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2022 Plein Air Weekend Artist Information

We invite you to join artists from across Michigan and throughout the Midwest for this year’s 3-day event. In light of shifting COVID-19 protocols, we will send updates as needed.

The 2022 Plein Air Weekend is scheduled for August 4, 5, and 6. Online registration for the Quick Draw and Paint Out will take place on March 23 beginning at 9:30 am. Be sure that you are on the GAAC email list for updates. You can find the GAAC’s mailing list sign up page here: https://www.glenarborart.org/mailing-list-signup/

Sundowner (Thursday evening, August 4, 2022)

There is no limit on the number of participating artists, no advance registration.  Register at the Glen Arbor Township Hall between 4:30 and 6 PM and then find your perfect sunset spot.  Paint for as long as the light holds, or paint the starry sky.  Artwork is returned to the Town Hall Friday morning from 11 AM to 1 PM.  We will award cash prizes for the best Sundowner paintings.  Artist Registration Fees:  $15 GAAC Members / $20 Non-Members  NOTE:  This event is weather permitting, we will cancel if raining.

Sundowner Information Sheet

Quick Draw (Friday, August 5, 2022)

REGISTRATION OPENS Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 AM.

The 2022 theme for this popular, timed event is “Pastoral Life:  Capturing Images of Barns, Farms, and Fields”.  Check-in at the Glen Arbor Township Hall beginning at 11 AM- 1 PM.  Return of artwork by 3:45 PM.  You have a 3-hour window of time to paint your impression of “pastoral life” in the area, focusing on the many barns, farms and fields throughout the area.  We will award cash prizes for the best Quick Draw paintings.  The sale of art begins at 5:00 PM in the Glen Arbor Town Hall.  Artist Registration Fees:  GAAC Members $20 / Non-Members $25, and to register at the door, $30.

Quick Draw Information Sheet

Paint Out (Saturday, August 6, 2022)

REGISTRATION OPENS Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 AM.

Open registration opens on a space-available basis only, and we limit the number of participating artists to the first 70 to register.  Registration takes place online and continues until full.  For our day-long Paint Out you may paint anywhere in the area, including the villages of Glen Arbor and Empire, the beautiful water in our Glen Lakes, and of course, in the National Park where you will need a park pass to paint.  We will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes, along with two honorable mentions.  Our first prize is the Amy L. Clark-Carels award of $1,000, given in memory of this talented local artist.  Artist Registration Fees: GAAC Members $30 / Non-Members $40

NOTE:  If the registration for the Saturday Paint-Out is full, don’t despair, you can sign up for the waiting list.  We do try to accommodate as many artists as possible on the waiting list.

Paint Out Information Sheet

Confirmation & Cancellation: You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your paid registration for all Plein Air Weekend events. For cancellations, you will receive a full refund (minus $10 processing fee) up to 14 days prior to the event date. There is no refund after that.

Judging: Please read the information sheet regarding judging and conflict of interest.

National Park Pass: required for painting within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm

Quick Draw and Paint Out Check-In: Glen Arbor Township Hall located at 6394 W. Western Avenue/M-22 in Glen Arbor.

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(Artist registration for the Quick Draw and Paint Out will start on Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 am)

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