Plein air painting, or the art of painting “in the open air,” avails artists the freedom to work in and with nature, capturing changing light, textures and colours on canvas.
The 2019 Arts En Plein Air Festival is a four-day event where artists will leave their studios behind to paint and showcase their work outdoors. Artists will have the opportunity to capture the beautiful images of historic downtown Belleville, the shores of the Bay of Quinte, the famous ‘Old East Hill’, the Moira River, and numerous other painting locations in the Quinte region.
This event is a juried and judged competition that is open to artists working in various mediums such as: watercolour, acrylic, soft pastel and oil. We would like to invite you to join us on this special weekend and participate in our unique one-of-a kind-event, celebrating art en plein air!
At registration, artists will receive a participant package and additional area information.
The Festival runs from May 23 to 26, 2019. Artist check-in opens on May 23 at 9:30 am at the J.M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville, Ontario, and registered canvases must be submitted for judging by Saturday, May 23 at 5:00 pm. Awards will be announced during a closing ceremony on Sunday, May 26. (More details to come.)
There will be an Artists’ Reception at Dinkel’s Restaurant (44 Bridge St. E., Belleville, Ont.) on Friday May 24, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. (More details to come.)
The Plein Air Exhibit will run at the J.M. Parrott Art Gallery from May 26 to June 6. All paintings will hang for the duration of the exhibit unless prior arrangements have been made with the curator.