Sunday, August 05, 2012

2012 Plein Air-Easton names winner

A Plein Air Painting of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

Hiu Lai Chong of Gaithersburg, MD is the grand prize winner of 2012 Plein Air-Easton, the Avalon Foundation announced on July 22. Chong’s nocturnal painting of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse (pictured) also won the Artists’ Choice Award.

Plein Air-Easton is a top plein air festival nationally, and among Easton’s largest annual events. Ninety-six paintings totaling $121,780 were sold at this year’s Collector’s Preview Party at the Academy Art Museum.

A few years ago I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Museum's artists gala and I was pleasantly astounded at both the quality of the work and the sales frenzy that takes place!

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