Artists from several states will gather in Orange County from Oct. 5-7 to participate in the sixth annual Paint It Orange Plein Air Paint-Out and Wet Paint Sale hosted by the Orange County Arts Commission.
More than 50 artists from four states are participating in the event. Each artist will produce at least one painting outdoors within Orange County, capturing a subject or scene of their choosing.
Artists are allowed up to three submissions for the chance to win a cash prize, and will also get the opportunity to sell their artwork at the subsequent wet paint sale.
The event, put on by staff and volunteers from the Orange County Arts Alliance, is a fundraiser for the organization, a non-profit that partners with the OCAC to promote the arts in the county.
Katie Murray, the director of OCAC, said funds raised from the event will go towards supporting artists, grant programs, public art initiatives and arts education, among other causes.
Katherine Jennings, a contemporary realist painter based in Chapel Hill, said the event will be an enriching experience. She said she believes the paint-out will be a great way to become more involved in the area, and also to learn more about Orange County.
Jennings also said the event is an opportunity to bring people together.
Despite the inherently competitive nature of the event, Andie Freeman, an artist based in Raleigh, said she is excited to meet other plein air painters.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to connect with new artists,” Freeman said.