Plein Air artists gather
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE – Devoted "en plein air" artists from across Texas and beyond gathered in Ellis County last week to celebrate the history and architecture the city of Waxahachie has to offer.
The Ellis County Art Association and Art Center hosted their annual "Quick Draw" event Saturday, May 29 where artists are challenged to complete a painting in 90 minutes.
"En Plein Air" is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
Contestants were allowed to paint anything or anyone as long as they remained on the square surrounding the court house.
Immediately following the paintings (wet or dry), they are placed on the courthouse steps and auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Precinct 3 County Commissioner Heath Sims, R-Italy, was on hand to help out as the auctioneer for the fifth year in a row.
"Thank y’all so much again for having me come out here and help with your event again this year, I really enjoy it and hope we raise a lot of money today," said Sims.
The most expensive piece of art sold during the afternoon was created by Steve Miller ,a native Texan residing in Grand Prairie, for $255.
Proceeds from the sale help fund the ECAA.
All week you will be able to find artists scattered around town making works of art until the fun comes to an end Saturday, June 5 and Sunday , June 6 when all art not sold during the paint out period will be on display and for sale at the Chautauqua Auditorium from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day.
The ECAA is currently celebrating 52 years of promoting the appreciation and educational instruction of the visual arts in Ellis County.