Whether it be lines of cars from downtown Fish Creek to Gibraltar High School, or the hundreds of people maneuvering traffic and other pedestrians trying to take a look at the nearest painting, the Door County Plein Air Festival could not have had a better final day.
A tradition that has lasted in Door County since the early 1900s, Plein Air is the act of painting outdoors, and usually most artists use what they see in front of them as a reference point, which was downtown Fish Creek in this case. While the viewers were looking at the painting and taking pictures, artists talked about their background in art and describing what they are painting, but could not say too much, as they were timed to get the painting finished.
These artists however, were not just any artists who were able to sign up to participate in the event. The Peninsula School of Art brings together over 30 of the best painters in the country to participate in the Plein Air Festival, which runs for the entire week. It was not just Fish Creek that got the spotlight for the painters, as they were up and down the entire peninsula throughout the week-long stretch, making different kinds of paintings based on how the summer light enhances different areas, according to one of the painters.
The festival was capped off with a live auction of all the paintings that were made during the “Quick Paint” Saturday morning.