MONROEVILLE, Alabama • February 23, 2023 – Monroeville Main Street (MMS) is expecting artists from around the region to arrive in Monroeville this March to capture scenic views of the town and surrounding county on canvas during the “Paint the Town” paint-out event. For the third consecutive year, MMS will host plein air artists, those artists who paint outdoors, between March 2nd and 4th, 2023 during the Monroeville Literary Festival.
Patrons of the 2022 annual Wet Paint Sale (pictured) view the display of Plein Air Artists' paintings of Monroe County, Alabama outdoor scenes, created during the 2022 "Paint the Town" annual outdoor artistic painting event, hosted by Monroeville Main Street in coordination with the annual Literary Festival organized by the Monroe County Museum.
According to Main Street Executive Director Anne Marie Bryan, plein air artists may register to participate in “Paint the Town,” which is limited to 25 painters, by submitting a completed RSVP Form, no later than February 24, 2023. MMS has set registration fee payment as due upon submission of the form.
The three-day event will begin with a “Meet the Artist Party” on Thursday, March 2, 2023, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the recently opened Prodigy, located at 45 North Mount Pleasant Avenue, Monroeville. On Friday, March 3, 2023, between 9:AM and noon, each participating artist will paint at his/her chosen outdoor site and then resume painting at 1:00 PM. On Saturday, March 4, 2023. from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM, the artists will again position themselves at designated outdoor locations where they will paint. From 3:30 PM until 5:30 PM on Saturday, MMS will host a “Paint the Town Wet Paint Sale” and reception in the Genealogy Room of Monroe County Museum at 31 North Alabama Avenue, in the center of the Monroeville Square. The “Paint the Town Wet Paint Sale” will offer for sale the art that will have been contributed by the participating painters, the proceeds of which will benefit the mission of Monroeville Main Street.
Bryan stated that she is encouraging area residents to attend the reception, at no cost, where they may enjoy refreshments while acquiring appealing paintings of local scenes. She further stated that anyone interested in participating in “Paint the Town,” as an artist or observer, should contact Monroeville Main Street at 251.743.2879.