The 2018 Bronze Buffalo Festival is a three-day event for the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art that began Thursday with an En Plein Air Paintout and will culminate in an exhibition and gala on Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The paintout is designed to document Owensboro and Daviess County, with more than 35 artists scattering across the city to paint local landscapes and familiar sites within two days. All of the paintings in the competition will be presented in a one-night exhibition and offered for sale at the gala.
Rachel Hall of Owensboro says this was her first time to participate in the event, but says it was a fun opportunity she couldn’t pass up on her day off. Specializing in landscapes, Hall chose to paint the Owensboro Bridge for the competition.
Hall says it is a challenge to finish in such a short amount of time.
“Normally it takes me six or more months to finish a painting,” said Hall, who has artwork displayed at Lure Seafood and Grille.
Kazhia Kolb traveled from Saint Meinrad for the painting competition. Kolb also chose to paint Owensboro’s famous blue bridge.
“It’s a good challenge to try to paint in a day,” Kolb said.
The festival and gala are sponsored by Swedish Match North America, Atmos Energy Company and Dr. R. Wathen Medley, Jr.
Admission is $50 per person and friends of the OMFA Foundation receive a discount, as their admission is $40 per person. For reservations, email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-685-3181. Proceeds from the gala will be designated to benefit the museum’s continuing education and outreach programs for the community and region.