This seventh annual juried exhibition and art competition is sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, a non-profit organization that was established in 1975 to support and grow the arts in our community. Western Maryland is the ideal setting for a plein air event! Allegany and Garrett Counties are filled with magnificent mountain vistas, pristine state forests and parks, historic architecture, an abundance of small-town charm and a variety of other visual attractions, like the C&O Canal, the Casselman Bridge, the Potomac River, numerous streams throughout both counties, a variety of industrial settings, and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
Only thirty artists will be accepted to participate, and over $10,000 in prize money will be awarded.
Applicants are asked to submit 3 digital images of their plein air artwork, a photo, and a brief bio. The entry fee is $40. All applications must be submitted by midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Allegany Arts Council will not accept applications directly. If you have participated previously, some of the rules have changed.
Accepted artists will be responsible for their own lodging during the event. However, a number of community members have agreed to host participating artists and in past years we have been able to accommodate all artists interested in finding housing.
A 40% commission on all artwork sold during the Mountain Maryland Plein Air event will be retained by Allegany Arts Council, with all sales handled by representatives of the Saville Gallery. During the course of the Saville Gallery exhibition, artwork will be insured for 60% of its retail value.
Phase 1: Artists interested in being featured in the Plein Air Exhibition in June need to apply and be pre-screened through CaFE in order to be included in the Mountain Maryland Plein Air Exhibition. During this initial review, our Juror, Stewart White, will evaluate the submitted images (these images must be examples of your actual Plein Air artwork) to determine if the artist will be invited to participate in the exhibition. 30 artists will be selected based on the plein air images they submit. All artists who apply will receive electronic notification of the results of the screening process. Notification will be sent to the email address supplied when applying through CaFE.
Phase 2: The Artists identified by the screening committee will be featured in a short exhibition, the week of the event, designed to educate and promote the artists and provide another opportunity to show and sell work. These works will be selected by the artists. During Plein Air week a number of optional events are planned. Accepted artists will receive further details on these opportunities. All artists will be encouraged to participate in the quick draw event. There is no charge to register, but artists must pre-register for the event and have their canvas or board stamped.
Stewart White is a watercolorist from Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and after serving 3 years in the US Army he returned to graduate from UC Berkeley with a BFA. His watercolors both in his architecture illustrations and in painting competitions have won him many awards. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Easton Plein air Festival (2009). Stewart is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein-Air Painters Association, the American Impressionists Society, and the National Watercolor Society.
February 15: Last date to submit application via CaFE Website (12:00AM Midnight Mountain Standard Time)
March 2: Notification e-mailed
June 2-6: Event dates
June 2: Check in, lunch, and orientation. Two prior examples of plein air work, of any location, to be delivered to the gallery by Noon.
June 3-5: Paint throughout Mountain Maryland
By 9:30AM, turn in two paintings for awards judging, up to two additional paintings from this event may be available for purchase
Quick Draw Event in Cumberland, 10AM-Noon
Collectors' Opening, 5-7PM
Public Opening, 7-9PM
Pick up work from Saville Gallery between 10AM-5PM. (Accepted artists will receive follow up instructions with complete details.)
For questions about the 2015 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event, please email Pat Hilton, or call her at 301-461-2379.