Plein Air in North Country Now

The 2022 Bell Gale Chevigny Plein Air Festival made the front page of North Country Now!

https://www.northcountrynow.com/news/bell-gale-chevigny-plein-air-festival-returns-aug-4-7-morristown-0324032


2019 FUNDRAISING TOTALS

Dear Friends,

The thank-you list is longer than a Texas BBQ road trip.  So many people played a hand in this extraordinary accomplishment for the library.  Until your formal thank-you arrives please accept this THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being a key player on such a winning team.  Together, we are awesome sauce!

Year-to-Date Profits:

Plein Air: $10,843.56

Book Sale: $1,262.00

Weekend Total: $12,105.56


2018 PLEIN AIR AND BOOK SALE PROCEEDS

What an incredible weekend!  I would like to thank EVERYONE that helped to make this year’s Plein Air Festival and Book Sale so successful!  As I said yesterday, I have the best job in the world and it’s not because of the library but rather the people it serves.  Now, don’t get me wrong, our little library is very pleasant, but it wouldn’t be any fun to work here if people didn’t use it.  And use it we do, because 1,017 is this month’s patron count so far AND WE’VE ONLY BEEN OPEN FOR 22 HOURS. 

It’s Morristown’s patrons who make this the best job ever and I am delighted to serve you.  It’s Morristown’s Board of Trustees who set the policy and direction in order to provide relevant services PLUS a beautiful new expansion.  It’s the Plein Air Committee that works tirelessly to provide the community with a knock-out art show.  It’s the volunteers who carry books and furniture and signs and racks and paint and grass seed.  It’s the DPW who mow and plow and paint and shovel and dig.  It’s the hosts who provide incredible hospitality for visiting artists.  It’s the bakers that bring cookies and brownies and bread.  It’s my assistant Megan Bush, her kindness and enthusiasm at the desk and in creating programs.  It’s the patrons who send in their hard-earned dollars as a donation.  THANK YOU!  You ALL are the sun that always shines on the Morristown Public Library.

Drum roll please, the library is very excited to announce that as of today our weekend proceeds total $12,394.93  Woot woot!  Now that’s cause for a celebration and YOU are a part of that.


2017 PLEIN AIR WEEKEND PROCEEDS

The Trustees and Plein Air Committee are thrilled to announce that $10,176.59 was raised for the library this year, our best yet!  Thank you to EVERYONE who helped to make this year’s event so successful, it is a sincere pleasure to be on the team that works so hard for the benefit of the library and its community.  From hors d’oeuvres to sorting books to setting up racks,  there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into our special weekend and it can’t be done without your generous dedication.  You are the sun that always shines on the Morristown Public Library!

Sincerely,

Bridget


PLEIN AIR AWARD WINNERS 2017

Congratulations to all of our winners in this years fine art festival.  It was an exceptional turnout of artists, paintings, collectors and friends.  We are very proud to say that the library sold 56% of the paintings in the three-hour show!  Artists please look for our 2018 online application on the website in February as the 30 seats fill quickly. 

Library Director Bridget Whalen-Nevin with Juror of Awards Dianne Drayse-Alonso

1st Place Community Award: Janet Marie Yeates (link is external) “Warning!”

2nd Place Tracy and David VanArnam Award: Judy Soprano (link is external) “On Atwood Road”

3rd Place Simone Chevigny Kirtz Award: Chrissy Pahucki (link is external)“Chapman Point”

Bounty of the County Honorable Mention: Bonnie McGown (link is external) “Wrong Turn”

IslandView Funeral Service (link is external)s Artists’ Choice Award: Jan Romeiser

Wright’s Marine (link is external) People’s Choice Award: Faye Ingerson

QuickDraw Ella’s Restaurant (link is external) 1st Place Award, Juror of Awards Kathleen Kelly: Grant Lounsbury (link is external)

QuickDraw 2nd Place Award, Juror Kathleen Kelly: Chrissy Pahucki (link is external)

To see more of these fine artists’ work please visit their individual websites.

To see all of the festival’s submitted paintings please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Morristown-Public-Library-NY-111670372194508/ (link is external)


JAN ROMEISER DONATES PAINTING TO THE LIBRARY

Isnt’ this beautiful?  Thank you, Jan for your tremendous generosity!  We look forward to hanging it in our new space.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL…

She is shown here with her Chasing Windmills that took the prestigious IslandView Funeral Services (link is external) Artists’ Choice Award.

Congratulations, Jan.  Your smile shown here reflects exactly how we feel about your being chosen.  Thank you for making more beautiful history in Morristown.


1st PLACE COMMUNITY AWARD

Janet Marie Yeates of Northville, NY took the $500 1st Place with her “Warning!”, an 11 x 14 oil on linen painted on our very own Scotch Bush Road.  Juror of Awards Dianne Drayse-Alonso.  Congratulations, Janet!  To see more of Janet’s work please visit her website at http://janetmarieyeates.com/ (link is external)


PLEIN AIR EVENING EVENT

the Frederic Remington Art Museum (link is external) at 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY

meet and greet the artists!

Event Date: 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Event Time: 

7:00 pm


2016 AWARD WINNERS

Island in the River by John McNally (link is external)

1st Place Community Award

Juror of Awards Scott Ouderkirk (link is external)

“John captured the river sky spectacularly.  Great composition.  He says a lot without over painting.”

Early Morning Mist by Tarryl Gabel (link is external)

2nd Place Tracy and David Vanarnam Award (link is external)

Juror of Awards Scott Ouderkirk (link is external)

“Tarryl found a way to show the atmosphere and depth of the area.  The subtle brush stroke she used for the sun is beautiful.”

Chapman’s by Jerry Merrill

3rd Place Simone Chevigny Kirtz Award

Juror of Awards Scott Ouderkirk (link is external)

“Jerry not only found the image here, but also the time period of the original building.  The stacked composition is nice as well.”

Purple Don’t Care about Rain by Catherine Whitehead (link is external)

Honorable Mention Bounty of St Lawrence County Award

Juror of Awards Scott Ouderkirk (link is external)

“Catherine has a nice sense of color.  Interesting composition.  The small square section at the top right of this painting is just beautiful.”

Chapman Point Shadow Play by Diane Leifheit (link is external)

Wright’s Marine (link is external) People’s Choice Award

Maddie’s Field by Catherine Whitehead (link is external)

Island View Funeral Services (link is external) Artists’ Choice Award


ARTISTS PAINT MORRISTOWN

Click the link below to see Drayton Jones at work during our plein air festival.  Thank you to Bruce Dana for submitting this story to North Country Now.

http://northcountrynow.com/hometown-photos/ogdensburg/artists-paint-morristown (link is external)


BOOK SALE RESULTS

THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make this year’s book sale more successful than ever before!  The members of the Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that today’s proceeds are $1,768.41. 

This is a very big deal to the library, so wrap your arms around each other for YOUR part in a job well done!


ANNUAL BOOK SALE

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Once again, the attic is full of fabulous books that will be offered for sale (CHEAP CHEAP).  Free coffee will be available.

Event Date: 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Event Time: 

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Facilitator: 

The Board of Trustees


2015: 48 out of 95 plein air paintings were sold at Sunday’s Silent Auction!

Plein Air Proceeds $5,695.57

Book Sale Proceeds $1,426.50

Weekend total $7,122.07

On behalf of the Trustees and Plein Air Committee I would like to thank the entire community for your noble and unceasing support of our fine little library.


A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HOSTED PLEIN AIR ARTISTS:
  • Michele Whalen and Valerie Summer
  • Melanie Connor
  • Bill Breitenbeucher and Mike Gardner
  • Kathy and Jim Kelly
  • Cheryl and Pat Foy
  • Jane Smithers
  • Jane Orcutt
  • Constance Howard
  • Karen and Bucky Winters
  • Carol and Dale Walts
  • Carolyn Noble
  • Jo Anne Marcelletta
  • Connie and Ted Martin
  • Pam and Jim Boyle
  • Sandy and Bill Adams
  • Barbara Luce
  • Sharon and Gary Alford

You are each a fine example of Morristown’s trademark hospitality. 

THANK YOU!


LIBRARY ANNOUNCES WINNER OF CAPE AIR TICKETS

Everyone who purchased a painting at Sunday’s Silent Auction and Reception in Chippewa Bay was entered to win 2 round trip tickets on Cape Air between Ogdensburg and Boston.  This prize is valued at $508.00

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We’re very pleased to announce the 2015 winner of this fabulous prize as Sean Hackett of Baltimore, MD.  Congratulations, Sean!


MORRISTOWN PLEIN AIR MAKES NATIONAL TRAVEL MAGAZINE

http://www.metro.us/lifestyle/plein-air-art-while-you-watch/zsJogo—A2ixdzQm4LNA/ (link is external)


32 ARTISTS CHECKED IN THURSDAY MORNING FOR PLEIN AIR 2015

Saturday was the final day to visit the artists at their easels. 

  To see samples of these artists’ work and links to their websites use the PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL pull-down bar on the black main menu at the top of the page. 

95 paintings of OUR landscapes were displayed at Sunday’s Show and Sale at the Chippewa Bay Community Club – 48 were sold by the committee

WOWSIE! 


SUMMER 2014 STATISTICS

Summer Reading Attendance 222

Plein Air Attendance 489

Book Sale and Plein Air $6,000.51


PLEIN AIR PAINTERS POSE WITH WINNING PIECES

Judy Soprano of Rochester takes the $500 First Place Ann and James Doyle Award with Purple Delight.

Janet Marie Yeates (link is external)of Northville takes the $350 Second Place Tracy and David VanArnam Award with Gardens at Chapman Point.

Jan Byington (link is external)of Clayton takes the $200 Third Place Josie Bell Smith Award with Afternoon Calm

Judy Soprano was awarded the Cape Air (link is external)People’s Choice Award of 2 round-trip airfares between Ogdensburg and Boston, a value of $486 for her The Boat House.  She is shown here with Bill and Julie Henderson who were the highest bidders and new owners of the painting.

Lisa Noviasky of Syracuse receives theWright’s Marine (link is external)Artists’ Choice Award of $100 for her Sentinels at Dawn.

Thank you to all twenty artists for your participation.  The community is still aglow with the beauty and color you have splashed around Morristown and we look forward to seeing each of you back every August.  As John Morrow has wisely suggested, the committee will be soliciting even more prizes for next year’s festival.  He felt it was very difficult to choose only three and – of course – we agree.  GO PLEIN AIR 2014!  (tentatively scheduled for 7/31 – 8/3)


2013 PRESS RELEASES

northcountrynow.com/featured_events/artists-auction-and-barbeque-all-part-plein-air-festival-aug-1-through-aug-4-091772 (link is external)

northcountrynow.com/hometown-photos/ogdensburg/plein-air-morristown (link is external)

northcountrynow.com/featured_events/more-20-artists-painting-morristown-weekend-plein-art-festival-events-continue-throu (link is external)

www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22458/20130731/morristown-breathes-plein-air-to-benefit-library (link is external)


THE LIGHT IN AUGUST by James Doyle

Morristown Hosts 25 Plein Air Artists

For more than a century artists have been searching for the best light to paint their landscapes “en plein air”, as the movement, started in Paris, is called.  Natural light became more and more important to the impressionists and all who followed.  In 1850 painting became a moveable feast: an American fashioned tin tubes for carrying pigments and a Frenchman created the box easel, highly portable, on telescoping legs with a palette and paint box built in.  Artists and their easels dotted river banks, perched on roof tops, sat in forest clearings searching for the fleeting yellows and blues of very early day, the brilliant fires of noon, the grays and magentas of dusk.

Winslow Homer

The special quality of northern light brought groups of artists together in northern Europe and North Amercia.  The movement flourished in upstate New York with Charles Chapman, Frederick Remington and Winslow Homer among its practitioners.

Charles S. Chapman and students c1930

This year from August 1 to 4 the Morristown Public Library will celelbrate “Plein Air Festival 2013”, a gathering of artists from New York City, Rochester, Brant Lake, Syracuse, Northville, Morristown, Clayton, Wellesley Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ontario who will be in the village and the town for four days, painting at outdoor sites along the St. Lawrence River, in the town and the country roads, hosted by property owners and the library’s committee of volunteers.

Despite the challenges of time and place, the painters will allow quiet visitors to watch them work.  A “newsstand” outside the library will list the artists’ painitng sites for each day along with the news of the other daily events, from a vineyard exhibit and lecture, book sale, meet-and-greet BBQ, kids entertainment, silent auction and award presentation with door prizes.  The best works will be offered for sale with the library getting a percentage of the selling price.  There will be daily opportunities for visitors to mingle with the artists at events.

TO SEE THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES GO TO THE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL DROP-DOWN MENU ON THE TOP OF THIS PAGE!


Plein Air Festival Paints Morristown’s Future as Very, Very Bright!

What is plein air?  What does it have to do with the Morristown Public Library?

After years of 10% or 15% cuts, this year St. Lawrence County legislators have cut library funding BY 100%.   We all understand the “why?” when everyone in the North Country is struggling.  But we refuse to go back a decade or so when the library was depressed and the village paid the price; when the town was trying hard to progress but the kids and their parents had no programs to reflect progress.  We have had so much success we can’t be forced to cut the new programs and the spirit.  Not Morristown!  We’re going to fight for what we’ve accomplished together.  We’re going to put our muscle and “spirit of volunteerism” into a Plein Air Festival.  A Plein Air Festival will provide the community with entertainment, education, collaboration opportunities and yes, act as a fundraiser for the library.  Morristown has a long history of creativity, energy and a “can do” attitude – we feel this is a perfect solution for putting a dent in the $2,255 lost county revenue.

Plein air simply means “in the open air”, a french term that became intimately linked with painting after the invention of the tube container.  Before that, artists were restricted to their studios where paints had to be mixed.  But with the portable tube they could venture out of doors and use the natural light of the sun.  Voila’!  It’s the era of impressionists.  (I bet you’ll never look at your toothpaste in the same way again, eh?) 

A Plein Air Festival is an event where artists are invited to come into a village and paint the scenery.  The paintings would be offered up for sale with the library receiving a percentage of the profits.  Morristown’s festival will be August 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  There will be opportunities for residents to watch the artists paint, mingle with them at the “meet and greet” chicken BBQ and finally purchase their best works at the closing Silent Auction.    

We need to ask our friends and neighbors, both private and commercial, for support of our plein air event. 

Maybe you are able to:

  • sponsor a prize?
  • offer visitor discounts during the event?  Coffee?
  • provide lodging for a visiting artist?
  • allow artists to paint in your beautiful garden?
  • volunteer with the committee?

Community support is critical for the Morristown Plein Air Festival’s success.  Please call Bridget during library hours at 375-8833 or email mtnlib@ncls.org (link sends e-mail) to pledge your support today!

Whatever you are able to provide, we know it will be grand because

YOU ARE THE REASON THAT

“the sun always shines on the Morristown Public Library”

To learn more about Morristown’s Plein Air Festival please use the PLEIN AIR link in the black toolbar at the top of the homepage


Bell Gale Chevigny; Featured Artist display at the Morristown Public Library

From now until August 25th, 2012 the library is pleased to share the work of lifetime patron Bell Gale Chevigny.  These seven portraits are a fabulous addition to our beautiful library, and we are so pleased to have them.  Thank you, Bell!

Shown here with Bell is her dear friend Kathy Kelly, also an artist who has donated many pieces to the library as fundraisers.  The two friends together recently completed an artist workshop in Brockville, Ontario.