2 Art Auctions over 2 Days!
A plein air painting weekend where 80 artists will set up their easels at various locations throughout Annapolis Royal. This popular event draws onlookers and art buyers from around Atlantic Canada and beyond. Emerging and established artists from Canada and the US find a special spot that inspires them to paint, sculpt, carve, photograph or sketch. Spectators can meet the artists at work while watching the creative process unfold on the boardwalk, the wharf, at Fort Anne National Historic Site, the Historic Gardens. As their paintings are finished, volunteers deliver the artwork in pizza boxes to the Paint the Town Gallery at The Academy (590 St. George Street) where patrons can bid during the silent auction process (from 10am – 6pm daily), or grab the piece of their dreams immediately as each piece has a “buy it now” price (this option available until 5pm daily). Once registered for a unique bid number, patrons can bid on work as it arrives throughout the day.
Paint the Town grew from 25 artists in 1990 to 80 in 2017. The event remains a highlight of Annapolis Royal, with artists and volunteers signing up to be a part of it year after year. The community embraces the event, offering places for artists to stay as well as porches, gardens and studio spaces to create. Among the favorites that make Paint the Town a regular stop each summer are Tom Forrestall, Rose Adams, Wayne Boucher and Geoff Butler. As well as these favorites you will find many new up and coming artists, this year ARCAC is offering a handful of places to youth artists, aged 16 – 18.
Paint the Town takes place regardless of the weather; Artists took shelter on porches, covered patios and continued to work through last year’s downpour.
If you are interested in seeing original, freshly made art for sale in the lovely setting of Annapolis Royal then please mark the dates in your calendar. The auction is free to attend. All proceeds mutually support The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) and participating artists.
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