The second annual “Paint-Out” featured 28 artists simultaneously painting and palavering with onlookers in the middle of Old Town Scottsdale’s Main Street for 90 minutes on the sunny and temperate morning of November 9, 2013.
This was yet another perfect Sonoran Desert Fall day!
Promoted by the Scottsdale Fall for the Arts, the event’s artists are sponsored by the members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association. Their works ranged from plein aire portraits of living models, included sculptures in stone and welded steel, works inspired by photographs of far-away places, new versions of artists’ previous works, and works inspired by images visible only in the minds of the artists!
Among the 28 artists persevering through this grueling, public exhibition of talent were:
Sarah Webber, Amy Karnes, John Cox, Patrick Coffaro, Carol Ruff Franza, Luke Frazier, Kenny McKenna, Alvin Marshall, Trevor Swanson, Bob Lemler, James Randle, Jordan Abernethy, Suzanne Nyberg, Gilead, Bob Price, Sherry Blanchard Stuart, Ron Stewart, Larisa Aukon, Carol Swinney, Doug Diehl, Allen Garns, Cara Pabst Moran, Dan Mieduch, Dustin Van Wechel, Steve Atkinson, Cynthia Rigdon, Andrea Peterson, John Horejs and Tom Christiansen (I may have included one or two that didn’t make it, or excluded one or two that were there – my apologies).
Media used by the artists in their work included the aforementioned stone and steel, in addition to pastels, watercolor, acrylic and oil paints on paper, canvas and wood.
Although 90 minutes would seem, for most artists, to produce only a study or sketch, virtually all of the artists – perhaps due to the time pressure and the “framed work” auction following their efforts – produced works of great detail and full development.
We have known and followed a number of the artists for many years, and found their work here to meet their highest standards.
A fund-raising auction followed the paint-out, with prices generally higher than those realized during last year’s inaugural event.
The Paint-Out is part of Scottsdale’s Fall Art Week, which included a number of one-person and multi-artist gallery open houses, a spectacular Thursday evening art walk with around 50 open galleries entrancing the crowds with their represented artists’ work, plus a lively evening café and bistro scene.
“Art Overload” is a real risk during this week!