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Paint the Cape taking applications until Oct. 15

By Staff | Sep 24, 2009

Organizers for Paint the Cape, a multi-day “en plein air” event, announced that they have extended the application deadline until Oct. 15 for the artistic competition and art exhibition that will take place in January.
The event will be held in conjunction with the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts set for Jan. 3-10. The project is a partnership between the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, The Alliance for the Arts, Realmark Development and the Harbour View Gallery.
Project director Shirley Hales said this is the first-ever Paint the Cape.
“Hopefully, it will be successful and continue for many years,” she said.
“This is open to all painters — oil, acrylic and watercolor,” Hales said, adding that artists who work in pastel, charcoal and mixed media are welcome to fill out an application.
Organizers are taking applications for “essentially everything except photography,” she said.
Artists who apply will be notified by e-mail or they can check a list of accepted artists after Nov. 1 on the Paint the Cape Web site at: www.paintthecape.com.
Artists will have the opportunity to participate in two events, the plein air competition and the “Quick Draw” paint-out.
Those who are chosen to compete in the plein air event have an opportunity to win $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
Hales has received 20 applications for the plein air competition.
“I have received phone calls for more information from about four more people,” she added.
On Jan. 8, a preview reception and artists’ awards ceremony will be held at the marina at Cape Harbour and catered by Rumrunners Restaurant.
Artwork will remain on display throughout the weekend of Jan. 8 to provide a chance for the public to purchase pieces they enjoy.
On Jan. 9, Wine Styles will host a tasting of premium wines.
On Jan. 10, the weeklong festivities will end with the Quick Draw paint-out and auction at the Cape Harbor Expo Island. Students will receive a special registration fee for the paint-out event.
The event will benefit Cape Coral Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the public’s well-being, along with improving the quality of life in the greater Cape Coral community, according to a prepared statement.
“We have received generous support from Realmark Development, the Alliance for the Arts, the Cape Coral Arts Festival, Harbour View Gallery, Happenings Magazine, What’s Up Cape Coral, Rumrunners Restaurant, Cape Coral Art and Frame and, of course, the Cape Coral Community Foundation,” Hales said.
For more information about Paint the Cape, how to register or to make a contribution or become a sponsor, visit the Web site at: www.paintthecape.com.