Brush strokes of genius


The Plymouth Arts Center's annual Paint the Town, En Plein Air event wrapped up Sept. 27 with an award ceremony. Derek Davis (above), of Saint Paul won, the Purchase Prize and Best of Show with his piece Light Struck. Bob Beck, of Manitowoc won second prize End of Sunfl owers (left), and Jenny Anderson (below) of Milwaukee took home the third place prize with Along the Path. - Submitted photos The Plymouth Arts Center's annual Paint the Town, En Plein Air event wrapped up Sept. 27 with an award ceremony. Derek Davis (above), of Saint Paul won, the Purchase Prize and Best of Show with his piece Light Struck. Bob Beck, of Manitowoc won second prize End of Sunfl owers (left), and Jenny Anderson (below) of Milwaukee took home the third place prize with Along the Path. - Submitted photos Thirty-eight artists from all over the state of Wisconsin and beyond painted ”Plymouth” for the Plymouth Arts Center’s 4th Annual Paint the Town, En Plein Air, a seven-day outdoor painting event held September 19-25. Artist Mary Ulm-Mayhew judged this year’s competition which included over 90 paintings of Plymouth. Several hundred people attended the festive reception and silent auction (open to the public) on Friday, Sept. 27th Awards were presented to the following artists:

$1000 Purchase Prize & Best of Show: Derek Davis of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for: Light Struck, oil

$300 First Place Winner, Paula Swaydan-Grebel of Plymouth for: Mill Street and Milwaukee Street, oil

$200 Second Place Winner, Bob Beck of Manitowoc, for: End of Sunflowers, oil

$100 Third Place Winner, Jenny Anderson of Milwaukee, for: Along the Path, oil

Merit Award: Evie Grasse of Sheboygan for: 3 Reed Street, watercolor

Merit Award: Sue Strandberg of Plymouth for: Red Birdhouse, watercolor

Merit Award: Stephen Wysocki of Armstrong Creek for: Out of Gas, acrylic

Viewer’s Choice and Postcard Award: Dan Rizzi of Plymouth for: Light ‘Em Up, oil

This year’s $1000 purchase prize, was sponsored by Margaret Wittkopp and Veritas Financial Services of Plymouth. Sargento Foods and the Sartori Company sponsored the event.

Mary Ulm-Mayhew is a prestigious and well known oil painter. Born and raised in Milwaukee, she received her BFA from Cardinal Stritch University. Her work has been juried into numerous group and one-person shows from California to Italy and can be found in national and international private and corporate collections. She is a member of Oil Painters of America and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.

The number of artists that participated in this year’s event has doubled from last year. Kitty Lynne Klich, event coordinator said, “I have chaired a variety of events for the Plymouth Arts Center over the years that I have been the Resident Oil Painting Instructor. “Paint the Town” is my absolute favorite! I love driving through town and seeing Artists from all over busily working away at their easels. There is excitement and an air of magic in watching all the masterpieces coming to life! Several members of the Water’s Edge Artists –Painters for Preservation, participated in the Plymouth “Paint the Town en Plein Air”

This group of painters focused on paintings depicting the exceptional architecture of many buildings in the downtown Plymouth area. Their goal as a group is to support preservation of historical and endangered places and a percentage of all sales of their work is donated towards this cause. I’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Sargento Foods, The Sartori Company and Veritas Financial Services, for supporting our efforts.”


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