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The Newton Public Art Commission is excited to present the Newton Spring Plein Air Paint Out followed by a wet paint art show on Saturday, April 27.

Painters of any medium are welcome to enter this event, where they will spend from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. painting outside on the streets of beautiful, historic Downtown Newton.

Beginning at 3 p.m., artists will display their paintings in a “wet paint” art show, open to the public, at Whisk and Barrel, 31 North College Ave. Many of the works created during the paint out will be available for purchase. These new pieces of art will be judged by Hickory Museum of Art Executive Director Jon Carfagno. One painter will be awarded a $200 prize. A $50 prize will be awarded to the best student piece submitted.

In order to participate in the paint out and wet paint show, a registration form and fee of $20 must be paid by April 25. A late registration fee of $25 will be charged for any participants who register after April 25. The required registration form is available here.

In addition to the Newton Spring Plein Air Paint Out, artists of all skill levels can sign up for a workshop on Friday, April 26, to learn more about this exciting art technique. Artist Jean Cauthen will host the workshop, which will focus on tips and techniques for painting landscapes in the great outdoors. The workshop will meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All art materials will be provided. The cost of the workshop is $50, which also includes the entry fee for the paint out on Saturday. The workshop will meet in an upstairs room at Whisk and Barrel, which has stair access only, and is limited to 10 students. Participants must register and submit payment for the workshop by April 24. The required registration form is available here.

Cauthen grew up in Naples, Italy; New Orleans; and the Carolinas. She currently resides in Charlotte. She began her love of landscape painting while living in Newton. Her work often depicts the streets, countryside and factories  of Catawba County. She is a former winner of the Piedmont Plein Air “Quick Paint” and second place winner in the Savannah Paint-Out. Jean lectures on art history topics for local groups and classes. In addition to leading travel workshops to France, Italy, Ireland and Costa Rica, she has been granted several artist residencies, including upcoming travel to Chateaux Orquevaux, France. As a teacher, she is known for her patience, humor and enthusiasm. She strives to move students of all levels forward in their understanding of  the basics as well as helping them find their own artisitic ‘voice.’ Her work has been exhibited internationally, earned many awards, and has been collected by several corporate and private entities. Her work may be viewed at Dilworth Artisan Station in Charlotte and at www.jeancauthen.com.

For more information, please contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

Detailed Artist Information - Workshop

  • A hands-on plein air workshop will be held at Whisk and Barrel, 31 North College Ave., on Friday, April 26.

  • Workshop registration is $50. Participants must register and submit payment for the workshop by April 24. Space is limited to 10 workshop participants.

  • Participants in the workshop are automatically registered in the Newton Spring Plein Air Paint Out. 

Detailed Artist Information - Paint Out and Art Show

  • Registered artists check in at Whisk and Barrel, 31 North College Ave., on Saturday April 27 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

  • Artists must have their canvas or paper stamped at Whisk & Barrel prior to beginning work to be eligible for entry in the Saturday afternoon show and sale. Work begun in the workshop is NOT eligible for the wet paint show and sale. 

  • The paint out will be held rain or shine.

  • Artists may paint at a variety of locations of their choosing within the city of Newton. Picturesque locations will be listed as suggestions for those unfamiliar with the area. Locations may include landscapes, gardens, landmarks, architecture, and street scenes. A map of suggested locations will be provided.

  • All paintings must be done “en plein air” outside, in natural lighting, during the time frame of the event.

  • Artists may stamp an unlimited number of canvases, but will submit up to two pieces for the contest, display, and sale. Canvases must be free of images prior to stamping, though a base coat of paint is allowed.

  • All work is to be done in a two-dimensional medium.

  • The paint out will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with an exhibition and sale of the art completed during the day at Whisk and Barrel, 31 North College Ave.

  • All submitted artwork, up to a maximum of two paintings per artist, will be available for sale at the exhibition and sale. Any unsold art must be collected by the artist at the conclusion of the exhibition.

  • Open to all registered artists 12 years and older and in two-dimensional medium including oils, acrylics, watercolor, gouache, mixed media, and pastels.

  • Artists will be responsible for pricing and collecting payment on any work displayed in the wet paint show. The Newton Public Art Commission will not collect commission.

  • Paint out registration prior to April 25 is $20. After April 25, paint out registration is $25 per person.

Artist Awards

  • Awards will be announced around 4 p.m. during the wet paint art show at Whisk & Barrel on April 27.

  • Two categories of awards will be presented: Artist ($200) and Student ($50, requires school ID)

  • Judging will be performed by Jon Carfagno, Executive Director of Hickory Museum of Art.