Russell Jewell won last year’s Grand Prize and shared the Collector’s Choice Award at Easels in Frederick for his painting

Start filling in that new calendar you bought for 2014 with plein air competition dates. Here are two events with deadlines just around the corner.

Easels in Frederick nabbed Scott L. Christensen to serve as juror for their event, scheduled for June 16-21 in Frederick, Maryland. Awards totaling more than $14,000 will be given. Host families will provide lodging, a quick draw competition will keep things lively, and the organizers say artists enjoyed record sales last year. Visit the event’s website for more information.

Canandaigua, New York, welcomes artists working in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and gouache to the Third Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition, slated for June 4-8. Lori Putnam will serve as judge and will paint a demonstration. More than $7,000 in awards will be given. Check the website for details.

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