Ken Graning ’66

Ken Graning ’66 says, “This past June, I toted my paint box through the woods and parks in close proximity to the Suzy Haskew Art Center. It was the annual three-day Fresh! Milford plein air painting competition in Milford, MI, and I threw my CalArts hat in the ring once again. I painted three paintings in as many days and was fortunate enough to win second place in the two-day main paint out. I painted a rather stylized landscape of a local pond near my home. We were blessed with perfect plein air weather: three bright, sunny, and clear early summer days. Over 40 artists participated in this event, so the competition was rather intense. A good time was had by all and there were approximately 120 paintings done over the weekend. This is the third year for this competition, which seems to be gathering a following of Michigan artists from all over the state.”