Call to Artists!
Plein Air Painting with PRIZES!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Celebrate the NEW Portsmouth Cultural Arts District!

Over $750 in awards to be given, including a Curator’s Choice Award, Mayor’s Choice Award & a People’s Choice Award.

$40 Registration fee gives you:
Entry into the plein air competition (artists can bring up to two canvases to be entered), welcome packet with discounts at participating Olde Towne businesses, wine and refreshments at ending reception, opportunity to sell your wet painting at the reception and/or afterwards at the Portsmouth Cultural Arts Center Gallery Shop!

Advanced registration required. Register today!

Whether you love painting nature, cityscapes, or architecture, you will find somewhere that strikes your fancy in Olde Towne!

Event Details

Artists should bring: Their own canvases, painting materials, and setup to paint outdoors. Highly recommend bringing sunscreen!

10 am – 10:30 am:
Meet at the Portsmouth Cultural Arts Center Gallery Shop (420 High St.) to sign in, have your canvases stamped, and receive your welcome packet.

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm:
Reception and Judging. Enjoy wine and refreshments. Artists and guests will vote on their favorite painting for the People’s Choice Award. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase the day’s paintings at the “wet paint” sale.

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm:
Winners Announced! Any artist who would like their work critiqued by Gayle Paul, Curator of Art of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center may stay after.

Sponsored by:
Department of Museums
Hansel-Union Consulting, PLLS
Olde Towne Business Association
Portsmouth Partnership





    I affirm that the pieces submitted for judging will be completed on October 6th and will be completed by the artist signing this disclaimer. Signing of this disclaimer shall be deemed a release of the City of Portsmouth for any damage or loss to person or property. I also agree to allow images of my work to be used in event-related publicity and/or materials including social media.
  • After registration is received, you will receive an email prompting you to pay your registration fee online. If you do not wish to pay online, you can pay in person at Little Shoppes on High (302 High St. Tuesday – Saturday 11am-5pm.) Registration is not complete until payment is received!