2016 Festival Highlights

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In only it’s second year, the Eagle Plein Air Festival exceeded expectations for the number of participants and patrons. The festival saw an impressive 40% increase in artists over the prior year. Dozens of painters were found all over Downtown Eagle, in fields and in the foothills.

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Artists Suzanne Chetwood & Toby Davis

One of the many highlights was Friday’s workshop taught by the visiting guest artist and Festival juror David Mensing. The workshop was well attended in JoAnn’s Iris Gardens.

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David Mensing Workshop

Saturday’s QUICK DRAW Competition brought dozens of painters to Downtown Eagle for the 2 hour speed painting session. Popular with patrons, it drew lots of traffic to the Eagle Saturday Market.

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Artist Kevin Hughes

Pastel artist Bonnie Zahn Griffith dazzled all with her demonstration during the Festival Awards Reception on Saturday evening.

Bonnie Zahn Griffith
Bonnie Zahn Griffith

With more than 100 WET paintings coming into the Gallery, the newly dubbed “North West Olympic Gallery Hanging Team” went to work installing the paintings. It took a little more than an hour to get the Gallery ready for judging and the reception.

Olympic Gallery Hanging Team
Meet the Festival Team – Liz, Meg, Michelle & Emily

The Gallery was filled with Festival-goers Saturday evening for the Awards Show & Sale. Artists and patrons mingled over delicious food from Porterhouse and Proletariat Wine.

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Festival Awards, Show & Sale

There is still time to see the show! The exhibition continues during Eagle’s Last Thursday event on June 30 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. You can see all the paintings at the Gallery at Finer Frames located on Old State Street in downtown Eagle. The Gallery is open weekdays 10:00am – 5:00pm and Saturdays Noon – 4:00pm. The show concludes in mid-July.

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