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Artists paint the town at annual Ellicott City outdoor artistic event

Some 60 artists and an untold numbers of tourists braved the soaring temperatures and high humidity late last week for the third annual Paint It! Ellicott City, in which artists both professional and amateur set up their easels outdoors to paint the picturesque views of historic Ellicott City.

"Despite the heat, we got a good response and good participation from artists," said Beth Forbes, gallery director and head of programs for the Howard County Arts Council, which sponsored the event along with Howard County Tourism and the county public schools. "And we had a lot of people coming through to look at the artists.

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"It's a bit of a spectator sport, of sorts," she added. "It's a tourist event as well as a painting event, and the artists seem to enjoy talking to the people.

"It's really a fun event."

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The artists for the July 6-8 event included about 25 selected by jurors, whose works will be on display through Aug. 18 at the county Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

The works of the 35-or-so non-juried artists will be on display at the Howard County Welcome Center, 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City.

—Pete Pichaske

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