Vladislav Yeliseyev, a Florida-based painter, won Best of Show at Mountain Maryland Plein Air. Photo © Aaron Frazier 2017

Artists of the 9th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air event weren’t the only ones winning big between June 19 and 25 as this year witnessed great weather and more than $11,000 in prizes. Who were the artists basking in glory?

Juror Barbara Jaenicke from Bend, Oregon, was charged with the tough task of determining award winners for the 9th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air festival, which took place in Cumberland, Maryland, between June 19-25. With more than $11,000 in prizes, 30 well-known artists were sure to give their best efforts to claim the top awards.

Mountain Maryland Plein Air’s quick draw brings hundreds of people to the historic city center of Cumberland. Photo © Dave Romero/VibrantImage
Henry Coe of Parkton, MD, enjoys painting the scenery at the train depot at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland. Photo © Dave Romero/VibrantImage
Chuck Marshall, recipient of a PleinAir magazine award, paints at Mountain Maryland Plein Air’s Cumberland Quickdraw. Photo © Aaron Frazier 2017

For the second year in a row, Vladislav Yeliseyev was the Best of Show winner, with Charlie Hunter coming in close behind for First Place. Second and Third Place went to Jill Stefani Wagner and Chris Willey, respectively. One of the highlights of Mountain Maryland Plein Air is the Cumberland Quickdraw, which was hosted on Saturday, June 24. Charlie Hunter took top honors at this event as well. Christopher Leeper and Kari Ruiz took Second and Third Place, respectively.

Two awards were sponsored by PleinAir magazine; those were earned by Chuck Marshall and Richard Sneary.

To learn more, visit Mountain Maryland Plein Air.

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