TARPON SPRINGS — The paint’s long been dried, the contest is over, but the creations are still around to be enjoyed. For anyone curious as to why so many people seemed to be sprinkled about town expressing their artistic abilities in unison earlier this month, some of the answers are now hanging in a downtown Tarpon Springs gallery. About 60 artists came together to participate in the 2103 Tarpon Springs – A Plein Air Event competition, scattering about the city and capturing scenes on canvas or film. The 4-year-old event is organized by the Tarpon Springs Art Association and winners were announced last week.
Taking Best of Show honors in painting was Lynnette Vaughan for her “Low Tide,” followed by Cathy Morgan and Mitch Kolbe. The first-place photograph, “Old Building in Tarpon Springs,” was snapped by Marlene Dignan. Receiving second and third place recognition were Lisa Sibley and Trish Gregory, respectively. An ancillary competition, the Quick Draw, was set up for anyone who cared to participate in which painters had a two-hour limit to create. Taking first in this challenge was Mitch Kolbe, followed by Mary Rinderle Smith and Markissia Touliatos. Some of the local works can still be viewed at the Artists Faire Gallery, at 111 E. Tarpon Ave. Call (727) 934-2952 for further details.