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Paint Dover!

Paint Dover! is a one-day plein air painting event and art competition, as well as an opportunity for purchase of artwork at the culminating “wet paint” exhibition from 5-7 p.m. at the Dover Art League at 21 Loockerman Street in downtown Dover. The event is open to amateur and professional artists and will be held rain or shine on Friday, October 4, 2019, from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. in conjunction with downtown Dover First Friday activities from 5-9 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded, including a People's Choice award by the artists and public.

“En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air” used to describe the art of painting outdoors. Artists from around the region will take to the streets, the parks, sidewalks and outdoor cafes to participate. Inspired by downtown Dover’s architectural landscape, historic commercial buildings, gardens and scenery, artists will quickly capture changing light and shadows, and the “spirit” of downtown Dover. The community is invited to watch artists throughout the day, attend the judging of paintings, and even cast their vote for best in show via a “People’s Choice” award, after which they may purchase artwork…some of which is still wet on the canvas!

Paint Dover! is part of Arts Alive at Five!, a series of workshops and events that are free and open to the public during First Fridays in the months of July, August, and September. Master artists in sketching/drawing, oil painting, and watercolor & pastel combination techniques will inspire amateurs and add tips to the “toolbox” of professional artists in preparation for the October 4 Paint Dover! all-day plein air event, competition, and exhibition.

See links below to learn more and to register for these monthly demos and workshops and to register for Paint Dover!.

  • July 5 - Urban Sketching:  Artist, Teacher, and Life Coach Vivienne Cameron   Event completed!
  • August 2 - Oil Painting: Master Artist Stacy Rogers For details and to register, click here.
  • September 6 - Watercolor/Pastel: Master Artist, Ray Ewing For details and to register, click here.
  • Paint Dover! plein air event on October 4 -  For details and to register, click here

Paint Dover! and preparatory workshops leading up to this event are produced by Main Street Dover, a  and partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paint Dover! is part of The 2019 Big Draw Festival DE presented by Mispillion Art League of October.

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