Residents can paint Burlingame red — and blue and green

Local artists of all ages, skill levels and media will have the opportunity to showcase their city today at the third annual Paint Burlingame Day. Painters will pick up brushes at 9 a.m., working throughout the day to complete a work of art before it goes on display at the Burlingame Historical Society Museum, located within the Burlingame Caltrain station.

“I think when artists look at a city, they see it with a different set of eyes,” said Russ Cohen, vice president of the Burlingame Historical Society. “We often take our town for granted, but when you pick a place to paint, you begin to appreciate what it has to offer.”

From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., the public will be able to view and purchase completed paintings, as well as bid on auction items and commemorative posters. While artists are not required to sell their paintings, almost all items were purchased last year, Cohen said.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come see wonderful paintings by all ages in all mediums,” Cohen said. “It’s a rare occasion for people to see Burlingame in a different light.”

While the works are on display, a group of four judges — each with a fine-arts background — will choose this year’s winners, who will be awarded cash prizes and gift certificates from the Studio Shop and Art Attack.

There will be a separate judging category for artists ages 18 and under. Honorable-mention prizes will be awarded in five categories, including oil or acrylic painting, watercolor, pastel or charcoal drawing and mixed media.

Art spot

The third annual Paint Burlingame Day will be held Sunday. Here are the prizes:

Best in show
– $250 cash
– $100 framing gift certificate from The Studio Shop
– $50 art class gift certificate from Art Attack
– Painting will be featured on the 2011 Paint Burlingame poster

First place
– $150 cash
– $75 framing gift certificate from The Studio Shop
– $50 art class gift certificate from Art Attack

Second place

– $75 cash
– $75 framing gift certificate from Studio Shop
– $50 art class gift certificate from Art Attack

Third place
– $50 cash
– $75 framing gift certificate from Studio Shop
– $50 art class gift certificate from Art Attack

For more information or event details, visit paintburlingame.com

shaughey@sfexaminer.com

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