Plein Air–Easton! Artists Prospectus Released, Dates Announced

Exciting updates are in the works for the 8th Annual Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, to be held July 14-22, 2012. The Competition Prospectus, which outlines the competition guidelines, is now available 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 artists 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 seven years, Plein Air–Easton! has attracted tens of thousands of visitors and consistently posted impressive figures for art sales. In 2012, competition artists will vie for $20,000 in prizes.

Important Dates:
March 9, 2012: Submissions deadline for entry in national competition
March 30, 2012: Announcement of Competition Artists
July 12 & 13, 2012: Pre-Competition Paint-outs (locations to be announced)
July 14, 2012: Competition Artists Orientation and (NEW THIS YEAR) Friends of Plein Air–Easton! Opening Dinner.

July 14-22, 2012: Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival

Plein Air–Easton! is a project of the Avalon Foundation. The Academy Art Museum is the 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 calendar now for the 8th Annual Plein Air–Easton! July 14-22, 2012. For the latest information, visit, email, or phone the Plein Air–Easton! hotline at 410.822.7297.