2018 Paint the Town- Plein Air Festival

The Northbrook Arts Commission is excited to announce a number of exciting events!

PAINT THE TOWN –  2nd Annual Northbrook Plein Air Painting Festival  – September 26-30, 2018

Come to downtown Northbrook to see dozens of acclaimed Midwest artists StevePuttrichPaintingpainting outdoors the week of September 26. Details will be announced soon.

Come out and enjoy watching the artists throughout the event. Feel free to stop and observe them at work and welcome them to town. This is a Northbrook Arts Commission event with partial sponsorship from the Northbrook Parks District.

For further information about the event, please contact Bruce Bondy of the Northbrook Arts Commission at 847.421.6999 or email: bruce@bondystudio.com

Typical Weekend Festivities 

9:30 – Noon     Quick Paint Competition – Village Green Park/Corner of Shermer & Meadow/ Downtown Northbrook

12:30-4pm         Live Music at Village Green Park

2-3pm                 Painting Demonstrations by Award Winning Artists

2-7pm                 Exhibition and sale of finished artwork – Village Green Center, 1810 Walters Ave.

The Northbrook Arts Commission will be hosting over dozens of Midwest artists specializing in Plein Air Painting in 2018. The artists will create works starting Wednesday, September 26, at locations throughout Northbrook based on what inspires them. Each artist will submit their  best oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel paintings for exhibition, awards and sale to the public.


Highlights from 2017:

On Sunday, from 9:30 to noon there will be a Quick Paint Competition in Village Green Park and downtown area. Artists will work in this concentrated area and have 2.5 hours to start and finish a painting. The work will be judged and cash prizes awarded by acclaimed plein air painter and Northbrook resident Brian Sindler.

Also on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, local musical artists will be performing including a Jazz Combo, a Flamenco/Gypsy Kings style duo, and Classical Guitarist Christopher Laughlin. Food vendors and a live outdoor painting demonstration with award winning artist and teacher Steve Puttrich are also scheduled. Awards will be presented at 4:00 pm and works of the fine artists will be available for purchase.

While artists have been painting plein-air, painting outdoors directly from nature, for centuries, plein-air festivals have seen a rise in popularity over the last 10 years with large events sometimes attracting hundreds of artists in places like Cedarburg and Door County, Wisconsin.

Some of the artists joining us in the first annual Northbrook Plein Air Festival are Steve Puttrich, Errol Jacobson,  and James Hajicek of Chicago,  D.K. Palecek of Northeast Wisconsin, and Wendie Thompson of Oconomowoc, WI. These are all award winning artists with passion and experience painting outdoors (See attached photos of work).