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Welcome Juried Artists 2018!

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An incredible line-up of talented artists will be making their way to Parrsboro on June 14, 15, 16, 17 to compete for more than $8,000 at the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.

And they’re coming from across the continent! British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri, Massachusetts, Ohio and South Carolina.

“This is only our second year for this festival,” says Parrsboro Board Chair, Michael Fuller, “and the level of the submissions has been impressive to say the least. We have some of the very best plein air painters in North America joining us this year, and our Festival Judge, Richard Sneary, is recognized as one of the top watercolour artists in the USA.”

Parrsboro Plein Air is a juried competition, and the entry standards are very high. The jurors, Joy Laking and Bill Rogers, master plein air painters in their own right, had many difficult decisions to make, but in the end came up with a juried artists list capable of creating inspiring work in only three days of painting.

“It is astonishing what these artists can do,” comments Parrsboro Creative Executive Director Robert More. “Plein air” means painting in the open – “plein” – air and in real time. It’s the fastest growing art movement in the history of North America, and the word is already out and spreading fast that the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival is a premier event and that the Parrsboro Shore is one of the most spectacular places to paint. As Bill Rogers puts it – ‘It’s every artist’s dream’.”

Plein Air is a power-packed event, and the artists waste no time in getting to work. After signing in, they will head out to their chosen locations early on Thursday June 14, and they are required to complete all of their work by 5:00 pm on Saturday June 16. Then, every one of these original new pieces is framed and mounted – some with painting still wet! – for exhibition at The Hall, 44 King Street, in Parrsboro.

This sets the stage for the marquis event of the festival which is the Awards Night and Collectors Preview – 7:00 to 9:00 pm, also on Saturday June 16. A catered affair with complimentary wine and delicious appetizers from the BlackRock Bistro, Awards Night is a high-energy, very entertaining evening which gives art collectors, dealers, gallery owners, and lovers of art in general the opportunity to have first viewing of all the new works, as well as the first chance to buy a painting. Tickets are $100, but this can be put towards the purchase of a painting.

“The atmosphere in the building last year was phenomenal,” says Parrsboro Creative Board Member Lori Lynch. “It was an exciting evening, and that was true of the entire weekend. People really enjoyed the Public Art Exhibitions on Sunday, and were intrigued by the artists painting all over Main Street during the Quick Draw Contest, a two hour painting contest which is open to the public with prizes of $300, $200 and $100.”

The Art Sales for this year’s Plein Air Festival are at The Hall and Art Lab Studios and Gallery on Sunday, June 17, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The artists can be seen painting at spectacular locations along the Parrsboro Shore from Economy Mountain all the way to Advocate Harbour. Parrsboro Creative provides a daily list of these locations and – as much as possible – the times when the artists will be on site.

Check out these videos of last year’s event to get a feel for what Plein Air is all about:

Promotional Video                          

Collectors and Awards Artists Night

Plein Air Artists                     



Kim Aerts                                    Prospect, Nova Scotia
Poppy Balser                               Digby, Nova Scotia
Pauline Boudreau                     Sherbrooke, Quebec
Gilles Boudreault                      Bedford, Nova Scotia
Catherine Brown                       Halifax, Nova Scotia
Alan Bull                                        Newburyport, Massachusetts
Mike Dorsey                                 Ipswich, Massachusetts
Michel Doucet                             Weymouth, Nova Scotia
Carol Douglas                              Rockport, Maine
Kathleen Gray Farthing          Alliance, Ohio
Catherine Georgallas               Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Jennifer Gibson                         Upstate New York
Christopher Gorey                    Ingonish, Nova Scotia
Marc Grandbois                         L’anse-St-Jean, Quebec
Margery Jennings                     Amesbury, Massachusetts
Russell Jewell                             Easley, South Carolina
Chantal Julien                             Sherbrooke, Quebec
Alexander Koltakov                  Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sandi Komst                                 Beach Point, Prince Edward Island
Cathy Lachance                           Saint-Jean-de-L’ile-d’Orleans, Quebec
Kirk Larsen                                   Hicksville, New York
Diane Leifheit                              Paul Smiths, New York
Grant Lounsbury                        Geneva, New York
Carlton Manzano                       Freeville, New York
Lynn Mehta                                    Alexandria, Virginia
Alison Menke                                Clarksville, Maryland
Suzanne Morris                          Richmond, Virginia
Susan Paterson                            Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Crista Pisano                                 Nyack, New York
Gail Sutherland                            Bedford, Nova Scotia
Janet Sutherland                          Ipswich, Massachusetts
Nancy Tankersley                        Easton, Maryland
Adam Tragakis                              Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Tara Will                                          Hampstead, Maryland
Janet Wilson                                  Tobermory, Ontario


For more information about each of these artists,
please visit our website at


For further information, please contact:

Robert More

Executive Director

Parrsboro Creative
W:     902-728-2007


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