Ellicott City, MD – During the weekend of August 27-30, artists will take to the streets of Historic Ellicott City to participate in the plein air paint-out, Paint It! Ellicott City
. En plein air, meaning “in the open air,” is the technique of painting outdoors, directly from life, without the aid of photography. Often, groups of plein air artists will gather within stated boundaries of a scenic area for what is called a “paint-out.” The Howard County Center for the Arts, Howard County Tourism, and Howard County Public Schools are presenting a paint-out weekend culminating in an exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Thirty plein air artists were juried into the six-week exhibit at the Center.
The event begins with a welcome reception at The Wine Bin on Friday, August 27 from 6-8pm. Registered artists from the community and selected high school art students will join in the fun by participating in an open paint-out where they can paint the scenic landscapes of Ellicott City along with the juried artists August 28-29. Members of the public are encouraged to come for two days worth of seeing local artists in action while strolling the sidewalks of Main Street. The work produced by the juried artists will be hung in HCAC’s Gallery I, and the participants of the open paint-out will be displayed that day for a one-day exhibit in the Center’s lobby and halls Monday, August 30. Monday night, everyone can see the finished pieces during a special reception from 6-8pm.
Registration will be required to be a part of the one-day exhibit at the Howard County Arts Council. Registration forms are available at the Arts Council, the Howard County Tourism Welcome Center, and online at www.hocoarts.org.Paint It! Ellicott City
will be on display with Urbanscapes
from August 29 through October 15, 2010. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. To learn more about these and other HCAC programs call 410-313-ARTS (2787).