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Image courtesy Plein Air Grand Marais

Plein Air Grand Marais is a festival of outdoor painting on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The event has a 16-year tradition of bringing outdoor painters to the North Shore of Lake Superior for a week of painting, competition, learning, and camaraderie. As of 2018, the event is organized by Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, together with the Cook County Historical Society’s Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.

Highlights for the 2019 Plein Air Grand Marais event include competition juror Joshua Cunningham (who will teach a painting workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony in September), a juried competition by a three-person committee, and more.

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2018 First Place award winner Carl Bretzke with juror Jeffrey T. Larson. Related: Listen to Carl Bretzke on the PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads here.

The deadline for juried competition entries is Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

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Competition applicants have the option to participate in the Open Class if not selected for the Competition and to be on a wait-list in case of availability. This helps ensure a full Competition and creates opportunities for emerging artists.

The three-member selection committee for the Juried Competition applications is Marc Anderson, Lori Beringer, and a Grand Marais arts professional. The Competition wait-list is first come, first served.

Plein Air Grand Marais welcomes artists of all ages and abilities. The Competition will consist of 75 invitational and juried painters. An Open Class consists of registered artists who may exhibit their best original work created during the event in an Open Class exhibit and compete for the Art On The Rocks award in the Quick Paint. A public art activity at Joy & Co. in downtown Grand Marais will offer supervised plein air painting for children and adults and a clothesline art exhibit. Daily paint-outs, artist socials, and mini-workshops with professional plein air Competition Artists are open to all artists.

2019 Competition Dates: September 6–13, 2019

2019 Exhibit Dates: September 13–October 6, 2019
Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery (Grand Marais, Minnesota)

To learn more about this 2019 event for artists who love painting outdoors, please click here. 

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