Fine Day for a Paint Out

By Makenzie Holland (makenzie.holland@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: May. 29 | Modified: Jun. 1
Fine Day for a Paint Out


On a street filled with shops, tourists, artists, musicians and mountain views, John Bond couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the vibrancy of King Street than with a Paint Out.

On May 31, professional artists, aspiring artists, people who have never touched a canvas before and anyone of any age is invited to participate in the first Paint Out ever to take place on King Street.

Bond, owner of Art Mart & Academy on King Street, said it’s a good way to take a closer look at King itself, the people traversing its sidewalks and objects sitting complacently nearby.

“It’s basically a community event to try and get people out to meet together and paint together or draw together,” Bond said, adding that everything is fair game when it comes to subject matter, as long as it is on King Street.

“It could be a portrait, just a flower in a pot, it could be a streetscape,” Bond said. “It can be in any medium that you want; it could be an abstract, too.”

The Paint Out is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Art Mart. Some easels will be available for loan, but participants will need to bring their own brushes, pencils, paints, etc. to the event. Completed works can be entered in an art show that will be up for the duration of June at Art Mart. Pieces, if artists plan on submitting them for the show, can be no larger than 18 by 24 inches.

“We are going to show all the work that is done on First Friday, June 6,” Bond said.

As some artists and people will take their work home to add finishing touches, Bond said the last day to drop off work for the show will be Thursday, June 5.

Painters will be able to enter their work for prizes for a $10 fee paid during the Paint Out. There will be prizes for adults, young adults and kids, Bond said, to make sure everyone is accommodated.

As a past participant in several paint outs, artist Kim Abernethy said she looks forward to the King Street Paint Out with much enthusiasm. Abernethy is an oil painter, and much of her work is done en plein air, or outdoors.

“It’s just a lot of fun, and I’m so excited that John is sponsoring this one,” Abernethy said. “I just think it’s going to be a great event, a really great thing for King Street and Boone.”

From her experience with paint outs in Banner Elk, Charleston, S.C., and many other places, Abernethy said the turnout is often quite varied.

“This really is for all artists, whether you’re just beginning or have been painting a long time,” Abernethy said. “I would just encourage everyone to come out. It’s a great opportunity for artists to network and the general public to meet and interact with artists and get an idea of what goes into creating art.”

Abernethy said it’s a great time to get outdoors and share in fellowship with friends, while developing new connections with people and artists. “I would encourage artists of all levels to come out,” she said.

For more information on participating in the Paint Out, contact John Bond at Art Mart at (828) 264-3135. Art Mart & Academy is located at 681 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

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