Elora en Plein Air





May 18 to 21, 2017

Our 2016 Winners


We congratulate all the participants for their fine work.


1st prize of $1000 was awarded to Rick Worthington for ‘Church Street’

2nd prize of $500 was awarded to Wendy Bermingham for ‘Fly Fishing on the Grand’

3rd prize of $300 was awarded to Dick Marvin for ‘Red Barn’

The People’s Choice Award was a tie!

$100.00 going to Julianne Cox for ‘Wellington County Museum’

$100.00 going to Phil Irish for ‘Church’

Our 2016 Juror


Sam Paonessa was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Showing early promise, Sam was awarded a studio scholarship upon graduation, which enabled him to further develop his talents in commercial art. He was then hired by an advertising studio for the next two and a half years. In 1983 Sam was offered employment at Hallmark Canada and has been on staff creating paintings and artwork for a variety of products over the past 27 years.


For many years Sam has traveled and painted plein air landscapes in North America and Italy. He is a founding member of Plein Air Canada and recently became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists.


Over the past seven years he has been sharing his talent by conducting demonstrations and teaching oil painting workshops in the GTA. His pursuit of excellence is being rewarded, as he has gained the attention of fine art collectors, both corporate and private across North America.


Other notable recognition includes a Quick Draw 1st prize in 2007 and 2nd prize in the 2006 International Plein Air Painters Annual Paint Out and an honourable mention in the oil category in 2005.


When: May 18th to 21st, 2017

Where: Fergus Elora and surrounding countryside

For more information: elorapleinair@gmail.com

Official Coffee of Elora Plein Air  Ashanti

Award Sponsors:

Best Garden: LittleTree Garden Market

Best Architectural Subject:  Edge Realty

Best Town Subject:  Mermaid in Elora

Bissell Quick Paint Sponsor/Best in Show:   Elora Farmers’ Market


Photo credits: Anne Hobbs

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