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Paint Out Winslow draws a crowd, paints many scenes

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts’ “Paint Out Winslow” first prize winner Mary J. McInnis, of Port Orchard, Washington, and her winning artwork. The inaugural outdoor painting event drew nearly 40 participants. - Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts’ “Paint Out Winslow” first prize winner Mary J. McInnis, of Port Orchard, Washington, and her winning artwork. The inaugural outdoor painting event drew nearly 40 participants.
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Bainbridge Arts & Crafts’ first-ever outdoor painting event, “Paint Out Winslow,” drew nearly 40 artist to downtown Winslow over the weekend to get some fresh air and summertime inspiration.

“Paint Out Winslow was a huge hit,” said BAC spokeswoman Lindsay Masters. “We had 39 participants, which exceeded our expectations for a first-time event.”

Participating artists took their easels into the streets Saturday and Sunday and painted gardens, buildings, boats, water scenes, street scenes, crowd scenes and anything else they saw.

“We also saw a lot of passers-by stopping to talk with the artists at work, which was a big part of what this was all about,” Masters said. “The artists enjoyed that part, too.”

“We had painters at Waterfront Park, the farmers market, Winslow Green, Madrone Lane, The Waypoint, the marina, and at least a dozen other spots,” Masters explained.

“Staff members made circuits throughout the day, and finding artists was like going on a grownup Easter egg hunt. You’d round a corner and spot an artist all set up with an easel and paints, having a grand old time.”

Prizes were awarded to the top three works, with Mary J. McInnis, of Port Orchard, claiming the first-place title and $500 grand prize.

Second place and a $250 Daniel Smith gift certificate went to Jane Wallis, of Poulsbo, and the third-place prize — a wooden easel and box of art supplies — went to Robin Paul Weiss, also from Poulsbo.

Masters said the gallery is already making plans to return the event next summer.

Visit www.bacart.org for more information about upcoming events and exhibitions.

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