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The Plein Air Festival and Competition at Central School Project 
Thursday, Oct 6 - Sunday, Oct 9, 2022

BISBEE PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL 2022 

Supported by the Bisbee Foundation 

Produced by Central School Project  Thursday October 6 – Sun Oct 9, 2022
 

We are so happy to have our 2022 Festival in Bisbee once again this year!

The Bisbee Plein Air Festival returns Thursday, October 6 through the Sunday, October 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 $700 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 as a casual option

 -Group fast Paint session in Grassy Park, 

- Wet Paint Sale at Central School Project

- Sunday continuation of wet paint sale and  casual critique session with the artists and jurors

MORE PRIZES!

$700 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 in the gallery 

Registration & Canvas Stamping at Redbone retail store on the corner of Subway and Howell Ave
 

Rules and Regulations

The 2022 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.

 

Artists must register using the form at the top of this page (use the Eventbrite Registration button if viewing this on a phone). The registration fee is $35 but there is a $5 discount for Early Bird registration, before September 1st. 

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 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.

ABOUT

 

The Bisbee Plein Air Festival traditionally has been held the 2nd week of October. It is produced  by Central School Project.

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.