Twenty-three established plein air painters (plein air is French for “in the open air”) representing Virginia and four neighboring states – Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina & South Carolina will be in Staunton and Augusta County for three days of painting followed by the sale of their paintings in the BSSS Gallery.
Invited artists will paint historic downtown Staunton, gardens of Staunton homes open during the Historic Garden Week Tour, Polyface Farms in Swoope and Rolling Hills Farm on Bells Lane.
The community is encouraged to participate in several events during the Festival.
Friday, April 22 begins as a community centered day with aPaint Staunton Quick Draw Art Competition, sponsored by Bob & Amanda Avery. This event is open to the public. BSSS members, guest artists and community artists of any age are encouraged to sign up. At 10am the bullhorn will blow and artists will begin to paint several blocks of downtown Staunton. At 1pm the bullhorn will blow again to signify the close of the event. Painters and guests will meet at the Sunspots Pavilion where art will be judged and awards totaling $750 will be presented for those in both professional and amateur categories. After the awards are presented, the art will then be offered for sale to the public. Ten percent of the proceeds from the Paint Staunton sale will be given to the Children’s Art Network to support art in area schools.
Beginning at 2:30pm on April 22 an Artist Demonstration with New Jersey artist andBSSS Spring Workshop instructor, Lauren Andreach, will be held at BSSS. This event is limited to 25 participants. To register, please call the School at 540-886-8636.
On Saturday, April 23, in partnership with the Staunton/Augusta Garden Tour, Queen City Plein Air painters will be painting in the gardens of homes featured on the Historic Garden Week Tour. Come out to see our artists capture the beauty of the exquisite Staunton gardens off of Edgewood Road.
The Festival culminates with a private “Fresh Paint” Gallery Sale and Reception starting at 5pm. Entry is $10 and will be waived for event sponsors. To register, call 540-886-8636.
The public “Fresh Paint” Gallery Sale and Reception will be from 5:30-7:30 pm with awards presented at 6pm by judge, Nan Covert. The BSSS Gallery is located two blocks east of the School at 22 West Beverley Street.