printed 08/28/2020


Our 16th annual “Artists Paint OC” plein air event, held Aug. 12-16, was a big success again, despite the challenges we faced this year.

Thank you to the 30 professional artists who spread out around the resort for four days and created 119 paintings of our iconic local landscapes. Turns out, outdoor plein air painting is a perfect activity for social distancing.

The pelting rain and howling winds on the Boardwalk Sunday morning didn’t deter nine plein air artists from creating masterpieces during the Quick Draw competition.

These artists are tough, painting under umbrellas and from their cars to compete for cash prizes.

Our gratitude also goes out to our judge, Bernard Dellario, who donated one of his original paintings for an Art League fundraising raffle, and to our sponsors of the event who provided $5,000 in cash prizes for the artists: The Peter Glenville Foundation, the Worcester County Arts Council, Worcester County Tourism, the Ocean City Development Corporation, Royal Plus Electric, and private donors.

The best of the plein air paintings will be on display and available for purchase at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street through Sept. 26.

Emily Schwab

Chair, Artists Paint OC

Recording Secretary, Art League of Ocean City

Rina Thaler

Executive Director, Art League of Ocean City

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