Call Detail
2020 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival


Contact Email:
Call Type: Festivals
Eligibility: National
State: New York
Entry Deadline: 8/15/20
Days remaining to deadline: 3
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (2020 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival): $45.00
The Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival is organized by the Wallkill River School, a 501(c)3 non-profit art school and fine art gallery located inside the historic Patchett House in Montgomery, NY.  
The Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival is a juried exhibition open to all painters in all mediums. The festival will include artist awards and an opportunity to sell work created during the event to the public. Artists may paint at locations of their choosing within the Hudson Valley map provided. The festival will conclude with an exhibition and sale of paintings created during the festival.  A 30% commission on all artwork sold during the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival will be retained by the Wallkill River School.

Entry Process
  • Entry application will be through
  • All entries must be submitted by August 15, 2020.
  • The Jury of Selection will review applications and the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival Committee will invite up to 30 artists to participate.
  • If you won an award in the 2019 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, you are automatically guaranteed a spot in this year’s festival if you apply online (this does not waive the jury fee).
  • The jury fee for all applicants is $45, which does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in the festival and is non-refundable unless the festival is cancelled.  Jury fee for early bird registration by July 1 is $35 (use Coupon Code 2020).
  • Applicants must submit an artist biography and three digital images which must be of original “plein air” artwork created by the applicant artist within the past two years. 
  • Notification of selected artists will be e-mailed to each applicant no later than August 31, 2020

Festival Painting Requirements
  • All paintings must be done “en plein air” during the event. 
  • 18” x 24" maximum canvas or paper size. 
  • Only artwork with a stamp will be permitted in the exhibition and sale. 
  • All submitted artwork must be available for sale. 
  • At least one painting, and no more than four paintings, from each artist are due at the artwork drop off for the show.
  • All artwork must be framed appropriately with wire on the back.  No gallery wrapped canvases will be accepted. 
  • Artwork information, tags and an art inventory form (included in packet) must be filled out for each painting. 
  • All unsold art must be collected by the artists at the conclusion of the exhibition or make other arrangements with Wallkill River School to have works shipped or stored.
  • For paintings that need to be shipped, a box and packing materials with a prepaid shipping label must be left with the Wallkill River School.

Artist Awards
The Wallkill River School will announce the awards and prizes during the exhibition and art sale. 
Award categories (subject to change):
  • 1st place 
  • 2nd place 
  • 3rd place 
  • Best Audubon Site Painting 
  • Best BashaKill Painting
  • Best Greenwood Lake Painting 
  • Best Goshen Painting 
  • Best Nocturne
  • Quickdraw 1st place
  • Quickdraw 2nd place
  • Quickdraw 3rd place

Event Calendar (subject to change)

April 20 - July 1: Early Bird Discounted Entry Period (use Coupon Code 2020)
August 15:  Deadline for Entry
August 31: Jury notifications will be e-mailed to all artist applicants. 
A list of accepted artists will also be posted online at
Tuesday, October 13th
4:00 pm  Artists check in and canvas stamping at the Wallkill River School (subject to change prior to event).   Artists are free to paint after check in.
Saturday, October 17th:
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Artwork drop off at Wallkill River School.
    Hanging of artwork. Venue restricted to WRS officials.
Sunday, October 18th:
TBD Quick Draw in the morning
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Public Show and Sale. Artists will host their display area.
Tuesday, November 3rd:
12:30 - 5:00 pm: Artwork pick up at Wallkill River School
Wednesday, November 4th - April 5, 2021:
Up to 2 artwork pieces created for this event can become part of a special traveling exhibit in
public places in Orange County.  WRS staff will assume responsibility for setting up and breaking down displays.  Artwork will remain for sale on the website, and management of sales will be through WRS.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
12:30 - 5:00 pm: Artwork pick up at Wallkill River School for those who participated in the special traveling exhibit.


Olena Babak ( Olena Babak is an award-winning, classically trained artist, whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in galleries, public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Some of her selected awards: 1st place Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, Best Marine Cape Ann Plein Air, Artists Choice Plein Air Richmond, 1st place Quick Draw & People’s Choice Award Finger Lakes Plein Air, Best Representation of Rockies National Park, 1st place Booth Bay Plein Air and others. Her work has been featured in “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poet’s and Artist’s: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist” as well as Plein Air Magazine.

Kirk Larsen (  Kirk Larsen is a widely celebrated plein air and Marine Master artist.  He enjoys all subjects, all mediums with a particular love for oils and watercolors.  Recognized with over 166 awards, including Grand Prize and Collectors choice at Easels In Frederick, many 1st places in Quick Draws, Best Nocturne at CAPA (Cape Ann Plein Air) 2018, The Award Honoring the Great Painters of Cape Ann- CAPA 2019 and plein air work in the permanent collection of The Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea. In 2019 he was one of 21 artists invited to paint at the Grand Canyon Celebration of the Arts (GCCOA) plein air paint-out and Exhibition in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the park.“…The best thing about being and artist is that I get to paint the beauty, serenity or majesty of what I perceive and that joy is multiplied when someone else gets to take that art home” -K. Larsen

George Van Hook (  George Van Hook began painting very early; his family owned a farm in Bucks County, home of the Pennsylvania impressionists. He became heavily influenced by their fine academic training coupled with a love of the prosaic landscape.  Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure,” he says. The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.  His awards include: Best of Show Adirondack Plein Air Festival, Best of Show and 1st Place Quick Draw Finger Lakes Plein Air, Best of Show Billsboro Plein Air, Best of Show Ocean Park Plein Air, Best of Show Bennington Plein Air and others.  Liliedahl Productions and Plein Air Magazine released in 2014 a 90 minute instructional film, “How to Paint Impressionism Outdoors” by George Van Hook.

No Artist Housing for 2020
We are committed to the health and well being of all our painters and hosts and may have to adjust our program as needed in light of Covid-19 concerns.  Therefore, we regret to say that housing with our hosts will not be available this year. 

Contact Information
Wallkill River School
232 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY 12549
Sarah Fortner Pierson, Executive Director, Wallkill River School,
Susan Roth, Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival Committee Chair,
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