Settlers Green hosted a Plein-Air Invitational during Art Night at Settlers Green on Friday, July 13, and has selected a purchase prize winner from the six artist that competed in this first-time event. Local artist Deborah Snow was selected the winner for her watercolor piece depicting the scenes at Kaity’s Big Chill in the Courtyard at Settlers Green Outlet Village.
Additional artists included Mary Bastoni, Marty Sage Gilman, Jessica L. Fligg, Esther MacDonald and Barbara Stelle, who all turned out exciting pieces in the three-hour competition. Artists could choose their medium, canvas size was limited up to 9x12, and artists were free to decide where to set up to capture the scenes of the night.
“Many shoppers stopped and peaked over the shoulders of the artists as they worked or chatted about their approach and design,” said Event Director Laura Lemieux. “It felt like something special was taking place, and I think both the artists and shoppers could feel that.”
The Plein-Air Invitational was one of many art components happening during the Art Night. Other activities included an interactive paint-by-numbers for the public to participate and the unveiling of Melanie Zibit’s “Caryatid” marble sculpture in the Courtyard of Settlers Green Outlet Village, which is one of six custom public art features at Settlers Green.
All six completed plein-air pieces are on display at the Settlers Green Customer Service Office until early August for public viewing. For more about the public art at Settlers Green including a guide to all its features, as well as pictures from the event, visit settlersgreen.com/art.