Over 100 artists came to Edisto Island October 11 to 14 for the fourth annual Plein Air Paint Out sponsored by the Edisto Art Guild. I was on the small committee that put it together and it was both fun and a challenge. The artists registered months in advance and on the morning of sign-in and stamping of painting supports they lined up with great enthusiasm. We had several private properties available to them for painting locations, as well as all the publicly available beauty of the island. The weather had been dry for weeks. Then the rains came! But artists are intrepid and adaptable, and they headed out anyway. Some brought umbrellas, others found shelter on porches and under elevated houses, some painted from their cars. I set up near my dock with my umbrella sheltering my easel from intermittent sprinkles, spending several hours painting as the tide went out. But on a gray day, at least the light does not change much!
This was the first year we had a "wet paint" exhibit and competition open to the public, held in the Edisto Beach Civic Center. Art materials suppliers sent us samples to give out and wonderful items and gifts certificates for prizes. Local businesses also donated money for awards and were supportive. The range and quality of artworks was impressive, and the judge noted this in her comments. The exhibit was well attended and many paintings were taken home by excited buyers. I confess I was glad when it was all over, but I am sure I won't be able to resist participating again next year!
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