Paint It! Ellicott City! July 10-13, 2015


IMG_3993Artists from around the region will take to the streets of Historic Ellicott City begining July 9 to participate in the plein air paint-out event, Paint It! Ellicott City. En plein air, meaning “in the open air,” is the technique of painting outdoors, directly from life. Often, groups of plein air artists will gather within stated boundaries for a “paint-out.” The Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Tourism, and Howard County Public Schools are presenting the paint-out weekend that culminates in an exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts (HCCA).

Be a part of Paint it! Ellicott City

Pull out your sketchbook or set up your easel alongside other artists and paint the town en plein air! Paint one or all three days of the paint-out and display your artwork on reception night at the Howard County Center for the Arts. Following that the artwork will travel to the new Howard County Welcome Center in Ellicott City. Scroll down to register, $10

Schedule of events:


  • July 9, 6-7:30PM: Registration, Artist & VIP Welcome, Juror Presentation at Howard County Welcome Center
  • July 10-12, All day: Paint out!
  • July 11, 10AM-12PM: NEW Quick Draw Competition
  • July 13, 6-8PM: Gallery Reception and Award Presentation at Howard County Center for the Arts

Members of the public are encouraged to walk the streets during the event to watch the painters create their renditions of the scenic landscapes of Ellicott City. The Paint It Plein Air closes with a free reception held at HCCA with music, food and refreshments and where you can buy your favorite piece!

To learn more about this and other HCAC programs call 410-313-ARTS or

Check Out Our Video From Ellicott City’s First Plein Air Event: