Welcome to the 2014 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event! This sixth annual juried exhibition and art competition is sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, a non-profit organization that was established in 1975 to support and grow the arts in our community.
The 2014 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event will take place from Tuesday, May 27 - Saturday, May 31 throughout Allegany & Garrett Counties in Western Maryland. Only thirty (30) artists will be accepted to participate, and $8,000 in prize money will be awarded during the Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 31. The 2014 Mountain Maryland Plein Air Prizes are:
$3,000 Best of Show Award
$1,500 1st Place Award
$1,000 2nd Place Award
$750 3rd Place Award
$500 Nocturnal Scene Award
$500 Historic Building Scene Award
$500 Plein Air Magazine Web Ad Award
$250 Artists' Choice Award
Here is the tentative schedule of activities for the 2014 event:
Tuesday, May 27: Check-in/Welcome Lunch for Participating Artists
May 27-30: Artists paint throughout Allegany and Garrett Counties
Friday, May 30, 7-9PM: Sponsors' Gala at the Saville Gallery
Saturday, May 31, 10AM-Noon: Quick Draw event in Downtown Cumberland (Categories include juried artists, amateur artists, and children under 18 More information is available now by downloading the Quick Draw Guidelines.
Saturday, May 31, 6-8PM: Public Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony at the Saville Gallery
Please note that May 31 activities also coincide with the Cumberland Comes Alive! weekend, featuring live music performances, Downtown Commercial Open House, CASA Uncorked, and discounted tickets to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
Congratulations to the 30 artists who have been accepted to participate in our 2014 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event:
This year's juror and awards judge is Debra Joy Groesser, an accomplished painter from Ralston, Nebraska. Debra is best known for her impressionistic landscape paintings, particularly her plein air work. She is the President and a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, and signature member of both Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) and American Plains Artists. She also serves on the PAAC board as national show chair. "Painting is such a spiritual experience for me. Nothing inspires me more than being out on location, capturing the subtle nuances of color, light and atmosphere that can only be achieved by painting from nature."
Debra has participated in countless juried and invitational exhibitions, including Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibitions, American Impressionist Society, Salon International, Plein Air Artists Colorado National Exhibitions, Laguna Plein Air Invitational (California), Carmel Art Festival (California), Door County Plein Air Festival (Wisconsin), and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Alabama).
Debra's work has also been featured in several national art publications, including Art of the West, American Art Collector and Southwest Art. She is represented by SouthWind Art Gallery, Topeka KS, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel CA, Abend Gallery, Denver CO, and Art in Miniature, Tubac AZ. For more information on Debra's current and upcoming exhibitions and to see her work, please visit her website, www.DebraJoyGroesser.com