About the Festival
The 2019 Castine Plein Air Festival saw bright sunny skies for the entire three day festival. Thirty-three juried artists arrived in Castine on Wednesday July 24th and enjoyed a reception at the Castine Inn with sponsors, hosts and volunteers. Over 180 paintings were produced over the next three days. An Artist's Reception and Art Sale was held at the Maine Maritime Academy's Alfond Student Center. The reception was preceded by an awards ceremony. Prizes were awarded to the following:
First Prize went to Paul George of Ipswich MA for his watercolor “Morning Kiss”
Second Prize was awarded to Priscilla Coote of Addison, ME for her oil “Castine Early Morning”.
Third Prize went to Kari Ruiz on Interlaken, NY for her oil “Tranquility”.
Honorable mention awards went to:
Bruce McMillan of Shapleigh, ME for his watercolor “While Sailors Sleep”
Ian Bruce of Northport, ME for his oil “Dawn - Castine Harbor”
Sara Gray of Falmouth, ME for her oil “Last Light - Lightkeeper’s House”
Laurie Lefebvre of Fairfield, ME for her pastel “On the Dock”, and
Paul Trowbridge of Sedgwick, ME for his oil “Docked”.
Judges for the awards were artists Jerry Rose and Adele Ursone.
A special "Castine Captured" award was presented to the artist whose painting best depicted something of special essence in Castine. The award was given to Paul George for his watercolor “All Hands”. The painting captured a colorful and recognizable section of the Maine Maritime Academy’s training vessel “State of Maine”.
The judge for the Castine Captured award was CAA board member Lisa Tyson Ennis.
Large crowds enjoyed the art. The festival is the annual fundraiser for the Castine Arts Association which promotes literary, visual, music and performing arts in Castine.
The visitor to Castine will find first class lodging in three fine coastal inns. And there are a number of additional housing options in the town as well. We are very proud of our local shops and galleries which offer the best of Maine art and gifts. Recreation and entertainment opportunities are many, including visiting museums offering exhibits focused on historical significance to Castine, the peninsula, and elsewhere. And when a busy day builds an appetite, one can always find the right establishment to satisfy the palate.