High school art students watching one of the participating artists

The First Annual Fairfield Fall Foliage Paint-Out was recently held in Fairfield, Illinois (October 11-13, 2012). Hosted by Volunteers for a Progressive Fairfield, the three-day competition ended with $2,700 in prize money being awarded and $5,000 in artwork sales.

Spencer Meagher painting in Fairfield, IL

During each day of the Fairfield Fall Foliage Paint-Out, there was a theme, with purchase awards being presented every evening to competition winner(s). The first two themes were “Paint the Parks” and “Capture Center Street.” The themes made it easier for visitors to locate the artists while they painted and encouraged the participating artists to paint the fall colors on display in the local parks and beautiful historic homes in Fairfield. Saturday’s theme was “Cruise Main Street,” during which artists painted along the main thoroughfare in Fairfield. Prize money to the winning artists totaled $2,700 with another $5,000 in sales of artwork. No sales commission was charged; artists kept all sales proceeds.

Susan Ploughe at work

For more information, contact Melinda States of the Volunteers for a Progressive Fairfield at [email protected]. All photos Courtesy of Jenny Crippen, WFIW radio and Sharri Gifford.


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