The plein air event held in the fall in Bath County, Virginia, has its stalwart admirers. The participants had to endure a bit of wet weather, but the plein air painters emerged with some winners.
The Bath County Plein Air Festival came back for its second year with Stapleton Kearns serving as awards judge and T.M. Nicholas as judge of the Quick Draw competition. Andras Bality was picked for the First Place award for “Steps at Garth Newel.” That piece also won Artists’ Choice. Christine Lashley earned Second Place with “Dunn’s Gap,” and Third went to Anthony Watkins for “Gardener House, PM.”

The painters at the Bath County Plein Air Festival

The Judge’s Special Award went to Beth Bathe for “Twin Peaks,” and an award given in memory of Paul Goodnow was won by Ed Hatch for “Jackson Shoreline.” Hatch also won People’s Choice for “Double Wide.” The Gordon Ferguson Memorial Award was won by Woody Cyrus for “Late Evening Stream,” and the Don Lewis Sr./Auslew Gallery Award was won by Neal Hughes for “Penco Station.” Cynthia Rosen and Daniel Robbins earned Honorable Mention.

“Twin Peaks,” by Beth Bathe, 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 20 in. Special Judge’s Award

“Dunn’s Gap,” by Christine Lashley, 2016, oil, 18 x 24 in. Second Place

In the Quick Draw, Anthony Watkins won First Place, Andre Lucero won Second, and Christine Lashley took Third Place. Maria Reardon, Jeremy Sams, and David Tanner won Honorable Mention.


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