2013 breaks records!
The June 18-22, 2013 Easels in Frederick plein-air celebration was a record-breaking success! More artists applied than ever before. Finalists came from a far wider geographic area. Access to the entire county gave the artists fresh subject matter. The overall quality of the work made decisions challenging for the judge. Attendance exceeded every expectation. And sales reached a new high.
Let's let the numbers tell the story
30 artists plus 7 alternates were selected from among incredibly talented applicants from 17 states.
4 days of painting took place throughout Frederick County — in lavender fields, along fence rows, on hallowed battlegrounds, in the shadows of the Blue Ridge, on bustling city sidewalks and more.
1,200 people visited the Grand Exhibition at the Talley Recreation Center.
108 paintings — watercolors, pastels, oils, acrylics — filled the gallery.
96 more works were created by Quick Draw contestants.
$15,500 in cash prizes was shared among 12 winners.
$5,000 cash for the Grand Prize went to an artist back for his 3rd year.
78 paintings sold for a total of $60,985.
17 families graciously hosted artists in their historic downtown Frederick homes.
34 students ages 8 to 14 learned about plein-air painting from experts and exhibited their work.
Corporate and individual donors contributed more than $46,000 (plus more in-kind donations) and many organizations partnered with us to bring art out of the studio and into the community for everyone's enjoyment.
The volunteer Easels in Frederick Planning Committee is grateful for your generous support, which is vital to assure that the event returns for a fourth year, June 16-21, 2014, and continues to: