Plein Air

Paint It! Ellicott City 

Arts Council

June 27-July 1, 2019


Come on out this summer as artists take to the streets of Historic Ellicott City to participate in our plein air event!

We proudly partner with Howard County Tourism and Mat About You Framing & Gallery to host Paint It! Ellicott City. Also known as a paint-out, this event brings artists outside to paint directly from life, without the aid of photography. The weekend draws many spectators to Main Street’s sidewalks.

Spectators can follow the artists as they set up their easels around Ellicott City’s historic district and paint the picturesque mill town and join us for the exciting “quick draw” event. The event culminates in an exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts.

Artists and visitors may view and purchase the finished pieces during the exhibit’s free opening reception when the juror hands out awards to the artists, including the top prize —  the $2,000 Gino Award — named in honor of Gino Manelli (1915-2010), an avid cyclist and artist who established his art studio in Ellicott City. A temporary exhibit of artwork from the Paint It! Ellicott City Open Paint-Out will also be displayed during the exhibit reception.

Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 Schedule:

Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23, 12:30pm-4pm

Optional Paint It! Plein Air Workshop led by artist Duane Lutsko. The Open Paint registration fee is waived for workshop participants. Click here for details and to register.

Thursday, June 27

Artist Registration and Welcome Reception

Friday, June 28-Sunday June 30, all day


Monday, July 1, 6-8pm

Opening reception for exhibit of juried artists' work and temporary exhibit of Open Paint-Out artwork, including juror awards presentation, Howard County Center for the Arts

July 1 - August 9

Paint It! Ellicott City 2019 exhibit of juried artists' work on display in Gallery I at Howard County Center for the Arts.

Artists painting in the Ellicott City's Historic District may stop by the museum to cool off, get a bottled water, and restrooms. This is also a lovely area to set up an easel and paint! 

Friday and Saturday: 1:00PM-5: 00 PM

Sundays: 1:00PM-5:00PM


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