On Saturday June 10, The Whiskey Rebellion Celebration will continue the fun after the Whiskey Rebellion Tasting fest on Friday evening.
The Celebration, held from noon to 6 at Canal Place (opposite the Allegany Museum), will feature Brent B. Nelson creating original ‘whiskey paintings’.
Brent was born in Cumberland, and has featured three times in the Allegany Arts Council Plein Air events.
What is Whiskey Painting? No, it’s not painting whiskeys. Or whiskey drinkers. (Nor does it mean painting what you may see after partaking in too many!)
The ‘official’ definition from the Whiskey Painters of America is as follows:
“A genuine Whiskey Painting consists of painting a miniature piece of art no larger than 4” x 5” with watercolor by dipping your brush in some form of alcoholic spirits,…. then possibly sipping the alcohol, thereby enhancing the painting experience”.
The Whiskey Painting will be located near the Whiskey Rebellion ‘Corks and Kegs’ tent.
Canal Place will feature many new attractions, including paintball shooting without the paint but with a ‘rebel’ to aim at, music, food trucks, reenactments, a children’s activity space, and excerpts from the Broadway hit Hamilton!
Cumberland’s traditional Heritage Days on Washington St. will also take place on Saturday and again on Sunday June 11.
Brent is pictured below, along with one of his ‘whiskey’ works. He will also be providing a whiskey painting demonstration at the Arts Council Saturday evening.