John Slivjak, “Rising Tide,” oil, (First Prize, Plein Air Plus)

For anyone who’s visited, lived, or worked on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, it’s easy to become enamored with the beauty of the ocean, beaches, and bay. Surely everyone has their favorite view, including a host of outdoor painters who received awards during the recent “Island Life: Plein Air Plus” exhibition.

On view at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences through October 23, “Island Life: Plein Air Plus” is a magnetic display of New Jersey outdoor painting. Juried by Stewart White, artist and president of Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters of America, events also included a paint-out.

Winning artists with juror Stewart White (right)
Michael Budden, “Evening Approach Study,” oil, (First Prize, Classic)

In 2017, there were two First Prizes: one for “classic” plein air and one for “Plein Air Plus,” a studio painting inspired by plein air. John Slivjak’s “Rising Tide” was the Plein Air Plus winner while Michael Budden’s “Evening Approach Study” was the classic winner. Susan Graeber’s “Salt Marsh Path” was the Second Prize winner, while Sandy Taylor’s “Morning on the Marsh” was the Third Place winner. For the People’s Choice, Peter Yesis’ “Ready to Go” was the winner. John T. Meehan III won the Passport to LBI Award for “Pathway to the Ocean,” and Apinya Srikhwanthong was the winner of the Art Committee Award for “Twilight on the Bay.”

Susan Graeber, “Salt Marsh Path,” oil, (Second Prize)
Sandy Taylor, “Morning in the Marsh,” (Third Prize, triptych of paintings)
Laurie Maher, “Le Grand Fromage,” watercolor (Honorable Mention)

Honorable Mention awards were given to Laurie Maher’s “Le Grand Fromage,” Crista Pisano’s “Sand Shadows,” and Neal Hughes’ “Working Boat.” For the exhibition, the art committee received 130 paintings from 35 artists to display.

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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