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2017 Castine Plein Air Festival

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Post-Event Information

The 2017 Castine Plein Air Festival was held on July 20 - 22. Thirty six juried artists participated in the three day event and enjoyed fair weather througout, though it was rather warm and humid. The festival concluded on Saturday afternoon with an awards ceremony, reception and art sale. The artwork was stunning and varied. There was something for every art lover.

Winners for this year's festival and their winning paintings are the following:

First Place - Charles Fenner Ball, Bangor, ME - "Up from the Cove" (morning) - oil

Second Place - Frank Costantino, Winthrop, MA - "Nature and Man" - watercolor

Third Place - Anthony Watkins, Bradley, ME - 'Morning, Water Street View" - oil

Honorable mention award winners:

D.K. (Deke) Palecek, Kaukauna, WI - "Back Bay Swimhole" - oil

Stephan Giannini, Rockland, ME - "Castine Harbor" - oil

Michael Vermette, Indian Island, ME - "Sunrise at Eaton's Boathouse" - oil

Kathryn Shagas, Belfast, ME - "Nautilus Island" - acrylic

John Slivjak, Philadelphia, PA - "Morning Light" - oil

The winner of the special category "Castine Captured" was Anthony Watkins of Bradley, Maine for his oil painting "Summer Night, Castine Inn."

Our judges for the festival were Jerry Rose of Sedgwick, ME and Michael Chesley Johnson of Lubec, ME. Congratulations to all winners. Thank you to our judges, jurors, to our artists and to the art loving public for their support of the festival. We look forward to our sixth festival next July.

Corporate Sponsors & Donors

Individual and Family Donors

  • Jeb and Lynn Baker
  • Doug and Ellie Benjamin
  • Constance Bernhardt and Steve Granoff
  • Bruce and Roberta Boczkiewicz
  • Lynn and Kenny Brown
  • Lynne Dearborn
  • Janet and William Fisher
  • Philip Freedman
  • Wendy and Donn Fullenweider
  • Walker Gilmer
  • Mrs. Francis W. Hatch
  • Lynda MacArthur
  • Jack and Sue Macdonald
  • Gail Winkler and Roger Moss
  • Danielle and Larry Mutty
  • Deborah Neve
  • Jeanmarie Reed
  • Candace and Richard Stern
  • Don and Marty Tenney