More than 30 artists convened in the small town of Port Wing for a plein air event that drew over 200 collectors to the northern shore of Wisconsin. Take a look at the winners.
The 7th annual Port Wing Plein Air Painting Festival was judged by Ken Bloom, director and curator of the University of Minnesota’s Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, Minnesota. From the 130 paintings created by the artists, Bloom chose “Pastoral” by Lisa Stauffer as Best in Show. It featured a watercolor underpainting topped with pastel.

“Pastoral,” by Lisa Stauffer, 2016, watercolor and pastel, 12 x 18 in. Best in Show

“The Slough,” by Joanne Meierhofer, 2016, pastel, 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Second Place

Second Place went to Joanne Meierhofer for the pastel “The Slough,” and Dianne Lewis won Third for the oil painting “Flower Garden.” Lee England won the Quick Paint competition with his take on “The Slough,” and three people tied for People’s Choice: Edna Blanchard, Joanne Meierhofer, and Lisa Stauffer.

“Flower Garden,” by Dianne Lewis, 2016, oil. Third Place

“The Slough,” by Lee Englund, 2016, oil, 16 x 20 in. Quick Paint winner

The 2017 Port Wing Plein Air Painting Festival is scheduled for August 3-6.


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