The Plein Air painting contest that was to be part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival (cancelled due to flooding) went on as scheduled on Saturday May 3rd in Welles Memorial Park in Breckenridge, MN. Despite the not-so-nice weather, there were painters from Fargo, North Dakota; Battle Lake, Minnesota; and one from Erskine, Minnesota which is about 60 miles East of Grand Forks.
The weather was mostly sunny, around 55 degrees, but the wind was brisk and pretty chilly and sent a few easels to the ground during the six or so hours of painting. Betty Lundin, of Erskine, MN had the right idea with her little wind shelter.
Plein Air artists and events are apparently few and far between. Betty traveled almost 200 miles to be in this event. She is an accomplished watercolor artist.
Here is Betty’s painting of the bridge over the Bois de Sioux :
Nory McNelis came from the Battle Lake area to paint in the wind on Saturday. Here is her vision of the same bridge:
Another by Nory McNelis.
Warren is an experienced Plein Air painter, who had learned perhaps the hard way that stakes are a good thing to have on the bottom of your easel’s legs on a windy day.
Connie Riedman was declared Best in Show . Connie is from Fargo, North Dakota and here are some images of Connie, her easel, and her paintings.
Best in Show
Our judge was Joanne Cress. Joanne was recommended to us by Lake Region Arts Council. Joanne Cress is a life-long dedicated artist and art educator with a masters degree in art education. She has been honored
nationally for her excellence as an art teacher.
Joanne continues to mentor individual students, conduct workshops and serves on
the newly formed city arts council of Battle Lake. Her work in various mediums has been in juried shows.