Plein Air Abingdon 2020

April 23, 2020 @ 11:30AM — April 25, 2020 @ 7:00PM

3-day Festival of Plein Air Artistry

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Ticket Details
Juried Plein Air Competition Registration
25 tickets left! Available For 138 More Days!

For artists attending all 3 days. Includes two dinners and Quick Draw entry.

Quick Draw Competition
30 tickets left! Available For 138 More Days!

For artists participating Saturday only.

20 tickets left! Available For 137 More Days!

Saturday Quick Draw only, must show ID at check-in


Over the last few years, the Virginia Highlands Festival has offered a special opportunity for artists.

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

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

Event Dates: April 23-25, 2020

For the Juried Competition, we are working on securing beautiful and interesting locations to host artists on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24. These days will also include special networking events for artists and collectors in the evenings. On Saturday, April 25, artists registered for the Juried Competition may choose to finish any works in progress or create something new in downtown Abingdon to submit Saturday.

Note: By "Juried Competition" we mean that any artist can register for the three-day event, come and paint. On Saturday, April 25th all of these registered artists will chose their top 3 (or so, depending on space availability) pieces to submit to the gallery. Those pieces will by judged for our cash prizes.

Saturday, April 25 is the Quick Draw Competition (separate registration). On this day, we include the public in the artist's process and show what plein air artists do.

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 25, there will also be a Pop-Up Gallery and Awards Ceremony, 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 2020)
  • 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's 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 Place - $250
  • Third Place - $100
Quick Draw Competition
  • Quick Draw People's Choice top prize - $500
Lodging for Artists

More info coming soon!

Full instructions and rules for artists may be accessed by clicking here!