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Originally published in Compass, March 27, 2014
Castine Arts Association announces festival plans

Plein air festival comes to Castine

The second annual plein air festival is set for July 24-26, 2014 in Castine, Maine. In 2013, artists came from near and far to paint local scenes for an exhibition and sale at Maine Maritime Academy.

Photo courtesy of Castine Arts Association

The Castine Arts Association will sponsor its second annual plein air festival in July, according to a news release from the association. “Plein air” is a French term meaning painting in the open air using daylight to depict the landscape as it appears at the moment.

Based on the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the 2014 festival has been expanded to a three-day event to be held on July 24, 25 and 26 in Castine. Forty juried artists will be accepted to participate in this year’s art festival. Activities will commence with artist registration on the morning of Thursday, July 24, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Castine Town Common on Court Street. Over the course of the three-day festival, the artists will paint at various locations of their choosing within Castine. The public will have the opportunity to observe and visit these artists as they create their landscapes. Castine has been a popular destination for many of America’s most famous artists for over 150 years.

The event will conclude on the evening of July 26 with judging and an exhibition and sale of the original art created over the three-day festival. The public is invited to attend the sale and reception, hosted by the Castine Arts Association, beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Maine Maritime Academy’s Harborview Room. All art created during the festival will be on display and available for purchase. Admission for the three-day event, including the sale and reception, is free to the public.

Artists interested in participating in the festival can find an artists prospectus, and instructions for applying at Information: