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"Catalyst" Jennifer McChristian, Oil, 20x16 in.

“Wow … I’m stunned,” said artist Jennifer McChristian after a moment of being nearly speechless.

Why? Because she was announced the Grand Prize Winner of the 11th Annual PleinAir Salon, live via Zoom at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE). Hundreds of us watched as Eric Rhoads and Kari Stober awarded each artist to a generous applause.

Jennifer McChristian, with her husband holding her $15,000 check
Jennifer McChristian, with her husband holding her $15,000 check

With her oil painting, “Catalyst” (shown at top) Jennifer won $15,000 and will have her work featured on an upcoming issue of PleinAir Magazine. She was shocked not only because she won the grand prize, but also because her husband managed to keep it – the news, and the giant check – a secret until the big reveal during PACE.

Watch the awards ceremony here and experience the excitement!

 

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PleinAir Salon 11th Annual Winners also included the following:

Second Place:
Brian Blood, “Smokey Light at Perkins Point”

Brian Blood, "Smokey Light at Perkins Point," oil, 20 x 24 in.
Brian Blood, “Smokey Light at Perkins Point,” oil, 20 x 24 in.

Third Place: 
Kathie Odom, “Mother”

PleinAir Magazine's 11th Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition Semi-Finalist Kathie Odom Second Place Overall May 2021
Kathie Odom, “Mother,” Oil, 20×30 in.

People’s Choice:
Jane Hunt, “Looking West”

PleinAir Magazine's 11th Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition Semi-Finalist Jane Hunt Nest Landscape April 2021
Jane Hunt, “Looking West,” Oil, 24×18 in.

Honorable Mention:
Anna Rose Bain, “Taking Flight”

Anna Rose Bain, "Taking Flight," oil, 30 x 24 in.
Anna Rose Bain, “Taking Flight,” oil, 30 x 24 in.

Honorable Mention:
Luis Azon, “A Day at the Races”

Plein Air Salon winner - Luiz Azon, "A Day at the Races," oil, 37 x 52 in.
Luiz Azon, “A Day at the Races,” oil, 37 x 52 in.

Honorable Mention:
Ben Bauer, “i skymningen”

Plein Air Salon art competitions - Ben Bauer, "i skymningen," oil, 30 x 40 in.
Ben Bauer, “i skymningen,” oil, 30 x 40 in.

Best Watercolor:
Irena Roman, “Colin”

Irena Roman, "Colin," 21 x 21 in.
Irena Roman, “Colin,” watercolor, 21 x 21 in.

Best Acrylic:
Steve Browning, “Sandycove Dublin”

PleinAir Magazine's 11th Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition Semi-Finalist May 2021 Steve Browning Acrylic
Steve Browning, “Sandycove Dublin,” Acrylic, 10×14 in.

Best Pastel:
Aaron Schuerr, “Afternoon Glare”

Plein Air Salon art competitions - Aaron Schuerr, "Afternoon Glare," pastel, 10 x 18 in.
Aaron Schuerr, “Afternoon Glare,” pastel, 10 x 18 in.

We were all so grateful to be able to host these awards in person at PACE. All monthly winners are eligible for the Annual Awards, so enter your best works today at PleinAirSalon.com. We just might see you on stage in Colorado next year at the 10th Annual PACE!


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