SNOW HILL — The third week in April will bring 70 artists for the annual Paint Snow Hill, the Eastern Shore’s first plein air “paint out” started in 2004.
If you see artists painting in and around the Snow Hill area April 14 to 17, be sure to take note of their enthusiasm for the spring beauty of this area. While many people visit this area for the beaches, the parks or the bay, these visitors bring their easels and paint boxes to capture the light and color of spring. For many of the artists who travel from all around the Mid-Atlantic region, this is a first sign of spring and the perfect time for outdoor painting.
Unlike other plein air events, Paint Snow Hill is a non-competitive, unstructured “paint out” that allows artists to select what and where they like to paint. Some prefer streetscapes in town while others travel the back roads to capture farms and boat landings. This popular event makes it possible for less experienced artists to paint alongside veteran plein air painters. Another added appeal is staying in local accommodations or with local hosts enjoying the hospitality of Snow Hill residents and businesses.
Thirteen years ago, Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine owner Ann Coates conceived this small town “paint out” to offer a creative way to bring visitors to the area. Over the years, the event has grown and reached the maximum number of artists that can be accommodated in a “wet paint” show and sale in the Old Firehouse. Artists will paint in and around Snow Hill Thursday through Sunday, April 14-17. After three days of painting, the artists hang their work for a ticketed preview show and sale on Saturday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. This preview offers a “first look” at the paintings that are fresh off the easels. The $30 ticket price is taken off the purchase of a painting.
On Sunday, April 17, the Paint Snow Hill “Wet Paint” Show and Sale continues from noon to 4 p.m. with free admission. Twenty-five percent of sale proceeds benefits events and grants of Snow Hill’s Arts on the River Arts & Entertainment District.
For more information contact Bishop’s Stock at 410-632-3555 or [email protected].