A collaborative effort blending the craftsmanship of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society and the artistic expression of the Plein Air Art Festival will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua season from July 20-22.
This three-day event begins on Friday when plein air artists arrive at Lakeside to paint outdoor landscapes. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” The festival will host more than 30 plein air artists from across the Midwest. Guests are invited to watch them paint.
There will be opportunities to purchase artwork with the addition of the Open Air Gallery, located on the pedestrian walkway of Walnut Avenue, between Second and Third Streets in Lakeside. The Open Air Gallery will be open preceding the 8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium performance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Plein air events will continue Sunday, including a Plein Air Paintout from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests are invited to watch the painters create beautiful landscapes. Children may paint on the Pavilion lawn from 1 to 3 p.m. for a fee of $2. This children’s event is coordinated by Lakeside’s C. Kirk Rhein Jr. Center for the Living Arts.
A Wet Paint Sale, held on the Pavilion lawn from 3 to 5 p.m., will display original paintings that were completed by the plein air artists throughout the entire weekend.
The Lakeside waterfront will transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats as these cruisers line the dock and the lawn of Hotel Lakeside at the annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.
More than 40 wooden boats, each classified based on the year of the model, will be featured. The boats are categorized as: historic (prior to 1918), antique (1919-1942), classic (1943-1975), early contemporary (1976-1984) and late contemporary (past 25 years). The sizes of the wooden boats range from 9 feet to 57 feet.
There will be many events throughout the day. Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Lakeside Café, which overlooks the Boat Show, will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several food vendors will be offering picnic items in Central Park throughout the Wooden Boat Show.
Wally & The Beavs will provide a wide range of music, including songs by Steely Dan, Chicago, Joe Cocker and The Beatles from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pavilion.
An original painting by Nora Sallows, titled “Lakeside Painters and Wooden Boat Show,” is on display at Lakeside’s Artists-N-Cahoots store, located on Walnut Avenue. A silent auction is in progress for the painting and may be submitted until Sunday, July 22.
On the day of the show, the painting will be displayed at the Wooden Boat Show, where bidding will continue throughout the day. The painting will be awarded to the highest bid at the end of the show.
2012 Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival posters are also available at Lakeside’s Artists-N-Cahoots store. Posters are $10.
The Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival is a free event, however, spectators are required to pay Lakeside’s Daily Gate Pass admission fee ($18.50 for adults, $12.75 for youth ages 12-18, and free for children under age 12 and guests over age 90), which is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Partial Day Passes ($5.75) are also available for up to three hours.
Free parking is available at Danbury High School (cars must be registered at the Hoover Auditorium Ticket Office). There is no shuttle service is provided to or from the school. To park on the Lakeside grounds or at the South Gate parking lot, there is a daily $7.75 auto fee.
For information, visit www.lakesideohio.com or call 419-798-4461.