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Pitmasters intrigued by Plein Aire

By Sherri Ellington Lamar Arts played a big role in getting the Pitmasters show filming here in town. Member Alan Stecker spoke with a production assistant at Pitmasters production company and was told the reason it chose Barnesville from the hundreds of small town celebrations was because Barnesville has Lamar Arts’ plein aire paint out included. Lamar Arts is still seeking artists for its Paint the Town event in Barnesville, Saturday, April 27, during the BBQ & Blues Festival. The juried art competition has prizes ranging from $200 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third place to ribbons for honorable mentions. Judges will be Pam Preston and Dot Brown of Macon. Artists should arrive at the Barnesville Depot from 8 to 9 a.m. to sign in. Their canvas or paper will be stamped and they will be given signs to place on their painting sites that will also contain the entry number. Work will be produced on site. Entrants are encouraged to feature some aspect of BBQ & Blues and the community. Porches of Lamar Arts members will be available for those who wish to paint Victorian homes on historic Thomaston Street. In case of bad weather, indoor locations will be provided. Tables will be available at the Depot where works will be framed. Each artist should have an easel on which to exhibit finished works. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the Depot and transportation will be provided from the Depot to the judging site. Work will be judged at 3:30 p.m. at the BBQ & Blues stage, after which the public is invited to view the art and meet the artists. ’Lamar Arts will feature all the work from the day of the Paint Out in a tent in the center of the festivities. Attendees will be encouraged to buy work,’ said Lamar Arts member Eleanor Stecker. ‘We’ll use a bid sheet on each painting. This isn’t a fundraiser. The purchase price, minus Lamar Arts’ 20% commission, will go to the artists.’ A silent auction will be held from 4-5 p.m. to sell the artwork. Bid winners will be announced after the barbecue awards. Artists will be asked to set a minimum price for their work. Artists will be paid within a week of the sale and will retain copyright to the work. ‘Lamar Arts would like to have a large number of artists painting,’ she said. ‘It’s good for us and it’s great exposure for you.’ Artists can also offer prints at the Depot Gift Shop. Also, Lamar Arts will set up a system to allow buying paintings with VISA credit cards. The cost for artists to join is $30 by April 17 or $40 at the door. Checks should be sent to Paint The Town, Lamar Arts, P.O. Box 688, Barnesville, 30204. They should be made out to Lamar Arts with Paint The Town in the memo line. ’We definitely want to have a good turnout of artists,’ said

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