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!

Art in Ellicott City, in partnership with the Howard County Arts Council and Visit Howard County, proudly presents Paint It! Ellicott City June 27 - July 1. Also known as a plein air or a paint-out, this event brings artists from around the region to Old Ellicott City to paint directly from life, without the aid of photography. Spectators can observe artists as they set up their easels around Ellicott City’s historic district and paint the picturesque mill town. Artists will be in town painting beginning Friday, June 28 and ending Sunday, June 30. There is plenty to do while 'artist watching' including shopping, dining, free museums, and outdoor activities each day. Artists' finished pieces will be available to view and for sale at the opening reception on Monday, July 1, 6-8:00 p.m., where artists will be awarded cash for placing top in select categories including, "Best of Show".

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


8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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