plein air art competition


Artists arriving to 'Paint the Town'


Kathy Meador, a local artist, will be participating in the 12th annual Plein Air Competition and Art Show April 29-May 5 in Marble Falls. Out-of-town artists will arrive Sunday before spreading out to capture local scenes in the annual Paint the Town event.



Marble Falls will welcome nationally recognized artists to participate in the 12th annual Paint The Town during the week of April 29-May 5.

Artists will be arriving Sunday for week-long art activities that will include lectures, demonstrations, and opportunities to purchase top quality art. One great opportunity to see them at work will be Tuesday, May 1, when they will be working at Candlelight Ranch, 6408 Muleshoe Bend Trail, east of Marble Falls and south of Ranch to Market Road 1431. Ranch gates 9-7 will be open for public entrance.

“Come to the Lakeside Pavilion on Thursday, May 3, thru Saturday, May 5, to enjoy paintings of our beautiful Hill Country,” said Betsy Walker, Highland Lakes Creative Arts (HLCA) president. “And, there are still opportunities to be included in the VIP reception on Friday, May 4.”


Tickets on sale for Paint the Town

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Paint the Town, this year billed to rise to the top five of plein air exhibits in Texas, is set to open March 27-29.

The event is an invitational for 40 juried, open-air artists to invade Marble Falls and create scenes of the city on site.

“We will see them painting in historic Marble Falls, along the waterfront and on private countryside properties,” said Carolyn Bates, one of the organizers. “A map will be provided of all locations so visitors can watch the artists at work.”

“Eric Rhoads, who is the major U.S. advocate for the plein air movement and also the owner of Streamline Publishing's “Plein Air” and “Fine Art Connoisseur” magazines, is the Paint the Town judge for this year,” said Bates.

Bates will be mentoring the sponsoring organization, Highland Lakes Creative Arts (which members refer to simply as the arts) and Paint the Town in their goal of being one of the top five plein air events

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