For the third year, the Teaching Studios of Art, located in Brooklyn and in Oyster Bay, New York, is hosting a plein air painting competition on the grounds of Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s last residence. The Long Island estate has beautiful views of Oyster Bay and tranquil scenes with wooded areas.
Mike Conlon attended last year’s competition and painted by the water.
This juried competition features 35 selected artists painting the grounds of the Sagamore Hill Historic Reserve on July 12 and 13. To apply for one of the 35 spots, visit the webpage for the competition. Deadline for application is June 20.
Last year’s winning painting, by Steve Dolan
Erik Koeppel takes his shoes off to paint the view up the trail.
Plein air painting on the scenic grounds of Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay, which is located on New York’s Long Island
“We started this event three years ago as part of the outreach mission of Teaching Studios,” explains Rob Zeller, director of Teaching Studios of Art. “We offer classes and workshops, but we also want to engage the community around us. With so many great plein air painters in the area, and the extravagant natural vistas of Sagamore Hill right in our backyard, this event was a no-brainer. In this digital culture, people of all ages want a handmade object of high quality, to see the artist’s touch. People want to connect with nature. This event gives them that.”
Kenneth Salaz paints on the boardwalk on Sagamore Hill’s grounds.
Boris Tyomkin paints by the bay at last year’s event.
First prize is $1,000 cash plus a $750 plein air kit from Jerry’s Artarama. Second and third place prizes, respectively, are $550 and $340 plein air kits from Jerry’s Artarama. The juror for the competition is Ken Salaz.