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The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) seeks professional and amateur painters to participate in the area’s second Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival (outdoor painting festival).

The festival invites painters of all levels to come experience the High Country’s breathtaking views, set up their easels, and paint “en plein air” on Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17th, and Saturday, May 18th, 2019. The community at large is also invited to the Wet Paint Show and Sale on Saturday from 6:00-7:30 pm to view art created over the course of the weekend, and to purchase items for their collection.

Artists must register for the event and are encouraged to register for the event online at BlowingRockMuseum.org.

Artist and Blowing Rock resident Cara Hayes comments on the beauty of plein air work: "With paintings done out of doors, the artist has to paint quickly and spontaneously, working to capture the effects of light. There is a balance of art against nature with its distractions of rain, wind, insects, and changing light."

The three-day festival will begin with registered artist check in on Thursday, May 16th at 5:00 pm, and a lecture by artist Wes Waugh at 6:00 pm. An artists’ reception will take place on Friday, May 17th at 6:00 pm at BRAHM and a public exhibition and “Wet Paint Show & Sale” will occur on Saturday, May 18th at 6:00 pm at the museum. The “Wet Paint Show & Sale” will celebrate work completed during the festival with Artists’ and People’s Choice Awards with prizes totaling over $2500. Featured plein air artists Kevin Beck, Scott Boyle, Catherine Hillis, Dwight Rose, and Jeremy Sams invite you to watch them paint at select locations in Blowing Rock.

"I'm looking forward to Blowing Rock's second annual Plein Air Festival. The beauty of the natural landscape and the charm of the town offers an ideal setting for painters. Last year, visitors and locals were delighted to encounter Plein Air artists painting throughout the area. Both artists and spectators hoped such an event would continue," said Jasmin McFayden, BRAHM Special Events Coordinator.

Says BRAHM Education Center Director Jennifer Garonzik, “The feeling of excitement and support for artists with this event has been overwhelming and uplifting for all involved. Blowing Rock is the perfect setting for plein air painting with our stunning vistas, scenic parklands, and historic and bustling downtown businesses. It was thrilling during the 2018 event to see little known artists at work, gaining attention and making their first sales. ”

Two hands on plein air workshops will take place May 14-16th in watercolor and acrylic mediums. Spaces are limited and online registration is available now.

To learn more and register, vget online to BlowingRockMuseum.org or call (828) 295-9099.

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