In its fifth year, the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival has come a long way as a community event.
In an update to the Dexter City Council last night, City Manager Courtney Nicholls reported some positive results from this year’s iteration of the event.
Visiting artists sold 86 paints this year, which was 20 more than last year. In the past, the paintings were sold via silent auction, whereas this year they were sold at a list price for most of the duration of the event, with artists holding reserve paintings to keep the displays from becoming bare and leaving art voyeurs with little to enjoy.
A total of $7.228.50 was raised from the event, which goes towards funding the city’s art program administered by the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee.
Of 68 registered artists, 48 made at least one sale this year, WHILE 1,500 visitors came through the tent at Monument Park to appreciate the artistry displayed on pictorially reproducing the beauty Dexter and it’s many component structures and vistas.
Attendance was up by 300 people this year, as the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival continues to establish itself in the minds of residents and builds name recognition in the plein air community, from which artists and appreciators of art come from multiple U.S. states and even other countries like Canada.