Monday, October 26, 2015

Plein Air Painting and the 3rd Annual Seaside Palette Part 1

Georgetown's Harborwalk Looking Towards Goat Island

For the past 25 years, every September through October, the small coastal town of Pawleys Island, S.C. has been host to a spectacular musical and visual event The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art (PIFMA). Located south of Myrtle Beach, Pawleys is one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. 

Squonk Opera

As the kick-off for the annual festival, this year's annual Seaside Palette was held September 25-26 in the historic port town of Georgetown, S.C. Here, you will find beautiful views of the harbor and boats, Goat Island, and stroll past historic Charleston style homes and shops, while beautiful live oak trees arch over the streets. 

Plein air or landscape painters traveled from all over South Carolina to participate in this year's Seaside Palette. On Friday morning, the artists arrived, checked in, and then left to scout around Georgetown for their place to paint. Once settled, the artists painted throughout the day. At the end of the day, everyone gathered together for an artist's reception held at the Cultural Council of Georgetown County.

On Saturday morning, the second day of the event everyone went back to their easels, working to complete their paintings. Georgetown was bustling with Plein air artists covering the town. The Chalk Walk participants were busy transforming the sidewalks into masterpieces, and the Squonk Opera gave three musical performances. 

Visitors and locals toured the town, taking part in the activities and stopping at the outdoor cafes. It was a family-friendly and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.

Kaminski House
In the afternoon, the artists took their paintings to the lawn of the historic Kaminski House for judging, the wet paint sale and a reception on the lawn other festivities included dance performances and music. 

This year's judge for the Seaside Palette was Paula Holtzclaw, an award-winning artist and resident of Waxhaw, NC. Locally, Ms. Holtzclaw is represented at the Cheryl Newby Gallery in Pawleys Island, SC. 

Paula Holtzclaw
The Seaside Palette continues to grow and expand. This year, more painters were welcomed to the two-day Plein air competition. Many beautiful paintings were completed, and quite a few were sold. Thank you, to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners.

Seaside Palette Winners   
First Place:        Kellie Jacobs
Second Place:    Tammy Medlin
Third Place:       Laurie Meyer
Honorable Mention: Margaret Little and Ruth Cox 

A little history. The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art began as a one-day event and has grown to include activities throughout the year - a culinary symphony, a garden party, wine gala, and concerts by nationally known performers. A few of this year's headliners were Aaron Neville, A.J. Croce, and Steve Tyrell.

PIFMA,  a non-profit organization  began with the goal to enrich people's lives through an awareness of the arts. Through the efforts and success of the festival, PIFMA has been able to create yearly scholarships in music and the visual arts. It also has a very active community outreach program.

The Visual Arts committee is integral to the larger organization and fosters the arts through events such as Gallery Crawls, Independent Film Festivals, Chalk Under the Oaks, and more recently, the Seaside Palette. The Seaside Palette and "wet paint" sale were created to promote and enhance opportunities for local artists. 

This year's co-chairs for the Visual Arts Committee were Barbara Kee and Pat Puckett. They both felt that this year's Seaside Palette was the most successful to date and both have a strong vision for the future of this event. Their goal is to create an awareness of Plein air painting and to expose more people to art and the potential that art brings to our daily lives. 

While this year's Seaside palette is over, the committee is already back at work planning and preparing for next year. To stay posted about next year's events, please refer to the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art's Visual Arts page. 

Paula Holtzclaw Interview -  Part 2
During the Seaside Palette, I spent time with Paula Holtzclaw, who judged the competition. I showed her around Georgetown and was able to interview her. In part 2 of this article, I will share more information on Ms. Holtzclaw as an artist, as well as her criteria for judging the Seaside Palette competition.

For the second part of the article please click here.

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