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Plein Air Juried Competition, Paint the Peninsula
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
PO Box 1695
Port Angeles, WA 98362

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: Washington
Event Dates: 8/18/18 - 8/26/18
Entry Deadline: 4/1/18
Application Closed
Media Images:3

Entry Fee (Plein Air Juried Competition, Paint the Peninsula): $40.00

2018 Paint the Peninsula 6th Annual Juried Plein Air Painting Competition 

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

Registration begins: January 1, 2018
Registration closes: March 31, 2018  

Competition dates:  August 18 – 26, 2018

Media images: 3          
Entry Fee: $40.00

Paint the Peninsula is a juried plein air competition beginning its sixth year. The event will be held in Port Angeles, Washington, gateway to Olympic National Park August 18 through 26, 2018. Port Angeles and its surrounding areas include Olympic National Park and has everything to offer a plein air artist from sweeping vistas and soaring mountains to vintage working farms, intimate woods and expansive ocean views. The event is being hosted by and for the benefit of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center (PAFAC). PAFAC Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports the arts in hosting gallery shows and community art events throughout the year. The PAFAC gallery is located in Webster’s Woods, a five acre woodland area where over 100 sculptures and other works of art live in and peek out of the abundant foliage.

Cash prizes of $12,000 will be awarded in a variety of categories.

  • The opening date for registration is January 1, 2018, and the final date for submitting entries to Paint the Peninsula through CaFE is March 31, 2018. 
  • Last year’s winners have been invited and may return as guest artists. 
  • The remaining slots to a total of 24 artists will be filled through jury selection. 
  • Each registered artist’s 3 images will be evaluated by a panel of 3 jurists from arts related fields. 
  • The 3 images are required to be plein air, not studio, and completed within the last two years.
  • Selection of finalists will be accomplished no later than April 30, 2018, and the artists notified no later than May 15, 2018.
  • Attending orientation and stamping of substrates are mandatory. No artwork will be accepted for hanging in the event unless the event stamp is visible on the back of the substrate. An exception is made for watercolor artists in which case recognition of the site painted will be used.
  • Pastel painters’ paper should be suitably mounted on board or foam core in order to allow for stamping and visibility of a stamp from the back of the frame.
  • All work must be framed and wire strung. Saw tooth picture hangers are not acceptable.
  • All work must be no larger than 18 inches unframed on its longest side. This includes the up to three images of studio or plein air work that artists may bring with them.
  • A 40% commission for PAFAC will be taken on all work.
  • A 25% commission for PAFAC will be taken on all work painted or commissioned during the event for two months following the event.
  • There is a minimum price of $300 on all work except as allowed during the Paint Out and Petite Painting show and sale on the last day.
  • Attendance at the awards reception on Saturday August 25th is mandatory.
  • All artists must participate in the Paint Out on August 24.
  • If paintings are sold privately during the competition they will be subject to the 40% commission. 

August 18, Saturday: 
  • Artists arrive in Port Angeles.
  • 9:00am and throughout the day - Artists not taking either tour can have their panels stamped and begin painting.
  • Noon - optional bus tours of popular local painting sites for new artists.
  • 1:00pm - optional car caravan to painting sites in the Sequim-Dungeness area east of Port Angeles.
  • 4:00pm - stamping of substrates for artists on tours followed by dinner and orientation.
August 19, Sunday: 
  • Artists will paint at a site of their choosing within specified boundaries.
August 20, Monday: 
  • Artists will paint within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.
August 21, Tuesday: 
  • Artists will paint at a site of their choosing.
  • Demos for those artists who volunteer.
August 22, Wednesday: 
  • Artists will paint at a site of their choosing.
  • Demos for those artists who volunteer.
August 23, Thursday: 
  • Artists will paint at a site of their choosing.
  • 6:00pm to 7:30pm - A reception will be held featuring the Olympic National Park paintings.  Awards will be given by Olympic National Park staff.
August 24, Friday:
  • In the morning artists may paint at a site of their choosing.
  • 1:00pm to 4:00pm - Paint Out and sale on the City Pier and Esplanade followed by awards ceremony for Paint Out paintings.
August 25, Saturday: 
  • Evening award ceremony and reception.
August 26, Sunday: 
  • Last day of the show. Each artist will hang a new work measuring 6” x 8”. Artists may take down their paintings after the last guest has left the gallery in the evening, or may take them down Monday morning August 27 at 9:00am. 

Every effort will be made to supply host housing in exchange for a small painting of the artist’s choice. Some artists may choose to stay in a local hotel, motel, Airbnb, RV park or bed and breakfast. Enough host housing is available for all artists who choose it, and is only for participating artists. Artists who bring family members may not be able to be accommodated by a host.
Please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Paint the Peninsula Event Chair, Anne Dalton
PAFAC Executive Director, Jessica Elliott

PAFAC Administrative Coordinator, Lindsay Smithberg

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