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2014 Solomons Plein Air Festival

  • 17 Sep 2014
  • 21 Sep 2014
  • Solomons, Maryland

Entry Deadline – May 15, 2014 • Application Fee - $40

Artists will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2014. 

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. This past year, 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 work-boats, 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.

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 3 days of painting “en plein air” (outside on location).

New this year! We are having invitational plein air painting on the Riverwalk on Saturday for anyone who would like to participate. It is free to participate, not juried, and open to all. We suspect that the competition artists will be represented, but we are hoping that many others will paint as well. Paintings may be sold, with the artist taking 50% of the sales price and the remaining 50% going to a designated charity. 

Go to www.mapapa.org to visit the main website of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

Mailing Address (general inquiries to Board Chairman- do NOT send payments): 3831 Proctor Lane, Nottingham, MD 21236-4748
Membership payments (do NOT mail payments without first contacting membership@mapapa.org): 21 Haven Avenue, Abingdon, MD 21009-2007

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