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Watch The PlayList's Emmy winning special "The Plein Air Brush Off!" Thursday, December 27 on PBS North. The pressure’s on when artists gather on the shores of Lake Superior for the Grand Marais Art Colony's Plein Air painting competition. With dueling brushes (and a few pastels), adventurous artists have just 90 minutes to create a winning masterpiece.

"The Plein Air Brush Off!" on The PlayList

Thursday, December 27 at 9pm on PBS North

The PlayList cameras capture the competition, challenge and camaraderie of the Plein Air "Quick Paint". In those limited minutes, sun, clouds, rain, fog, sunbeams inspire and instigate frustration and success as artists complete their work of art.

The Plein Air Brush Off!

The Art Colony's outdoor painting competition encourages artists to step outside the studio, to embrace the North Shore's exquisite landscape and to push themselves with a limited timeline of 90 minutes to create a masterpiece worthy of the "Quick Paint" title. Raw materials include oil & watercolor paint; pastels and passion.

Mary Pettis, the juror for the show, offers insight into what makes a good painting, the various approaches to painting outdoors, and how to manage the time element. Ms. Amy Demmer provides perspective on the Art Colony, its history, goals and resources.

2012 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Honors The PlayList for “The Brush Off!”

WDSE•WRPT's showcase for the arts is honored with a Regional Emmy Award. The Brush Off, created by The PlayList, highlights the annual quick paint competition hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony on the stunning shore of Lake Superior. The special was produced and edited by Steven Ash and Karen Sunderman, with WDSE photographers Judy Morrissey and Ted Pellman, and production support from Nick Clingman and Jacob LeBeau.

“It is inspiring to work with the arts community and to showcase their amazing talent on a statewide basis through The PlayList,” says Karen Sunderman, host/producer of The PlayList. “When that work is recognized by peers within the television industry, it’s great confirmation that we’re conveying the quality of creative life in our area.”

The Regional Emmy was awarded for Special Event Coverage-Edited. Additional nominations for WDSE•WRPT included The PlayList special presentation of “Low in Concert,” and “Stage to Screen: Historic Theaters of the North.” The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences received more entries in 2012 than ever before. The Chapter covers a five state region including Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa.