Chicago painter Nancie King Mertz served as judge at the Carmel on Canvas Plein Air Paint Out, held recently in Carmel, Indiana. Her top choice was a painting by Troy Kilgore. 

It was the first year for the event, which awarded more than $5,000 in prizes. With 64 artists participating and activities for children meeting with great success, the organizers are already talking about next year’s edition. 

“Morning on Main,” by Troy Kilgore, 2014, oil on linen, 8 x 10 in. Best of Show. Photo by Beth Maier Photography

While Kilgore won Best of Show for his oil painting “Morning on Main,” First Place went to Jeff Klinker. Second Place was won by Randall Scott Harden, Third Place by David Seward, and Fourth by Bob Meyers. Merit Award winners were Martha Sando, Donna Shortt, Beth Schwier, Pam Newell, Susan Mauck, Kathy Blankenheim, Steven Tanaka, Wyatt LeGrand, Jeffrey Baumgartner, and Steve Haigh.

In the Quick Draw, Beth Forst won First Place, followed by Susan Mauck, Donna Shortt, David Seward, Jeffrey Baumgartner, Kathy Blankenheim, Jeremy Mallov, and Beth Schwier.


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