As they took inspiration from former Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro, the Maritime Art Committee sponsored the second annual Plein Air PaintOut last Saturday.
“We hope to make this an annual event,” said Pat Meras, a studio artist and Maritime Art Committee member.
In conjunction with the 14th annual Maritime Juried Art Exhibition, more than 10 artists brought their supplies to set up at Austin Estuary Park.
Plein Air painting is a challenge, Meras said.
“Artists need to paint fast and have the challenge of time, changing wind, sun, tides and light,” Meras said.
The PaintOut imposes a six-hour time limit and a restriction to a subject visible to the Harbor History Museum. Veterans as well artists new to the style attended.
“I enjoy Plein Air as it is instantaneous,” said Mary Hodgins, a member of Northwest Pastel Society. “You need to look, make a decision and work quickly.”
Ted Smith, executive director of the Harbor History Museum, picked the winner, an oil painting by Pam Fermanis. It will be on display for as long as the artist chooses, along with the other art from the current exhibit, at the museum, 4121 Harborview Drive.
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