The 2020 Paint the Town Exhibition has now ended. It showcased some of the amazing art "done or begun" during the September plein air event in the Old Sydenham Heritage Conservation District of downtown Kingston.
See below for the three 2020 Best of Show winners and the three Honourable Mention winners.
In 2021, Paint the Town moves to the Portsmouth Village and Lake Ontario Park area. Watch for details in August!
New: YouTube video about the Paint the Town Exhibition!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Paint the Town 2020 Exhibition three "Best of Show" Honourees and three Honourable Mentions
Many thanks to Karen Peperkorn, who was the juror for this show, for making some very tough decisions, and for her remarks on the winning pieces, below.
BEST OF SHOW "In the Shadow of the Spire", Phil Chadwick, oil on canvas. This humble laneway clearly provides a “canvas” of sorts for the daily reflection cast by the spire that soars above the neighborhood. The painting illustrates the reality that even the most mundane space can show meaning and magic, not just function.
BEST OF SHOW "161 Earl Street", Suzanne "Zan" Jewell, Watercolour Light and inviting “161 Earl Street” captures the essence of the grand structures that mark the street. Its delicate rendering draws attention to the beauty of the intricate details of woodworking created to enhance many structures in the Sydenham Ward.
BEST OF SHOW "Sarah's Garden", Debbie Tester, Acrylic Perhaps even more so than its wonderful and varied architecture, Sydenham Ward is known for its beautiful country-style gardens and this piece speaks directly to them. The late summer garden provides not only visual feast but an invitation to further explore the neighbourhood’s treasures.
HONOURABLE MENTION "Hochelaga Inn 445", David Gilmore, Watercolour This detailed and refreshing study of an iconic Sydenham Ward structure clearly documents its charm and the almost storybook experience it provides for the neighbourhood.
HONOURABLE MENTION "Sydenham Street House", Nancy Steele, Watercolour Spontaneous and playful this work summons the essence of “en plein air” painting. The bold and joyful colours and vigorous brushstrokes invite us “down the street” to further explore the heritage house
HONOURABLE MENTION "House on Sydenham Street", Estelle Greatrix, Acrylic This piece speaks to the grand old houses who have weathered both time and habitation by the timeless variety of occupants. It is warm and inviting yet ever fearless in its command of physical space and time.
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Here's a look at 2018's PTT, courtesy of Ken Fuller: