New plein air painting event adds to city’s arts heritage

Architecture, design and the arts have a rich history in Columbus, with many examples of Modern design dotting the city’s landscape.

It is that legacy that routinely attracts visitors to the community — whether professional architects or artists, design enthusiasts or students — and has even inspired a movie, the 2017 release of “Columbus.”

That legacy also inspired last year’s Exhibit Columbus event, which attracted more than 40,000 visitors to 18 temporary works on display around the community.

So the newly announced Plein Air Paintout, set for May 12 and 13, adds to the city’s arts scene. Columbus’ architectural landscape will provide a beautiful backdrop for outdoor painting by artists.

The Columbus Sunrise Rotary Club is organizing the event, which includes a judging component to determine the best works.

Painters will start their works May 12 and turn them in next afternoon for judging. The public will be able to view the works May 13 at Factory 12 Event Loft, 1235 Jackson St., and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner that evening, with $500 in prizes to be split among the top three artists. Painters have until April 30 to register.

Columbus Sunrise Rotary Club intends to make the Plein Air Paintout an annual arts competition. That further demonstrates the club’s commitment to service in the community.

The outdoor painting event also is a nice way to keep momentum from Exhibit Columbus going. It provides another medium for viewing the beauty of the community and adds to our rich history of supporting art in this community.

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