Contest is Sept 16+17, 2017 from 7 am till 4 pm Sat & 10 am till 2pm Sunday. Awards Sunday 4pm at Scott Parks Main Stage! All art must stay overnight with RFA to qualify.
The RFA Plein Air Art Contest is a great way to get involved on the festival and create your own work of art! Use our online form to apply using PayPal/Credit Card. Application is $30 per piece before Sept 1st and $40 per piece after Sept 1st.
Your selected canvas/s must be with you when you come to the Plein Air Art Contest Booth by the Juried Arts Gallery at Riverside Park.
1. Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Prize levels are listed on the Plein Air Contest page of this site.
2. Stop by the Plein Air Art Contest Booth at the festival to have your canvas stamped for entry into the contest. You must provide all materials, canvas, board, paint, brushes, etc. Find an inspired spot at the festival for your art en Plein Air (in the open air). A map of the area to paint in will be supplied. Art must be wired to hang by the artist.
3. You must turn in your art by 5 pm Saturday even if its not completed. Collect on Sunday to continue or start another piece. 4. Hours for the contest are Saturday 16th from 7am till 4pm and Sunday 17th 10 am till 2 pm
Return your piece for judging by 3 prominent art experts, by 2 pm on Sunday.
5. Artists agree to allow Riverside Festival of the Arts to use images of their art pieces. Artists may show their work and participate in a plein air group exhibition as they become available.
**This is a Rain or Shine event. No refunds or rain checks allowed.**
Four Seasons plein air art Workshops idea – please send us your feedback on what might work best: 1 day / an entire weekend workshop / a fair price-point…. feedback welcome here.
Don’t miss our Plein Air Art Contest Exhibition: Now – March 31, 2017:
Plein Air Art paintings from a few of the last annual contests are now featured for sale, and 30% of those proceeds go to the non-profit 2017 arts festival & the Pomfret Club at 33 s. 4th st. in Easton. Now – thru March 31. Stop by 11-4, Tues-Fri.
This 2016 plein air art contest exhibition was also featured at the Easton Hospital Gallery @ the State Theatre this winter. Here’s a peek at some of the the 2016 plein air art.Who knows Diddley-Squat, about en plein air? Chauncey Howell, that’s who.
#EastonPleinAir Art Contest 2017 is Sept 16+17.
Third year first place plein air art contest winner Michael Schade is stepping down and will not compete in 2017 – which leaves that #1 $1000 plein air art contest prize spot wide open for this year’s best artist!
2017 plein air contest will have a 7:00 am till 4:00 pm Saturday shift, and 10 am – 2:00 pm Sunday this year. Maybe an #EastonPleinAir find the plein air artist scavenger hunt with clues. Sound fun? More info coming much closer to time.
Sign up online for the 8th year Plein Air Art Contest! It’s $30.00 to enter, BYO supplies, and you could win: $1000 1st | $300 2nd | $200 3rd place Contact for any more info.
2016: What a wonderful 7th annual plein air art contest! $2000 in top prizes this year, to celebrate Riverside’s 20th event! $1000 to the 1st prize in 2016 went to * Michael Schade! * 2nd place went to Lauren Kindle , 3rd to Lehigh student Amelia Galgon with the honorable mention to Catherine Whitehead : CONGRATS ALL! and thanks everyone for coming out to paint. BEAUTIFUL WORKS.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016 7th plein air art contest top winners:
Fundraiser: purchase a set of our gorgeous 9-notecard box-set, complete with beautiful lined envelopes for $20.00. They are 9 paintings from over the last 7 years of the contests and ALL PROCEED$ go directly to the next Riverside Festival plein air art contest! Pattern-lined envelopes; lovely. Call Ellen 610.360.3394 or just send an email to order a set.
Artists let us know if you have more ideas to improve the contests going forward. In 2017 we may do a ‘capture a moment’ theme. The plein air art continues to get better and better with every year. Follow @EastonRiverside #EastonPleinAir.
En plein air simply means “in the open air”. The challenge for these artists is the shifting light. Secure your spot and register, or just walk-in at the event. BYO supplies – we will have some ’emergency canvases’ handy, but no guarantees. We will have hanging eyes/wires/tools available on site, or pre-wire your own for the final presentation of paintings, for judging.
We hope to organize another plein air art exhibition after the event with a local gallery or two, for opportunities to sell your work.
Thank you 2016 plein air contest prize money supporters :
Shaughnessy Law Offices $1000
EmelleMD Restorative Medicine $500
Free Bridge Realty $500
Thank you Sponsors… we are now accepting 2017 Sponsors! If you want to sponsor this contest /any specific element of the festival you may designate that.