Plein Air in Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Plein Air Plus Painting Events

Artists from around the country will paint Long Beach Island during July and August, culminating in the Island Life Exhibit September 12 to November 1, 2020. The deadline for artists to enter is June 15 (apply here).

From the organizers:

Long Beach Island Foundation (LBIF), driver and supporter of arts and culture on Long Beach Island and Ocean County for more than 70 years, invites residents and visitors to share in the excitement of plein air painting. From July 1 to August 31, 35 artists juried into the “Paint Out” will be painting outdoors around the island and competing for awards presented at the Island Life exhibit. Plein air painting has grown tremendously in popularity among both artists and observers, who love the freshness, immediacy, sense of movement, and light that plein air is particularly suited to capture.

This summer-long event offers an opportunity to watch artists at work, learn about their process and the challenges of plein air, and to purchase art of your favorite scenes from beautiful Long Beach Island. Artists will be working all around the island during the months of July and August, so if you see them, feel free to stop, observe, and ask questions.

The Island Life Exhibit, held at the Foundation from September 12 to November 1, combines both classic plein air and work that began with plein air studies and were then completed in the studio. The studio-completed paintings tend to be larger than those completed on site, offering a range of options to collectors and an interesting view into the possibilities of both pure plein air and studio work.

Plein Air in Long Beach Island

“We are thrilled this year to have an outstanding scholar and educator for artist selection and Island Life exhibition – juror David C Levy, renowned arts professional and president of Sotheby Institute of Art,” says LBIF director Daniella Kerner.

The Long Beach Island Foundation is dedicated to offering arts programming for all, including its well-known and partially virtual summer house tour, summer camps for young people, tennis, concerts, and popular arts and crafts show. This year, with COVID-19 interrupting so many events, the plein air festival is one that can safely go on, as artists paint individually around the island and the show does not take place until the Fall.

“We are expecting some wonderful artists to be painting here on the island this summer, “ says Kerner. “This Paint Out offers a relaxed and fun way to introduce yourself or your family to original art, which can be a tremendous solace in difficult times. Support for artists of all genres and mediums is so important, especially now. The LBIF invites the public to join our events as we all try to stay creative!”

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