Ridgedale, MO, October 24-27
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In the midst of the Ozark Mountains and near Table Rock Lake, 10 miles south of Branson, MO, you’ll find Big Cedar Lodge, an 800-acre resort replete with scenic vistas, rolling hills, beautiful trees, a full-service marina, and more. This fall, the resort hosts more than 100 artists for the third annual Big Cedar Lodge Paint-Out.
Artists arrive on Wednesday, October 24, and have the opportunity to paint on the resort grounds and in neighboring Dogwood Canyon from Thursday morning through noon on Saturday. “We picked late October because the fall foliage is so gorgeous,” says Jeanie Morris, founder and organizer of the paint-out. Morris co-owns Big Cedar Lodge with her husband, Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. “I started plein-air painting 12 years ago, and three years ago I decided we should have a paint-out,” she says. “There are so many beautiful things to paint here, and we wanted an event to help promote plein-air artists and sell their work.”
Participating artists are organized into two categories: Master Artists, a group limited to 30 juried artists, and Open Competitors. There are separate awards and display places for each group. This year’s judge and host artist is John Budicin, a California-based artist who specializes in painting the landscape en plein air. Budicin teaches a three-day plein-air workshop beginning Monday, October 22, then opens the paint-out with a complimentary demonstration from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24.
A Quick Draw event takes place Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn, followed by an artists’ reception at 7 p.m. on the Worman House Patio. Friday includes a special night paint-out from 7 to 9 p.m., when artists paint under the nearly full moon. A patrons’ preview is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and is offered exclusively to individuals committed to purchasing at least one piece of art. The events conclude with an art show, sale, and awards presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday that is open to the general public.
Morris is especially looking forward to this year’s events, and says one of the things she enjoys most is seeing the reactions from children, families, and other guests at the lodge who attend the paint-out. “It’s just mesmerizing to watch the artists paint,” she says. —Lindsay Mitchell
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