The Red Wing Arts Association (RWAA) announced the winners at its 7th Annual Plein Air Art and Music Festival, and sang special praise for its judge.


Derek Davis’s “Atop the River Bluff” won Best of Show.

The event, which was held June 24 through 29 in Red Wing, Minnesota, featured more than 40 artists from the region. “This was a great year for plein air,” remarks Arlene Roth, assistant director of the RWAA. “The weather cooperated so the paintings were bright, light and full of sunshine.”

Richard Abraham won Best Collection for his body of work. Derek Davis took Best of Show for his painting “Atop the River Bluff.” Bridget Ertelt’s “Window Shopping” won Best Downtown Award.The Artists’ Choice at the Quick Paint event was won by Jim Turner for his piece “Wet Market.”


Bridget Ertelt won the Best Downtown Award with “Window Shopping.”

Organizers note that juror Scott Lloyd Anderson was a great addition to the proceedings, bringing humor and knowledge to his task, and talking in detail about each award winner and why it was notable. Learn more about RWAA by visiting its website.


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