2018-08-02 / Front Page

Painters capture great outdoors

By Jen Murphy
of the Enterprise staff


PATRONS ADMIRE paintings by artists who participated in the Northport Arts Association Plein Air Paintout. The “Wet Paint Show and Sale” took place Sunday at the Village Arts Building, donated by Bill and Nina Collins. Northport business owner Mimi Heberlein catered the event. PATRONS ADMIRE paintings by artists who participated in the Northport Arts Association Plein Air Paintout. The “Wet Paint Show and Sale” took place Sunday at the Village Arts Building, donated by Bill and Nina Collins. Northport business owner Mimi Heberlein catered the event. Northport just finished its weekend for painting in nature, with Glen Arbor next.

Back-to-back plein air painting competitions are keeping both communities busy during what could be described as an art-full summer in Leelanau County.

Cherie Correll of Lake Ann has in the past enjoyed participating in the GAAC event. On Sunday afternoon she was painting in Leelanau Township.

“I heard it was a wonderful event,” said Cherie Correll, brush in hand while transferring the image of a run-down barn found off M-22 to canvas for the Plein Ar Paintout sponsored by the Northport Arts Association. “They are very well organized.”

The Lake Ann resident will complete her plein air trifecta this weekend at an event planned by the Glen Arbor Arts Center. She also participated in a plein air competition hosted earlier this summer by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center.

The Plein Air Paintout started with sunup Saturday, attracting 40 talented landscape painters who raised their brushes to canvas.

“They were everywhere,” Northport Arts Association president Christine Verdon said. “Some were out at Woolsey Airport, some at Peterson Park. They didn’t all stay in the village. And most opted to paint both days and most opted to paint during the ‘golden hour.’”

At the end of the day Sunday, works were displayed and many were sold at the “Wet Paint Show and Sale” at the Village Arts Building. More than 200 patrons attended the event and approximately $5,000 was raised for the association.

“It was fantastic,” Verdon said. “The artists were pleased, we sold more art than last year and there were a third more people that came to the reception.”

Event chair Gene Rantz, a highly successful oil painter of several decades and full-time artist, judged the event.

“I know a good painting when I see one and there were many,” Rantz said. “As the judge of the show, I had a terrible time judging.”

In all, nine artists received awards for their work: Cornelis Van Spronsen from Canton, Mich., Kurt Anderson from Harbor Springs, Neil Walling from Suttons Bay, Florence Winans from Northport, Lori Feldpausch from Traverse City, Debra Howard from Crisfield, Mary., Bob Hubbach from Clarkston, James Burge from Kalkaska and Michelle Jahraus from Cedar.

“The plein air event was a community project where people really chipped in to help out,” Rantz said. He added that participating artists said Northport provided a very enjoyable place to paint and show their work. Many plan to participate again next year.

For art aficionados looking for more out-of-door painting opportunities, GAAC will host its 10th Plein Air Weekend beginning today.

This annual GAAC event offers three outdoor painting competitions.

The “Sundowner,” an evening painting event, starts the Plein Air Weekend at 8 p.m.. Tomorrow artists will paint in historic Glen Haven from 2-4 p.m. during a “Quick Draw” competition. The public is welcome to watch artists in action. Finished Sundowner and Quick Draw paintings will be on view and for sale Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Town Hall.

Glen Arbor artist Becky Thatcher of Becky Thatcher Jewelry Design will judge the Quick Draw entries. There will be cash prizes.

The Paint Out Sale on Sunday will feature work by 65 artists who registered early for all-day painting event. The evening viewing and sale is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Town Hall. It will feature over 100 works of art. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the participants and the GAAC. For more information call 334-6112.

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