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1:00 pm Mask Making Workshop
2:00 pm Plein Air Hanging Exhibition
Plein Air Weekend | Virginia Highlands Festival

Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 21 & 22 to “Paint the Town” in Abingdon!

The Virginia Highlands Festival in partnership with the Abingdon Arts Depot and the William King Museum of Art announces their plein air paint-out and pop-up gallery to provide an opportunity for local artists to show their work, highlight all that downtown Abingdon has to offer, and build support for the Festival’s annual art prizes.

On Saturday, May 21 from 10am-3pm artists are invited to come and paint outdoors throughout Abingdon’s Main Street district. Historic architecture, quaint shops, and abundant natural beauty provide the backdrop for your imagination. Artists in all forms of media are welcome, and pre-registration is required. Please visit the Festival website for the registration link and detailed information. www.VaHighlandsFestival.org

On Sunday, May 22 from 2-4pm the WKMA hosts a pop-up gallery where the art created on Saturday will be available for sale. This fast and fresh work is sure to be one-of-a-kind. All proceeds from the art sale will be shared between the artist and the Festival in support of its Juried Fine Art, Photography, and Youth Art prizes.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with the Virginia Highlands Festival and William King Museum of Art in this new and creative project.” said Susan Yates, Arts Administrator at Abingdon’s Arts Depot. “The Arts Depot has proudly housed the Festival’s Juried Fine Arts Exhibition each year since 1990. Future artists that are accepted in the Festival’s shows will certainly benefit from additional prizes and awards generated through this activity. The entire arts community is strengthened when our organizations work together.”

“This year’s Festival theme is ‘Paint the Town.’ What better way to realize that theme than with a plein air painting day throughout downtown Abingdon? Several artists have already committed to this event, such as our own Signature Artist, Adelaide Moss, and the Northeast Tennessee Plein Air Painters,” said Becky Caldwell, Executive Director of the Festival. “I can’t wait to see the streets lined with artists!”

“We are very excited about this collaborative opportunity with the Virginia Highlands Festival and Abingdon Arts Depot. It’s a great way to promote the arts in Abingdon and support the Highlands Festival at the same time. We’re looking forward to seeing the artists’ productions and their unique takes on our town’s picturesque historic district,” said Marcy Miller, Executive Director at the WKMA.

For more information contact Kathy Gibian, WKMA Exhibitions Coordinator, at 276.628.5005 ext. 116 or kgibian@wkmuseum.org.
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