Winners of Falls Church outdoor painting festival to be announced Saturday

Michael Dranove Around Town, Art & Culture

Falls Church Arts will mark the end of its two month long annual Plein Arts Festival this Saturday, June 15th.

Plein arts, for those who don’t know, is the art of painting outdoors.  Popularized in the mid-19th century, plein arts emphasizes the importance of naturally capturing light and color notes in the landscape.  Barb Cram, the festival director, told TysonsToday that Falls Church’s many historical sites and abundant tree canopy make it a perfect location for this type of festival. 

To accommodate artists with constrained schedules, the festival began in April.  Since then, artists from as far away as Pennsylvania have been painting in outdoor locations across Falls Church. 

This Saturday, the festival will end with a Quick Draw competition and an announcement of the winners as judged by artist Glen Kessler and a public vote.  Saturday’s festivities will take place at the Falls Church Farmers Market on the corner of Little Falls Street and Park Avenue, beginning at 9 AM, and with winners announced at noon.

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