ABOUT the 2023 COMPETITION

Featured in the 2023 Plein Air Magazine Artists’ & Collectors’ Ultimate Guide to Painting Events & Organizations, the 9th Annual Paint Great Falls: Plein Air Competition will be held from Saturday May 20, 2023 to Saturday May 27, 2023.

Artists will paint “en plein air” (outside) without the assistance of photography anywhere in Great Falls, Virginia.  The community will be invited to watch artists paint throughout Great Falls as they move between locations.

This is a non-juried, open event and we encourage artists of all levels to participate.

Artist participation is limited to 35 artists. If space is available, we will accept same day registrations for $50 registration fee. We will maintain a wait list once event registration is full.

(Note: Some privately owned gardens will not be open to the public.)

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HIGHLIGHTS

AWARDS
$2500 in cash awards

PAINT GREAT FALLS REGISTRATION
Opens Friday January 20, 2023
Closes Monday March 20, 2023

QUICK PAINT COMPETITION
Friday, May 26th, 5:00-8:30pm
Anyone can participate in the Quick Paint Competition.
Registration Fee $20 per artist
5:00-5:30pm – Canvas stamping
5:30-7:30pm – Artists will paint under time pressure as the sun sets outside in the Village Centre Green. Immediately outside the doors of The Arts of Great Falls.
7:30-8pm – The Quick Paint Judge will evaluate all entries and select a winner.

PAINT GREAT FALLS AWARD RECEPTION
Saturday, May 27th, 6:30pm to 8pm
Participating artists and the community are invited to join us for the Paint Great Falls Awards Reception on the final day of the competition. We will celebrate the 2023 Paint Great Falls Award Winners! This is a great opportunity to meet the artists and add a Great Falls landscape painting to your collection.

ARTIST DETAILS

RULES for ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS
Artists may submit up to two (2) stamped artworks painted “en plein air” (outside) during the competition without the help of photography or work in the studio.

Artwork must be created in a two-dimensional medium, framed, and ready to hang. The canvas or paper cannot exceed 16″ x 20″ in size. All artwork submitted must be available for sale. Artists may submit their work anytime between Friday, May 26th through Saturday, May 27th at 3pm.

COMMISSION
All artwork sold during Paint Great Falls 2023 or the Paint Great Falls 2023 Exhibit are subject to a 25% commission payable to The Arts of Great Falls.

The Arts of Great Falls’ mission is to support an artful community.

DETAILED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday May 20th – Saturday May 27th

9-10amDaily Canvas Stamping at The Arts of Great Falls, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066.

Paint All Day – Open Painting throughout Great Falls. Site recommendations will be provided to all registered artists, including access to privately owned gardens.

QUICK PAINT COMPETITION
Friday, May 26th, 5:00-8:30pm

FINAL DAY SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 27th
3:00-5:00pm Artists must stop painting by 3pm. All submissions must be received at The Arts of Great Falls by 5pm.

5:30pm – The Paint Great Falls Judge will select the Award Winning paintings. Winners will be announced at the 7pm reception.

7:00-8:30pmAwards & Collector’s Reception Celebrate the award winning artists, vote for your favorite painting for the People’s Choice Award, and see all of the Paint Great Falls masterpieces.

Paint Great Falls ExhibitSaturday, May 27 to Saturday, June 17 Paintings will be exhibited in The Arts of Great Falls – Art School Gallery; with regular open gallery hours. All paintings will also be included in our online gallery.

1st Friday ArtWalkFriday June 2nd from 6:00-8:00pm – In addition to the regular Open Gallery hours, the exhibit will be open to the public for 1st Friday ArtWalk.

Art Pick-UpSaturday June 17 from 12:00-3:00pm. All artwork must be picked up by Saturday, June 17 at 3pm, before The Arts of Great Falls Summer Camps take over the Gallery space.

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