I'm a sucker for a good cause, and the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery is putting on a great one this October: The Green Paint Out, a plein air landscape painting competition with the mission of preserving and protecting America's national parks.
The concept of the paint out is to inspire artists toward environmentally friendly and sustainable ways of creating art by giving them access to "green" materials from the event's sponsors and asking them to view videos on paint conservation, disposal of toxic materials, and how to substitute toxic materials for those better for the planet and the artist's health. When participants gather for the actual event, they will be able to put these green fundamentals into practice, and they'll be able to do it using the paints and products provided by the Green Paint Out sponsors.
After the painting session, which takes place in the majestic Glen Echo Park in the Potomac Palisades near Bethesda, Maryland, each artist will be able to enter one work painted during the event in a juried exhibition, and the "Best in Show" receives $500 and other prizes. There's also a Green Award of $500 for the best painting done according to the "green checklist" that participants receive upon registering.
I hope if you are in the area, you will seriously consider signing up and being part of the event. There are only 75 slots available and registration closes on October 1. Enjoy!