EASTON -- The competition prospectus for the ninth annual Plein Air-Easton! Competition & Arts Festival will be released on Friday, Jan. 25.
The release of the prospectus will mark the official kickoff of the 2013 event and begin the selection process for the next competition.
Each July, some of the best plein air artists from across the country and around the globe converge on Talbot County to vie for large cash and product prizes during a weeklong art extravaganza. In 2013, more than $20,000 in cash and product prizes will be awarded, plus the opportunity for artists to sell their work to a large audience of art buyers.
The caliber of artists competing at Plein Air-Easton! has strengthened each year. With such stiff competition, the release of the prospectus offers timely and vital information for artists. The prospectus describes the process for artist entries, gives information about the entry jurist and awards judge, and outlines the competition guidelines. It will be released on the event website, www.pleinaireaston.com.
Plein Air-Easton! is a rare opportunity to interact with these artists and experience an up-close view of the spontaneous artform of plein air painting -- where artists leave their studios to paint "in the moment" outdoors. In just a few days, hundreds of pieces of art are created and sold, making this a major East Coast art sale and a hot spot for art collectors and enthusiasts.
The pinnacle of the competition is the Collector's Preview Party, which offers the first opportunity to view and purchase the competition paintings and see the competition exhibit intact before paintings begin to be sold. Winners are announced during an awards ceremony at the party.
- Jan. 25: Release of competition prospectus
- March 8: Artists deadline to enter juried competition
- March 29: Announcement of competition artists
- July 15 to 21: Plein Air-Easton! Competition & Arts Festival
- July 19: Plein Air-Easton! Collectors' Preview Party, Academy Art Museum
Plein Air-Easton! is the work of the Avalon Foundation. The Academy Art Museum is the museum venue for the competition exhibit. The event is supported by Friends of Plein Air-Easton!, the Talbot County Arts Council, and corporate, media, product and community based sponsors.
Plein Air-Easton! highlights are available on a video blog available at www.pleinaireaston.com.
For information, call 410-822-7297 or visit the website.