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2020 Annual Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival

April 20 – 25, 2020 

Plein Air Painting: Painting on-site, or the “en plein air,” a French term meaning “in the open air.” Also, a painting done outside rather than in a studio.

 

Artists Lindsey Kustach (seated) and Nate Ross painting by the road off Comanche Drive in Bakersfield on April 9,2019. Photo by Runa Lemminn

 


The 6th Annual Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival will be held during the week of April 20 – 25, 2020. A fun and adventure filled week is guaranteed for all participating artists as well as members of the general public.

The festival is a fine arts celebration of Kern County, which has a richness of place, history, and the arts, where kindness, creativity, and generosity prevail.

Fifteen of the best artists from the western US are invited to paint Kern County. Each year’s artists produce an amazing collection of works that depict the diverse landscapes and beautiful scenes from a county unlike any other place on earth.

Artists are given many options of different terrains and subjects to paint throughout Kern County. The events culminate with the Award and Sales Gala, which is a juried show and sales event all rolled into one.

Members of the general public get their chances throughout the week to meet the artists and to watch them paint local scenes. Having the opportunity to bid on a painting and purchase the art at the Sales Gala makes it all the more special.

This event is by invitation only. All interested artists are welcome to email David.gordon@kernarts.org, and submit work samples, website, and list of exhibits and awards. Event details will be sent.


The List of 2020 Participating Artists:

Ellen Howard ellenhowardart.com @ellenhowardart

Durre Waseem @waseemdurre

Carol Tarzier www.tarzier.com @carol_tarzier

Ellie Warner Wilson artellie.com @ellieheartart

Ken Spencer jkenspencer.com @jkenspencer

Ariah Myles Boyle

Charity Anderson 

Chris Long @long_painter www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/christopher-long-7051

Danny Griego dannygriegoart.com @danny.griego

Aaron Cordell Johnson cordellart.com @aaroncordell

Melanie Thompson melaniethompsonart.com @melaniethompsonart

Michael Chamberlain @chamberlainpaintings chamberlainpaintings.com

Laurel Buchanan laurelbuchanan.com

Patty Voje Patriciavoje.com @pattyvoje

Eric Jacobsen jacobsenfineart.com @jocabsenstudio

 

 

Judge

  Kim Lordier kimspastels@aol.com #kimlordier

 

2019 Annual Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival

APRIL 8 – 13, 2019

Plein Air Painting: Painting on-site, or the “en plein air,” a French term meaning “in the open air.” Also, a painting done outside rather than in a studio.

Schedule of Events

4/7/19 Artists arrive

4/8, 8 a.m. -11:00 a.m, – Kick off Artist’s Morning Reception, Kern County Museum, grab a Covenant coffee and meet the artists and watch them paint at the Kern County Museum. Tickets for the Gala on 4/13 will be available for purchase, $45.

4/9, 15 professional artists will be painting throughout Kern County.

4/11, 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. – Plein Air Downtown, watch the artists paint downtown around 19th and Eye.

4/11, 5:30 p.m. – 7p.m.  – Bakersfield Art Association sponsored Artist Meet and Greet. Meet the painters over a glass of wine at the Bakersfield Art Association (1607 19th St.) and view their paintings of downtown.

4/13,  5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Awards and Sales Gala, Betty Younger Sculpture Garden, 1330 Truxtun Ave.

4/15-5/30/19  – Plein Air paintings that don’t sell at the Gala will be on display at the Access Center 1330 Truxtun Ave.

2019 Participating Artists                                               

Patricia McGeeney       PatriciaMcGeeney.com   @pmcgeeney 

Dan Schultz       DanSchultzFIneArt.com   @danschultzart

Wendy Brayton       BraytonArt.com  @braytonart

Aaron Cordell Johnson       cordellart.com   @aaroncordell

Brandon Gonzales       brandon-gonzales.com   @brandon_g45

Daniel Sauerbrey  @danielsauerbrey

Ellen Howard       ellenhowardart.com   @ellenhowardart

Michael Chamberlain       chamberlainpaintings.com    @chamberlainpaintings

Nate Ross         instagram.com/n8drss/

Lindsey Kustusch       LindseyKustusch.com   @lkustusch

Matt Sterbenz         msterbenz.com  @sterbenzart

Melanie Thompson       melaniethompsonart.com  @melaniethompsonart

Kadin Goldberg       kadingoldberg.com  @kadin.goldberg

Durre Waseem       Facebook.com/durre.waseem  @waseemdurre

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors

Raskind Foundation               

Robin and Patrick Paggi         

East Fork Partners, LLC   

BMW of Bakersfield       

Thomas Maxwell                  

Insurica                                   

Jack and Carolyn Pandol   

Kevin and Judy McCarthy

Kern County Museum    

Tejon Ranch                           

John Moore III                         

Barbich                                   

Grimmway Enterprises, Inc.   

Don and Sue Deininger          

Fred and Ginny Hamisch

Covenant Coffee

 

 

 

2019 Kern County Plein Air Festival photos

First place winner Durre Waseem with juror Paul Kratter at the Awards and Sales Gala. Photo by Marsalh Musaad. 

Artist Durre Waseem’s 1st place painting, titled Farm Works. This was painted at the Kern County Museum on April 8, 2019.  Photo by Runa Lemminn

Artists (l to r) Kadin Goldberg, Ellen Howard, and Dan Schultz at the Artist Meet and Greet at Bakersfield Art Association on April 11, 2019. Photo by Runa Lemminn

Dan Schultz’s 2nd place winner at the Gala, titled Sycamore Sunset. Dan painted this out at Hart Park on April 9, 2019 in Bakersfield.

Photo by Dan Schultz.

Artists Lindsey Kustusch and Nate Ross were painting beside Comanche Drive in Bakersfield on April 9,2019. Photo by Runa Lemminn.

Spring in the Canyon, by artist Nate Ross, won Artist’s Choice at the Gala on April 13, 2019. Photo by Nate Ross

] One of Artist Daniel Sauerbrey’s paintings, which sold at the Gala. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

Artists Dan Sauerbrey (l) and Aaron Cordell Johnson look at paintings displayed at the Gala on April 13, 2019. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

Artist Melanie Thompson had some curious visitors while painting at Tejon Ranch. Photo by Melanie Thompson.

Artist Melanie Thompson stands beside her 3rd place award winning painting at the Award and Sales Gala on April 13, 2019. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

Plein Air artist Matt Sterbenz’s painting, titled Tejon Poppies. Photo by Marsalh Musaad. 

One of artist Wendy Brayton’s paintings (sold) from the Gala, titled Woolgrowers. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

Aaron Cordell Johnson discusses his painting technique with a passer by in downtown Bakersfield on April 11, 2019. Photo by Runa Lemminn

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Plein Air artists (l to r) Matt Sterbenz, Patty McGeeney, and Melanie Johnson paint in downtown Bakersfield on April 11, 2019. Photo by Runa Lemminn.

 

One of artist Patricia McGeeney’s paintings, titled Tejon Cows. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

 

Artist Aaron Cordell Johnson’s paintings, . Photo by Marsalh Musaad. [/caption]

 

Plein Air artist Brandon Gonzales discusses his art with Gala attendees on April 13, 2019. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

 

One of artist Brandon Gonzales’s paintings at the Gala on April 13, 2019. The title of the painting is Morning Light. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

 

One of Ellen Howard’s paintings from the Gala, which she painted on Moore Farms earlier in the week. The title of this work is I Want Moore. Photo by Marsalh Musaad.

 

 

David Gordon, Executive Director for the Arts Council of Kern and artist Lindsey Kustusch walk at the Kern County Museum on Monday, April 8, 2019. The KCM was the site of the 1st artist meet and greet for the general public that week. Photo by Runa Lemminn.

 

 

Artist Michael Chamberlain gets ready to paint in the doorway of a historical building on the grounds of the Kern County Museum on April 8, 2019. Photo by Runa Lemminn.

 

Previous Festivals

2018 Participating Artists

Patricia McGeeney

David Dibble

Paul Kratter

Carolyn Hesse-Low

Dan Schultz

Wendy Brayton

Rita Pacheco

Jim Wodark

Brandon Gonzales

Kim VanDerHoek

Danny Griego

Anette Power

Scott W. Prior

Nate Ross

Lindsey Kustusch

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Robert Raskind Charitable Foundation

BMW of Bakersfield

Advance Beverage

Lou and Sheryl Barbich

Ira and Carole Cohen – UBS Financial

Don and Sue Deininger

Andrew and Beth Pandol

Stinson’s Stationers

East Fork Partners

Sylvia Cattani

Melissa Fortune, CPA

Cathy Bennett – Klein DeNatale Goldner

Keith and Jennifer Gardiner

Dianne Hoover

Kern Valley State Prison

Insurica – Walter Mortensen Insurance Agency

Wayne and Ginny Kirschenman – Kirschenman Enterprises

Tracy Kiser – H. Walker’s Clothing

Thomas Maxwell – Keathley, Maxwell & Antongiovanni

Pat and Robin Paggi

Robin and Steven Schopler Charitable Fund