More than 50 professional and amateur artists are expect to descend on Winters and paint the historic town red or blue or umber during the fifth annual Winters Plein Air Festival. Events run from Friday through Saturday, May 12.
The weeklong event, sponsored Briggs & Co., allows artists to work outdoors painting scenes surrounding the budding artist community of Winters, which at times evokes an older, more agricultural, less urban California of days past.
Artists start Friday by painting in the downtown area, followed by the pet parade on Saturday. On Friday, May 11, the artists will show off their “quick draw” skills around town from 3 to 5 p.m., with a gala following at 7 p.m.
The gala and gallery show featuring all of the works created during the experience costs $100 per person. All proceeds benefit the Plein Air Festival and promotion of the arts in Winters.
On Saturday, May 12, the artists will be in Rotary Park for art and wine.
Plein air is a French term for painting outdoors, in the “fresh air,” and primarily draws on landscape scenery and street scenes for its subject matter.
Applications to participate in the 2012 Plein Air Festival may be found at www.briggsandco.com. The entry fee is $60 and is due by Thursday, May 10.