NORTHBROOK – The Northbrook Arts Commission will host 25-30 Midwest artists specializing in Plein Air Painting October 6 – 8. The artists will create works on Friday and Saturday at locations throughout Northbrook based on what inspires them. Each artist will submit their three best oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel paintings for exhibition, awards and sale to the public on Sunday, October 8 at the Village Green Center, 1810 W Walters Avenue.
On Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, there will be a Quick Paint Competition in Village Green Park and downtown area. Artists will work in this concentrated area and have 2.5 hours to start and finish a painting. The work will be judged and cash prizes awarded by acclaimed plein air painter and Northbrook resident Brian Sindler.
Also on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, local musical artists will be performing including a Jazz Combo, a Flamenco/Gypsy Kings style duo, and Classical Guitarist Christopher Laughlin. Food vendors and a live outdoor painting demonstration with award winning artist and teacher Steve Puttrich are also scheduled. Awards will be presented at 4:00 pm and works of the fine artists will be available for purchase.
While artists have been painting plein-air, painting outdoors directly from nature, for centuries, plein-air festivals have seen a rise in popularity over the last 10 years with large events sometimes attracting hundreds of artists in places like Cedarburg and Door County, Wisconsin.
Some of the artists joining us in the first annual Northbrook Plein Air Festival are Steve Puttrich, Errol Jacobson, and James Hajicek of Chicago, Lee Radtke of Lake County, D.K. Palecek of Northeast Wisconsin, and Wendie Thompson of Oconomowoc, WI. These are all award-winning artists with passion and experience painting outdoors.
Come out and enjoy watching the artists throughout the event. Feel free to stop and observe them at work and welcome them to town. This is a Northbrook Arts Commission event with partial sponsorship from the Northbrook Park District.
For further information about the event, please contact Bruce Bondy of the Northbrook Arts Commission at 847.421.6999 or email [email protected]
Submitted by the Northbrook Arts Commission