Plein Air Easton in its 16th year will be making a radical change as it continues to be ever-present for the community during this time while keeping it safe! This year’s Plein Air will rely on fewer artists, specifically those who were juried into the 2020 competition. So, instead of a festival and competition, Plein Air Easton 2020 will be a series of small, safe events, paint-outs and special opportunities to thank its supporters, the Friends of Plein Air. Artists and patrons will be spread throughout Talbot County to prevent crowds. At the final exhibition and show, held in an Easton facility in excess of 10,000 sq./ft., masks will be required. This area ensures that every safety precaution can be taken. Instead of the pressure and intensity of most years, participating artists will be able to explore, to paint at their own pace and to enjoy a schedule that provides peace and camaraderie with friends and community members.
As in years past, there will be plenty of ways to enjoy the festival from afar through streaming content on the Plein Air Easton’s website, YouTube and Facebook. For those who are members of vulnerable populations, Plein Air Easton can arrange for private times inside the gallery by appointment or even viewings of select paintings brought right to their doorstep (Local Only). This all comes to gather through the generous support of our local community!
Paintings produced in 2020 will stand as records of this truly historic year. Certified with a special stamp on the back as Plein Air Easton Pandemic Paintings, owning one will be an enduring symbol of your generosity and support of the arts community during a very dark, challenging and uncertain time. Find the time to feel community pride and joy this summer. Support Plein Air Easton and its artists. For the full schedule of events and information on the many contributors to this endeavor, please visit their website at www.pleinaireaston.com.
Plein Air Easton is the work of the Avalon Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a strong community on the Eastern Shore by creating accessible, uplifting arts, education, and cultural experiences that appeal to the interests of a diverse population and which ensure the long term viability of the historic Avalon Theatre. This event is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and donations from corporations, small businesses, media outlets, Friends of Plein Air Easton, sponsorships and strong community involvement.