enthusiasts and collectors alike the unique opportunity to purchase paintings which they have observed the competition artists creating throughout the week. This one-night-only reception gives the public the opportunity to meet the artists, learn about their inspiration, and purchase paintings full of local color and subject matter. Artists have spent the week creating paintings of the landscape, the people, the landmarks, the boats, and the endless beauty of Southern Maryland. Nowhere else in Calvert County will you find such a diverse and complete collection of works painted en plein air or outdoors. The festive Affaire of the Arts includes a cash bar and beautifully catered hors doeuvres from Kingfishers. All of the competition artists will be in attendance.
Your purchases of the art allows us to continue this event, support the artists, and aide charitable organizations.
Hosted by Holiday Inn & carmens gallery.
The Solomons Plein Air Festival is designed to attract visitors from Washington DC and the local Tri County area, Maryland, to picturesque Solomons Island to experience a broad spectrum of Plein Air artistic talent, that hails from across the US. The September 12th to 18th outdoor festival will be an opportunity for the public to watch artists at work painting Solomons Island and Calvert County's scenic land and seascapes. And they'll have the first opportunity to purchase these lovely pieces. The 6 day schedule will also include artistic opportunities for the public, prizes, and many daily events which you can find listed on our page. This is a popular event every year so plan to get here early!
The Solomons Plein Air Festival will raise funds for the College of Southern Maryland Scholarship Fund and will also support the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center, Sophia's Oasis for Equines, P.A.W.S., HeartFELT, and the Solomons July 4 Fireworks.
For more information on the schedule, please visit www.solomonspleinair.com
What is Plein Air?
Simply put, it is painting outdoors rather than in a studio. The term comes from the French 'en plein air', meaning 'in the open air'. The Impressionists were particularly interested in the influence of changing light and the effects of light on color when outdoors. Monet is a popular example of a plein air painter. Today, plein air painting is flourishing as its' own art form. Artists come together for paint outs and competitions to hone their skills. Landscape painters of all skill levels are finding that plein air painting is a rewarding and powerful experience.
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Solomons, MD 20688
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