The Brushes by the Beach Contest, a plein air event sponsored by G.Lee Gallery in Galveston, Texas, named the winners for its successful debut on November 9.
Catherine Stroud took Second Place with this piece.
Emily Rives was the First Place winner, and she was followed by Catherine Stroud, who won Second Place by propping up a mirror outside and painting a self-portrait with a plein air background. Jim Bragg snagged the Third Place award.
Jim Bragg earned the Third Place award for his painting.
Participants in the event included, from left to right, Elena Sandovici, Bill Rider (judge), Paula Heffel, Karla Levy (judge), Catherine Stroud, Jim Bragg, Bill Bonha, Marcus Rives, Emily Rives, Susan Pinkerton, and Lissette McClung.
“I was pleased with both the enthusiasm and the quality of the work,” says George Lee, owner of G.Lee Gallery and organizer of the event. “Several of the artists were able to get to multiple locations and submit pictures of each. We would like to make Brushes by the Beach an annual event, and perhaps quarterly.”