Steve Puttrich, “A River Runs Through Cedarburg,” (Best of Show)

Beautiful Ozaukee County hosted 150 artists from around the country between June 6 and June 13 for the popular Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Competition. Who captured awards?

For 12 days, 150 outdoor painters from around the country participated in a number of plein air events for the Cedarburg Plein Air Competition. For the main event, artists were free to paint anywhere in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, throughout the seven-day competition. Many of the artists also chose to participate in a Quick Paint Competition, in which they had 2 1/2 hours to complete a masterwork. A secondary event, titled “Cedarburg Gems,” sent artists out to create paintings of historic downtown Cedarburg, after the countywide artwork had been submitted for judging.

Joyce Ksioszk, “Cedarburg Sunday — Covered Bridge,” (First Place, Sandra McCutcheon Pape Best of Cedarburg Award)

The 2017 Best of Show winner was Steve Puttrich for his painting “A River Runs Through Cedarburg.” Second Place went to Tom Smith for “Port Washington Nocturne; Third Place went to Mort Luby for “North 45”; and Fourth Place was awarded to Mat Barber Kennedy for “Red Barn on Highland Road.” Finally, Susan Plough’s “The Breakfast Club” received an Honorable Mention.

Derek Davis, “Window Box,” (First Place, Quick Draw)
Tom Nachreiner, “Before the Morning Traffic,” (First Place, Henry Klapproth Sr. Artists’ Choice Award)

The First Place Henry Klapproth Sr. Artists’ Choice Award went to Tom Nachreiner of Waukesha, Wisconsin, for “Before the Morning Traffic.” The First Place Sandra McCutcheon Pape Best of Cedarburg Award went to Joyce Ksioszk of Fredonia, Wisconsin, for “Cedarburg Sunday — Covered Bridge.” And the First Place Quick Paint Award went to Derek Davis of South St. Paul, Minnesota, for “Window Box.”

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