Through the collaborative efforts of the Orange County Arts Commission and the Hillsborough Arts Council, this year’s fourth annual “Paint it Orange,” is taking a new online format to continue supporting artists in North Carolina.
Now called “Paint it North Carolina,” the event invites artists within North Carolina and those bordering the state to paint “en plein air,” or in the open air, in their favorite outdoor locations in the state. Unlike past years, this event will not be juried, but the sale of artists’ creations will be encouraged in a virtual art gallery.
In light of the current pandemic, organizations and artists have transitioned to virtual platforms to continue sharing their creations as well as raising funds for those struggling as a result of the public health safety risks.
“A lot of our artists do travel in on a normal year from the coast and from the mountains, and people have started to catch on to this event,” Torey Mishoe, the executive director of the Hillsborough Arts Council, said. “We wanted to not lose some of them who were outside of Orange County, so we've given them the option to paint from anywhere in North Carolina.”
Artist Lyudmila Tomova is among those participating in the event from outside of Orange County and said that she has driven to participate in the paint out in previous years.