Some familiar names on the plein air painting circuit participated in Plein Air Easton this year, but new faces dominated the winners list.
The top prize was won by Sara Linda Poly, a resident of Easton, Maryland. Poly won the Grand Prize, the Timothy Dills Memorial Award, worth $5,000 plus a half-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur, for her painting “Origin.”
The Artists’ Choice award at Easton is a similarly rich one, also worth $5,000 in cash and a half-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur. Zufar Bikbov won that honor with his piece “Last Ferry From Bellevue.”
“Martha in Drydock,” by Trey Finney. Second Place
Second Place at Plein Air Easton, worth $2,000, went to Trey Finney for “Martha in Drydock.” Camille Przewodek won Third with “Oxford Stroll.” Palden Hamilton and Jan McGraw-Teubner earned Honorable Mention.
“Oxford Stroll,” by Camille Przewodek. Third Place
In the Quick Draw, Shelby Keefe earned $1,500 with her First Place win, David Csont won Second, John Caggiano won Third, and Deborah Huse, Sergio Lopez, and Jason Sacran won Honorable Mention.
“Last Ferry From Bellevue,” by Zufar Bikbov. Artists’ Choice and Best Nocturne
Plein Air Easton had another competition titled Small Painting Sunday, in honor of Suzan Estelle Brice. Tim Kelly picked up $1,000 in that activity with his painting “Saturday Afternoon.” Daniel Robbins won Second Place, Patrick Saunders earned Third, and John Lasater, Crystal Moll, and Crista Pisano got Honorable Mention.
There were categories that produced winners in Easton as well. Zufar Bikbov continued his winning ways, bagging Best Nocturne for “Last Ferry to Bellevue” and Best Composition for “All Rivers Run to the Ocean.” Patrick Saunders won the Life on the Farm award for “Respite.” Elise Phillips won Best Marine with “Red, Right, Return.” Natalia Dik’s “At the Sunny Side” earned her Best New Artist to Plein Air Easton. Tim Kelly’s “Good Morning” won the Vanishing Landscape category, and Eric Bowman’s “Art Glass & Trumpet Vine” took Hospitality. Ray Hassard won Best Architectural with “Between the Past & the Future.” Nancy Tankersley’s “Symbiosis” was named Best Painting by a Maryland Artist.