Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Eugene Quick Draw

Join us August 21- 23, 2015 for the Plein Air Paint Out Competition in beautiful Eugene, Oregon

Photo by Brandi Ferguson
Photo by Brandi Ferguson
The 3rd annual Create! Eugene Plein Air Paint Out is a three-day, open-air painting event for all skill levels. Happening in and around downtown Eugene, the third weekend in August, Create! Eugene culminates an artistic array of creative visual perspectives that depict a Great City for Arts & Outdoors. Painters compete in two categories, landscape and cityscape. The event schedule includes:
·        Friday, Aug. 21 – Social event, product demonstrations and prizes
·        Saturday, Aug. 22 – All day competition, exhibition and awards
·        Sunday, Aug. 23 – Brunch with juror Kat Sowa

Registration is required to compete. Register online now or in person during the designated canvas-stamping times at Oregon Art Supply in downtown Eugene, at 1020 Pearl Street. You may register for cityscape and/or landscape categories. One overall grand prize winner will be selected, as well as first and second place winners in both categories.
Grand Prize: $500 cash plus $300+ in product
First Place each category: $300 cash plus $150+ in product
Second Place each category: $100 cash plus $100+ in product
Goodie Bags:
create-bagsA popular feature of last year’s Create! Eugene Plein Air Paint Out Competition was the goodie bags given out to contestants by Oregon Art Supply. And they are back this year! Contestants can claim a goodie bag full of art supplies in person during canvas stamping times at Oregon Art Supply (on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies lasts).

Canvas Stamping & Other Specifications
3PleinAirInsidePage-smPrior to painting, contestants are required to have their canvas(es) stamped with the official Create! Eugene stamp. This will occur at Oregon Art Supply in downtown Eugene at these times:
Friday August 21st, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday August 22nd, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Participants may have more than one canvas stamped, but may only turn in one painting for each category he or she registered for. The maximum canvas size one can use in this competition is 16 x 20.
Registration for the Create! Eugene Plein Air Paint Out Competition does not include a canvas to be used during the competition. Participants must provide their own canvas(es). They can be purchased at Oregon Art Supply.
Friday Night Social
Join fellow participants for the Friday Night Social on August 21. Quench your thirst with beer and wine from Hop Valley and enjoy snacks from local eateries while you watch interesting art product demos. Each registered artist will receive one free drink ticket! There will be fantastic door prizes, the jurors artwork on display, and fun give-a-ways so come mingle and get to know other artists. This event will take place in the Maple room at the Inn at the 5th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Competition Timeline
Contestants can officially begin painting on Saturday, August 22 at 6:00 am and can paint until 4:00 pm. Please remember that canvases MUST have the official Create! Eugene stamp to qualify for the contest.
Paint Out contestants may begin handing off their completed paintings to the Create! Eugene staff at the Hult Center lower plaza starting at 2:00 pm. Paintings must be turned in no later than 4:00 pm to quality for judging. When paintings are submitted they must be framed or ready to be hung.
Where to Paint
IMG_4264_0019Contestants are required to paint within Lane County. Maps highlighting places to paint in the downtown Eugene area will be available, although contestants are welcome to venture farther. Remember paintings must be submitted to Create! Eugene staff at the Hult Center plaza by 4:00 pm and be framed or ready to hang.

Showcase & Awards Ceremony
From 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Saturday, paintings will be displayed in the Hult Center Studiocade. Enjoy wine, live music and the awards ceremony with local arts lovers.
Breakfast with the Juror
On Sunday, August 23, all participants are welcome to enjoy a wonderful catered breakfast while listening to this year’s experienced juror Kat Sowa talk about the jurying process. The event takes place in the Hult Center Lobby where the paintings will be on display from August 23 – September 2.
Exhibit at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts
HultCenterPerformingArtsContestants are encouraged to submit their competition pieces to the Plein Air Paint Out Exhibit that will be on display in the Hult Center Lobby from Sunday, August 23 – September 2, 2015. Winning paintings must be submitted for display in this art show. Open hours for viewing the artwork are as follows:
Ticket Office hours:
Tue. – Fri., Noon – 5:00 pm
Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Kat Sowa Painting Workshop
winners-from-2014August 24 & 25, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Learn new techniques to build a strong design that tells your story. Get your ideas across and capture the viewer with big, juicy color and a design with intention. Build your skills with a limited palette for a more enjoyable Plein Air painting experience. Daily workshop fee:for the workshop, $140.
For more information or to register email Victoria Biedron of Plein Air Painters of Lane County at
Staying in Eugene
Plein Air Paint Out Competition contestants receive discounted hotel rates at the Inn at the 5th.
For complete listings of packages at local area hotels, visit Travel Lane County’s website.

Victoria Biedron
Victoria Biedron
“Its so exciting to have an annual plein air competition right here in Eugene! There are dedicated and talented artists all over Lane County and this is a great opportunity to showcase that talent. I am especially looking forward to attending Breakfast with the Juror and to meeting and mingling with artists from all over Oregon (and beyond) throughout the week.”

See you outside painting!


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