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Paint the Town is March 31-April 6 in Marble Falls

Donna Bland (right) of Kingsland set up her easel at the chuck wagon during a stop at Candlelight Ranch during last year’s Paint the Town plein-air competition. Artists from across the country are participating in this year’s event March 31-April 6. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Plein-air artists will dot the Marble Falls and Highland Lakes landscape for a week during the 13th annual Paint the Town.

The juried competition and sale are Sunday, March 31, through Saturday, April 6.

Invited artists will explore the area for the perfect place to set up their easels and paint outdoor scenes.

Their pieces then will be submitted to a panel of judges, who recognize the winners at the end of the week.

Hosted by Highland Lakes Creative Arts, Paint the Town invites 40 artists from across the country to capture Hill Country scenes in various media.

But everyone can enjoy the event, which also includes live demonstrations, a quick draw contest, sunrise and nocturne painting, and a student competition.

“Plein-air” means painting what is in front of you in an outside setting instead of a studio.

The event begins March 31 with registration, orientation, and an artists’ reception at J Space, 3814 Cottonwood Shores.

Artists get a free paint day on April 1, which lets them explore the area. The artists will visit Spicewood Vineyards on April 2 for their first scheduled painting activity of the week.

On April 3, a gallery will be set up in Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive Marble Falls.

Events continue April 4 at Lakeside Pavilion with Student Art Day for local eighth- through 12th-graders. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. that day. During this event, students from several local schools will get a chance to work side by side with professional artists.

On April 5, Lakeside Pavilion is again open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for art sales. A lecture and artist panel with Eric Rhodes, open to the public, is 11:30 a.m. at the pavilion. Rhodes is chairman, publisher, and CEO of Streamline Publishing, which publishes Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines.

A VIP reception is 5:30-9 p.m. that evening at the pavilion. The reception is a ticketed event with a collectors preview, the announcement of winners, a live auction, plus live music, food, wine, and beer. Tickets are $65 per person.

Family Day is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6 at the pavilion. There will be activities for all ages, live music, a quick draw competition, and food and drink for purchase.

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