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Plein Air Art Contest

 Sign up for the *2019 10th annual Plein Air Art contest at the Festival for $50!

 with our ES $1000.00 top prize!

Contest is Sept 21st & 22nd 2019 from 8 am till 4 pm Saturday 21st & 10 am till 2pm Sunday

**If you will paint on both days, the art must stay overnight with RFA to qualify, OR we’ll get a photo of your work-in-progress by 4:30 on Saturday and you may hang onto it.**

You can still sign up for the Plein Air Contest in person at the Plein Air Contest Booth in Riverside Park!

Bring your canvas and supplies, $40 cash only to sign up at the festival.

BYO supplies, multiple entries allowed.
You could win: $1000 1st | $300 2nd | $200 3rd place  

Contest Rules:
1. Your selected canvas/s must be with you when you sign into the Plein Air Art Contest Booth at Riverside Park. The size must not be larger than 18×24 and wired to hang. We will stamp your canvas, then get out there and PAINT!
Prizes: Cash prizes will be awarded.
ES $1000 1st | $300 2nd | $200 3rd  
2. At the Plein Air Art Contest Booth in Riverside Park on Riverside Drive, Easton  have your canvas/s stamped for entry into the contest. You must provide all  materials, canvas, board, paint, brushes, etc. Find an inspired spot at or near the festival for your art en Plein Air (in the open air), within walking distance of the festival. Art must be wired to hang by the artist (best done BEFORE painting!) – we may have some extra supplies on hand.
3. You must turn in your art and sign out by 4:00 pm Saturday if art is completed or not to remain in the contest. Feel free to drop your piece/s at the booth before 4:30 pm if you are done for the day. You may collect on Sunday 10:00 am to continue or start another piece if you choose. You may submit up to two pieces into the contest. Last drop off for judging 2:00 pm Sunday. $40 per submission fee.
ONLY CASH will be accepted on the weekend for any additional work.

4. Hours for the contest are Saturday  from 10am till 4pm and Sunday 10 am till 2 pm
Return your piece/s on Sunday for judging by 3 prominent art experts by 2 pm.

5. Artists agree to allow Riverside Festival of the Arts to use images of their art being created at any RFA event for marketing purposes only, unless otherwise notified in writing. Artists may be asked to show their work and participate in a plein air exhibition if they become available.


email or call 610.252.2552 for more info! It’s a beautiful weekend on tap – see you out there!





ACE / Riverside Festival of the Arts Plein Air Art Contest Exhibition: Feb- 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 past contests – many photos on

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.


Easton’s Michael Schade  took first place!
Lauren Kindle takes second place! This will be featured in our Plein AIr Art Exhibition
Lehigh Student Amelia Galgon took third place.
Catherine Whitehead takes an honorable mention.

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. Ellen at  this 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 now! BYO supplies  and pre-wire your canvases  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 Sponsors… we are now accepting 2017 Sponsors! If you want to sponsor this contest /any specific element of the festival you may designate that.


9-notecard set, with beautiful lined envelopes: $20.00 * all proceeds go to the plein air art contest send an email if you want to buy a set!