ESPAfest Featured in Outdoor Painter!
- July 18, 2017
- Posted by: Eureka Springs School of Art
- Category: News
It was a proud moment for 10 painters as they took home a collective 14 prizes this spring in Arkansas during this second annual plein air event. Donâ€™t blink, this could be the next big plein air competition!
Although the Eureka Springs ESPAfest recently concluded its second year, the Arkansas event is seeing rapid growth and new sponsors â€” includingÂ PleinAir. Itâ€™s a collaborative event hosted by the Eureka Springs School of the Arts and the Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs, and 2017 witnessed more than 50 participating artists, 10 of whom took prizes in 14 different categories.
Tim Tyler was judged Best of Show with his painting titled â€œRubescence,â€ which earned the artist a 1/4-page ad inÂ PleinAirÂ magazine and $500 cash. Tylerâ€™s painting â€œKent, Romancing the Stoneâ€ garnered the $1000 Purchase Prize as well. Nyle Gordon won two $1,000 Purchase Prizes for his paintings â€œBridge Closedâ€ and â€œFlat Iron Flat,â€ while Carol Dickie took the fourth $1,000 Purchase Prize with â€œNot So Blue Spring.â€
There were also $500 Purchase Prizes, which were taken by â€œBasin Park Hotel Viewâ€ â€” another painting by Nyle Gordon â€” â€œOnyxâ€ by Kent Landrum, and â€œLeatherwood Creekâ€ by Tim Breaux. Patrick Saunders went home with the Peopleâ€™s Choice Award for his painting â€œCastle Rogueâ€™s Manor.â€
Well-known watercolorist Richard Stephens received a Blue Ribbon $500 Award in addition to a one-year subscription toÂ PleinAirÂ for his magnetic painting â€œBeavertown Store Display Window.â€ Tim Tyler and Nyle Gordon werenâ€™t the only artists taking multiple awards, as Carol Dickie earned a Red Ribbon $200 Award for â€œForrest Patterns.â€ Dickieâ€™s Red Ribbon also came with a one-yearÂ PleinAirÂ subscription. A Yellow Ribbon $100 Award andÂ PleinAirÂ subscription were given to Julie Kahn Valentine for her piece titled â€œNew Delhi.â€ Terry Shoffner was an Honorable Mention for â€œSun on Main,â€ and last, but certainly not least, Marty Benson took home the first ever Brand New Talent Award for â€œHigh View,â€ which earned the artist a set of brushes.
To learn more, visit theÂ Eureka Springs School of the Arts.