‘Plein Air’ brings artists to city

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Up Your Arts (UYA) brings artists to Southport with the 2024 Plein Air festival

‘Plein Air’ brings artists to city

Published in The State Port Pilot Coast Magazine

Artists from all over the East Coast are returning to Southport Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, for the 2024 Southport Plein Air festival sponsored by Up Your Arts and the City of Southport. The three day event will kick off with over 70 artists painting the city from virtually every angle and perspective.

French impressionist painters began “plein air”, or open air style painting, in the late 1800s. The Southport Plein Air Festival began in 2014 and has grown in popularity every year since. Its success has made Southport a fixture among plein air groups and individual artists across North Carolina and beyond.

Southport provides the perfect backdrop for panting outdoors with its views of the waterfront, its historic buildings and streetscapes, majestic live oak trees, the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway, the beautiful birds that make their seasonal and permanent homes here, and the yacht basin with its colorful buildings and picturesque boats.

Residents and visitors to the city for the festival are encouraged to interact with the artists when they see them out and about, as Southport’s welcoming atmosphere is one of the reasons for the event’s success every year. Surveys of recent year’s attendees show that painters loved the city’s hospitality and “small-town” feel.

Read the full article, page 20

Published On: May 30, 2024 | Category: | Tags: , ,

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