About the Competition
The southwestern corner of Vermont combines all of the Green Mountain state’s quintessential attractions: majestic mountains, rolling farmland, meandering waterways, and quaint town and village squares with buildings on the National Historic Register. This fourth annual event will provide the selected artists with 4 days of plein air painting, an expanded
geographic area, and exciting designated sites across the shires. PAVT 2013 will culminate in an Opening Reception and Presale Party on Saturday, September 7th, with the Grand Exhibition and Awards Presentation on Sunday, September 8th. The event will kick-off on Tuesday, Sept 3rd, with the registration of all artists. Artists may paint numerous scenic sites anywhere within specified areas from September 4th -7th.
Artists must submit at least two – and up to a maximum of four - completed, framed and ready-to-hang artworks, all of which must be completed “en plein air” during Plein Air Vermont 2013, without the assistance of photography. Saturday afternoon will feature the Quick-Draw competition - open to participating artists as well as to the general public of all ages. Sunday afternoon will feature the Grand Exhibition, highlighted by Charles Reid’s Awards Ceremony.
Main Competition Event – Eleven Prizes totaling over $6,000 in cash, merchandise & purchase awards.
Quick Draw – Nine Prizes totaling over $ 1,200 in cash & merchandise awards.
Juror of Selection – Diane Panarelli Miller, an award-winning Boston based Plein Air Painter of color and light for over thirty years, is a signature member of the New England Plein Air Painters and a Copley Master in the Copley Society. Her approach combines the classic
atelier training of the Boston School, and a mastery of technique in her own personal style expressed through the harmony of color and design. The original Boston
School painting method seeks to combine the truth of impressionist color with good drawing, sound composition and skillful paint handling. Its leading
exponents included Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson, William Paxton, and R.H. Ives Gammell. A turn of the century Boston School pupil of the first three men, Gammell later taught and consulted with Paxton. Miller studied with Robert Douglas Hunter and Robert Cormier, David
Lowery and Robert Moore, all of whom were Gammell’s students and helped round off her skills.
Juror of Awards – Charles Reid, artist, renown teacher and author, has long been considered a master of watercolor. He has written eleven books on painting in watercolor and oil, and conducts workshops around the world. His beautifully
clean paintings are fresh and spontaneous, displaying his profound understanding of light and color, as well as his masterful drawing ability. The rich compositions of his figurative works are superbly rendered in a simple, direct and natural gestural manner that reveals his capacity for capturing the light as much as the subject. From Cambridge, New York, Reid studied art at the University of Vermont and the Art Students League of New York. He has won numerous
awards, including the Childe Hassam Purchase Prize at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design and the American Watercolor Society. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Design. Public
collections include Smith College, Yellowstone Art Center, Brigham Young College, Roche Corporation, and the National Academy of Design. http://www.charlesreidart.com.
Quick Draw Juror of Awards – Stapleton Kearns has been a professional painter for thirty years, since the mid-1970s. Stapleton lived in Minnesota, studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of
Minnesota. Moving to Boston, he received private instruction in the Fenway studio of R.H.Ives Gammell, a student of American impressionist William Paxton. Ives passed on his art training to nearly 40 students over a period of almost 50 years. In 1983, Stapleton moved to the historic art colony of Rockport, MA, where he learned from an older generation of artists in the Cape Ann school of landscape painting, and opened his first art gallery. Stapleton was president of the Rockport Art Association for five years. Now in New Hampshire, Stape writes an informative blog about painting, an extensive online tutorial about traditional landscape, that receives thousands of visitors each month. He also teaches workshops across the country. Stapleton specializes in landscapes that are painted on location, often finished in studio.
Visitor Information Center
(From Tuesday, September 3rd to Sunday, September 8th)
44 Gypsy Lane
Bennington, Vermont 05201
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