Rye is a many-splendored town, but when artists get out their brushes and canvases, it’s most often to capture the shifting light over Long Island Sound, the Tide Mill, or Blind Brook. While waterfront scenes were the glittering attractions at The Rye Arts Center’s 14th Painters on Location: Plein-Air Paint-Out & Auction, downtown landscapes merited plenty of attention and high bids at the live auction September 16.

The Gallery filled up early with art lovers interested in getting a close look at the works in the silent auction. One by one they moved on to the freshly painted ones in the Performing Arts Room that were later sold in the live auction.

The occasion gives the community the chance to meet artists from Maine to Rhode Island to Pennsylvania to upstate New York and right around the corner.

It’s also a wonderful way to support a treasured little organization with a big and beautiful purpose.

— Robin Jovanovich

Rye’s Heather Patterson putting the finishing touches on <Purchase Street Promenade>, one of the works in the live auction at The Rye Arts Center last Saturday.

Nestor Madalengoitia’s take on downtown Rye

Side by side: P. L. Wilkins of Wyncote, Pa., with his just-finished painting of <Rye Beach Club> for the live auction, and with <Playland Park Midway>, which was in the silent auction.

<Autumn Day at Mill Pond> by Tova Snyder, who splits her time between Rye and the Italian Riviera.

<Untitled> painting of American Yacht Club, Nestor Madalengoitia, portrait and mural artist, who was born in Peru and lives in Poughkeepsie.

 <Boardwalk at Dusk> by Elizabeth Derderian, who lives in Rye and teaches at The Rye Arts Center.


<Sunset from the Yacht Club> by Tarryl Gabel, an award-winning Hudson Valley artist

Taegan Goddard with Rye Arts Center Executive Director Meg Rodriguez

<Spring Day at the Boatyard> by Carol Douglas of Rockport, Maine


#0194 <Summer Landscape> by Katharine Dufault, who was born in Cambridge, England, and lives in Mamaroneck.

Artist Tova Snyder with her mother Ruby the night of the Plein-Air Auction, in front of <Over Downtown Rye,> which hangs in the front office of The Rye Arts Center.