A total of 36 artists from Ellis County and the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex will set up easels on the streets of Waxahachie to paint landscapes and historical buildings over the next 10 days.
The artistic invasion is all part of the 13th annual Ellis County Art Association "Paint Historic Waxahachie" event planned for May 4—13.
Tina Bohlman, a long-time Ellis County Art Association member, explained how the professional landscape artists will “interactively engage the community while painting en plein aire. The phrase is used to describe paintings created in the moment — from life, on site. Start to finish.”
Spectators are encouraged to watch and chat with the artists to learn more about various styles and techniques. During the 10-day painting period, artists will complete at least three paintings on location.
The designated painting locations include the Ellis County Courthouse, the downtown business district, Getzendaner Park and the historic residential communities.
Last year, Carol Cull painted the top of the courthouse from the perspective of the parking garage and the pocket park downtown. Cull has been a member of the Ellis County Art Association for more than 15 years and has participated in the premier art event ever since it started.
“I like being outdoors,” Cull shared. “I like the challenge, even though I struggle with it, of painting outdoors. You have a scene you’re drawn to, and I tend to have the shadows — but they change. I enjoy the challenge.”
This is also the second year for Historic Waxahachie Inc. to sponsor a cash prize of $200. They are hosting a contest of their own called This.Place.Matters. where contestants are challenged to paint an endangered area or building worth preservation.
May also just so happens to be National Preservation Month.
Nancy Post, a member of Historic Waxahachie In., elaborated on the event, stating she hopes it will raise awareness about the endangered and historic locations in Waxahachie on a large and ornamental scale.
“It’s a wonderful way to preserve them in case anything were to happen to them in years to come,” Post explained. “It is a nice way for people to be able to have art to hang in their house to celebrate those historical places. I think overall it calls attention to the treasures that Waxahachie has.”
Historic Waxahachie Inc. will comprise a committee of judges to select the winning painting.
Anyone can take a preview peek or purchase the finished products from May 4 — 13 at the Ellis County Art Association’s ART on the Square Gallery, located at 113 W. Franklin St.
On Saturday, May 12, artists will also gather downtown to paint on the courthouse square from 9 a.m. — noon, followed by a wet paint sidewalk sale in front of ART on the Square Gallery.
The Exhibition Sale of paintings produced during the 10-day Paint Historical Waxahachie opens Saturday, May 12 at the gallery. Also, the master signature painter John Cook will judge these pieces. Those awarded will receive Best in Show, first, second and third place, as well as, a few honorable mentions.
“Please join us as we celebrate the art, history, and architecture of Waxahachie as interpreted by some of Texas’ finest landscape artists,” Bohlman added.
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