Plein Air Abingdon 2019

April 25, 2019 @ 10:00AM — April 27, 2019 @ 7:00PM

3-day festival of plein air artistry

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There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


The Virginia Highlands Festival and William King Museum of Art are creating a special opportunity for artists.

"Plein Air Abingdon" is a plein air paint-out and pop-up gallery that offers you a place to

  • Create new work
  • Sell your work
  • Network with fellow artists and collectors

Event Dates: April 25-27, 2019

For the Juried Competition we are working on securing beautiful and interesting locations to host artists on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. These days will also include special events to network with each other an art collectors in the evenings. On Saturday, April 27, artists registered for the juried competition may choose to finish any works in progress or create something new in downtown Abingdon to submit by 3:30 PM Saturday.

Saturday, April 27 is the Quick Draw Competition (separate registration). On this day we include the public in the artist's process and show plein air artists do. Artist Kyle Buckland will give a demonstration of plein air artistry in the morning at the Virginia Creeper Trail trailhead. The Quick Draw time to create is 1-3 PM. All works must be returned to the William King Museum of Art by 3:30 PM to be considered for the Quick Draw prize.

More detailed rules for each competition will be emailed after registration. The top prize for the Juried Competition is $1,000 and for the Quick Draw Competition it is $500.

On Saturday, April 27 all artists, their friends and families, and the general public are invited to the Pop-Up Gallery and Awards Ceremony from 5-7 PM at the William King Museum of Art. This is where all works created that day will be on display and available for sale (50/50 split with the Virginia Highlands Festival).

All artist participants receive

  • One free entry into the Virginia Highlands Festival Juried Fine Art competition (July 2019)
  • The opportunity to sell up to three artworks at the pop-up gallery (50/50 split with the Virginia Highlands Festival, space permitting)
  • Name and gallery affiliation (if any) on Festival website and social media posts
  • Chance to win cash prizes ($1,000 top prize for Juried Competition, $500 top prize for Quick Draw competition)

Prizes: Juried Competition

  • Best in Show - $1,000
  • Second prize - $250
  • Third prize - $100
Quick Draw Competition
  • Quick Draw People's Choice top prize - $500
Lodging for Artists

We have arranged for discount rooms of $89/night (plus tax) at the Comfort Inn, 1093 Ole Berry Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210. We are also working on free rooms in host houses, discounted Air BnB locations, and other lodging specials. We will email you by the end of March with any additional offers we have available.

Full instructions and rules for artists may be accessed by clicking HERE.