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Paint the Town, Art Auction and Gala
Mark your calendars our 2018 5th Annual en Plein Air “Paint the Town”!

Painting the Farmers Market at the Ivy Ellington HousePlein Air Paint Day Lyudmila Outside

Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Artists are invited to paint a part of Downtown Cary’s history, culture and changing landscapes as well as scenic views from Cary’s Parks and Greenways. The public is welcome to visit with the artists to get a sneak preview of the art that will be in the auction.

Friday, June 1, 2017 | 6-8:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend the Art Auction (6-8:15 p.m.) and Gala (7-8:30 p.m.) where they are welcome to bid on their favorite pieces of art, dance to live music and enjoy refreshments. This event is free to the public. Cash bar available.

Artist that wish to participate  may find the should complete the form found in the Call for Artist document.
For more information, contact Jewel Kichak.

Our 2017 judge was Jeremy Sams, a Plein Air artist from central NC.

1st Place ($400): JJ Jiang, “New Perspective”, watercolor
2nd Place ($300): Lyudmila Tomova, “Splash”, watercolor
3rd Place ($200): James Keul, “Farmers Market”, oil
People’s Choice Award ($100): JJ Jiang, “New Perspective”, watercolor

Honorable Mentions
Cheryl Powell, “Jones House”, oil
Nancy Wahl, “Bond Lake Cove”, oil
Karin Neuvirth, “Bond Park Path”, acrylic

Highlights of the 2017 Silent Art Auction & Gala
  • Approximately 200 guests visited the Cary Arts Center for an evening of art, music, dancing and community enjoyment.
  • The Jim McCann Jazz Project and Crosstown Pub and Grill in Cary provided exceptional entertainment and delightful beverages and snacks.
  • $3,915 of artwork was sold during the silent auction; approximately $2,741 of total proceeds was paid directly to the artists.
  • 20% of the proceeds from the art auction ($783) were donated to the Town of Cary’s Relief for Recreation Scholarship Fund.