On the North Carolina portion of the Piedmont plateau, in a town famous for furniture manufacture and, incidentally, the childhood home of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, a plein air event was born in late September. Its organizers are proud of the new arrival. 

The Piedmont Plein Air Paintout attracted 30 artists to its inaugural edition, and some notable names came to town to paint the local beauty. The town of High Point turned the painting event into a full-fledged festival, with food and live music, and painting locations dotted over five locations during the celebration’s four days. A portion of the proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, and the event was sponsored by J. Gallery and the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library.

Dawn Whitelaw, First Place winner

Blair Pessemier, Second Place

Lynn Mehta, Third Place

Jeremy Sams, winner of the Viewer’s Choice award

Taking Best in Show was Russell Jewell, with Dawn Whitelaw earning First Place. Second Place went to Blair Pessemier, with Third going to Lynn Mehta. Jeremy Sams won the Viewer’s Choice award. Richard Oversmith served as competition juror, and Scott M. Raynor was the selection juror.


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