Brian Sindler, "Early Morning, the Marsh," 2017, oil on linen (Best of Show)

A juried group of around 30 artists set out to capture historic buildings, churches, and the Rock and Crawfish rivers in Jefferson, Wisconsin, in June for a friendly plein air competition. Who did judges William A. Suys, Jr., Paula Swaydan-Gredel, and Terrence Coffman favor?

From June 28 through July 2, the public was encouraged to come out in Jefferson, Wisconsin, to witness more than 30 artists painting outdoors during Jefferson Plein Air. In an event hosted and sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Greater Jefferson, participating artists included Barbara Hayden, Sherri Thomas, Deborah T. Rollo, Margaret Robinson, Thomas Buchs, D.K. Palecek, Derek Hambly, Wendie Thompson, Lynette Redner, Judith C. Reidy, Gary Millard, Christine Steinmiller, Julia Ince, Geoffrey Butz, Gary Kenney, Troy Tatlock, Elizabeth Lee, Henk Prinsloo, Jan Gilkey, Brian Sindler, Marc Anderson, Shar Coulson, and Carrie Griesemer.

Shar Coulson, “Aquatic Respite,” 2017, mixed media (Second Place)
Troy Tatlock, “White Below the Dam,” 2017, oil on panel (Third Place)
Sherri Thomas, “Summer Reflections,” 2017, oil (Fourth Place)

This year, Brian Sindler took home the $1,000 top prize for “Early Morning Marsh” while Shar Coulson’s “Aquatic Respite” earned her the $600 Second Place award. Third Place, valued at $400, was taken by Troy Tatlock’s “White Below the Dam,” and Sherri Thomas earned the $200 Fourth Place award for “Summer Reflections.” Finally, a $300 Artist’s Choice award was split between Brian Sindler and Shar Coulson with the same paintings that won Best in Show and Second Place.

To learn more, visit Jefferson Plein Air.

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