Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is holding a “Paint the Farm” Artist Challenge, a timed event for artists to create works of art during the popular Flanders Farm Day event on May 21st. This non-juried event is open to all plein air artists working in all media and includes a “Wet Paint” exhibition/sale from 3-4 at the hay wagon main stage. Visitors and art buyers can place bids in the silent auction or “buy it now” to take home newly created artwork. Flanders commission is 30% from Wet Paint Sales. Plein air artists are required to arrive by 11AM and must finish a painting by 2 PM to participate in the judging and wet paint sale.
Both the Farm Day event and the Artist Challenge will be held at the Van Vleck Sanctuary located on Flanders Road in Woodbury. The surrounding areas of the Van Vleck farm offer a wide range of subjects, including historic barns, water views, gardens, antique machinery and farm animals.
Musicians, period correct costumed Colonial and Native American demonstrations, happy families enjoying the fun filled day of farming experiences and many other colorful outdoor views will inspire paintings.
Monetary prizes will be awarded including a Popular Choice award where farm day visitors will vote for their favorite art. There will also be a Natalie Van Vleck Best in Show Award named after the founder of Flanders who was a well-recognized artist. Artist participation is limited to the first 50 entrants, so please register soon. An entry fee of $10 is required at time of registration. Those interested may register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for more information.