Ogunquit Firement to Paint in Perkins Cove Plein Air Event on September 11

  • August 30, 2021

OGUNQUIT, Maine - Ogunquit, which has a rich art history, is hosting its first Plein Air Painting Event in beautiful Perkins Cove on Saturday, September 11, with a rain date of Sunday, September 12. The painting competition will be from 9am – 6pm with more than $1,500 in prize money, and a bunch of fresh Maine lobsters, awarded to both professional and amateur artists. David Lussier, an award-winning contemporary impressionist and nationally recognized plein air artist and instructor, will be a judge and provide a demonstration.

“En plein air” (outdoor painting) in Ogunquit became prominent as a result of Charles Woodbury opening his Summer School of Art in Perkins Cove in the early 1900’s.  The popularity of the school, and the influx of artists, built Ogunquit’s tourism to one of the top resort towns in the State of Maine. 

“Perkins Cove is the perfect location to hold this event as historically the cove was shared by both artists and fishermen,” says Jen Lewer, an organizer of the event. 

In addition to seeing painters throughout Perkins Cove and the Marginal Way, the day will be filled with activities including live music, painting demonstrations, and historical art talks by members of the Woodbury family and Richard Perkins.  Spectators are invited to watch the painters create their masterpieces outdoors throughout the day in the plein air tradition.  There will be a “wet paint sale” and a display of their paintings in Perkins Cove from 4pm – 6pm. 

Highlighted from 9:30 am – 12 noon will be a special plein air painting class for the Firemen of Ogunquit taught by Ogunquit Artist, Ric Della Bernarda. Ric is the Artist in Residence at Cliff House Maine in Cape Neddick where he maintains a working studio, shows his work as well as teaches weekly plein air painting classes.  At noon, a student a cappella group from Wells will sing the national anthem followed by a moment of silence to remember those lost on this somber day twenty years ago. 

 “I am very excited for this event which is a perfect fit for our town,” says Matt Buttrick, Interim Town Manager.  “I am sure this will gain popularity and be a big draw for Perkins Cove, and all of Ogunquit, this year and in the years to come.  Ogunquit was founded in part as an art colony and to have an event like this in Perkins Cove truly honors our history.”

 For more information go to www.perkinscovepleinair.com or www.townofogunquit.org.




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Kevin Kelley

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Ogunquit   ME  03907