Seen here are the top winners at the First Brush of Spring plein air event in New Harmony, Indiana: from left, Robert Pote, Carol Strock-Wasson, Todd Williams, and Jerry Smith.

More than $7,000 in prizes were awarded recently at the First Brush of Spring plein air event in New Harmony, Indiana. Sponsored by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, the event draws close to 200 artists to paint the colors of early spring in southwestern Indiana, and it has a component directed at children as well.

Ron Mack painted the picturesque scenery in New Harmony, Indiana, during the event.

Red dots popped up here and there at the event, as on this painting by Kathy Blankenheim, which was purchased by Richard McKnight.

Judge Nancie King Mertz examines the entries.

This was the 15th year for the paint-out. This year, Jerry Smith won the Best in Show award and $2,500 for his painting “Brewery Street Spring.” Other top winners were Todd Williams, for Outstanding Oil; Carol Strock-Wasson, for Outstanding Pastel; and Robert Pote, for Outstanding Watercolor.


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