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Plein Air

3 Day Paint-Out

What Is Plein Air?

Artist Brenda Behr painting at 2016 event.

What exactly is plein air painting?  Plein air is a term derived from the French phrase “en plein air,” which literally means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which was originally developed by the Barbizon School and the Impressionist movement of the late 1800s.  A plein air artist paints on location, in natural surroundings. This type of painting requires certain techniques, materials, equipment and…. a certain type of artist. Watch these artists continue the tradition of painting “en plein air”.

Plein Air Paint Out – Downtown Jacksonville

Scores of these special plein air artists will converge on downtown Jacksonville on April 27, 28, and 29, 2017 for a paint-out competition. Not only will these artists have the opportunity to paint scenic and historic places like the Pelletier House along the banks of the New River, the USO, the old Jacksonville Train Depot, the City Hall Tower, the Freedom Fountain, beautiful Wilson Bay, the Beirut, WWII, Vietnam, and 911 Memorials… but they have a chance to win cash awards for their work.

Special workshops and southern hospitality add to the experience. Spectators will enjoy seeing the artists at work and be able to purchase their original paintings at a Wet-Paint Sale to be held during the afternoon of Art Block outside the Council for the Arts building. Save the Date” and make plans to attend this spectacular event!

Wet-Paint Sale and Arts Council Gallery Exhibition

Immediately after the judging on Saturday afternoon at the Art Block Street Festival, cash awards will be presented to winning artists: AWARDS:   1st Place: $200      2nd Place: $150     3rd Place: $100
All participating artists will have the opportunity to sell completed paintings from the paint-out during the publicized “Wet-Paint Sale.” Sales generated during the wet-paint sale will be the sole responsibility of the artists, and 100% of the sale is retained by the artists.

GALLERY EXHIBITION:
Works not sold at the wet paint sale may be displayed in the main Gallery in the Council, from April 30th through June 16th upon artist request.  Standard gallery commission rates will apply to pieces displayed/sold from April 30-June 16th.  Artists must price their own pieces for display/sale in the Arts Council Gallery or Art Market.


Jeremy Sams This Year’s Judge:
Award-Winning Artist Jeremy Sams!

Judging and Critique:  We are excited to have Jeremy Sams as this year’s Awards Judge for our event. Jeremy is an accomplished plein air painter and is well know artist throughout our state.  Jeremy’s paintings are collected throughout the world and he has amassed many accolades and awards for his work . Jeremy promotes and is an advocate for plein air painting. He even travels abroad as a missionary where he incorporates plein air painting as part of his mission work. Jeremy is currently a member of the North Carolina Plein Air Painters,  Triad Outdoor Painters,  Charlotte Plein Air Painters and Plein Air Carolina. He is also the founder of the Fellowship of Plein Air Painters. Learn more at jeremysams.com.

Plein Air Paint Out Overview and Rules

Plein Air Paint Out Registration Form

Plein Air Paint Out Schedule

Some Locations in Paint Out Boundary


Paint-Out Quick Facts for Artists

  • You do not have to paint all three days… you can participate any day or days you would like. For example, Bernie Rosage (Plein Air Organizer) is a high school art teacher and will not participate until Saturday morning. There will be a team of Plein Air Volunteers on hand each day to assist you.
  • You may submit up to three (3) finished paintings from the paint out for judging by Jeremy Sams.
  • You may include any number of plein air paintings from the event for purchase in the wet paint sale on Saturday.
  • Upon arrival (whatever day), go to the Council for the Arts, 826 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540 to register/checkin. You will receive your packet and have your canvases stamped at that time.
  • You do NOT have to turn in your paintings or check out at the Council at the close of each day. You may drop by the Council at before 4pm daily if you need another canvas stamped.
  • Nocturnal paintings within the boundaries that are pre-stamped will be accepted.
  • Boundaries include views from the water.  Some artists may be painting from boats… very COOL!
  • There will be an Art Block Reception for artists on Friday evening, April 28th.  Please join the other artists, art council staff, board members and event sponsors for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.

Rules and Sales:

Complete rules may be downloaded above.  Please note the following:

  • Rules: Artists may submit up to THREE pieces for judging. All works must be done en plein air (outside), during the event times (nocturnal compositions accepted), within the painting boundaries as confirmed by the map, and without assistance of photographs. All canvasses/substrates must be officially stamped at registration. Eligible submissions must be turned in by 1:00pm on Saturday. All media are accepted, except for photography.
  • CanvasRestrictions: Canvases/Substrates may be no larger than 36 inches in any direction.   Artists may submit up to 3 completed works for judging. All substrates must be officially stamped at registration to be considered eligible for judging and the wet-paint sale.

Any question not answered here can be forwarded to Bernie Rosage (below) by email.


Bernie RosageArt Block Plein Air Paint Out Coordinator: Bernie Rosage Jr.

Bernie is well known in the plein air circle of artists in North Carolina. He is the founder of the Onslow Outdoor Painters Society (OOPS), a well known group of plein air artists in the Down East area. He is a native of Onslow County where he resides with his wife, Tami, his children, and grandchildren.

If you have questions about the plein air event, feel free to contact him via email at bernierosage@gmail.com or through his website: bernierosage.com.  Email questions will be answered within 24 hours.  Please DO NOT call him, as his job does not allow phone access.
For all other ART BLOCK questions, contact the Gallery Manager at 910.455.9840.

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