On September 9, “Color Columbia: Plein Air Paint Out” will host artists as visitors look on and celebrate the town’s 50th birthday.Wilde Lake and Lake Kittamaqundi will serve as the host venues to the arts festival “Color Columbia: Plein Air Paint Out” on September 9 to celebrate Columbia's 50th birthday. During the festival, 50-plus artists will be painting portraits of nature, wildlife and the captivating scenery. Visitors are encouraged to watch on as the artists create their artworks as well as participate in the other arts activities that will be taking place on the grounds. The festival is set to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 9. The Columbia Association’s Art Center is putting on the event, which marks the very first plein air painting event held in the town.
Area residents can stop by the welcome booth (open until 5 p.m.) at Lake Kittamaqundi to pick up a site map so you'll know where each artist will be set up. Notable names of the artists confirmed thus far include Mary Jo Tydlacka, Andree Tullier, April Rimpo, Jane Knighton, Michael Kortarba, Duane Asbestos, Rana Grails, Dana Lignotuber, Kathy Gardiner and Cathy Gale. The artworks created at the festival will be put on exhibit at the Columbia Art Center, where they will be juried, showcasing the very best during the second half of September. The winning artists will be honored during a reception on September 16, and their work will remain on display until September 30. “Color Columbia: Plein Air Paint Out” is free to attend. If you are an artist and wish to participate in the paint out, artist entry forms are being accepted until September 2. Visit the Columbia Association website for further information. Both Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake are located near the Columbia Town Center. Will you be attending the Paint Out to celebrate Columbia's 50th birthday? Which artists are you looking forward to seeing the most? Let us know in the comments below. We'll see you there!