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“Artists Paint OC” Competition Wraps Up

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Artwork by Debra Howard who participated in last year's Plein Air event in Ocean City. Artwork by Debra Howard who participated in last year's Plein Air event in Ocean City.
Photo of Dennis Young, participating in the Art League of Ocean City's Plein Air event last year. Photo of Dennis Young, participating in the Art League of Ocean City's Plein Air event last year.
 OCEAN CITY, Md. (WBOC)- More than 50 artists from five states and the District of Columbia participated in the Art League of Ocean City’s annual outside “en plein air” painting event.

The artists were given two days in the field, along with a map of areas to paint, including Assateague Island, West Ocean City, Berlin, Ocean Pines, Bishopville and part of Fenwick Island.

“The event has been going on since 2004 but it has grown every single year,” said Rina Thaler, Executive Director of the Art League of Ocean City. “It is part of our mission as a non-profit to bring the awareness of art with these community events.”

The artists worked on the beach, commercial harbor, marshlands, bays and inlet to paint works in oils, acrylics, watercolor pastels, and pen and ink.

“This event also stimulates the local economy. Over 300 people came in to see the artwork and purchase their favorite locally painted scenes,” said Thaler.

Saturday evening, guests were able to view the artwork ahead of the judging and reception at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th street.  Each artist entered one piece for consideration. Assistant Professor of Art at UMES Michel Demanche evaluated the works and announced the winners.

Kathy Gibson of Ocean Pines won first place in the cash prize category for her painting “Queue to Assateague,” showing the sycamore trees along Route 611. Demanche said the painting “compelled me to come back over and over to look at it.”

Barbara Stepura of White Plains, Md. won second place for the quality of light in her painting of a scene in Northside Park.

Ocean City local Judy Benton placed third for her “unique use of subject matter” in “Fishing Boat 5308.”

Stewart Emmerich of Perry Hall, Debra Howard of Crisfield and Dennis Young of New Castle, Del. received honorable mentions.

Sunday morning, 22 artists set up easels along the boardwalk and side streets around South Division Street for the Quick Draw competition. Participants had two hours to create a timed piece for judging by Salisbury artist Angela Herbert-Hodges.

Jim Rehak won first place for his oil painting of the inlet, “Jetty Swell.” David Diaz of Annapolis won second place for his beach painting, “Brella Time,” and Dennis Young won third place for his pastel of the downtown rides called “Amusements.”

Cash prizes were awarded in collaboration with the Art League by Ocean City Development Corporation’s Executive Director Glenn Irwin, AICP.  

Selected works from the “Artists Paint OC” event will be on display in the Galleria at the Ocean City Center for the Arts through the end of August.

For more information about the paintings or the artists, visit www.artleagueofoceancity.org or call (410) 524-9433.



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