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Patchogue’s Paint the Great South Bay kicks off Aug. 19

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Calling painters of all ages, Paint the Great South Bay is back for 2022.

The annual event, hosted by the Patchogue Arts Council, will see 40 painters ages 18 and older painting “en plein air,” or outdoors. These artists have from Friday, Aug. 19, until Saturday, Aug. 27 — rain or shine — to complete their masterpieces, which will reflect the environment in which they paint. Artists may create and submit up to two works during the event.

Participants are not limited to painting the Great South Bay or Patchogue. Much of the South Shore, from Smith Point Beach to the Fire Island Lighthouse, including Shirley, Bellport, East Patchogue, Patchogue, Blue Point, Bayport, Sayville and West Sayville is fair game.

“It doesn’t even have to be on the bay,” Lori Devlin, the president and treasurer of the arts council, said. “It could be a painting of downtown Patchogue or anywhere along the south shore. A lot of people do water scenes, but it doesn’t have to be a water scene.

“I love to see people paint outdoors, particularly those who choose to paint right here in the village,” Devlin continued. “I think it gives a really nice feel in the summer time to see artists working outdoors. I’m also always excited to see the final exhibit and what the artists produce.”

Registration for the event is $30, or $15 for members of the arts council. Younger painters, aged 17 and under, can enter for free in a category of their own.

Paintings for purchase

Following the nine days slated for painting, the arts council will display the works of each artist at the Patchogue Arts Gallery, located at 20 Terry St., Suite 116. There, the works will be available for purchase until Sunday, Sept. 4. The arts council will receive a 30 percent commission on each work sold.

That Sunday afternoon, a closing reception for all artists, families and guests will take place from 2-5 p.m. at the gallery. Alexandra “Sasha” Giordano, the assistant director at the Hofstra University Museum of Art, will attend the reception as a guest juror.

“It’s just a nice social way for people to see the work and meet other artists,” Devlin said of the closing reception. “People are able to buy a piece of work that appeals to them and take it with them. We often sell quite a bit of work.”

Top photo: (from left) 2021 Paint the Great South Bay first-place winner Nora Franzese (“Bellport Playground” with guest juror Courtney Young (Facebook/Patchogue Arts Council)