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The Lakeside Arts Park has been hosting its annual Art Fair at the Dole for two successful years. Now planning for the third annual event, organizers are looking for artists to add some plein air flavor. The deadline for the September event approaches, however.

The Lakeside Arts Park in Crystal Lake, Illinois, has been bitten by the plein air bug, calling on artists to apply for this year’s Art Fair at the Dole, which takes place September 3-4. As the fair continues to grow, organizers would like to see more artists painting en plein air, giving fair-goers a unique opportunity to see artists in process, creating their pictures in the moment.

Although there isn’t a competition aspect to the fair — at least not yet — the event presents both bourgeoning and experienced plein air painters with a chance to exhibit their works, engage with potential collectors, and create original paintings of gorgeous scenery. Artists will be juried into the fair after completing an application, which requires a $30 fee and four to six images e-mailed to Patty Bell at A 30 percent commission on all sold works will benefit the Lakeside Legacy Foundation.

The deadline for this event looms, however. Interested artists have until July 13 at midnight to submit their materials for consideration. To learn more or register, visit Lakeside Arts Park.

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Editor PleinAir Today, Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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