About the Festival
The concept of a “Plein-Air Festival” is that all of the work is made on location. Artists arrive at the paint-out location, with blank canvases, which are stamped and dated on the back. Over a few hours, they will attempt to capture the light and atmosphere of the scene around them. Each day participants will visit a different venue setting up their easels, squeezing colors onto palettes in a celebration of the landscape of PEI. Four spectacular paint-outs over four days are at the center of Montague Plein-Air Festival, in some of the most stunning scenery, charming villages and historic towns that Eastern PEI has to offer. A schedule of locations will be available to the public and spectators are encouraged to come out, find the artists and watch them at work.
Best in Show Award $1000
Artist’s Choice $300
People’s Choice $300
Honorable Mention $200
Artists Reception and Registration
Wednesday July 12 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- A wine and cheese reception for artist and their guests will be held.
- Artists arriving late can register and receive information packets at this time.
- Maximum painting dimensions per side, either horizontally or vertically is limited to 30 inches including frame.
- Artist registration will also be held Thursday, July 13th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does “Plein Air” mean?
A: En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
Q: How will artists know where to paint?
A: A map will be provided of suggested locations
Q: How can we show that the works were produced during the days of the festival?
A: They will be date stamped.
Q: What if it rains?
A: We will proceed with the festival and do what we can to minimize the effects of bad weather through the use of umbrellas, tents and sheltered places.
Q: Are there places to stay in the Montague and surrounding area?
A: There are plenty of kinds of accommodations in the area. A list of accommodations is under Where to Stay.
Plein Air Festival Rules & Regulations
1.All artists must register, sign-in if pre-registered, on arrival.
2. Each blank canvas, or painting surface intended to be used by entrants will be inspected for complete “blankness” and marked with a stamp at the beginning of each days painting. Any works entered for final judging must have the official stamp.
3. Use of reference photos at work area is not allowed.
4. Artwork may not be completed from reference photos and must be a direct painting of the scene surrounding the artist.
5. Artwork must be either framed or have finished edges and be ready to hang.
6. Artists may create as many works as desired.
7. If space permits all paintings created at the event may be in the exhibit. But a limit of 5 pieces of artwork may be entered for judging portion of the Festival.
8. Only two-dimensional artwork will be accepted. No photography or prints permitted.
9. All artwork must be completed in an outdoor setting at the festival venues.
10. It is the responsibility of the artist to get permission needed to paint on private properties.
11. Artwork for judging must be brought back to the festival headquarters before 4.00 pm on Saturday June 30.
12. The festival is not responsible for the artwork. All art is owned by the artist, and any damages that may occur to the art are the responsibility of the artist.
13. Pricing of all artwork is at the discretion of the artist. The Plein-Air Festival, will handle all sales and collect a 20% commission.
14. Artists of the works awarded prizes, will allow the Festival the use of photos, of the art, for promotional purposes.