A few years ago four professional plein-air painters from the Boothbay region were at an opening. (Corinne McIntyre, Roger Milinowski and Ron and Monique Parry). Ron said, "Since we all usually paint by ourselves why don't we go out every Wednesday and paint together". And so the "Plein Air Painters of Maine" was born. What started out with just four of us now has ten Chapters with over 600 members. At any given time in the summer there can be 14 to 20 people painting. In the winter there may only be two or three hearty folk. But the interest has never subsided. The comraderie, exchange of ideas and just plain fellowship with other painters is so rewarding.

The Boothbay Region, in fact, all of Maine, has a wealth of subject matter to paint. The sea, the coastal rocks, endless skies, seabirds, lobster boats, docks, fish houses...etc. It is so beautiful. A painters paradise.

Any painter is welcome to come paint with us. Just contact either Gmail below and we will let you know where we will be.


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Friday, May 24, 2019


Call to Artists: Barn Party

Call to Artists: Barn Party
Artists are invited to submit applications to be considered for participation in Barn Party, a plein air art-making and fundraiser event presented by The Harlow.
On Saturday, June 29th, 2019 participating artists will spend the day (8am-4pm) making artwork on location in response to the numerous beautiful, historic barns of Old Village Road in East Winthrop. Old Village Road has a dozen old barns in various stages of paint and repair within a quarter mile of the host barn property – plus 3 more barns within a half mile. The area also provides numerous old homes, a classic one room schoolhouse and many great pine trees. The artwork produced from the day will then be up for bids during a silent auction fundraiser to benefit programming at the Harlow, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963.
How it Works:– Registration deadline: June 10, 2019. Space is limited to 15 artists. First come, first served. REGISTER HERE.Artists must arrive and check in at the host barn between 7:30 and 8:30am (address will be disclosed to accepted artists after they register.) No early birds.
– The host barn will provide parking, morning coffee, a portable lunch and bathroom availability for artists.
– Artists will receive a map of participating properties. The barn owners on the map have approved the event and welcome artists on to their property.
From 8am-3:30pm artists will be actively making artwork on location, inspired by the barns. Artists must be present for the duration of the art-making portion of the day.
– In case of rain 2 barns will be available for interior barn views along with at least one large porch.
– The Harlow is allowing event ticket holders to watch artists as they work. The Harlow is not actively encouraging onlookers but they won’t be shooed away either. The Harlow would like artists to be aware of the possibility that there may be a few onlookers.
All artworks produced throughout the day should be included in the silent auction, as is – even if they are still wet or tacky. All artwork will be sold unframed.
– Artists are responsible for bringing all of their own materials.
– Artists will receive 50% of the proceeds of their works sold from the silent auction.
– Artists also receive one free ticket to the after party and silent auction event.
– The Harlow is not liable for any damage to artwork, art materials or to the artist that may occur during this event.
Artworks must be delivered to the host barn by 3:30pm.
Eligibility & Criteria: Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. All media welcome. Maximum artwork size is 40×40”. Minimum size is 8×8.” All artwork will be sold unframed – However, artists working on paper may provide a mat.
Silent Auction Fundraiser & After Party Event: From 4-7pm, all are invited to congregate at the host barn for an after party and silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Harlow. Participating artists are encouraged to stay to enjoy the festivities and meet fellow artists and buyers. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. Bidding for the silent auctions will be open 4:45-6pm. Proceeds from the silent auction will be split 50/50 between the Harlow and the artists.
Important Dates:
Deadline to apply: June 10, 2019, 11:59pm  
Barn Party: Saturday, June 29th, 8am-4pm,  after party & silent auction 4-7pm

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