Paint the Town En Plein Air
4rd Annual "Paint the Town", en Plein Air, Host & Coordinator, Kitty Lynne Klich
$1000 Purchase Prize, Derek Davis of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for Title: Light Struck, oil
$300 First Place Winner, Paula Swaydan-Grebel of Plymouth for Title: Mill St. and Milwaukee St, oil
$200 Second Place Winner, Bob Beck of Manitowoc, for Title: End of Sunflowers, oil
$100 Third Place Winner, Jenny Anderson of Milwaukee, for Title: Along the Path, oil
Merit Award: Evie Grasse of Sheboygan for watercolor, Title: 3 Reed Street
Merit Award: Sue Strandberg of Plymouth for watercolor, Title: Red Birdhouse
Merit Award: Stephen Wysocki of Armstrong Creek for Title: Out of Gas, acrylic
Viewer’s Choice and Postcard Award: Dan Rizzi of Plymouth for Title: Light ‘Em Up, oil
Artist Mary Ulm-Mayhew is the judge for this year’s competition
Paint the Town en Plein Air in Plymouth, WI
38 Artists from all over the state of Wisconsin have been painting in Plymouth for the Plymouth Arts Center’s 4th Annual Paint the Town, En Plein Air event. Artist Mary Ulm-Mayhew is the judge for this year’s competition. This week-long outdoor paint out began last Thursday, September 19. Registered artists were invited to paint within the perimeters of downtown Plymouth through this week Wednesday. The completed ‘Paintings of Plymouth’ will be on display and available at the silent auction, beginning with the opening reception Friday night, Sept. 27th from 6-9pm.There will be complimentary hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission for the “Paint the Town” gala is free and open to the public. Winning bids will be announced at 9pm. Don’t miss your opportunity to own an original painting of “Historic Plymouth,” for your home or office, or as a unique gift!
Mary Ulm-Mayhew is a prestigious and well known oil painter. Born and raised in Milwaukee, she received her BFA from Cardinal Stritch University. Her work has been juried into numerous group and one-person shows from California to Italy and can be found in national and international private and corporate collections. She is a member of Oil Painters of America and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
The number of artists participating in the event this year has doubled from last year. Kitty Lynne Klich, event coordinator said, “I have chaired a variety of events for the Plymouth Arts Center over the years that I have been the Resident Oil Painting Instructor. “Paint the Town” is my absolute favorite! I love driving through town and seeing Artists from all over busily working away at their easels. There is excitement and an air of magic in watching all the masterpieces coming to life! Several members of the Water’s Edge Artists –Painters for Preservation, are participating in “Paint the Town en Plein Air” in Plymouth this year. This group of painters focused on paintings depicting the exceptional architecture of many buildings in the downtown Plymouth area. Their goal as a group is to support preservation of historical and endangered places and a percentage of all sales of their work is donated towards this cause. I’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Sargento Foods, The Sartori Company and Veritas Financial Services, for their support of our efforts.”
The Awards Ceremony will be held at 7:30pm at the gala. A $1000 purchase prize, sponsored by Margaret Wittkopp and Veritas Financial will be presented along with cash awards going to first, second and third place winners. Three Merit Awards and a Viewer’s Choice award will also be presented. After the gala, unsold paintings may be for sale at a ‘fixed price’ through Thursday, October 3rd. A new twist this year……the public is invited to vote for the painting that best depicts downtown Plymouth and that Artist will receive the Postcard Award, meaning that postcards will be made from their painting and will be available for sale in the Plymouth Arts Center Gift Shop.