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Awards Ceremony & Winners of PIPAF in ISOLATION

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 Artist profiles, examples of their work, the awards ceremony and more are hosted on the website.

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Watch the Virtual Awards Ceremony with Judge, Tom Forrestall!

PIPAF in ISOLATION | Awards Segment with Tom Forrestall


PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition is available online!

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NSCAD online summer courses

NSCAD University is thrilled to launch its first all-online program for Summer 2020. Now the NSCAD experience is accessible from anywhere in the world!
Details and link are below:

The online courses available in July and August are as diverse as NSCAD’s usual full range of programming. They will be expertly delivered by leveraging the university’s state-of-the-art film equipment, studios, editing facilities, and digital media production knowledge to meticulously develop courses with the support and expertise of professional instructional designers.

PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition can be viewed online! Vote for your favourite piece today!

PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition is available online!

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Flowers of Giverny – Virtual.Interactive Escapade Workshop with French Escapade

Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops


with French Escapade and Evelyn Dunphy

“Paint Live from your home with Evelyn and fellow artists”

July 27 and 28th

Two sessions 3 hours each

with follow up with Evelyn as wished

1:00 – 4:00 pm EDT


Click on this V.I.E.W. link for full information

and send an email to

to sign up

Let’s go to Giverny and paint flowers and reflections! I know many of you have visited those gorgeous gardens and strolled through the grounds. Perhaps another year we will go back. In the meantime, we will use our imaginations and imagine the scents, feel the breezes and engross ourselves in the sights of this beautiful place.

After searching through my photographs, I chose the wisteria that tumbles over the bridge into that magical pond with its water lilies. Reflections, soft edges, there is a wealth of watercolor techniques to be explored in this scene.

Rather than copying one photo, I am composing a painting from three different photographs, which I frequently do, and I will send a photo of the completed painting to you, along with a sketch as soon as you register.

This is one of two color studies that I am doing in preparation. I do these to decide what palette I think will best express the idea that I have for the painting. As you know from seeing photographs and especially Monet’s paintings, it is a riot of color, and so a decision must be made!

This is not a finished painting, obviously, but it will show you the kind of subject that we will be painting. We’ll do an impressionist interpretation that I hope you will enjoy.

Please read the workshop description here.

An exploration of one possible color palette

Here is a link to the full description that is on the French Escapade website.

The supply list will be send out as soon as you register. I encourage you to sign up early if you want to attend, as it will give you time to get any supplies that you may not have. Everyone reports delays in getting shipment of pigments or paper.

Here are a few images that show how I paint reflections and flowers of different kinds. My goal is always to have them look “alive”, organic and luminous. I am excited about painting the wisteria. I can almost see just how they will look as they fall towards the pond, with the bridge showing through in places.,

I do think it is important to be able to visualize your painting before you even begin. Perhaps my color study and these photos will get your imagination flowing!

A detail of a large painting of a lily pond.

Two flowers – two concepts, one realistic and one very much a wet in wet application. We will be using some of both techniques in our painting of the wisteria and lily blossoms at Giverny.


Remember, just send an email to to register for the workshop.

In case you may be apprehensive about the practical side of signing on for an online workshop, put your mind at rest. There will be a 30 minute group test prior to your online painting session to make sure you are comfortable using the application.

You will receive an email with a link to the meeting, which will be on July 23 at 7:00 pm. EDT.

Hope you and your families are keeping safe.

I will be very happy to see you at our July workshop in Giverny!

Happy Painting!


Evelyn Dunphy Studio

596 Fosters Point Road

West Bath, ME 04530

207-443-5045 (home)

207-449-7057 (cell)

PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition and Awards Coming Up! JUNE 25-JULY 8

Watch out for some bonus clips before the exhibition is up on our website by June 25th.

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