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'Paint the Town' ends in Marble Falls

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Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Marta Stafford of the Highland Lakes Creative Arts (HLCA) Highland Board of Directors, which sponsors Paint the Town, looks on as Lee Ricks prepares his Quick Draw entry on Saturday, May 5. The Pleasanton artist took first place in the event. HLCA was the sponsor.

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The 12th Annual Paint the Town event came to a close this weekend with the announcement of the main Paint Out winners Friday night and Quick Draw winners on Saturday.

Artists were observed painting en plein air (in open air rather than in the studio) all around Marble Falls and the surrounding area throughout the week. They took time to conduct workshops and brought works for exhibit and purchase at the Lakeside Pavilion gallery exhibit.

The Best of Show winner was Randall Cogburn of Rosharon with an oil painting of the Jolly Roger Boat House in Fall Creek Park and the Artists Choice Award went to and Mike Simpson of Montrose, Colo.

Lee Ricks of Pleasanton won first place with a watercolor scene of the chuck wagon exhibited at Candlelight Ranch. Second place went to Linda Dumont of Austin for an interior scene of Choccolattes in oils.


Fire up for Paint the Town

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Promoting the slogan 'Fire Up for Paint the Town,' in the last week of ticket sales for the plein air art event in Marble Falls are, left to right, Janey Rives, Marble Falls Fire Chief Russell Sander, Carolyn Bates. Paint the Town, sponsored by Highland Lakes Creative Arts, will bring plein air artists to capture scenes of Marble Falls and create opportunities for everyone to enjoy and own art. The fire truck will sound the start of a Quick Draw event.





Paint the Town, the annual plein air art event of Highland Lakes Creative Arts (HLCA), will bring 40 open-air artists to Marble Falls, along with three days of fun events for fans and visitors.

“We are billed as one of the top 5 plein air events in Texas,” said Carolyn Bates of the HLCA board. “And, we're asking the community to 'Fire Up for Paint the Town.'

“Thursday through Saturday, plein air artists will be painting in Marble Falls and the surrounding bluebonnet-filled countryside. Visitors will be able to watch them at work and view the finished art.”

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day Paint the Town Galleries will be open and exhibiting/sales space is doubled.
Now is the time, Bates said to purchase the $50 tickets for the Friday night reception, Introducing 2017 Paint the Town, that will include the results of the Nocturnal Paint Out, with local craft foods, wine, beers and live music.

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