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Sonoma Plein Air 2008

Sonoma Plein Air 2008. Week-long paintout. One-day show and sale in Sonoma Plaza. Plein Air Silent Auction and Dinner. Quick Draw competition. Artists’ Choice Award. Contact: Keith Wicks (707) 933-9756

Scene on the Strait

Scene on the Strait. Martinez Regional Shoreline. Sponsored by Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center. Twenty five painters on location. Sale, silent auction, music, and food. Contact: (510) 787-9772.

Valona Plein Air Paintout

Sponsored by Epperson and Nash Galleries, Crockett. Some 30 artists paint out in Crockett, Sat. & Sun. Awards ceremony, silent auction and reception.(510) 787-2925.

The Alameda “Jewel by the Bay Paint Out"

The Alameda “Jewel by the Bay Paint Out.” Sponsored by the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Quick Draw at sunset on July 19. Outdoor Awards Ceremony, Exhibit and Sale. Contact Irene Thomas

The Plein Air Affaire: Outdoor Painting in Scenic Santa Cruz County

The Plein Air Affaire: Outdoor Painting in Scenic Santa Cruz County. Open to the public in Abbott Square (Museum Courtyard) at 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. Please call 831.429.1964

MarinScapes 20th Annual Event

MarinScapes 20th Annual Event. The annual landscape show at the historic Escalle Winery. Top Northern California painters. Includes a series of events leading up to show. Contact: Darlene Fiscus: (415) 457-6966 # 347

Seventh Annual Paint San Clemente Plein Air

Seventh Annual Paint San Clemente Plein Air sponsored by the San Clemente Art Association. Week-long paintout, quick draw, gala and exhibition. $10,000 in cash prizes. Contact Pam: (949)369-0260

Point Reyes Plein Air

Point Reyes Plein Air. Sponsored by the William Lester Gallery, consists of a two-day paintout, Quick Draw and gallery exhibition and sale. Reception: Sunday, 4-7 p.m. Call: (415) 663-9365

MALT Show: Ranches and Rolling Hills

Sponsored by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Two-day exhibit and sale in Nicasio. Preview Sale and Artists Reception. Contact: Elizabeth Ptak. (415) 663-1158

2008 Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational

2008 Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational. Sponsored by Borrego Art Institute and Borrego Valley Inn. Twenty artists. Week-long paintout, Quick draw, artist receptions, Gala Reception and Awards Ceremony. Contact: Katalina Prince: (760) 767-5152

2008 Downer Avenue Premier Plein Air Painting Competition

The 2008 Plein Air is currently in the planning stage, dates and details are being finalized and will soon be released. If you would like to be among the first to receive updated information, please submit the form below.

RayMar's Third Annual Fine Art Competition

$26,500 in PRIZES! (To be awarded Spring 2009) 1st - $10,000 Cash 2nd - $5,000 Cash 3rd - $2,500 Cash 4 - 12 - $1,000 Cash Current Contest - February 2008 Judge: Kevin Macpherson Kevin Macpherson one of the country’s leading plein air painters, is highly respected among collectors and fellow artists alike. Past President of the Plein Air Painters of America, Kevin is a popular instructor throughout the country and abroad. His painting workshops are highly attended, often selling out years in advance. Now in its ninth printing, Macpherson’s painting instruction book, Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light and Color, has been translated into the Chinese language and has quickly become a best-seller for publisher North Light Books. Kevin's clear, concise teaching method has inspired and directed thousands of plein air painters. Born in 1956, this artist’s work is nationally recognized and collected, having attracted the attention of major art collectors, including Roy Rose, the grand-nephew of acclaimed California plein air painter Guy Rose. Kevin has won numerous national awards, including so many in national Oil Painters of America competitions that he is the first artist in the organization to be elevated from Signature Member status to that of Master Signature Member. Kevin excels in his ability to paint all subject matter: landscape, still life, and figurative works. Using spontaneous brushwork and candid color, Kevin’s work reveals his interpretive and creative virtuosity. He easily manipulates the elements of an artist’s 'visual toolbox' to capture the mood of his subject, whether it be the dramatic light of southern France, the rugged beauty of the California coast, or the brilliance of dappled light through a floral still life. Kevin’s work has been featured in many national magazines, Art of the West, Art Talk, U. S. Art, Wildlife Art and gracing the covers of Southwest Art, American Artist, International Artist, and The Artist’s Magazine. Contibuting editor to Southwest Art Magazine, author of 'The Artist’s Voice, 2000'. In addition to numerous gallery exhibitions, he has shown at the Gilcrease Museum, the Arizona State Capital and the Albuquerque Museum. Kevin now makes his home in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico, merging his influences from years in Arizona with his childhood memories of New Jersey. Bitten with wanderlust, Kevin and his wife Wanda can be seen anywhere in the world painting en plein air.

Carmel Art Festival Plein Air Competition 2009

Downloadable Entry forms will be posted on this website in August, 2008. All Plein Air painters can submit their entry forms. It is not by invitation. Entry fees are non-refundable. Deadline to apply for 2009, December 1, 2008. The Carmel Art Festival is always the weekend after Mother's Day weekend. In 2009, the Carmel Art Festival will be held May 14-17, 2009

Carmel Art Festival's 2008

Carmel Art Festival's 2008

Plein Air Quick Draw Event

The Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Telluride Ah Haa School of Arts will be sponsoring a Quick Draw event during the 2008 Telluride Plein Air Celebration. The Quick Draw is a 90 minute on-site painting demonstration and competition that will be held on Main Street beginning at the San Miguel County Courthouse. The Quick Draw competition is open only to the Telluride Plein Air Celebration artists. This competition will be judged by the Ah Haa School of Arts in the Sheridan Opera House Courtyard at 12pm. The winner will receive a cash award and have their piece featured at the 2008 Ah Haa School's Art Auction. All Quick-Draw paintings are limited to 8' X 10' in size and will be on display and available for purchase once the winner has been announced.

TC Steele State Historic Park

TC Steele State Historic Park, Nashville, IN offers two competitions each year. The 'Festival of Flowers' in May, and the 'Great Outdoor Art Contest' in September. For info on either of these competitions contact the site at : 812.988.2785


This website links you to all of the art fairs in many states. For those who want to exhibit at Arts and Crafts Fairs, or just want to visit one.

2nd RayMar Competition

RayMar is already accepting entries for their second year contest. At least 2 OPAS members were among for the first 144 finalists: Carolyn Lewis and Susan Astleford! Susan's painting is one of the $1000 finalist winners and will be included on the RayMar calendar!

Year-long paintout with October '08 exhibition opportunity

The Glen Echo Ravine, the Walhalla Ravine and the Overbrook Ravine in Columbus, OH are especially beautiful in the fall and winter seasons. The summer is lush with green canopies and babbling brooks.

Watercolor Ohio 2008

OWS is sending out the prospectus for Watercolor Ohio 2008. Exhibition will be in The Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH from Nov. 6, to Jan. 11, 2009. Alvaro Castagnet from South America serves as juror. Watch this internationally reknown artist demonstrate at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. On Nov. 7 Castagnet will speak about the paintings at the gallery and he will be at both the regular gallery's Thursday evening opening and the OWS Saturday opening and awards banquet.

THE WHITE CLIFFS CREATIVES' GUILD Winter Wonderland Charity Art Competition

The competition is open to artists and craftspeople of all ages resident in East Kent. There are four prize catagories: under 8, 8-16 years, Best Adult and Best in Show. Winners of age categories will be chosen by a panel of judges not including any WCCG member who has submitted work or has relatives submitting work into the category being judged. The decision of the judges will be final. Best in Show will be decided by public vote during Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd December. All work (including the entirety of children's entries) must be the artist's or craftsperson's own work and nor breach copyright laws. (This means you must not copy a photo you did not take, or copy complete images from a book or the internet.) WCCG reserves the right to decline entries which in the opinion of the committee and/or competition judges are of an innappropriate subject or liable to cause offense. Flat artwork must be A3 or less in size. 3D work must be less than half a metre cubed in volume. Work will be displayed at Newmart, Pencester, Dover from 16th - 23rd December. While WCCG will take every care to look after entries we are not able to insure against loss of non members' work. Makers should arrange their own insurance (for example through the SAA) if they wish to be reinbursed in the case of theft or accidental damage to their work. Entrants wishing to have their work returned should attach an appropriately sized stamped addressed envelope or collect it between 3pm and 4pm on 23rd December from Newmart. Entrants wishing to donate their work to the art auction after the prize-giving are requested to clearly mark this on the entry form. You may also seperately donate a print of your work if you wish to keep the original, or another item if you are feeling generous. Entrance fee is £1 per picture/item per adult and 50p per picture/item for under 8s and 8-16s. All profit made will be donated to Pegasus. It is not necessary to frame 2D work, but framed work will be accepted. Where work is framed or on canvas please string with eye screws and string or wire and ensure entry forms are firmly attached. Entries may be handed in at Newmart from 16th December 2007 and must be removed or postage provided by 4pm latest on 23rd December. Work left after this time will be considered property of WCCG and may be sold for Pegasus's funds or destroyed. Copyright remains the property of the artist/maker but it is a condition of entry that winners work may be photographed and published in newspapers, the WCCG website and on film media, and names and ages published with parental permission if applicable. No addresses will be published other than towns. Consent for photographs of participants will be sought and you have the right to decline photographs of yourself or your children.

Highly Commended Award

Highly Commended Award of a subscription to The Artist worth £100

Winsor & Newton Awards

Winsor & Newton Awards: three prizes of £250 worth of art materials

St Cuthberts Mill Awards

St Cuthberts Mill Awards: four prizes of £150 worth of watercolour paper

Royal Talens Awards

Royal Talens Awards: four prizes of £250 worth of art materials

ProArte Awards

ProArte Awards: two prizes of £250 worth of brushes

Hahnemühle Awards

Hahnemühle Awards: three prizes of £170 worth of Hahnemühle Fine Art Traditional Papers

Great Art Awards

Great Art Awards: two prizes of £250 worth of art materials from Europe’s largest art materials’ catalogue

Derwent Awards

Derwent Awards: three prizes of £250 worth of art materials

Daler-Rowney Awards

Daler-Rowney Awards: three prizes of £250 worth of art materials

Caran d’Ache Awards

Caran d’Ache Awards: ten assorted art materials prizes totaling £750

Purchase Prize Award

Purchase Prize Award for a work up to the value of £1,000

Pendrell Learning Break Award
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Pendrell Learning Break Award of an art course for two people at Pendrell Hall in Staffordshire, to the value of £300

Patchings Award

Patchings Award of a gift voucher worth £450 to be used at Patchings Art Centre in Nottinghamshire

Norfolk Painting School Awards

Norfolk Painting School Awards: two prizes of a two-day oil course at The Norfolk Painting School, worth £190 each

Earnley Concourse Award

Earnley Concourse Award of a residential weekend art course for two people at The Earnley Concourse in West Sussex, worth up to £450

David & Charles Awards

David & Charles Awards: two prizes of art books to the value of £175 each

Coombe Farm Studios Award

Coombe Farm Studios Award of a residential three-day weekend painting course at Coombe Farm Studios in Devon, worth £330

Collins Art Awards

two prizes of instructional art books to the value of £150

Anova Books Awards

two prizes of instructional art books to the value of £175

Leisure Painter Awards:

two prizes of a workshop worth over £300 and a subscription to Leisure Painter worth over £100

Threadneedle Figurative Prize

About the Prize & Exhibition The Mall Galleries are championing innovation and excellence in figurative art by launching a brand new art prize designed to showcase the best in new contemporary figurative art. Two major prizes offer the chance to win a total of £35,000: the £25,000 Threadneedle Figurative Prize and the £10,000 Federation of British Artists Selectors’ Choice. The competition is open to all artists - established and emerging talent - aged 18 and over living or working in the UK and approximately 60 works, selected from a national open submission, will be exhibited in the Mall Galleries’ newly modernised space in August - September 2008. Seven works, nominated by the panel of selectors, will be shortlisted to win the £25,000 Threadneedle Figurative Prize. The artist who receives the largest share of public votes cast online and throughout the exhibition wins the Prize. All works selected for the exhibition may win the £10,000 Federation of British Artists Selectors’ Choice, awarded by the selectors to the artist they believe has submitted the most outstanding work. The same artist can win both prizes, making this event one of the most valuable competitions in the contemporary art world.

Patchings 2008

ENTRIES BY MARCH 28TH Over 50 prize awards worth over £10,500, including The Artist Purchase Prize up to £1,000 Organised by Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines in conjunction with Patchings Art Centre. Open to all artists - from beginners to professionals - to enter two-dimensional works in any medium. Selected works will be exhibited at Patchings Art Centre in Nottinghamshire, a unique centre for the enjoyment of art and the environment.






RECEIVING DAYS 29th Feb and 1st March



Georgia High School Drawing Competition 2008

Georgia high school art educators are invited to submit student work to the annual Georgia High School Drawing Competition. Entries are judged by a panel of SCAD professors and alumni; selected work is featured in a juried exhibition at SCAD-Atlanta. The competition honors talented visual art students in our state and the art educators who skillfully guide them toward success. Ten winners selected by the jury are offered scholarships to attend SCAD-Atlanta, SCAD-Savannah or SCAD e-Learning, upon application and admission to the college. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000 per year and are renewable until completion of a bachelor’s degree (180 quarter hours), as long as the recipient is enrolled and maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.


and at the end of June 2008 in Italy and in France. The Directors of Barcelona Dance Awards, present the 20th International Competitions and invite your dance group to performing and teaching at the most prestigious dance events in Europe the next season.

ZIFF 2008 Call for Film Entries

Zanzibar International Film Festival calls for film entries for its 11th festival (July 4-13, 2008). ZIFF 2008 is calling for entries in the feature, documentary, short and animation film categories from any genre BUT films with special attention to the year’s theme—Cultural Crossroads—are given priority.

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