Open-air painting festival returns for second year

“Jericho” by Patrick Kennedy of Shelburne: Ink and watercolor, 12” x 14”

Back by popular demand! The 2nd Annual Jericho Plein Air Festival will take place on Saturday, July 21. Festival headquarters for this “painting in the open air” event are at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Road in Jericho Center. Painting sites will include the Jericho Settlers’ Farm, the Barber Farm, and the Jericho Green, among others.

Artists Christine Jenkins and Patrick Kennedy, both Shelburne residents, and Helen Nagle and Fiona Cooper Fenwick, both of Hinesburg, will be among the nearly 80 artists from 33 towns all over Vermont and five other states who will be participating in this second year of the festival.

A small sample of many similar reactions from both artists and the public at the end of the first festival last year: “Wonderful!” “I loved meeting and seeing the work of so many artists!” “The day was phenomenal!” “The camaraderie was great and it was such a fantastic way to celebrate each others’ work!” “The artists were so friendly and willing to answer questions from non-artists.” Festival organizers Emilie Alexander, Jane Morgan, and Barbara Greene are counting on another successful event this year.

Ever wondered how artists translate what they see onto a canvas or paper? The public is encouraged to meet and talk with the artists, watch the creative process at work, and enjoy the excitement, energy and spontaneity of this festival of outdoor painting.

The artists will be out painting by 8 am; the event opens to the public at 9 am. It’s free of charge and parking will be available.

Participants will return to the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery by 3 pm to frame work they created during the day. The paintings will be available for sale directly from the artists during the day. An exhibit of the paintings will take place at the Gallery from July 22 through Aug. 12, and the work will be for sale through the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit. The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artists at the Gallery from 2 to 4 pm on July 22.

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