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Easels in Frederick 2015


The paint is dry and the easels have been put away for now. But for 6 days from June 15 to June 20, Frederick County and City were the subject of this year's juried plein air artists at their easels—and at their artistic best. This year's artists came from 19 different states, as far away as California and Oregon. Many were discovering Frederick County for the first time—and they were enchanted. Artists painted day and night in competition for $14,500 in awards presented at the Collectors Preview Gala Friday night June 19.

On Saturday morning June 20th juried artists shared the heart of downtown Frederick with other artists, both adult and youth, when they had just 2 hours to complete a plein air painting during Easels in Frederick's fourth Quick Draw contest, vying for $2,285 in prizes.

Then on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 o'clock residents and visitors joined the juried artists for the plein air Public Exhibition. New this year was the Trunk Sale offering an even greater selection of juried artists' artwork. Many attendees now own a "piece of Frederick," having purchased eye-catching new images of Frederick City and County that grace the walls of their homes and businesses.

During Easels in Frederick week, artists sold paintings, made contacts with local collectors, and enjoyed Frederick County's special hospitality. Find out which artists walked away winners—and see their prize-winning work—at Easels in Frederick Meet the Winners.

Of course, the 5th Anniversary Easels in Frederick celebration would not be possible without the financial support of our generous donors, and the enthusiasm of our volunteers, and the attendance of the great citizens of Frederick and their guests. THANK YOU!!

The Planning Committee will meet soon to start planning Easels in Frederick 2016. Look for the schedule of events and online application information for artists here in late-November 2015.

Join the excitement of Easels in Frederick, June 13-18, 2016!