Be an artist for the day


By Julie Osborne

Not only will there be an array of fancy cars on Main Street on June 15, there also will be canvases, paints and possibly a future Monet. On Saturday, artists will gather in the Village of Zionsville for the Eighth Annual Plein Air Paint Out (Painting Outside).

“The Munce Art Center at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center is dedicated to presenting and promoting the arts in Zionsville and the surrounding region,” Cynthia Young, executive director and Munce Art Center director of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center said. “The Zionsville Paint Out was started as a way to promote the arts in Zionsville and to bring plein air artists together for a wonderful day of capturing our beautiful town in paint and to give visitors a chance to see artists at work.”

The event is open to artists of all ages and skill levels. Artists must check-in between 7 to 10 a.m. at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., the morning of the event to get their canvases stamped or mixed media tagged. Using their own supplies, participants are encouraged to create original artwork in any medium. All registered works completed that day by 2 p.m. will be eligible for judging and will be available for sale after the Paint Out awards ceremony located at the CruZionsville stage on Main Street. All sales will be conducted by the SullivanMunce Cultural Center with 30 percent of the sales going toward the cultural center which will host an exhibition of works from the Zionsville Paint Out from July 5 to 27.

Monetary awards will be given to first, second, and third place professional artists. The first place winner will have his/her name added to the Cynthia Van Tassel Yeo Plein Air Award plaque which is on display at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center. Adult amateur awards will be given to first, second and third place winners, and awards for youth and teen participants also will be presented.

The event is free for members and $25 for non-members with a continental breakfast included.The Zionsville Paint Out will be held rain or shine. To register, please contact Executive Director/Art Center Director Cynthia Young at 873-4900 or [email protected].