Rob Hopkins
Crowds watching one of the artists painting in Cranford, NJ

We finally received the list of award winners in the Paint the Town Plein Air Event & Sale, held in Cranford, New Jersey, from June 5-10, 2012. Find out who received awards from Joseph McGurl, this year’s judge.

First Place award winner Stapleton Kearns

Ken Karlic painting in watercolor in the downtown area

Stapleton Kearns won the First Place award for his painting “Roses in Pots,” and Garin Baker picked up the Second Place award for his nocturnal painting “Late-Night Cranford.” Third Place went to Michele Byrne for her painting “View From Columbus Circle.” This year’s six-day event gave people a chance to meet the plein air competition artists, witness as everyday scenes were captured on canvas, and add to their personal collections. This year the 28 participating artists painted in the local community and spent two full days painting in nearby Manhattan and along the New Jersey shore. The event was sponsored by the Jersey Central Art Studios (

Frank Costantino at work

Charlie Hunter

Among the artists who participated in the June event were Stephanie Amato, Emily Buchanan, Michael Budden, Tony Conner, Frank Costantino, David Diaz, Ellen Gavin, Elissa Gore, Joseph Gyurcsak, David Henderson, Charles Hunter, Ken Karlic, Kirk Larsen, Lilli Anne Laurin, Diane C. May, Lynn Mehta, Nikolay Mikurshkin, George Netherton, Rae O’Shea, Mary Prichard, Jane Ramsey, Marilyn Rose, Paul Sasale, Jeremy Shired, Joseph Terrone, Brett Weaver, Stewart White, and the three award winners.


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