2018-08-09 / Outdoors

More than 100 artists take to the outdoors


PLEIN AIR artist Suzie Baker of Texas plans to participate this week in the inaugural Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair. Baker is one of 44 nationally acclaimed artists that will be visiting the area for the week-long art festival. PLEIN AIR artist Suzie Baker of Texas plans to participate this week in the inaugural Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair. Baker is one of 44 nationally acclaimed artists that will be visiting the area for the week-long art festival. The Glen Arbor Arts Center’s (GAAC) three-day Plein Air Weekend succeeded not only because of the talented artists that participated, but also because of the many hands that helped.

And sunny skies helped.

The 10th annual outdoor painting weekend that started Thursday featured Sundowner, Quick Draw and Paint Out competitions that resulted in two exhibits, all of which was put on with the help of over 60 volunteers. The work of more than 100 artists was featured.

“It was successful because of our excellent artists, generous art patrons, stellar volunteers, and super staff — and a little help from the weather,” said event co-chair Linda Young.


SHARON WILL set up shop in some off-road vegetation to pain the dunes at sunset last Thursday during the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Sundowner. Photo: Sarah Bearup-Neal SHARON WILL set up shop in some off-road vegetation to pain the dunes at sunset last Thursday during the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s Sundowner. Photo: Sarah Bearup-Neal Award recipients were:

Sundowner Winners

Best of Sunset: Sharon Will of Washington, Mich. — “Sunset Over the Dunes”; honorable mention: Vianna Szabo of Romeo — “Dune Symphony.”

Quick Draw Winners

Grand Prize: David Westerfield of Illinois — “Summer Afternoon - Canning Co.”; second place: Dawn Johnson of Livonia — “Lonesome Boat”; third place: Ruth Kitchen of Traverse City — “South Manitou View”; honorable mention: John Murphey of Washington, D.C. — “Sun Up At Weekend House.”

Paint Out Winners

First Place: Denise I. Dunn of Cedar — “Wildflower on M-22”; second place and artists’ choice: Neil Walling of Suttons Bay’s oil paintings inspired by the Crystal River; third place: Janet Kohler of Whitmore Lake — “Brighter Days”; honorable mention: Judith Tummino of Grand Rapids — “Farmhouse on Basch Road.”

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