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Save the Dates for Easels in Frederick 2015!

The Region's Premier Plein-Air Event

Monday, June 15 — Saturday, June 19

See 30 Artists from 19 States at Work Outdoors at Their Easels—Rain Or Shine.

  • Monday-Tuesday, June 15 and 16. Artists paint in a designated area of Frederick County. A County area map will be posted here April 1st. Note that artists often prefer to paint in the early morning and afternoon when sunlight and shadows are at their most colorful and dramatic.
  • Wednesday, June 17. Artists choose to paint in the County or in downtown Frederick. A downtown painting area map will be posted here April 1st.
  • Thursday, June 18-Friday morning, 19. Artists paint in a designated area of downtown Frederick.

Grand Exhibition and Sale: View and Own a Piece of Frederick as Viewed through Our Juried Artists' Skilled Eyes and Talents

  • Friday, The Collectors Preview, 6:30-9:30 pm, is your opportunity to be among the first to see and buy artwork completed by this year's 30 juried artists. This ticketed, private event (purchase tickets online here starting April 1) takes place at the William Talley Rec Center in downtown Frederick. Meet the artists, sip some bubbly, and get a fresh artistic perspective on Frederick City and County. Awards Judge Larry Moore will present 6 of 9 cash prizes and several Honorable Mention Awards. See if you can predict who will win the $5,000 Grand Prize Award! Additional cash prizes include the Collectors Choice Award and Artists' Choice Award.
  • Saturday, June 20. Even more Art—Downtown!

    Quick Draw Contest. 9:30-11:30 am. Watch professional and amateur artists paint against the clock, as they compete in the Quick Draw Contest painting competition. Visit the Art Market, noon-1:00 pm, where Quick Draw artists will exhibit and sell their work. Cash awards presented for Easels in Frederick juried artists and Quick Draw participants. There's even a Quick Draw event for young painters. All details and artist registration available online April 1.

    Public Reception. 1:00-4:00 pm. The finale of the Grand Exhibition welcomes the public to view and purchase exhibited artwork and cast their ballots for the People's Choice Award.

As we draw closer to our 5th anniversary event, Easels in Frederick 2015 will announce a series of activities that focus on plein air painting, demonstrations, and a talk by this year's Easels in Frederick awards judge Larry Moore. Be sure to visit this site often for exciting updates!