An assortment of beautiful flowers and plants will set the scene for an outdoor competition Saturday at the Farmington Community Garden, located at the corner of Boyce Street and Perrine Road, next to the water tower.
Artists of all ages are welcome and refreshments will be available from 7 a.m. to noon.
Local artist Dianne Dickerson not only hosted the event, but she will also show off her talent during the competition.
“I’m going to paint from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and then give my easel to a little girl so she can paint,” she said. “I hope the kids will participate too. It’s for people to go out and have fun, not just for artists.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Jayne Wibbles who will play guitar from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Kyle Cox will play on his steel drums from 11 a.m. to noon.
Participating artists will not only have space to display their business cards, but each of them will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Farmington Public Library for two months beginning August 5.
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Each of the artists will also be able to donate an artwork to be featured at the tax-deductible “Help the Hungry” auction to be held in November.
First State Community Bank is offering a prize of $100 for the first champion, $50 for the second place winner and $25 for the third. Two art teachers, Pamela Perry and Jane Cook will act as judges.
Local 4-H members have completed the handicap accessible flowerbeds and will also be participating in the event.
En plein air, a French expression meaning “in the open air”, describes the process of painting a landscape outdoors. The term defines both a simple technical approach and a whole artistic creed: from truth to tangible reality, a refusal to mythologize or fictionalize the landscape, and an attachment to the idea of the artist as a creative worker rather than as an exalted master. Plein air painting today is what the general public imagines when they imagine an artist at work, and is favored by many semi-professional and amateur artists.
In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to July 30. For more information, contact Dickerson at 573-330-0230.
Mark Marberry is a reporter for Farmington Press and Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3629 or [email protected]