PAINT BERLIN WINNERS ANNOUNCED!Congratulations to Paint Berlin, plein air Winners!
Each year in September, Paint Berlin event brings talented artists from across the region who grace our streets, sidewalks, and green spaces, providing our Community and visitors with the unique experience of seeing our surroundings through their eyes while preserving the best aspects of our community.
First Place Winner: Michael McSorley.
Thirty five talented artists from across the region painted their hearts out the weekend of September 22 - 24 and competed for very attractive cash prizes in the Worcester County Arts Council's annual plein air event. In the world of Art, Plein Air is an expression from the French which means "in the open air," and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Plein Air painting challenges artists to concentrate on the information in front them, and re-create their impression with paint onto canvas in the moment.
Completed artwork in this competition was judged by Abigail McBride, an accomplished plein air artist, as well as a founding member of both The Figure Society and The Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.
First place and $1000 prize went to Michael McSorley from Washington, DC for his oil painting titled "St. Paul’s". Second place and $500 was awarded to Alison Leigh Menke of Silver Spring, MD for the "Music in the Street", oil painting, and third prize of $250 went to Janet Howard - Fatta of Warwick, NY for her oil painting, "Abandoned".
Honorable mention award of $100 was given to Baltimore, MD resident, Duane Sabiston for "The Night Bus", oil painting.
Participating artists had an opportunity to vote for an “Artists’ Choice” award which was presented to Alison Leigh Menke.
Large selection of paintings created during "Paint Berlin" will remain on public display at the Worcester County Arts Council's Gallery until the end of October. All artwork on the exhibit is available for sale.
Pictured from left to right: Duane Sabiston, Janet Howard-Fatta, Abigail McBride, Michael McSorley, and Alison Leigh Menke.