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2018 En Plein Air painting

2018's 1st Place: Ann Neely, "Pink Lady"

Highlights of the 2018 Silent Art Auction & Gala


  • Over 230 guests visited the Cary Arts Center for an evening of art, music, dancing, and community enjoyment.
  • The Jim McCann Jazz Project provided exceptional entertainment.
  • $6,540 of artwork was sold during the silent auction.
  • 20% of the proceeds from the art auction ($1,308) were donated to the Town of Cary’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Scholarship Fund.

View the 40 paintings that the artists completed on May 5 and were up for auction on June 1. 

Our 2018 judge was Denise Dickens, Public Art Coordinator, Town of Cary.

Award Winners
1st Place: Ann Neely, "Pink Lady"
2nd Place: JJ Jiang, "Under the Umbrella"
3rd Place: Jackie Kennedy, "Plein Air on Academy Street"
People’s Choice Award: JJ Jiang, “Under the Umbrella"

"Best" Awards sponsored by the Fine Arts League of Cary:
Building architecture: Madison Sugg for "Bluetique"
Figurative Representation: Lyudmila Tomova for "Home Sweet Home"
Downtown Urban Scene: James Keul for "Bond Brothers"
Water Portrayal: Karin Neuvirth for "Lake Trail"

Honorable Mentions

"Yellow Top" by Duncan Moore
"Back View Everything’s Better" by Katherine March
"Cary Fountain" by Beth Barger

Be sure to save the 2019 dates!  En Plein Air Paint Day is May 4, 2019. We are cooking up something special to honor the 40 anniversary of the Town’s Greenways! 
The Paint the Town: Art Auction &Gala will be held on June 7, 2019.

For more information on the 2019 En Plein Air events, contact Jewel Kichak.