Plein Air painting contest update

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. IMG_0258

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.


by Betty Lundin
by Betty Lundin



Here is Betty’s painting of the bridge over the Bois de Sioux :






Bois de Sioux river bridge by Nory McNelis



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.





people's choiceWarren Kessler came from Fargo, North Dakota and was the People’s Choice with this image of the Red River:




kessler leg closeup


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.




Here is Warren by his easel: IMG_0261






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.


Connie Riedman
Connie Riedman

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Connie’s easel.






 Best in Show




























IMG_0290                                                           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.