June 16-21, 2014
Easels in Frederick has generated tangible excitement every June since 2011, rising quickly to become a plein-air painting celebration and competition of national status. This year the event has expanded to offer the 30 juried artists a fifth day to capture scenes in downtown Frederick and anywhere else they wish within the 644-square-mile canvas that comprises Frederick County.
Watch this talented group of artists—freshly arrived from across the country—in action at their easels. Then see the spectacular results at the culminating Grand Exhibition, where their more than 100 new, original artworks are displayed, judged, and sold.
The Week's Events
- Monday, June 16. Juried artists register at the Frederick Visitor Center, have their canvases stamped, meet their colleagues and host families — and hit the road in search of subject matter.
Monday-Wednesday, June 16-18. The artists set up their easels at the locations of their choice in Frederick County on days one and two, and in either downtown Frederick or its surrounding countryside on day three.
Thursday-Friday June 19-20. Discover the artists in downtown Frederick, sketching and painting on sidewalks, in alleyways and parks. On Friday afternoon, they'll deliver up to four framed works for exhibit and judging.
Friday, June 20, 6:30-9:30 pm. The private Collectors Preview at the William Talley Recreation Center in downtown Frederick opens at 6:30 pm with champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Then, at 7 pm the Grand Exhibition gallery opens. As a ticket holder, you'll be among the first to view (and purchase!) the art completed during the week. Plus you'll meet the artists, cast your ballot for the $1,500 Collectors Choice Award and learn which works Awards Judge Anne Blair Brown has selected to receive six cash prizes totaling $12,500. Tickets available April 1st.
Saturday, June 21, 9:30-11:30 am and Noon-1 pm. Watch juried and non-juried artists alike paint against the clock during the Quick Draw contest on downtown Frederick's sidewalks. At noon, dash to the Art Market in Memorial Park to purchase your favorite painting and find out which artists take home $1,500 in prizes. (Are you an artist age 18 or better? Event information and online registration available April 1st.)
Saturday, June 21, 1-4 pm. The Grand Exhibition opens for a Public Reception. Admission is free, and artwork continues to be available for purchase. Cast your ballot for the $1,000 People's Choice Award!
Plus: Preceding Events—Youth Plein Air workshops in June for ages 8 to 18 feature a Youth Quick Draw contest and an exhibit. Other events during and before Easels in Frederick week will showcase the world of plein-air painting. Watch for details soon.