Entry Deadline – April 1, 2016 • Application Fee - $40
Artists will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2016.
The Solomons Plein Air Festival is unique in that it offers the artists such diversity in painting subject matter. Solomons Island is an historic fishing village where working boats of the Chesapeake Bay were built in the 1800s. Recently, it was chosen by Coastal Living Magazine as “one of the top 15 happiest seaside towns in the U.S.” It is located just an hour from the Beltway in D.C. at the “other end of Pennsylvania Avenue” where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. It is now a picturesque mix of workboats, pleasure boats, marinas, old fishermen’s cottages, rural farmland, and quaint architecture with a few shops scattered amongst historic waterfront buildings. Stand in one spot on the Solomons Riverwalk and you can paint any of these things and more.
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The Solomons Plein Air Festival allows artists the opportunity to enjoy not only painting but sharing their creativity with the public. To the viewers, this art form can be very exciting because it invites them into the creative process: the sight, sound, and even smell of the artists’ world. The competitive side of the process pits artists against each other for monetary prizes awarded after 4+ days of painting “en plein air.”
Cash awards will be given for “Best of Show” as well as 2nd, and 3rd place and the Artists’ Choice Award. Additional awards may be presented at the committee’s discretion. Last year’s awards equaled over $11,000, with “Best of Show” winning $3500. Artists were given additional awards including an ad in Plein Air Magazine, and gift certificates.
The Solomons Riverwalk was a popular spot for the 2011—2013 Quick Draw, but last year we changed it up a bit and held a “Sunset” Quick Draw. Artists loved the challenge of painting through the sunset into darkness. Details will be forthcoming about timing, but artists may paint anywhere along the main street and Riverwalk. Judging and sales will be held immediately following the event. Having the sales on location added to the excitement of purchasing the art while it’s still “wet”. It also allows for any unsold QD paintings to be displayed for sale throughout the following days of the festival. Artists receive 60% from painting sales.
Paint For A Cause - And on our charitable side… This event splits proceeds between the artist and local charities. The SPAF was pleased to host this event in conjunction with several local businesses which donated significant prize amounts. Artists are not required but are encouraged to paint at this friendly competition event.