Newton, NC – The Newton Public Art Commission is excited to present the Newton Spring Plein-air Paint Out followed by a Wet Paint Art Show on Saturday, April 27.

Painters of any medium are welcome to enter the event, where they will spend from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. painting on the streets of beautiful, historic Downtown Newton “en plein air.”

Beginning at 3 p.m., artists will display their paintings at a “wet paint” art show, open to the public, at Whisk and Barrel, 31 North College Ave. Many of the works created during the paint out will be available for purchase. The new pieces of art will be judged by Hickory Museum of Art Executive Director Jon Carfagno. One painter will be awarded a $200 prize. There will also be a $50 prize awarded to the best student piece submitted.

In order to participate in the paint out and wet paint show, a registration form and fee of $20 must be paid by April 25. A late registration fee of $25 will be charged for any participants who register after April 25. Registration forms are available at

Prior to the paint out, artists of all skill levels can sign up for a workshop on Friday, April 26, to learn more about this exciting art technique. Artist Jean Cauthen will be hosting the workshop, which will focus on tips and techniques on painting landscapes in the great outdoors. The workshop will meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and all materials will be provided. The cost of the workshop is $50, which includes the entry fee into the paint out on Saturday. The workshop will meet in an upstairs room at Whisk & Barrel, which has stair access only, and is limited to 10 students. Participants must register and submit payment for the workshop by April 24. For more information on the workshop, please visit