The Plein Air Festival and Competition will be held in person at Central School Project this year!
Wed Oct 6 - Sun Oct 10, 2021
BISBEE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL 2021 -- GUIDELINES
Presented and Central School Project & by Bisbee After 5 Wed October 6 – Sun Oct 10
We are moving the headquarters of the festival from grassy park over to Central School Project for public health and safety concerns as well as for logistical reasons. CSP has ample indoor and outdoor space options depending on weather and our pandemic public health situation – we are cautiously going forward.
The Bisbee Plein Air Festival returns October 6 through the 10! Join other artists in painting Old Bisbee’s historic architecture, sprawling staircases, vintage streets, industrial mining remnants, and colorful homes set amidst the scenic Mule Mountains to compete for $800 in prizes. You also have the opportunity to sell your Festival pieces to the public at the Wet Paint Exhibition and Sale. Start painting any day you wish with the festival dates, there are no requirements for start day.
THIS YEAR INCLUDES:
Jurors pop up show with artist meet and greet, nocturne painting on Subway, Fast draw and Paint in Grassy Park, Painting the view of Mexico San Jose Peak events: (1 for registrants and 1 for kids) at Bisbee Library Annex in San Jose, and our wet paint sale, informal critique session.
The Delta variant is highly contagious so we need everyone to be vigilant with masking and social distancing.
$800 in Cash Prizes 1st $300 | 2nd $200 | 3rd $100 | 2 Runner ups 50.00
A quick Draw and Paint in Grassy Park with surprises for all who participate!
Judging, Awards and Exhibition/ wet paint show to be held at Central School Project (not Grassy Park)
Registration & Canvas Stamping at Sense of Place Gallery, 63C Brewery Ave
Wed Oct 6- Fri Oct 9, 8 am – noon and Sat Oct, 10 8-10 am
Online registration (preferred) is available at
or MAIL TO Central School Project PO Drawer H, Bisbee AZ 85603, or dropped off at Sense of Place Gallery, 63C Brewery Ave
Rules and Regulations
The 2021 Bisbee Plein Air Festival is open to any artist who paints using the plein air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pastel, or other non-digital media.
All paintings entered in the competition/sale must be done “en plein air” (in the open air where the artist has no control of light or weather) during the event dates in Bisbee city limits. All canvas/paper/boards must be stamped PRIOR to painting. NO unstamped art will be accepted.
Artists may stamp as many canvases as they wish, but can enter only up to four pieces of work to be judged in the competition and sales area. Framing is suggested, but not required.
Artists must provide their own paint kits and sturdy easel(s) for display during judging and will be responsible for the safety of their paintings.
The sales commission is 35% to the Plein Air Fest and 65% to the artist for all sales made during the public receptions.
Central School Project, Bisbee After 5, and associated volunteers assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any work, display or person.
Artists may paint anywhere in Bisbee, which includes Warren, Lowell, the pit, San Jose, et cetera. On Saturday, we request artists paint in Old Bisbee for Wet Paint Sale visibility.
Masks and distancing are required in group settings.
2021 Bisbee Plein Air Complete Festival Schedule:
October 6- 10 - Artists Painting
REGISTRATION & STAMPING Sense of Place Gallery, 63C Brewery Ave.
WED - FRI, 8 am - 12 pm and SAT, 8 am - 10 am
WED, OCT. 6
2:30 pm View of San Jose Peak in Mexico Painting
Library Annex, 519 W Melody Ln. (San Jose District)
FRI, OCT. 8
1 pm - 3 pm
Kids Paint - Free materials provided
Kids Age 8 & Up Paint
San Jose Peak View with Carol Chandler at Library Annex, 519 W Melody Ln.
FRI, OCTOBER 8
6 pm - 8 pm
Parking lot reception
Jurors’ Show Opening and registered artist meet and greet (subject to change or measured indoor attendance)
Central School Project Gallery,
43 Howell Ave.
FRI, OCTOBER 8
Nocturne Paint, Subway St.
Sam Poe Gallery, 33 Subway St.
Saturday October 9
10 -11 am Quick Draw & Paint-off in Grassy Park with Sam Woolcott- all that participants get suprises!
Saturday October 9
2- 3 pm Artists Check-in their paintings and set up work at Central School 43 Howell Ave
for Judging and Exhibition (Indoors or outdoors TBD)
3 – 4 pm - Artists leave CSP for judging time
4 -6 pm EXHIBIT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR VIEWING & BUYING
4- 5 pm People’s Choice voting
5 pm Awards Presented
Sat Oct 10, 6pm - 8 pm Bisbee After 5 Artwalk, Main St.
Sunday, Oct 10 11-1 pm - Exhibition and Sale continues- and our casual Critique session!
The Bisbee Plein Air Festival traditionally has been held the 2nd week of October. It is produced in partnership by Central School Project and Bisbee After 5.
Artists come to paint Old Bisbee’s historic architecture, sprawling staircases, vintage streets, industrial mining remnants, and colorful homes set amidst the scenic Mule Mountains to compete for $700 in prizes. On the final day artists gather for the judging downtown where the art lovers can view and purchase the work right off the easel. Each year we also have workshops, activities, and exhibitions held in conjunction with the competition.