Artists from across the Cape will be setting up easels along the streets and byways of Sandwich to paint or draw their favorite scene and to share the experience with the public.
"Plein Air Sandwich", a first-time annual event sponsored by Sandwich Arts Alliance, takes place on Friday, August 4th from 10 am to 2 pm, where artists will be painting or sketching "en plein air" (outside) at a location in town of their own choosing.
“It’s an adventure”, says Mary Smith, event co-chair. “When we’re out painting, people offer their opinions. Animals drink the painting water. Things get knocked over, brushes lost. A great day is had with a bunch of artists and onlookers. And great memories are made.”
To help the public find and identify the artists, they’ll be wearing turquoise T-shirts, and a “location map” will be set up in front of the Palette Gallery, next door to Café Chew in Merchant’s Square.
“The quality of the work should be very high given the talent that has signed up”, explains co-chair Margo Mancinelli who added, “This is a perfect event for the Sandwich Arts Alliance to undertake because it brings art into the community and showcases the talent locally.”
That evening from 5-7 pm, a cocktail party and silent auction will be held at Horizon's Restaurant where the public is invited to view the finished artwork, meet the artists, and if they want, bid on their favorite pieces.
The entire day is meant to be casual, fun and most of all, to unite the public and the art community here in Sandwich and on Cape Cod.