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Registration open through week for annual Paint Berlin

(Sept. 10, 2015) Any artists looking to participate in this year’s Paint Berlin still have a few more days to register.
Registration for the annual event, which will take place Sept. 17-19, is will continue through the end of the week.
Sponsored by the Worcester County Arts Council, Paint Berlin drew nearly three-dozen painters last year and WCAC Executive Director Anna Mullis hopes to match that number during this year’s event, the sixth annual.
“Last year, the event was very successful,” she said. “The attendance really increased and it was such a beautiful weekend to paint. We’re hoping for the same thing this year.”
During the event, artists set up easels anywhere within a three-mile radius of the arts council gallery on 6 Jefferson Street. The event also draws plenty of spectators to watch the artists work “en plein air,” or, loosely translated, outdoors.
“For artists to be there on the sidewalk or in front of a business, just off the street painting life, it’s fascinating to see right in front of your eyes,” Mullis said. “We feel that this was really needed in the town of Berlin, and it’s an amazing experience not only for the artists, but it’s very interesting for visitors and for the community.”
Each participant receives a welcome packet with a map of suggested painting sights, which range from popular historical sights like the Atlantic Hotel and Globe Theater, to more rural settings outside the downtown area.
Registration is $40 and is limited to 50 artists. Participants must be 18 or older.
The gallery will hold a “Wet Paint Sale” on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m. exhibiting work by participating artists and distributing awards. The first place award is $500, second place is $250, third place is $100 and honorable mention is $100. Guests can also vote for the People’s Choice award.
Work will remain on display until Oct. 31.
“It’s a wonderful experience seeing art made right in front of your eyes,” Mullis said. “It’s something that some people have never seen before. I always take pictures of all the artists and it’s amazing to see what they can create in just a couple days.
“It’s also a competition and we have really good prizes, which artists are really excited about,” Mullis continued. “Lots of people came last year to our Wet Paint exhibition, and wed were so please to see that the community was so interested in what the artists came up with.”
Sponsors of 2015 Paint Berlin are the Town of Berlin, South Moon Under, Taylor Bank, Beachwood Inc. and the Burbage Funeral Home.
For more information, or to sign up, call 410-641-0809 or visit