ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – At the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, they're bringing the outdoors in.
Melissa Whitwam/Foundry Art Centre Exhibitions Manager: “ This is of Klondike Park and Janet's was of Indian Camp Creek Park”.
The St. Charles County Parks and Rec Department is teaming up with the foundry art centre to find the next Picasso willing to paint some scenes from one of their 11 parks.
Nancy Lee Gomer/Marketing Coordinator St. Charles County Parks: “We want artists from Illinois and Missouri who are 18 and older to come out and be inspired to create something on their canvas”.
Melissa Whitwam/Foundry Art Centre Exhibitions Manager: “This isn't plain air so you don't have to complete your painting while you're outside. But there is definitely something a lot of artists typically talk about the light and capturing that space”.
The contest is open August 1st to October 31st, and park and art officials say there's 3,156 acres of natural settings to choose from.
Nancy Lee Gomer/Marketing Coordinator St. Charles County Parks: “Our parks are typically 100 acres or more. Indian Camp Creek Park is 660 acres. If you can't find something to showcase in your way, I don't know, something's not right”.
The winner will be announced at a reception November 12th at the Foundry Arts Center and awarded a one thousand dollar purchase prize.
After that the painting will hang at the county parks administration office.
Melissa Whitwam/Foundry Art Centre Exhibitions Manager: “It has a great home. It has a better home than their bathroom or living room. Then the whole community gets to see it so you're sharing it with everyone. Then they have some extra walking around money. Exactly. Then they can buy some more paints”.