Video of Saturday's Quick Draw Competition as part of the Niagara Falls paint out 2007.
Friday, September 14, 2007
It was another successful Plein Air Paint Out staged on the brink of the city's glorious, world-famous cataract.
More than two dozen plein air painters set up their easels in Queen Victoria Park and around the area Sept. 7-8. It was the fifth time the Paint Out took place in Niagara Falls while International Plein Air Painters staged other Paint Outs across the globe this weekend.
Kath Schifano, from Grand Island, N.Y., has been to the Paint Out in Niagara Falls before, but still found a fresh way to paint things like the falls and the Niagara Falls, N.Y. skyline, subjects she has painted before.
"The coolest part is you really get to know the falls and its parts and bumps and shiny parts," said Schifano, who has also painted Niagara Falls from the American side.
Sam Paonessa, who grew up in Niagara Falls but now lives in Scarborough, agreed there are more than enough ways for artists to look at the falls. It all depends on angles and how the light falls on the water and the escarpment.
"It will take a while before I get tired of painting the falls," said Paonessa, a plein air veteran of 20 years. "It's the beauty and the power. Its got such a force you want to be able to capture."
Manuel Jomok, from Red Bank, N.J., plans to retire this year, pack up an RV and tour the United States to paint everything he sees. His goal is to get to Alaska by 2009.
"It's different landscapes, different people, different culture," he said of the joy of painting outside. "It's all part of the experience.
Painters had a beautiful day to paint outside Saturday, but had to deal with windy conditions Friday -- something they say is worse than painting in the rain because everything is moving: subject, canvas, paint.
"I don't know if you call that fun," Jomok joked. "It's part of plein air.
"It's exciting to be outside instead of in a studio."
Jomok spent the weekend trying to capture the force of the water of Niagara Falls, something he said he could only truly do by painting the world-famous cataract from only a few steps away and not from a picture in a studio. Jomok plans to retire soon and will pack up an RV to tour the U.S. with the goal of getting to Alaska by 2009 and painting everything along the way.
Artists completed as many paintings as they could over the two days and submitted two each to be judged. Two winners will be named, each receiving a $500 purchase award. One winning painting is to added to the city's art collection while the other was given to Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
5th WORLDWIDE 'Paint Out 'Niagara Falls, Ontario-Niagara Falls, New York
Global Art Awards Niagara Falls -(click on video image --->)
2007-09-10 10:04:52 - List of paint out award winners.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The 5th WORLDWIDE Paint Out
took place the weekend of September 7th with plein air painters painting in a
variety of locations globally
In Niagara Falls, Ontario, at Queen Victoria Park, International Plein Air Painters headquarters, artists came from all over North America to paint the famous cataract, hosted by the Niagara Parks Commission.
For the second year the competition awarded two Best of Shows sponsored by the cities of Niagara Falls,Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York.
The Honorable Mayor Ted Salci and Executive Director, J. R. Baldini, announced the competition results at an artists awards exhibit on September 8th at Eagle Valley Golf Club, Niagara Falls.
Best of Show ,Niagara Falls, Ontario - Lawrence Rudolech, Hanover, Indiana
Best of Show Niagara Falls, New York - Vicki Brophey, Guelph, Ontario
2nd Place-sponsored by Dick Blick Art - Debra Joyce Dawson - Pataskala, Ohio
2nd Place sponsored by Niagara Hilton Fallsview - Manual Jomok - Red Bank, New Jersey
IPAP Founders Award - Ray Hassard, Cincinnatti, Ohio
IPAP Founders Award - Jennifer Smithwell, Scarborough, Ontario
Honorable Mention - Debi Harwick, Boyertown, PA and
Sam Paonessa, Scarborough, Ontario
During a 1 hour ‘Quick Draw' the award winners were
1st Place -Sam Paonessa,-Scarborough, Ontario
2nd Kathryn A. McMahon-Colorado Springs, CO
Honorable Mention- Debra Joyce Dawson-Pataskala, Ohio
International Plein Air Painters can be found at
http://www.i-p-a-p.com/ and welcomes applications for
membership from plein air painters and benefactors
wishing to advance the plein air movement.
International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) celebrates the
natural world and promotes the appreciation of landscape painting in nature.
Plein air painting is 'a metaphysical skill capable ofcreating an image that lets the viewer
‘be there in the moment.'