Enjoy the 8th Annual Paint Great Falls: Plein Air Competition sponsored by The Arts of Great Falls. Artists will paint “en plein air” (outside) without the assistance of photography anywhere in Great Falls, Virginia from Wednesday, September 7th through Sunday, September 11th.  The community is welcome to watch artists paint throughout Great Falls as they move between locations.

See the popular Quick Paint on Friday, September 9th, 5:30-7:30pm while the light holds out at Great Falls Village Green. Watch the artists paint under the pressure of time and change of light. One artist will be awarded as the Peoples’ Choice.

On the last day, Sunday September 11th join us for the Awards Ceremony & Collectors Reception from 6:30pm to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for you to add a Great Falls landscape painting to your collection. All paintings are available for sale.


The Plein Air Awards
All competition paintings are eligible to win prizes.  Cash awards will be given for 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($250) and 3rd Place ($100).  Honorable mentions (no monetary prizes) will be made.

Eligibility & Rules
The first 25 artist to register ($35 fee) are eligible to participate.  If spaces are open, registration the day of the event is ($45 fee).If space is available, artists can register on-site for $45.  All competition paintings are eligible to win prizes that are juried.  Participants may paint anywhere in Great Falls after the canvas stamping. Stamping is available daily throughout the event from 9 am – 10 am. 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 or work in the studio.  Artists can paint between Wednesday, September 8 from 9am to Sunday, September 12 at 3 pm.