Painting Peninsula, Cuyahoga Valley during competition June 6-8

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Peninsula -- Set up an easel, pick up a brush and paint in Peninsula and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park plein air style June 6, 7 and 8.

The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the national park and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is sponsoring its Sixth Annual Plein Air Competition. The competition will take place in and around the village of Peninsula and the CVNP June 6, 7 and 8.

The competition is open to artists, 18 years of age and older. Employees of CVNP, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and members of the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce may enter but are ineligible for awards. Last year, 47 artists participated, most of them local and regional, said event chair Debra Bures.

"It has grown every year," she said.

The artists must create an original two-dimensional art in any medium other than photography during the event. No three-dimensional or computer generated work will qualify. Canvas or paper plus a frame must be less than or equal to 28 inches in any one direction. All pieces must be ready for hanging.

Artwork must be created on site in the true plein air style and may not be worked on off site or generated from reference photos. The blank canvas must be stamped before the artist begins work, Bures said.

"When they register, they must bring blank canvases or paper, and we stamped them so we know they haven't done anything before they come," Bures said.

Styles may range from realism to abstract, and must be in keeping with the impromptu style of plein air.

A list of locations will be available for the artists to pick from, Bures said. Locations feature the park, water, gardens, farms and even industrial sites.

"The sites depend on what people like to paint," Bures said. "One man liked old bridges. Others love flowers."

The artist can submit two pieces created during the competition for jurying by 5 p.m. on June 8.

The judge, Barbara Gillette, will determine which entries will be displayed at the John F. Seiberling Gallery in the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Administrative Offices, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road in Peninsula, June 29 through Aug. 8.

Awards will be presented at the artists' reception on June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the John F. Seiberling Gallery. Awards will include $500 for best of show; $300 for second place; $200 for third place; and honorable mentions. People can vote for the people's choice award, and the winner will receive a gift basket from the Winking Lizard, Bures said.

The award winning pieces will be displayed in the gallery at the Conservancy's Trail Mix Peninsula store.

All artwork will be for sale with 60 percent to the artist and 40 percent to the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce.

All sales of artwork during the competition (June 7-9) must be made through the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce.

"It's a nice event. The public interacts with the artists while they're painting," Bures said. "It brings art to the people."

Winning artwork will be featured on www.explorepeninsula.com link to plein air page.

Applications from artists will be received by mail or phone through June 9. A $35 registration fee will assist in covering the cost of the juror, prizes and logistics. Checks, payable to PACC, are preferred, but credit cards will be accepted. Please include an artist statement/biography with the entry form.

More information is available at www.explorepeninsula.com/plein-air-competition or contact Debra or Stephen Bures at 330-657-2788.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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