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Lost Sierra Plein Art Festival begins Tuesday

The Lost Sierra Plein Air Festival, May 31 to June 4, gets underway on Tuesday, May 31,  at 7 a.m. when plein air painters from all over Northern California (some nationally recognized) and one from  Las Vegas come to town and check in at Bear Creek Frames.

“en Plein air” is a French term meaning painting “in the open air.” Plein air painters are challenged with rapidly changing light conditions and bravely paint in all sorts of weather.

The artists will then depart into the Lost  Sierra to paint. Some are taking a two-day workshop from the vice president of the Plein Air Painters of America, Kimball Geisler. The festival guide will be available in Bear Creek Frames and other various businesses around town starting today.

On Friday, June 3, the artists will enter two paintings done during the week at Bear Creek Frames. They’ll be judged and hung for the First Friday Art walk. There is a people’s choice award so be sure to come in and vote for your favorite.  There will be painting demonstrations during the First Friday Gallery Art Walk from 5-7 pm on the sidewalk outside Main Street Art Galley and Tricia Hollyhox outside Bear Creek Frames.  The artist reception and awards ceremony in the Gallery at Bear Creek Frames will be from 5-8 pm; 5-6 is invitation only.

The festival will culminate with a quick draw competition June 4. Artists will be scattered throughout downtown painting. Listen for the air horns at 10 am to start the competition and again at noon to end it. The artists will set up and have their paintings for sale at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown Quincy. Nearby at Plumas County Fairgrounds the Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Car Show is also happening on Saturday ( you may see an artist there painting ) with over 200 classic cars.  Come join this fun event!

The cover of the festival guide is digitally painted from a photo that Betty Bishop provided of Sally Yost.

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