Southport Plein Air 2021
Plein Air 2021 in Pictures!
After 15 months sheltering in place from a global pandemic, coming out into the sun for the 2021 Southport Plein Air Festival was quite literally a breath of fresh air! And boy, did this festival deliver! With nearly 50 artists and hundreds of friends, family and spectators descending on Southport, the 2021 Plein Air Festival was an event to remember!
But don't take our word for it. Here is a retrospective in pictures!
The opening ceremony was filled with live music, great food, and a good time for all!
Back Porch Rockers, Free Concert at the Gazebo
The Back Porch Rockers really rocked out in this picturesque outdoor concert that was open to all comers. Thanks to UYA friend Peter A Riekstins for sharing your amazing photos of this event with us!
Artists en Plein Air
Both amateur and professional painters alike came out to paint the glorious vistas of coastal North Carolina for the festival's true purpose, painting in the clean, fresh air. Thanks to UYA friends Keith Green Sr and Ricardo Perez for sharing your photos of the Plein Air painters!
Kids Plein Air
Plein Air is a festival for all ages, and the kids came out to celebrate. We provided all the materials for the kids to paint their own masterpieces, and they delivered, with smiles and giggles. (The live music that kept the parents entertained added smiles to adult faces too!)
Gullah Geechee Storyteller
"The First Lady of Gullah", Anita Singleton-Prather gave a stellar performance as Aunt Pearlie Sue, sharing with the audience the stories and history of the Gullah Geechee people, a culture birthed from the trans-Atlantic slave trade that is unique to the Carolina coast.
Wet Paint Sale
A favorite event of the Plein Air Festival, the wet paint sale gives the artist an opportunity to share their art with eager patrons, and gives attendees a chance to own a masterpiece that was created in front of their very eyes throughout the festival! Thanks to UYA friend Keith Green Sr for sharing your photos of the event!
The award ceremony recognizes the hard work and dedication of the Plein Air painters. Local artist judges hand-selected the award winners, while attendees voted on their favorite for the People's Choice award. The People's Choice winner will have their art featured in promotions and t-shirts at the next Southport Plein Air Festival!
- Behak Haslett - The Joseph P. Hatem Mayor's Award
- Lyudmila Lucy Tomova - The Adrian Spencer Hayden Award
- Jenny McKinnon Wright - The Janice Shivetts Award (not pictured)
- Carol Yaquinto - The Robert Carroll Award
- Nancy Emmerich - The Jwantana Frink Award
- Ruth Cox - The Thom Yost Award
- Janet Boschker - The Douglas Hoover Award presented by Morgan S Harper
- Lyudmila Lucy Tomova - The People's Choice Award presented by Spence Hayden