Burritt Museum was the Alabama host for the Oil Painters of America 7th Annual Great American Paint Out on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The ringing of the church bells at the museum started off the event in memory of those who lost their lives in the September 11th tragedy 10 years prior.
Twenty six artists attended the 12:00 – 5:30 event and came from all over Alabama, with two even from as far away as Meridian, Mississippi. The atmosphere showed us all its creativity and beauty changing from sunshine, to clouds, to a few raindrops and finishing with a glorious sunset all in one afternoon. It was spectacular and touching to see so many fellow artists seeking to paint their voice of what they beheld.
The Burritt treated the artist to lovely refreshments of mint tea and scones in the Southern tradition, mid afternoon under the awning of the mansion. It was there that our group, Plein Air North Alabama, was born.
The Friday following the event, an art show to showcase the paintings was held at sunset in the mansion, “Masterpieces and Merlot.” Over 200 tickets were sold to the event. Several paintings were purchased and all were viewed by many.
Many thanks to the Oil Painters of America for initiating this event, to Plein Air Magazine’s Krystal Allen for her encouragement, to the artists in attendance and especially to the staff of the Burritt for all of their generosity and support!