The reception for the 2019 Spring City Plein art competition was enthusiastically attended, with hundreds of people streaming in and out of the gallery to hear the winners being announced and admire or purchase their paintings.


Art Bursting At Seams: Plein Air Competition draws large crowd to Spring City


By Robert Stevens

Managing Editor



Brain Thayne, best watercolor

SPRING CITY—Each year one event fills Spring City with artists and lovers of art until it’s bursting at the seams—Plein Air.

This year’s Plein Air art competition was no exception; in fact it was bigger and busier than ever,

Kimball Geisler, first place

and Friday night’s reception and winner’s announcement made that obvious, with the Spring City Arts Gallery full of people and overflowing out the doors.

Kimball Geisler was awarded first place for his artwork. Next came Ken Spencer

and Natalie Shupe, respectively. In addition, Brian Thayne won best watercolor.


The open air (Plein Air’s English translation) painting competition is a very

Natalie Shupe, third place

Ken Spencer, second place

old tradition, but Spring City Arts has added some modern ideas to the mix, including the addition of a quick paint event on Saturday morning, where

artists had just a few hours to complete a painting. The quick paint artwork was

auctioned off through the use of an online auction system, which is new this year.