Patricia Watwood at last year’s event at Sagamore Hill

For the third year, the Teaching Studios of Art, located in Brooklyn and in Oyster Bay, New York, is hosting a plein air painting competition on the grounds of Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s last residence. The Long Island estate has beautiful views of Oyster Bay and tranquil scenes with wooded areas.

Mike Conlon attended last year’s competition and painted by the water.

This juried competition features 35 selected artists painting the grounds of the Sagamore Hill Historic Reserve on July 12 and 13. To apply for one of the 35 spots, visit the webpage for the competition. Deadline for application is June 20.

Last year’s winning painting, by Steve Dolan

Erik Koeppel takes his shoes off to paint the view up the trail.

Plein air painting on the scenic grounds of Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay, which is located on New York’s Long Island

“We started this event three years ago as part of the outreach mission of Teaching Studios,” explains Rob Zeller, director of Teaching Studios of Art. “We offer classes and workshops, but we also want to engage the community around us. With so many great plein air painters in the area, and the extravagant natural vistas of Sagamore Hill right in our backyard, this event was a no-brainer. In this digital culture, people of all ages want a handmade object of high quality, to see the artist’s touch. People want to connect with nature. This event gives them that.”

Kenneth Salaz paints on the boardwalk on Sagamore Hill’s grounds.

Boris Tyomkin paints by the bay at last year’s event.

First prize is $1,000 cash plus a $750 plein air kit from Jerry’s Artarama. Second and third place prizes, respectively, are $550 and $340 plein air kits from Jerry’s Artarama. The juror for the competition is Ken Salaz.


  1. Again, thanks for including good, face-on photos of the artwork!! Doing so not only pays tribute to the many artists participating in these kinds of events, it also unveils and honors the wide range of artistic talent, interpretation and expression that’s “out there.” Such a diverse array of ‘creativity’ is both comforting and reaffirming! And good for Mary Pettis for respecting this wide range of possibilities in her judging!!

  2. Thank you for including the Grand Marais (Minnesota) Plein Air winners. It was a great event! And, yes, we paint plein air in the winter, too!


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