May 20 & 21 to “Paint the Town” in Abingdon!
The Virginia Highlands Festival in partnership with the Abingdon Arts Depot and the William King Museum of Art announces their 2nd annual plein air paint-out and pop-up gallery to provide an opportunity for local artists to show their work, highlight all that downtown Abingdon has to offer, and build support for the Festival’s annual art prizes.
On Saturday, May 20 from 10am-3pm artists are invited to come and paint outdoors throughout Abingdon’s Main Street district. Historic architecture, quaint shops, and abundant natural beauty provide the backdrop for your imagination. Artists in all forms of media are welcome, and pre-registration is required. Please visit the Festival website for the registration link and detailed information. www.VaHighlandsFestival.org
On Sunday, May 21 from 2-4pm the WKMA hosts a pop-up gallery where the art created on Saturday will be available for sale. This fast and fresh work is sure to be one-of-a-kind. All proceeds from the art sale will be shared between the artist and the Festival in support of its Juried Fine Art prizes. Attendees will be able to vote on their favorite piece of new work to receive the event’s People’s Choice prize of $100.
"We are extremely pleased to partner with the Virginia Highlands Festival and William King Museum of Art in this new and creative project." said Susan Yates, Arts Administrator at Abingdon's Arts Depot. "The Arts Depot has proudly housed the Festival's Juried Fine Arts Exhibition each year since 1990. Future artists that are accepted in the Festival's shows will certainly benefit from additional prizes and awards generated through this activity. The entire arts community is strengthened when our organizations work together."
“We are privileged to give artists the time and space to create new work, and to give our town access to these artists and to the creative process,” said Festival Executive Director Becky Caldwell. “In my experience, when you help create something you’re excited to see it live on!”
In addition to the Arts Depot and the William King Museum of Art, the weekend event is sponsored by Necessities (266 W. Main St, Abingdon), Anthony’s Desserts and Zazzy’z Coffee Roasters.