Big Cedar Lodge Announces the Winners of the 2012 Plein Air Paint Out

by Big Cedar Lodge 31. October 2012 15:51

 

Big Cedar Lodge is honored to announce the winners of the Third Annual Plein Air Paint Out that took place over the past week.  Artists from across the nation gathered at Big Cedar and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park for a chance to compete for cash prizes, awards, and the coveted Wine Label Award. 

The winners of this year’s competition are: Marty Coulter, 1st Place Quick Draw; John Lasater, 2nd Place Quick Draw; John Lasater, 1st Place Night Paint Out; Ken Chapin, 2nd Place Night Paint Out; Billy’o O’Donnell, 1st Place Best of Show; Susan Rogers, 2nd Place Best of Show; Larry DeGraff, 3rd Place Best of Show; Marty Coulter, Dick Blick Award; Jason Sacran, Artist’s Choice Award; and Henryk Ptasiewicz, 2012 Wine Label Award.

As the winner of the Wine Label Award, Ptasiewicz’s painting will be used as a label for all Big Cedar Lodge house wines served at the Worman House Restaurant, Devil’s Pool Restaurant, Buzzard Bar, and in the Lodge’s gift shop.  In addition, he will receive two cases of the wine and a cash prize. 

“Each year the event gets better and better,” according to Jeanie Morris, fellow artist and coordinator of the Plein Air Paint Out.  “We love the great atmosphere the event brings to the resort, having over 100 gifted and friendly artists painting and visiting with guests while capturing the beauty of the Ozarks in the fall.”

The awards ceremony was preceded by a gallery where resort guests and art lovers could purchase the original paintings created during the weeklong event.  Artists of all skill levels were able to display their works to the public and make valuable connections.

“It was a fun time for the artists to be spoiled a little and catch up with friends,” says Morris.  Exactly what Big Cedar Lodge is all about!  

 

  John Lasater, 2nd Place Quick Paint

 

Marty Coulter, 1st Place Quick Paint

 

                                                                                                     Ken Chapin, 2nd Place Night Paint Out

 

John Lasater, 1st Place Night Paint Out 

 

   Larry DeGraff, 3rd Place Best in Show

 

Susan Rogers, 2nd Place Best in Show

 

 

 

 

 

Billy'o O'Donnell, 1st Place Best in Show

 

                       Jason Sacran, Artist's Choice Award

 

                                                                                Henryk Ptasiewicz, 2012 Wine Label Award

 

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The Paint Out Begins!

by Big Cedar Lodge 23. October 2012 09:53

The week-long Big Cedar Lodge Plein Air Paint Out event began yesterday with a workshop hosted by John Budicin.  Specializing in outdoor painting, he met with a small group and gave private instructions on painting en plein air. 

 John will give several public demonstrations over the next few days.  Be sure to check the Big Cedar website for more information. 

En Plein Air Workshop with John Budicin

by Big Cedar Lodge 11. October 2012 11:50

Join Big Cedar Lodge as we welcome the 2012 Plein Air Paint Out Host Artist and Judge, John Budicin. Born in Italy, Budicin was educated in Southern California and presently lives in San Bernardino where he maintains a studio. Originally a commercial artist, his passion is en plein air (outdoor) painting, and his works can be found in many private and corporate collections across the United States and abroad. This award winning artist will conduct a workshop and give a public demonstration during the week-long event. 

On Monday, October 22, the week kicks off with the John Budicin Workshop. As an accomplished teacher, Budicin has lead workshops across the United States and Italy. He specializes in painting natural scenes in outdoor locations; making him a perfect match for Big Cedar’s picturesque location on Table Rock Lake.

During the workshop, Budicin will train artists to focus on simplifying and organizing shapes. Beginning with a simple statement, Budicin guides students in capturing shapes, values, and light source quickly; translating each brush stroke into a finished painting.

“Whether it's a landscape or a cityscape, my first reaction is to break it down into a simple statement. By paying close attention to shapes and value, I start to paint a building in the same fashion as I paint a tree or a mountain, by responding to the scene in flat and simple shapes. (The only difference is that a street scene requires a bit more drawing at the outset and more attention to perspective.) Then I'll go back and add details and variation of color. I generally like to include some elements of human life in my work when I can--a house or maybe some animals or people. I want to show the gentle sides of nature and man in a harmonious existence.”—John Bucidin

The following link explains Budicin’s painting process. Notice how simple elements are transformed into a finished scene.
http://www.johnbudicin.com/field_studies.htm


Even if you chose not to participate in the workshop, the Paint Out competition is a perfect opportunity to meet other artists, sell your artwork, get experience en plein air, and have a chance to win great prizes. It only costs $50 to enter the competition, and that fee includes a gift bag filled with samples from our event sponsors. This year’s sponsors include SourceTek, Judson Art Outfitters, SunEden Artist Gear, Plein Air Magazine, Gamblin Artist Gear, Dick Blick, and National Art Shop.

Plein Air Paint Out at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

by Big Cedar Lodge 8. October 2012 16:33
Calling all artists and art lovers! Big Cedar Lodge, America’s premier wilderness resort, is hosting a week-long paradise for art enthusiasts from around the country. The Third Annual Plein Air Paint Out will consist of an instructional 3-day workshop led by award winning artist John Bucidin, and an art competition where artists are given two and a half days to capture on canvas the natural beauty of Big Cedar Lodge and Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

Many of our readers are familiar with the beautiful scenery around the Big Cedar property, but Dogwood Canyon offers pristine landscapes with cascading waterfalls, crystal clear trout streams, and untouched natural wilderness.

En Plein Air, which means “in the open air,” is used as a way to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists set up easels and quickly transcribe the landscapes in front of them to shapes on the canvas.

Over 100 artists will take part in the event; culminating in an awards ceremony and art sale. For more information, contact our Reservation Office at 1-800-BC-LODGE (1-800-225-6343).


This year’s sponsors include SourceTek, Judson Art Outfitters, SunEden Artist Gear, Plein Air Magazine, Gamblin Artist Gear, Dick Blick, and National Art Shop.

C.A.S.T. For Kids

by Big Cedar Lodge 5. October 2012 12:53
Big Cedar hosted the CATCH A SPECIAL THRILL (C.A.S.T.) FOUNDATION for a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Bent Hook Marina on Sunday, September 30. The event gives special needs children the opportunity to fish and boat with area Bass fisherman on Table Rock Lake. Sponsors included U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Bass Pro Shops, Camp Barnabas, Table Rock Lake Bassmasters, Ozark Rivers Heritage Foundation, Western Taney County Fire and Developmental Center of the Ozarks.

Each child received a free rod and reel, C.A.S.T. t-shirt and hat, a tackle box, and tackle to take home. All children, no matter their disability, had the opportunity to fish the lake from a boat. Upon return, the families and volunteers were treated to a fish fry provided by Bass Pro Shops; and as a special keepsake, the children received a mounted picture of themselves with their fishing guides.

The Bryant family from Arkansas found out about the event through Camp Barnabas, a summer camp geared towards the needs of exceptional children. Both of their children, Seth and Shai, have special needs and attended the camp this past summer.

“Camp Barnabas gave our children a chance to be normal,” explained Tonya Bryant. The children were able to zip line, rock climb, and take part in other activities not usually available to them.

“There was someone with the kids at all times, and it was good for them to gain some independence from us. But also my husband and I felt completely comfortable with the care and supervision they received.”

So when they found out about the C.A.S.T. for Kids event, they really wanted their children involved. Rusty and Tonya used to love boating before having children, so being out on a boat is very special to them.

Seth, the couple’s oldest child, was born with cerebral palsy. “He is physically fine, but mentally special,” Tonya states.

Seth is the first to drop his line in the water, and from his excitement, you’d never know that convincing him to come had been a challenge. Tonya explains that he didn’t want to come because he suffers from separation anxiety. The family is split up into two bass boats, but they remain within a few feet of each other.

Shai, the younger of the Bryant’s children, was three-years-old when she was involved in an accident resulting in a brain stem injury. For two weeks, the family was unsure if she would make it. She spent months in a wheelchair and had to relearn to walk and talk.

“She struggles with balance,” Tonya states. “I have to keep my hand on her to steady her.”

Once situated in the boat though, Shai is all smiles. When the Bass Pro hands her the fishing-pole, she patiently watches the bobber.

“Patience is one of the traits you have to have to be in our family,” states Tonya. Although Shai is in 4th grade, she has only recently learned to ride a bike without training wheels, skip, and is now playing on a softball team.

“I’m not a very good fisherman,” Shai comments. We’ve been out on the water for almost an hour and haven’t had a nibble.

“Just watch your bobber,” Tonya responds. And as if on cue, the bobber immediately goes under! Shai begins reeling, but whatever is on the end of the line wants nothing to do with joining us in the boat. Fishing Pro and guide, Dave, steps up and helps her reel in a 21” catfish.

“I love to fish!” Shai exclaims. Suddenly she has forgotten all about the conditions that challenge her; suddenly she is just a little girl catching her first catfish!

“Girls rule, boys drool!” she shouts to her brother. There is some playful bantering back and forth, but the simple joy of seeing her face makes the entire group smile. “If we had only fished from the shore, we wouldn’t have come. It means all the difference in the world to fish from a boat,” Tonya explains.

And here is where the fishing pros come in—by providing boats and guides, these children experience fishing in a way that would not normally be available to them. Many of the boats are specially outfitted for wheelchairs, and the guides focus their entire attention on the kids. Dave and Rick, the Bryant family guides, belong to the Table Rock Bassmaster Club, and every year they get a call for volunteers.

“We know there are lots of families in need of opportunities like this,” Rick explains. “We’ve been involved for five years, and we keep coming back because of moments like these!”

After catching her fish, Shai is content to play with the items in her new tackle box. Dave asks if we would like to go on a boat ride, and soon we are clipping through the water at a pretty good pace. Tonya’s hand rests instinctively on her daughter’s leg as we skim across the water.

“I’m proud of myself,” Shai states.

Tonya looks down at her daughter and smiles. “I’m proud of you too, honey!”

Tonya and I make eye contact from across the boat, and no words have to be exchanged. The reason the Bryant family traveled to Big Cedar Lodge for this event wasn’t just to catch fish; it was so their children would know they CAN catch fish.

Since 1991, C.A.S.T. has given exceptional children the opportunity to catch fish; but more than that, they’ve given them the confidence to know they CAN! On behalf of Big Cedar, we thank all the volunteers, families, and children who made the day special!

Big Cedar-Little Details: Come Make Your Dreams Come True

by Big Cedar Lodge 3. October 2012 16:15
Here's a note about what makes Big Cedar Lodge special. Come make your dreams come true!

Cristi,
I know that I filled out that evaluation form, but I don't feel that I was truly able to say all the wonderful things I would like to say about your resort and your staff.

We have been visiting Big Cedar for many years and I have wanted to get married there since as early as I can remember. From the very beginning and the first meeting with Leah, it has been an absolute dream for me. From the second that we checked into the resort, everyone from the people checking us in, the people at the marina, and the housekeeping staff, all said hi and wanted to make sure that we were taken care of.

The actual day of the dinner rehersal and wedding, it rained and changed all of our plans, but Leah, Tim and Dustin, truly took care of us and made the best of the situtaion. As the bride I was so upset about the rain, but now that it is all over with I would not change a minute of it and that is due to the staff that made it exactly what we wanted even with the rain. The staff and the security that was all involved with the reception was all so respectful and truly made the night so special for us. They all seemed to truly care about us and our guests to have the best time.

Most of our guests had never been to Big Cedar or even to the area because we are out of state and they all had the best things to say about the resort. Even with the rain, they all said how beautiful it was. Actually we have had several of our guests say that they will be planning family trips there because they know that their children will truly enjoy the resort also.

Also the night before the wedding, a lot of guests were at the Buzzard Bar and that staff was soo awesome with everyone. We actually had one of the staff telling us all the history of the resort, and many of the guest truly enjoyed that. I just cannot say enough good things about the staff and the rersort. They are all amazing and I am so truly thankful to all of them for making our wedding day and dream come true. We cannot wait to have children and be able to bring our family there and have Tim and Dustin take our family photos!!

In ending, Leah Hardin was so truly amazing, and I know that our day was so perfect because of her. There are NO words to say my thanks to her and how truly wonderful she is. Thank you to you and all of your staff. We now have the best memories of our wedding and that can never be changed. Also my parents surprised us with a firework show and when many of us got back to our rooms there were messages about it for the guests on the resort to watch, and we loved that. It was so great for us, and we are so glad that the other guests on the resort knew about it and could enjoy it also.

Thank you so much,
Elena and Ryan Rossiter


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