About the Competition
In the 7th Annual Paint Great Falls: Plein Air Competition, artists will paint the beautiful scenery outdoors in Great Falls, Virginia. The event starts at 9am on Wednesday, September 8th through 3pm, Sunday, September 12th.  Painters will be in popular locations such as Great Falls Park, Riverbend Park,  Colvin Run Mill, as well as private gardens, a historic farm, Great Falls Village Centre and other places. 

In addition to the daily painting, there will be a Quick Paint Night on Friday, September 10, from 6-8pm at the Great Falls Village Centre.  Quick Paints are an exciting event as artists are allotted a short amount of time to create a piece of art.  An award will be given to the winner of the Quick Paint.  

The Plein Air Awards – Sponsored by Celebrate Great Falls
Cash awards will be given for 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($250) and 3rd Place ($100) and Quick Paint ($150).  Honorable mentions (no monetary prizes) will also be announced.  This year’s judge is  Gavin Glakas

Details for Artist Participants 
Artists are invited to register online to participate.  Artist registration along with a $35 application fee begins May 20, 2021 and remains open until the 25 spaces are filled. If space is available, on-site registration is available for $45.  All competition paintings are eligible to win prizes that are awarded by our competition judge Gavin Glakas.

Participants may paint anywhere in Great Falls (location ideas available) starting Wednesday, September 8th through 3pm Sunday, September 12th.  Artists may submit up to two completed, framed and ready-to-be-hung artworks which were painted in the allotted time and done “en plein air” (outside) without the assistance of photography.  Requirements for these competition pieces (up to 2): two-dimensional medium up to a 16”x 20” canvas or paper.  All submitted artwork must be framed (hook and wire backing)  and available for sale. Submissions may be made starting Friday afternoon at 4pm.   All art will remain on display through September.  Any paintings sold will contribute 25% to The Arts of Great Falls.

SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Wednesday, September 8 – 9am-10am – CANVAS STAMPING

9am – 10am CANVAS STAMPING at The Arts of Great Falls.

All day – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas provided to participants) 

Thursday, September 9

All day – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas provided to participants) 

Friday, September 10 – CANVAS STAMPING and QUICK DRAW event

– $10.00 Collected the Day of the event.

Registered Plein Air Artists for Paint Great Falls – no charge (Cost is part of your Paint Great Falls registration.

All day – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas provided to participants) 

4pm – 8pm CANVAS STAMPING at The Arts of Great Falls from 6-8pm

6-8pm Quick Paint event at Great Falls Village Centre.   Enter through The Arts of Great Falls Gallery (756 Walker Road).  Canvases for this event will be stamped at 5:45pm on the porch in the Village Green.  Artists can set up anywhere in the Great Falls Village Centre and paint from 6pm through 8pm.  Pieces will displayed on easels outdoors, judged by Marcia Klioze and a prize given to the winner.  Art will be taken home at the end of the event.  

6pmOptional  Artists may submit any finished paintings desired (up to 2) that are framed & wired with canvases no bigger than 16 x 20 dimensions can be dropped off during the Quick Paint Event.

Saturday, September 11
9a – 10am – CANVAS STAMPING  at The Arts of Great Falls 
Paint all day – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas provided to participants)

Sunday, September 12
Paint all day thru 3pm – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas available to participants)

1- 3pm – Submit up to 2 paintings (framed & wired with canvases no bigger than 16 x 20 dimensions) for judging to The Arts of Great Falls Gallery (756 Walker Road)

Paintings will be on display in the Art School Gallery through September 25th & available for sale through the online gallery.  *Note The Arts of Great Falls will host their annual fund raising gala in the Art School Gallery September 17 allowing for more art collectors and lovers to view your work.

Judging by Gavin Glakas will be done on September 12.   Competition winners announced at the awards reception and online.

6:30 – 8:00 pm – Awards Reception

Sunday , September 26
11-12 noon — Art Pick Up

Monday, September 27

9am – 10am – Art Pick Up

 

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