artist invitations and 6 best places to sell/buy art online

The first-ever Plein Air Painting invitational in Boothbay Harbor and around the peninsula will be held Sept. 7-13 The event has been added as a Harbor Fest highlight and will feature a week of painting events, public receptions and art sales.

Where it all began: the Boothbay peninsula, one of Maine’s most photographed coastlines and historic artist colonies, has become an outdoor painting studio for world-renowned plein air painters. Over the past five years, a community collaboration among artists, business owners and media, including Corinne McIntyre, Mary Phelps, Carol Hartnett, Lindy Bragg, Win and Lori Mitchell, Roger Milinowski and Lisa Kristoff, has developed into what will now become the first Plein Air invitational event in our region: A Stroke of Art.PR072915-2Tickets purchased before Aug. 31 will include a $50 voucher toward a painting purchase at the Collectors Brunch. Tickets are limited and early purchase is recommended. Tickets are currently available online at www.boothbayharborfest.com or at COCO VIVO, 129 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, and the Boothbay Farmers Market, Boothbay Common, every Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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Fine Art and Wine Invitational

Three shows coming to Loveland Aug. 7-9; Art in the Park, Sculpture in the Park, Fine Art and Wine Invitational

August Art Weekend

Art in the Park: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, North Lake Park, 2800 N. Taft Ave., Loveland. Admission is free. Event offers art and food items for purchase. Info: Lincoln Gallery, 970-663-2407, or artintheparkloveland.com.

Sculpture in the Park: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, 2908 Aspen Drive, Loveland. General admission is $7 (children 14-younger free). A private patron party on Friday, Aug. 7, costs $75. Info: Loveland High Plains Arts Council, 970-663-2940, or sculptureinthepark.org.

Loveland Fine Art and Wine Invitational: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7-Saturday, Aug. 8, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at Owens Field southwest of Loveland High School, on the south side of 29th Street. General admission is $7 (children 14-younger free). The event will have on-site ATMs, food, beverages and entertainment. Info: 623-734-6526 or vermillionpromotions.com.

Artists’ Charitable Fund Auction: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, rain or shine, Norma & Lynn Hammond Amphitheater, Taft Avenue and 29th Street adjacent to the Loveland Fine Art and Wine Invitational. Auctioneer is sculptor George Lundeen. The event will include sub sandwiches, beer and wine. Sculptures and two-dimensional art donated by artists from around the country. Info: 970-577-0509.

Parking and transportation: Parking areas for people with disabilities available near the entrances to the shows. A valid disabled parking permit is required in this area. Guests are encouraged to use the free shuttle bus service from various locations around Loveland. Buses will be available 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.

Shuttles will stop at King of Glory Church, City of Loveland Service Center, Thompson Valley Towne Center, Orchards Shopping Center and Massage Envy at Centerra.

Jessica Benes: 970-669-5050 (ext. 530), jbenes@aespotlight.com, twitter.com/jessicabenes

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The 6 Best Places to Buy Art Online

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The 6 Best Places to Buy Art Online

Getting into art is often intimating, but it shouldn’t be. Here are a few great places to shop for the good stuff in a way that’s easy and fun, not snobby and confusing.
01-fine-art-online-main.jpgCaptured: This online store is focused on gorgeous large-format photography with a brilliant twist—only one striking image at a time is available, and it’s only available for a single week. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and it’ll never be available again.

• • •02-fine-art-online-main.jpgArtsy: Not only is Artsy a beautiful encyclopedia of the world’s greatest art, but it’s also an outstanding place to find the perfect piece for your pad. The process is a little more involved than hitting “add to cart” and typing in your shipping address, but the personal and white-glove experience via its partnered galleries makes any purchase through the site all the more special.

Gray Malin: The sunny and stunning work of Gray Malin, one of the greatest fine-art photographers living today, has some serious Slim Aarons vibes. His store is loaded with jet-set-focused large-format photography that will make any room feel like a postcard.

Artspace: This site has tasteful art advisers that are standing by to help you find the right art for your home. It’s loaded with tons of easy-to-digest information too, so going from novice to enthusiast just by browsing is likely.

1stdibs: Acting as a middleman and curator for the world’s most beautiful things, 1stdibs is a great resource and catalog of some of the coolest furniture, jewelry, watches, and fine art money can buy. It’s all killer, no killer—it does a great job filtering out the boring.

Saatchi Art: Considered to be the world’s largest online gallery, Saatchi Art has a little bit of everything, but most interestingly, has a wide range of prices. So whether your budget is three figures or six, there’s art for you.

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