About the Competition
In the 6th Annual Paint Great Falls: Plein Air Competition, artists will be painting the beautiful scenery outdoors in Northern Virginia starting Wednesday, September 9th through 3pm, Sunday, September 13th.  Painters will be in popular locations such as Great Falls Park, Riverbend Park,  Colvin Run Mill,  Meadowlark Gardens, Reston Town Center as well as private gardens, a historic farm, Great Falls Village Centre and other places. And also, in an artist’s own backyard as an option this year to accommodate everyone’s comfort level.

In addition to the daily painting, there will be a Quick Paint Night on Friday, September 11, 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
Thanks to our generous sponsor Celebrate Great Falls Foundation, 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 be made.

Details for Artist Participants
Artists are invited to register online to participate.  Artist registration along with a $35 application fee begins May 1, 2020 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 competition Judge TBD.

Participants may paint anywhere in Northern Virginia (location ideas available) starting 3pm Wednesday, September 9th through 3pm Sunday, September 13th.  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” framed piece.  All submitted artwork must be available for sale. Submissions may be made starting Friday afternoon at 4pm.   All art will may remain on display through September (artist’s option).  Any paintings sold will contribute 25% to The Arts of Great Falls.

SCHEDULE of EVENTS
Wednesday, September 9
3-5pm – Canvases (and other surfaces) stamped at The Arts of Great Falls School/Gallery
(756 Walker Rd. in Great Falls, VA)
Thursday, September 10
9–10 am  Canvases (and other surfaces) stamped at The Arts of Great Falls School/Gallery
(756 Walker Rd. in Great Falls, VA)
All day – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas provided to participants)
Friday, September 11
9–10 am  Canvases (and other surfaces) stamped at The Arts of Great Falls School/Gallery
(756 Walker Rd. in Great Falls, VA)
All day – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas provided to participants) and your own area.
4pm – Optional Submit any finished paintings desired (up to 2) that are framed & wired with canvases no bigger than 16 x 20 dimensions to be displayed during the the Quick Draw Event.

6-8pm Quick Draw event at the Village Centre.   Canvases for this event will be stamped at 6pm.  Artists can set up anywhere in the Great Falls Village Centre and will have until 7:45pm to paint.  An award will be given to the quick draw winner.

Saturday, September 12
9–10 am  Canvases (and other surfaces) stamped at The Arts of Great Falls School/Gallery
(756 Walker Rd. in Great Falls, VA)
All day – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas provided to participants)

Sunday, September 13

Paint all day thru 3pm – Open painting around and throughout Great Falls (site ideas available to participants)
3pm – Submit up to 2 paintings (framed & wired with canvases no bigger than 16 x 20 dimensions) for judging. Paintings will be on display in the Gallery through September 30th & available for sale.
6:30-8:30pm – Artists & Sponsor Reception at The Arts of Great Falls on the Village Green in Great Falls.
7:00pm – Competition Winners Announced

Wednesday, September 30
Art Pick Up

Register