Plein Air Paint Out

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          The Quick Draw competition is a two-hour “en plein air”(open air) painting competition to take place from 11:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Edinboro Highland Games, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, rain or shine. At the end of the 2 hours the work will be judged, followed by an exhibition and sale. This competition is open to artists using oils, acrylic, water color, or pastel.

          CASH AWARDS

          Open/College                        Amateur/High School

          1st Place          $300.00          1st Place         $200.00

          2nd Place         $150.00          2nd Place       $100.00

          Besides cash awards a peoples’ choice award will be given. High School and College students may register for free. High school students can choose to compete in the open category. The registration fee for non-student open competitors is $25. Participating artists are expected to remain until 4PM after the exhibit and sales period is over. ALL WORK MUST BE FOR SALE. The Highland Festival Art Committee reserves the right to photograph artists and their work for advancing future Highland Games and Quick Draws.


          You can register by mail or email up until September 9, 2015; or register on the day of the competition until 10:45AM at the festival Art tent near McComb Fieldhouse. All participants must report to the Art tent with an approved entry form to have the back of their canvas or panels date stamped and receive a pricing/title label before the starting time.


          You will need the following equipment in order to participate:

          • Paints or pastels
          • Canvas or panel (No smaller than 8”on any side)
          • Frame or Mat to fit your piece for judging and handling

          Recommended but optional:

          • Easel (not required but helpful)
          • Hat, sunblock, umbrella
          • Open positive attitude


          • All participants are required to register
          • All participants must check in at the Art Tent prior to the start of the competition
          • All paintings are to be done from within the designated boundaries between 11AM and 1PM.
          • Artists may choose a place to paint prior to the competition.
          • Works should be no smaller than 8” on any side
          • Canvases and panels may be toned a head of time.
          • Pre-sketches are allowed in sketchbooks.
          • No sketching on your canvas or panel until after 11AM.
          • No reference photography allowed during competition.


          • All work to be judged must be brought to the Art tent by 1:30.
          • All work must be framed or matted for handling, with a label (supplied) carrying a title, price and artists name
          • Awards will be announced by 2PM.
          • 30% commission with revenues supporting HIGHLAND FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP.
          • Artist’s work is to stay for Exhibition and Sales Period, which ends at 4PM.

          EVENT CONCLUDES AT 4PM: All unsold artwork is to be removed from Exhibition Space at this time.

          Plein Air Quick Draw/Paint-Out Registration Form