Plein Air Artists

Plein Air Artists

Calling all Plein Air Painters!

Festival of the Arts 2021 is hosting a Plein Air weekend and Exhibition. It is free to register and participate.  All painters will be asked to sign up for at least one shift. As we are still in the age of Covid we ask you to keep all CDC protocols for gathering in mind and follow good practices. Painters will be asked to paint either on canvass, at 11” x 14” or if you paint in watercolor to paint on a size that can be framed and matted to either 11” x 14” or 16” x 20”.

Completed works will be turned over to Festival 2021 for a show that will follow the weekend. Details will be sent to all entrants.  There will be a maximum of 50 pieces selected for the Plein Air Exhibition and all of those works will be listed for sale. We suggest you set a price with a minimum of $150. If a piece is sold you will receive 75% of the sale price and Festival will retain 25%.  Your payment will be sent to you in the mail in August, post the exhibition.

Each selected entry will be digitally photographed, and the artists will receive the file for their own future use.  Festival pays for all framing and digital photography costs.  Mercury Head, 962 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids is Festival’s framing partner. You will receive the original in the frame at the end of July if the work has not sold.

Three $300 Awards will be selected by the Plein Air Jurors, Stephan and Taylor Smith of Muse Gallery. Those three Award winner’s pieces will be made into prints for sale and there will be a similar split with Festival after the cost of printing is deducted.

The submission and delivery process will be sent with all instructions and the assignment of locations to the artists registered shortly after the May 17 deadline.

Each Plein Air Painter will receive a Plein Air Festival Weekend T-shirt. Pease’s select your style and size on the entry form. 

Email with questions.

2021 Plein Air Jurors

Stephen and Taylor Smith are the owners of Muse GR, an interactive art gallery on the Westside of Grand Rapids. Through Muse, Stephen and Taylor connect with the community through art to encourage positive transformation and discovery of one’s purpose and passion.

Stephen is a local photographer and educator for Grand Rapids Public Schools. Taylor has gained a love for writing and digital media while working many years in non-profit communication. Together they serve the youth of Grand Rapids and aim to inspire others through artistic collaboration.