Congratulations again to our winners for PIPAF in ISOLATION!
BEST IN SHOW – “Suspended Service” (Nocturne)
by Debbie Mueller, Oil on panel, 11” x 14”, $615 CAD
A painting by Debbie Mueller of Durham, New Hampshire, “Suspended Service”, was named Best in Show at the 2020 Parrsboro International Plein Air festival today (June 28).
Mueller will receive a cash award of $1,500 CAD plus a half-page ad in Plein Air Magazine valued at US$2150.
Thirty artists from across North America participated in PIPAF in ISOLATION, which for the first time utilized an online-only format due to the COVID-19 pandemic instead of seeing the artists travel to Parrsboro, NS on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides and some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere.
In addition to Mueller’s win, judge Tom Forrestall named Diane Leifheit of Paul Smiths, NY as winner of the second-place award of $1,000 CAD for “Bog River Falls”, while the third-place prize of $750 went to Thomas Bucci of Washington, DC for “Caffe Pomeridiano”. The People’s Choice award of $500 went to Mueller for “Nubble Morning”.
The $300 prizes for Best Nocturne and Best Use of Light went to Wesley Lowe of Bridgewater, NS and Alison Menke of Clarksville, MD, respectively.
Honourable Mentions went to Oliver Hatton of Middle Lehave, NS, Sara Gray of Falmouth, ME, Douglas Williamson of Calgary, AB, Richard Sneary of Kansas City, MI and Henry Coe of Parkton, MD
“The light is what made it (special). It stood right out,” judge Forrestall said of Muller’s Best in Show piece.
“I’m beyond overwhelmed,” said Mueller. “In this year and this time, when so many have quit it was very brave and creative to do this virtual event.”
“En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air” and describes the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. It has been a popular practice for centuries and requires specific skills and techniques requires adaptability to a changing environment and a speed in applying painting techniques.
Parrsboro Creative has been hosting the event, the largest in Canada, since 2017. It’s part of the organization’s vision of developing the area’s cultural economy through the creation of a community of artists and artisans that will rejuvenate Parrsboro.
With pandemic-inspired travel restrictions in place, organizers determined to forge ahead anyway and devised the PIPAF in ISOLATION concept, which allowed arts enthusiasts to watch the artists at work in their home communities through videos and livestreaming, and to view and even buy the completed works, all online at parrsborocreative.com/pleinair/pipaf-in-isolation. Artist profiles, examples of their work, the awards ceremony and more are hosted on the website.
Watch the Broadcast
Watch the Virtual Awards Ceremony with Judge, Tom Forrestall!