Easels and artists will fill the streets of downtown Berlin for the Paint Berlin- Plein Air Competition.
The seventh annual Paint Berlin will take place on Sept. 22-24 in downtown Berlin, Md. Fifty artists from multiple states, including Maryland, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania, will set up easels in the downtown area on Thursday and Friday painting a variety of subjects.
Anna Mullis, executive director of the Worcester County Arts Council, says the idea for the event stemmed from various plein air events around the country, including the Paint Snow Hill and Paint Ocean City.
“The first year we had 12 artists participating,” Mullis says. “Not only has the participation grown over the years but the interest of the community has grown.”
Artists are allowed to paint anywhere they would like in the town, as long as it is within a three mile radius of the Worcester County Arts Council building, located on Jefferson Street. Mullis says in the past, artists have painted historic Main Street, The Atlantic Hotel and gardens in front of homes, among other landscapes.
“Berlin has so many interesting places for the people to paint,” Mullis says. “We can see the interests of residents and the community and it’s just great to see the artists set up around Main Street and different places downtown.”
Not only does the Worcester County Arts Council encourage visitors to watch the artists paint outdoors during this event, the public is welcome to the exhibit which will be held at the Worcester County Arts Council’s Gallery on Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Artists will have an opportunity to network, exhibit and sell their artwork as well as compete for cash prizes: $1,000 – 1st Place, $500 – 2nd Place, $250 – 3rd Place, $100 – Honorable Mention, and $100 – Artists’ Choice award.
According to Mullis, entries submitted for the competition will be reviewed and judged by Abigail McBride, an accomplished artist that paints plein air landscapes, still lifes and portraits in the American Impressionist tradition. Awards will be announced at noon and the artwork will be on exhibit and for sale until Oct. 31.
To learn more about the Worcester County Arts Council and Paint Berlin- Plein Air, visit www.worcestercountyartscouncil.org.