Plein Air–Easton! Artists Prospectus Released, Dates Announced

Now is the time for artists and art enthusiasts to gear up for the 7th Annual Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, to be held July 18-24, 2011. The Competition Prospectus, which describes the process for artist entries, gives information about the entry jurist and awards judge, and outlines the competition guidelines, will be released December 1, 2010 on the event website,

The spontaneous and exciting art form of plein air painting—where artists leave their studios to paint “in the moment” outdoors, is experiencing a robust revival that has spurred a new art movement. America has caught plein air fever, with plein air events and artist groups emerging from coast to coast. Amidst this emergence, Plein Air–Easton! is a national hot spot, having established itself as the country’s premier plein air festival.

Artists, art collectors, art and nature enthusiasts, students, tourists, local businesses, and spectators alike have discovered that this event truly lives up to its slogan of offering “Art for Everyone.” Plein Air–Easton! has become one of Easton’s largest events. Over the past six years, Plein Air–Easton! has attracted crowds and consistently posted impressive figures for art sales. In 2011, competition artists will vie for close to $15,000 in prizes.

Important Dates
December 1, 2010: 2011 Competition Prospectus released to artists and general public
March 4, 2011: Submissions deadline for entry in national competition
March 25, 2011: Announcements of Competition Artists
July 18-24, 2011: Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival

Plein Air–Easton! is a project of the Avalon Foundation and hosted by the Academy Art Museum, which provides an accredited museum venue for the competition exhibit. The event is supported by the Talbot County Arts Council and corporate and individual donors. Donations from Friends of Plein Air–Easton! support the event while promoting conservation and tourism through the arts and a strong sense of place.

The rapid success of Plein Air–Easton! has largely occurred because of the talents and dedication of festival organizers and a cadre of community volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this a successful event.

Mark your calendars now for the 7th Annual Plein Air–Easton! July 18-24, 2011. For more information, call 410.822.7297 or visit