The finalists were named every two months, as the ongoing contests over the past year added candidates to the list of those eligible for the PleinAir Salon's Grand Prize of $15,000. Last week, the winner was announced at the Plein Air Convention & Expo.
Two events with nearing deadlines warrant the attention of artists -- one in California, the other in Richmond, Virginia.
Hai-Ou Hou has racked up a lot of awards in plein air competitions, including prizes in prestigious events such as Plein Air -- Easton!, Paint Annapolis, the Sedona Plein Air Festival, and the OPA Annual Juried Exhibition. But when New Year's Day rolled around, she wanted to stay home.
Some people see a hole in the ground. Stewart White sees the fascinating world of people at work, big machines doing mighty things, and the play of light on a subject that acts as a great showcase for it.
At the 2nd annual Plein Air Richmond event last week, participants painted a mere two hours in the Fast and Fresh quick draw competition, with the paintings sold right off the easel to benefit the Richmond Symphony. The juror for the show was PleinAir magazine editor Steve Doherty. The winners were a diverse group.