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Plein Air Nantucket - AAN

Make sure to stop into the Artists Association of Nantucket Gallery to view the Plein Air Paintings!

"Plein Air Nantucket"


AAN to host a plein air painting festival on June 30–July 1

 in conjunction with the summer exhibition The Water Front Artist


Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) is hosting the first annual Plein Air Nantucket, open to all outdoor painters on June 30–July 1. The two-day painting festival will conclude with an exhibition of the art and the presentation of the Frank Swift Chase Awards on July 1, 6 p.m. at 33 Washington Street. The festival is planned in conjunction with the opening of The Waterfront Artists: Painters Who Changed Nantucket on Friday, June 29 at 33 Washington Street.


Plein Air Nantucket is open to all artists who wish to paint in the fresh air and pristine scenery of the harbor and enjoy the camaraderie of painting with their peers.


“Evocative of the 1920s, the two-day event is a perfect tie-in to the history presented in our summer exhibition,” said AAN executive director Cecil Barron Jensen. “While many early artists on the island worked out of their studios, this changed when artists streamed around the point to savor the island’s charms and advantages during the 1920s.”


A huge proponent of plein air painting, Frank Swift Chase taught outdoor classes starting in 1920 and ending in the early 1950s, and the core of his regular students became the founders of the AAN. It is in this spirit, that the AAN hosts Plein Air Nantucket.


“We’re excited to present this opportunity,” says AAN curator of exhibitions Bobby Frazier.  “It’s a chance for today’s painters to explore the same wharves and harbor beaches that intrigued the Waterfront Artists, the painters who dominated that golden era of Nantucket art and changed the island’s economy.”


All artists are asked to sign up for Plein Air Nantucket at 9 a.m. at The Waterfront Artists exhibition at 33 Washington Street. There is a small entry fee of $15; or $25, including a canvas or board. All artists’ canvases are limited to 9”x 12” or 11”x14” and must be stamped by the AAN at the time of registration.


Artists will paint within the area from Steamboat Wharf to the Creeks at the end of Washington Street. Artists must not violate private property restrictions without permission. The majority of the work must be painted on location and all art needs to be returned to 33 Washington by 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1.  Artists must also present the rough list of palette paints used in the work.


The Frank Swift Chase awards presentation and a reception will be held on July 1, 6–7:30 p.m., at 33 Washington. All are welcome to attend for free.


The exhibition and Plein Air Nantucket are underwritten by the The Boston Foundation, Nantucket Art Council, and the Friends of the AAN. Additional sponsorship is provided by Bartlett’s Farm; Congdon and Coleman Insurance Agency, Inc.; and Reade, Gullicksen, Hanley & Gifford, LLP. With support from Annye’s Wholefoods and Create, art supply store.


The AAN is also grateful to the Maria Mitchell Association for the use 33 Washington Street, once the Kerr School of Art, a location steeped with historic significance to The Waterfront Artists.


For further information about AAN 2012 programs and events, please visit the website at or call 508-228-0722.


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