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Plein Air Weekend Artist Information

We invite you to join artists from across Michigan and throughout the Midwest for this year’s 2 day event. Due to COVID-19, we have had to make some concessions for the event this year.  We have cancelled Thursday’s Sundowner event and most of our hospitality offerings for the entire weekend.  In light of shifting COVID-19 protocols, we will send updates as needed.

The 2021 Plein Air Weekend is scheduled for August 6 and 7. Online registration for the Quick Draw and Paint Out will take place on March 24 beginning at 9:30am. 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/

Plein Air Bootcamp (Thursday, August 5, 2021)

Warm-up for the Plein air weekend. David Westerfield demonstrates his process for painting in Plein air and mentors participants of all levels. Oil and acrylic painters welcome.

Sundowner (Cancelled for 2021)

Quick Draw (Friday, August 6, 2021)

Get Artist DetailsSee and download all of the artist details and instructions for the Friday Quick Draw.

The 2021 theme is “Capturing Village Life: Images of Empire and Glen Arbor.” Artists check-in at the Glen Arbor Township Hall between 11am and 1pm. then leave for their chosen location to paint for 2 hours. Artists return their works to the Township Hall by 3:45. Our guest judge will award the cash prizes for this event. Exhibit and sale begins at 5:00 pm in the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Artist registration fees: $20 Members/ $25 Nonmembers / $30 at the door

Paint Out (Saturday, August 7, 2021)

Get Artist DetailsSee and download all of the artist details and instructions for the Saturday Paint Out.

Regular registration opens on a space-available basis only. The August 7 Paint Out is limited to 70 artists. Registration takes place on-line and continues until full. Artists may begin registering online on March 24th at 9:30 am. Want to become a GAAC member and enjoy discounted entry fees? See the GAAC membership page. Exhibit and sale will be Saturday evening in the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Artist registration fees: $30 GAAC Members / $40 Nonmembers.

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.

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 24 at 9:30am)

Thank you Plein Air Weekend Sponsors!


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