The City of Gautier is inviting the public to witness the beauty of nature’s playground through an art show and reception June 14 at Gautier City Hall.
“Gautier through the Eyes of an Artist” will run 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the City Council meeting chambers and feature drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and art showcasing the City of Gautier.
The event will display the entries from last month’s Paint the Town Plein Air Art Competition, a three-day event that drew artists from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Diamondhead, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, and other locations.
City officials will award prizes to winning artists, and the public can visit with artists about their special creations.
“A lot of times when you live in a place and see it every day, you can take it for granted,” City Manager Paula Yancey said.
“It’s fascinating to see what these artists can paint and the quality they produce within just a few hours,” she said. “This event really shows you the beauty of your city through their eyes.”
“Plein Air” is a term used for artists who paint outdoors in the elements. The second-annual Paint the Town Plein Air hosted by Gautier was expanded into a three-day event this year.
It began with an opening reception May 3, and it included optional Plein Air and nature photography workshops on May 4. The main event was May 5, as artists headed outdoors to locations such as Huck’s Cove, the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, and Pitalo’s Marine to paint Gautier.
They started with stamped blank canvases and returned several hours with one or two complete pieces. After framing the art, the art was judged and curated.
“This is an exciting event that we hope will grow each year and shine a light on just how beautiful our city, nature’s playground, is,” Mayor Phil Torjusen said. “We appreciate all of those who have attended and who are helping us to grow.”
Thursday’s event is free and open to all ages.