Artists competed for $4,800 in prizes at the 11th annual Falls Church Arts Plein Air Festival competition Oct. 17 on the Falls Church City Hall grounds. More than 180 onlookers cast votes for the People's Choice Award, while participating artists voted for the Artists' Choice Award. Juror Lynn Mehta selected the remaining prize winners.
The competition featured not only 60 artworks created by 23 artists who painted outdoor scenes around the city during the previous week but also works completed by 14 artists during a three-hour “Quick Draw” competition that morning.
People’s Choice Award ($350) and Rock Star Realty Artist's Choice Award ($1,250) - “Northside Social” by Rajendra KC
Beyer Auto Group Plein Air Prize ($1,250) - “Farmers’ Market” by Rajendra KC
June Beyer Art Quick Draw Prizes - 1st ($350) "House on the Hill" by Jill Banks, 2nd ($250) "The Shed" by Tracy Burk, 3rd ($150) "Harris Teeter" by Rajendra KC
Barb Cram Prize ($500) awarded in honor of Falls Church Arts’ beloved past president - “Pumpkins for Sale” by Jill Banks
The Kensington Prize ($500) - "West End Park" by Robert Gilbert
Young Group Prize ($250) - "Step off the Beaten Path" by Ingrid Matuszewski
Falls Church Distillers Prize ($100 gift certificate) - "Isaac Crossman Park" by William Hendricks
Solace Outpost Prize ($100 gift certificate) - “The Birch House” by Tracy Burk
Our thanks to the generous sponsors of the Plein Air Festival prizes.
Scenes from the Falls Church "Scenes in the City" Plein Air Festival (photos courtesy of Michele Sheedy)
William Hendricks and daughter create during the Quick Draw competition
Tracy Burk works on her Quick Draw entry in Cherry Hill Park
Contemplating choices for The People's Choice Award
FCA ARTIST CAFE & CRITIQUE First Monday of the month │ next meeting Nov. 2 │noon–2:00 pm │ free and open to all │ all levels │ online by Zoom
Join with creative artists in a Falls Church Arts monthly discussion and critique group. Bring a piece of art you’d like feedback on—something new or old, something in progress or complete—and our community of artists will share their thoughts. The meeting is open to all so invite your artist friends. Feel free to join even if you don’t have a piece to share this time. Email our facilitator, Pamela Huffman, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom invitation.