Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

Posted on July 18, 2012

A collaborative effort blending the artistic expression of the Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival and the craftsmanship of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society (LWBS) will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua season from July 20-22.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 20, when plein air artists arrive to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.”

The festival will host more than 30 plein air artists from across the Midwest. Lakesiders are invited to watch them paint.

This year, there will be more opportunities to purchase artwork with the addition of the Open Air Gallery, located on the pedestrian walkway of Walnut Avenue, between Second and Third Streets.

The Open Air Gallery will be on display preceding the 8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium performance from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21.

Plein air events will continue Sunday, including a Plein Air Paintout from 12-2:30 p.m. Guests are invited to watch the artists paint near Central Park. Children may paint on the Pavilion lawn from 1-3:30 p.m. for a fee of $2. Proceeds from this event support the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts.

A Wet Paint Sale, held on the Pavilion lawn from 2:30-4:30 p.m., will display original paintings that were completed by the plein air artists throughout the entire weekend.

The Lakeside waterfront will transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats as these cruisers line the dock and the lawn of Hotel Lakeside at the Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show from 12-5 p.m. Sunday, July 22.

More than 50 wooden boats, each classified based on the year of the model, will be featured. The boats are categorized as historic (prior to 1918), antique (1919-1942), classic (1943-1975), early contemporary (1976-1984) and late contemporary (past 25 years). The sizes of the wooden boats range from 9’ to 57’. There will be many events throughout the day. Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Lakeside Café, which overlooks the Boat Show, will be available from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wally & The Beavs will provide a wide range of music, including songs by Chicago, Journey, Grand Funk Railroad, Elton John, The Blues Brothers and The Beatles from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Pavilion. An original painting by Nora Sallows, titled "Lakeside Painters and Wooden Boat Show," is on display at Artists-N-Cahoots, where silent auction bids may be submitted until Sunday, July 22. On the day of the show, the painting will be moved to the LWBS tent near the waterfront where bidding will continue throughout the day. The painting will be awarded to the highest bid at the end of the show. Wooden Boat Show posters are also available at Artists-N-Cahoots for $10 and will be available at the LWBS tent on the day of the show.