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Maryland Center for the Arts’ seventh annual Harford County Plein Air painting festival coming in September

The Maryland Center for the Arts will host the seventh annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18, featuring 30 artists from various states including Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Eric Fuson, executive director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri, served as the artist entry juror. All juried artists will submit a maximum of five paintings for award consideration; artists from outside of Harford County may enter a maximum of two works painted outside of Harford County for Honorable Mention award consideration only.

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This year’s artists will paint from July 1 to Sept. 16. The public will then be able to attend the Collector’s Preview Party and Awards Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Paintings and tickets to the preview party are available for purchase on the Maryland Center for the Arts website.

The Quick-Draw competition, sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, is a two-hour, timed event for the juried and community and youth artists in Havre de Grace that will take place on Saturday, Sept.18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Nocturne Paint-Out, sponsored by the Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 16, starting at 6:30 p.m., in downtown Bel Air. A full listing of the events can be found at www.mdcenterforthearts.org/2021-schedule.html.

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Yumi Hogan, the first lady of Maryland, faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and accomplished artist, will serve as the judge for this year’s “Spirit of Maryland” award.

“We are overjoyed to have the first lady serve as this year’s judge for the Plein Air Festival. Yumi Hogan’s inspiring passion for art has shown through her efforts as First Lady of Maryland,” said Dr. Bob Willenbrink, executive director of the Maryland Center for the Arts. “She is dedicated to spreading the healing power of art to all Marylander and is also very experienced in judging numerous art exhibitions. We cannot wait to welcome Yumi to the festival.”

Works will be exhibited and available for sale at a free exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.18, in the Bel Air Armory. The Liriodendron Mansion will also host a limited exhibition of works from the festival on Wednesdays, Sept. 22 and 29 and Oct. 6, 13 and 20 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment. All paintings will be available for purchase virtually on the Maryland Center for the Arts website from Sept. 19 through Nov. 20.

For more information on tickets and a full listing of events, please visit mdcenterforthearts.org

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