Plein air painting competition Aug. 5 at SullivanMunce


Laura Winslow holds her watercolor painting during a previous Zionsville Paint Out. (File photo)

By Heather Lusk

The clock begins ticking at 7 a.m. on August 5 when all ages and skill levels of artists can challenge themselves by creating a work of art in a day.

The annual Zionsville Paint Out begins at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center where artists have their chosen medium stamped to verify the art was painted that day. Completed works will be judged in one of four categories: youth ages 5 to 11, teen ages 12 to 17, adult amateur and adult professional.

The event requires artists to go en plein air, or outdoors, anywhere in Zionsville until 2 p.m. that day to complete their work.

“It’s a nice community event,” said Cynthia Young, SullivanMunce Cultural Center executive director. “Even if you’re not painting you can watch the painters paint.”

Young said that most people paint with water color or oil but recalled a past submission in textile, as an artist sewed flora and fauna in Lincoln Park.

“It would be fun,” said Young of the possibility of having varied types of medium.

When the artists check back into the museum by 2 p.m. they can relax with refreshments while their art is judged. At 3 p.m. judges will announce the top three winners in each of the four categories.

Many of the artists opt to sell their work, which will be available starting at 2 p.m. until shortly after the winners are announced.

Last year, despite the rain, 28 artists participated. The Paint Out will move forward rain or shine.

“Professionals are used to painting in any weather,” said Young.

Painters must provide all of their own materials and can register on the day of the event at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

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