Harford County Center for the Arts looking for Photographers for an upcoming event

The Harford County Center for the Arts and the Harford Plein Air Festival is looking  for a couple of photographers to donate their time and services for our event,.

Our goal is to capture the artists painting at specific locations, as well as to document our Collector’s Preview Party and Award Ceremony, and the Quick Draw Competition.   It would be difficult to arrange for “posed” shots with full lighting gear, as we have limited space at the Liriodendron, and we want to utilize as much space as possible for displaying the artwork.  In an ideal situation, our photographer would arrange to visit the Liriodendron with us prior to the event, to get a better understanding of the space, lighting, and artwork.   During the week, the artists will be painting outdoors at various locations within Harford County.  We would like to have a photographer at Ladew Gardens, as well as in Havre de Grace (see the schedule below).

Harford Plein Air   (Second Annual Plein Air Painting Competition hosted by Maryland Center for the Arts in Harford County, MD)

Tuesday, October 11th
Juried Artists Painting at Ladew Topiary Gardens
Number of Juried Artists: 30
Painting Time Period:  8:00am-6:00pm
Description of Shots:   Artists painting in the gardens. Shots that show the artist’s face and painting, or from the angle of the artist’s viewpoint of their subject as well as their painting.
Number of Shots:  No more than 150 to look at and choose from.

Thursday, October 13th:
Juried Artists Painting in the City of Havre de Grace
Number of Juried Artists:   Up to 30, (but this is an optional paint out for them, so not all 30 may be present)
Painting Time Period:  From Dawn until Dusk
Description of Shots:  Same as above: viewpoint of artist’s subject matter, with the artist and their painting in the shot.
Number of Shots:  No more than 200 to look at and choose from.

Friday, October 14th:
Collector’s Preview Party and Award Ceremony at Liriodendron Mansion (7pm-10pm)
(Juried Artists’ Paintings will be hung in the morning in the Liriodendron’s gallery rooms)
Description of Event: Attendees get the first opportunity to view the paintings and purchase them.  Event includes food, drinks, and live music.
Attire is Cocktail Casual.  Award Ceremony is presented by Harford Plein Air Judge: David Diaz (MD Federation of Art).  Presented awards will include: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place (Judge’s Choice); Best in Show, Honorable Mentions, etc.    All 30 juried artists will be attending.
Description of Shots:  Artists receiving awards from David Diaz, artists standing next to their award-winning paintings, and artists with their paintings.  Shots of Harford Plein Air organizers, gallery rooms, and people viewing the art.
Number of Shots: No more than 200 shots to choose from.

Saturday, October 15th:
Quick Draw Competition in downtown Bel Air
Description:  Artists of all ages are invited to paint outdoors in downtown Bel Air to enter to win prizes.
Registration/Check-In: 8:00am-9:00am (At Bel Air Farmer’s Market)
Painting Period: 9:00am-11:00am  (Artists will paint anywhere in downtown Bel Air, i.e. Main St.)
Award Ceremony and Art Sale:  11:00am-1:30pm on Office St. next to Bel Air Courthouse.
Description of Shots:   Photographs of children, adults, and juried artists painting along Main St.;  photographs of award-winning paintings; photographs of Hai-Ou Hou presenting awards.
Number of Shots:  No more than 200 shots to choose from.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.   I hope these details are helpful.

Thank you,

Amanda Pugh
Manager, Marketing and Development
Center for the Arts (Harford County)
PO Box 687
Bel Air, MD 21014
(office) 443-567-5216


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