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Lighthouse Festival Plein Air winners announced!

( Winners J. Steve Kelley, Mark DeLong, Nancy Pierce, and Dave Peltier)

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council held a plein air painting contest at the Port Clinton Lighthouse during the annual Port Clinton Lighthouse and Maritime Festival last month, and the winners have been announced.

Artists worked along the Lake Erie shoreline, painting the wooden pier light which was meticulously restored by the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy and placed at Waterworks Park in August 2016.

1st place - J. Steve Kelly

2nd place - Dave Peltier

3rd place - Nancy Pierce

Honorable mention - Mark DeLong

Eight painters participated in the event and it will return next year, GPCAAC President Carol Morgan said.

Next year's festival will be held on August 19, 2023, at Waterworks Park in Port Clinton.

En plein air, or plein air painting, is the act of painting outdoors. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules that might create a predetermined look.

The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists.

(Winner J. Steve Kelley was presented with a check by GPCAAC treasurer Heather Gabel.)

(First place winner J. Steve Kelley.)

(Honorable Mention winner Mark DeLong.)

(Third place winner Nancy Pierce.)

(Second place winner Dave Peltier.)

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