Jun 20- 23, 2024

Jun 20- 23, 2024

Outdoor Painting – Juried Competition

The 9th annual Quinte en Plein Air Festival is a four-day event where emerging and established artists leave their studios behind to paint and showcase their work “en plein air.” En Plein air painting yields work that is both spontaneous and lively as light, form and colour change throughout the day. Artists 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 competition open to artists from anywhere in the world, working in various mediums such as: watercolour, acrylic, soft pastel and oil. We invite you to join us on this special weekend and participate in our unique one-of-a kind-event, celebrating the Quinte en Plein Air Festival!

Artists have between Thursday morning at 9:30 am and Saturday afternoon by 2 pm to create and submit up to three works for consideration by our esteemed judge (TBA).

The energy and excitement of the festival culminates in a closing ceremony and awards presentation where judges will award prizes. All are welcome to attend. Following the festival, art lovers are encouraged to visit the Quinte en Plein Air Exhibit to view or purchase the art.

First prize $1000
Second prize $750
Third prize $500
Bay of Quinte Waterfront $500
Mayor’s choice $500
Best downtown Belleville $500
People’s Choice $150

Artwork by Stephen Snider, First place 2023


Quinte en Plein Air 2023

Belleville Marina
Belleville MarinaBy Stephen Snider1st Place
Roses in the Vinyard
Roses in the VinyardBy Linda Barber2nd Place
Diva's Hats
Diva's HatsBy Lisa Leskien3rd Place
Above the Dock
Above the DockBy David St. PierreBest Bay of Quinte Waterfront
Front Street
Front StreetBy Kishor SonawanBest Downtown Belleville
City Hall
City HallBy David St. PierreMayor's Choice
Evening Reflection
Evening ReflectionBy Yuriy OmelyanenkoPeople's Choice