#PaintItEC Draws Artists to Ellicott City, Now thru 7/14

July 11
12:30 2014
#PaintItEC Draws Artists to Ellicott City, Now thru 7/14

ELLICOTT CITY, MD -- Professional artists from around the Mid-Atlantic region will converge on Ellicott City for three days in July, capturing the historic city's charm and character while competing for more than $6,000 in cash prizes during Paint It! Ellicott City 2014.

Following the three-day paint-out today, July 11-13, the Howard County Arts Council will display nearly 50 of the paintings in the Paint It! Ellicott City juried exhibition in Gallery I at the Howard County Center for the Arts.

An exhibit featuring works by 40 or more emerging and professional artists participating in the open (non-juried) paint-out will also be exhibited for one day in the Center lobby.

Both exhibits open on July 14, with a preview and reception from 6-8 pm when the art will be unveiled and offered for sale. Juror awards and other cash prizes will be presented at this time, including Best in Show and the Gino Awards, two $1,000 awards named in honor of Ellicott City artist Gino Manelli (1915-2010).

The preview and reception are free and will include wine and cheese and musical entertainment. The juried exhibit will be on view at the Center for the Arts through August 22. The Open Paint-Out exhibit will be on view at the Center for the Arts on July 14, then move to the Howard County Welcome Center in downtown Ellicott City on July 15, where work will be offered for sale and on view through the summer.

Paint It! Ellicott City is presented by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Tourism & Promotion, and the Howard County Public School System. Event information can be found on the Paint It! Ellicott City event page at, or on the Arts Council website at, where artists interested in the Open Paint-Out can also download registration forms.

The Howard County Arts Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the citizens of Howard County by fostering the arts, artists and arts organizations. The Howard County Arts Council receives major grants from the Howard County Government and the Maryland State Arts Council and sustaining annual support from corporate, foundation and individual sponsors. Howard County Arts Council offices are located at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The Howard County Center for the Arts is an accessible facility encouraging the full participation of individuals with disabilities.

Pictured: Artist Alex Wissel takes part in Paint It! Ellicott City 2013.



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