New watercolor prize awarded

Updating the August 23 and July 20 posts about plein air painting at the Museum during Aurora Colony Days …

IMGP2184-2The Museum asked to display 3 paintings from this day — the Steinbach Log Cabin — at the 48th annual Quilt Show (featured theme: the log cabin pattern) that concluded last weekend. So we invented a new prize. The Museum Curator’s Choice will henceforth be given at the conclusion of Plein Air Painting Day at the Museum, which will take place annually during Aurora Colony Days. The winner of the first annual Museum Curator’s Choice prize is John Miller. All 3 watercolors will be on display at the Museum until the end of the year. Congratulations to John and thank you to the Museum (esp. Patrick Harris and Kathleen Mason), to Jude Welter (who led the plein air project), to all the watercolorists and to Larry Townsend (for this photo).

 

And a good time was had by all

Numbers tell some of the story of the 2015 Aurora Colony Days Art Show.  55 artists from 18 locales submitting175 works of art.  There were 42 watercolor paintings — 25 acrylics — 25 oils — 23 photographs — 60 mixed and almost every other medium.  13 of the artists — 24% — with sales of their work.  50 volunteers to plan, set up/take down, cook, staff, entertain and more.  An estimated 500 people visiting the show, from the Friday evening reception through late Sunday afternoon.  40 children taking part in our week-long, first-ever art camp and Sunday printmaking workshop.  In another first, 15 “plein air” artists painting and sketching at the Museum and on streets filled with Colony Days celebrants.

But the larger story is one of community.  Aurorans and honorary Aurorans came together to  work, to celebrate and to appreciate each other, in this art show and in all the other Colony Days festivities.  Thank you. K7A4A955D78EEF_1000119 K7A4A955D78EEF_1000129 K7A4A955D78EEF_1000120 K7A4A955D78EEF_1000118 K7A4A955D78EEF_1000115K7A4A955D78EEF_1000129 K7A4A955D78EEF_1000107K7A4A955D78EEF_1000118K7A4A955D78EEF_1000093 K7A4A955D78EEF_1000099K7A4A955D78EEF_1000111K7A4A955D78EEF_1000101K7A4A955D78EEF_1000109K7A4A955D78EEF_1000103K7A4A955D78EEF_1000108K7A4A955D78EEF_1000116K7A4A955D78EEF_1000114K7A4A955D78EEF_1000088K7A4A955D78EEF_1000091K7A4A955D78EEF_1000096K7A4A955D78EEF_1000113K7A4A955D78EEF_1000108K7A4A955D78EEF_1000121K7A4A955D78EEF_1000123K7A4A955D78EEF_1000105.

See you next year!  Second weekend of August!

Wait, wait — there’s more!

This updates the August 21 post about Urban Sketchers in Aurora —

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More feedback from Urban Sketchers Portland from the August 8 Colony Days visit! Including the words ” … residents of Aurora were very kind to us while we were there, as well – two people walked up and told me how grateful they were to have artists out in their streets!”

 

Watercolor painting at the Museum

These photos update the July 20 post about watercolor painting “en plein air” at the Museum on the Saturday of Colony Days, August 8.  All involved had a wonderful time — beautiful paintings — look for this to become an annual art show event.

Urban Sketchers Portland came to Aurora!

6 members of Urban Sketchers Portland accepted my invitation to come to Aurora on Saturday 8/8 during Colony Days. Usually this group (part of an international movement) sticks to Portland venues (“urban,” you see) for their weekly outings, but I was able to convince them that the City of Aurora would be a fruitful place for them to visit. Some of them had never even heard of Aurora! I’m happy to say that they were very, very happy with their excursion. Many of you stopped to watch them work and engaged them in discussion, and here are just 3 of the images produced that day. I hope to make this an annual event, another way to demonstrate the vital connection between art and the community.20150809_091108Aurora1Aurora2

Best of Show — 2015

The judge awarded “Best of Show” to Michael Muldoon of Lake Oswego for his oil painting Email to Susan (1 of 1)“Valley Glow”.

Townsend Award — 2015

Winner of the Townsend Award for Student Art — presented for the first time this photo-1year, and intended to be an annual award — was Alaina Fidanzo of Aurora for her mixed-media painting “The Fantasy Flower”.  The award honors Larry Townsend and his 25 years of art show leadership here in Aurora.

Lucky raffle winners

Adding to the fun at the Aurora Colony Days Art Show (and many more details to come!) were raffles for Ron van Kleef’s giclee “Walking in the Rain” — won by Irene Winters of Lake Oswego — and for Julene Trigg’s 2 sets of handmade outdoor wooden flowers — won by Loni Parrish of Newberg and Cindy Caulfield of Aurora — and handmade indoor paper flowers — won by Peggy Weisskirk of Portland.

 

People’s Choice — 2015

The “People’s Choice” award went to Melvin McRobert of Tigard Red Barnfor his oil painting “Red Barn”.

New art show feature

In a first for the Colony Days Art Show, we will be showcasing what is actually a very long-standing artists’ practice — painting out-of-doors (“en plein air”).  We hope to make this an annual feature.

Many artists work only in their studios, where they are not at the mercy of the elements and onlookers, and their tools are close by and handy.  Plus, working outdoors is scary — it’s so big out there!  But especially for those artists who like to paint landscapes, city scenes and people going about their activities, the only place to work is outdoors — a tradition perfected by the Impressionists, who relished the challenge of dealing with natural light and color, and imposing compositional elements on natural scenes.  (And who didn’t worry that they had left their favorite brush back in the studio.)

Starting around 10 AM on Saturday August 8, a dozen watercolorists under the guidance of noted local teacher and painter Jude Welter will be working in the gardens of the Old Aurora Colony Museum on 2nd and Liberty.  Admission to the Museum is free that day, and we hope that many visitors will avail themselves of the opportunity to watch painters in action.  The paintings will be displayed that afternoon at 3 PM at the main site of the Colony Days Art Show, the Christ Lutheran Church across 2nd Street.