All award winners from the 2017 Plein Air Tulsa! competition

Thirty-five artists recently converged in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the inaugural Plein Air Tulsa! Competition, judged by the nationally known Gil Adams. With Tulsa’s outstanding subjects to paint — such as gardens, parks, and Art Deco architecture — which artists captured them best?

Gil Adams had some tough decisions to make this fall during the inaugural Plein Air Tulsa! Competition. Thirty-five artists in total participated in the festival and were found painting a number of great locations, including the gardens of Gilcrease and Philbrook Museums, Woodward and LaFortune Parks, Utica Square, the Post Oak Lodge, and the city’s renowned historic Art Deco architecture.

Terri Wagner with her Best in Show painting “Park at Gilcrease”
Britt Morgan with her First Place painting “Woodward Park”
Awards judge Gil Adams with Linda Dunbar
Participants from the 2017 Plein Air Tulsa! competition

Even judge Adams himself couldn’t resist, finding inspiration for a painting in the historic architecture. His painting was generously donated as a door prize for the conclusion of the competition. Best in Show honors went to Terri Wagner for “Park at Gilcrease,” while Britt Morgan earned First Place for “Woodward Park.” Second Place was taken by Charles Harrington for “Coffee House.” Three Honorable Mentions included Ken Brown’s “Never Ending Trail,” Karen St. Clair’s “Tempretto at Philbrook,” and Joey Frisillo’s “Water Lettuce and Reeds.”

Joanne Green painting at Utica Square
Joey Frisillo painting in Woodward Park
Charles Harrington at work during Plein Air Tulsa!
Ken Brown at work during Plein Air Tulsa!
Nancy Harkins at work during Plein Air Tulsa!
Artists sign in bright and early at 7AM
Susan Hensel at work during Plein Air Tulsa!

As can be expected, the event also hosted a lively Quick Draw competition that took place near and around the Whittier Square area, which was won by artist Charles Harrington. To learn more, visit here.

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