Outdoor Painter’s Society week of Activities in Rockport

Returning Trio to Compete in Plein Air Southwest Event


Artists, friends, and painting pals Carolyn McGarr Cobb, Carol Devereaux, and Christy Kidwell will compete together along the South Central Texas Coastline with fifty other artists.   All three have been juried into the 2018 Plein Air Southwest, an annual premier show for Outdoor Painters Society, once again hosted by Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, TX.   It is not the first time they have painted in the Rockport area.  Christy says, “It will be like going home again to paint in the 2018 PASW 6-day competition.”   


Very familiar with the Rockport area Christy remembers, “My dad lived in Rockport and my grandmother was a painter and studied with Simon George Michael who established the Fulton School of Painting in the Rockport area around 1948.  Exposure to art on the coast was a given for both Christy and Carolyn. “My family spent vacations at Port Aransas for years when I was growing up,” says Carolyn “so we were frequent visitors.” Outdoor Painters Society held their first juried show at Rockport in 2003 and Christy Kidwell was the show coordinator for the fledgling art group. That exhibit, in the Main Gallery of the Rockport Center for the Arts, featured 90 paintings by 30 artists.


The three artists have forged an impenetrable friendship painting and laughing together for several years.  Christy and Carolyn met in the formative years of the Outdoor Painters Society about 1997-98. Talented and petite Carol D. fell into the mix about 2010 and joined OPS after meeting up with the other two at a life-painting workshop.  Each talented lady has also achieved Signature Status in Outdoor Painters Society.


They began traveling together to paint, laugh, and toast their creative friendship at the coast.  Carolyn adds in her dry wit, “Sometimes we toasted more than we painted.” However, there had to be lots of paint flying on canvas when they produced, hung, and promoted their own “3 Artists-1 Day-Wet Painting Sale” at local Felder Gallery after a prolific paint-out session.   Felder has retained representation of these three cheeky artists even after moving Felder Gallery from the coast to nearby San Antonio.


Previously a Salon show held for the last several years in Dallas is now fully on location in Rockport once again.  Outdoor Painters Society has redesigned Plein Air Southwest, a juried plein air competition, exhibition, and sale in Texas for 2018.  Previously a Salon show held for the last several years in Dallas is now fully on location in Rockport once again.  The event will be hosted by Rockport Center for the Arts and held in Rockport, Texas.  Artists will compete for over $25,000 in cash and merchandise.  All 53 selected artists will paint for 6 days and nights at locations including, but not limited to, Rockport, Fulton, Aransas Pass, and Port Aransas along the South Central Texas coastline from May 21-25th.   The sale and exhibition will be at the downtown Rockport Center for the Arts on Saturday May 26th and continue until June 9, 2018.  


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To learn more:
Carolyn McGarr Cobb- pleinairecobb@ gmail.com, cell- 214.557.4522
Christy Kidwell- cwkidwell@sbcglobal.net, www.cwkidwell.com, cell- 214.354.7676


Outdoor Painters Society  President- Tina Bohlman


The Outdoor Painters Society was formed in 1996 with nine charter members.  The goal was to create opportunities and incentive for artists of like mind to come together and paint en plein air (outside in the open air).  Now a nationally known plein air artist’s organization with an annual average membership of around 300 members continues to grow.  About 75% of OPS members reside in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. The membership is ‘without borders’ and includes artists all across the country from the eastern seaboard to the west coast.  There are 8-9 scheduled paint-outs each year with the outings ranging from one to five days. Locations vary all around Texas including Big Bend National Park, Palo Duro Canyon, and small towns such as Glen Rose and Mineola. At least one event each year can be in another state with favorite locations being New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon.  The premier juried “members only” annual event known as Plein Air Southwest attracts national attention, elite artists, savvy collectors, decorators and locals who just enjoy art. For more information visit our website- www.outdoorpainterssociety.com and our facebook page.


    
Rockport Center for the Arts Director, Elena Rodriguez, Curator of Exhibitions
elena@rockportartcenter.com, (T): 361-729-5519   http://www.rockportartcenter.com/main/


ABOUT ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Rockport Center for the Arts, currently entering its 49th year of operation, was located in the blue Victorian house at Rockport Harbor. On August 25 and 26, 2017 the facility suffered catastrophic damage due to Hurricane Harvey’s direct impact on Rockport. A world-class, and growing sculpture garden featuring works by Charles Umlauf, Kent Ullberg, James Surls and the late Jesús Moroles have accentuated the Art Center since 2000, making it one of the most prestigious showcases for fine art in South Texas. Some of the sculptures sustained damages, however restoration is presently underway to protect Rockport’s art legacy for future generations. Inspiring exhibitions, an annual Artist-in-Residence program and traveling exhibits are part of the repertoire the community and its visitors have come to expect. The many activities of the Art Center draw fifty-thousand visitors per year. The Sculpture Garden alone, was visited by ten-thousand patrons every year. This spring, the Rockport Artists’ Studio Tour will allows visitors to see some of the most unique art studios in Rockport’s storied art colony, learn about medium, technique and acquire unique pieces of art for their collections. In the summer, the 49th Annual Rockport Art Festival is the place to be July 4th weekend. More than 10,000 people attend each year to enjoy music, food and artwork from 120 of the best artists from around the country. Early in November, the Rockport Film Festival will entertain audiences with the best of independent cinema. Workshops, classes and mentoring from established local artists are part of a well-crafted art education program. For decades, children have enjoyed free, high caliber art instruction year-round through ArtSpace Summer Art Camp and Free Family Saturdays. Since the hurricane, the Art Center had no home for 99 days; yet none of the programs, exhibits or events were canceled.  Three months after Hurricane Harvey, the staff and board of directors re-established operations in a building located in downtown Rockport at 106 S. Austin St. All programs are fully operational and a full calendar of exhibits for 2018 is in place. Open to the public from Monday through Saturday, 10 Am to 4 PM; admission is always free. For more information call 361-729-5519 or visit www.RockportArtCenter.com.


Pictures Available:


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Carol Devereaux, Carolyn Cobb, Christy Kidwell at Felder Gallery on the Texas Coast.


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Carolyn Cobb, Carol Devereaux, and Christy Kidwell in the Texas Bluebonnets


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Carolyn Cobb, Carol Devereaux, and Christy Kidwell toasting the Coast.



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