Artists Paint OC 2023

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August 9-13, 2023

Artist Registration Begins April 1, 2023


Download the Complete Prospectus, CLICK HERE.

Download the Registration Form. CLICK HERE.

August 9-13, 2023

Ocean City, MD and surrounding area 


1st Place Leo Kahl

2022, 1st Place Winner, Leo Kahl

  • 1st Place – $2,500 
  • 2nd Place – $1,000 
  • 3rd Place – $500 
  • 3 Honorable Mentions – $100 each 
  • Best Use of Light – $150 
  • Best Maritime – $150 
  • Best Hospitality – $150 
  • Best Nocturnal – $150

Awards made possible by the Art League of Ocean City, Peter Glenville Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, and private donations.

Limited Competition:

Competition will be limited to 50 artists, age 18 or older, on a first-come basis. 


Laura Era is an award winning, professional portrait and landscape artist. Basically self-taught, she considers herself an artist since the cradle. Since turning professional in 1988, she has painted multitudes of portraits on commission, both formal and casual, in oil and pastel. Her works hang in collections throughout the US and Europe. A gifted painting instructor since 1990, she teaches from her waterfront studio near Cambridge, MD. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, the Maryland Pastel Society, the Working Artist Forum, and the Academy Art Museum. Laura is the owner of the prestigious Troika Gallery in Easton, MD. 

Limitation on Entries:

Best Maritime Joseramirez~lo

2022 Winner of Best Maritime, Jose Ramirez

All paintings will hang for display and sale at the Wet Paint Sale event and be eligible for competition prizes. Each artist will have one side of a 36” W x 72” H standard panel to hang their artwork. The juror will select pieces to hang in the main gallery through September 30th. If sold, artists may select a replacement piece to include in the exhibition. Artwork not accepted into the competition will hang in the classrooms through Sunday August 13th. All work must be two-dimensional medium and completed “en plein air” on pre-stamped paper or canvas. There is no limit on the number of canvases or paper to be stamped and they may be evenly pre-toned in one color. All work, other than gallery wrapped canvas, must be properly framed. If the painting is on gallery wrapped canvas, the edges must be painted and dry. All work must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Ocean City Center for the Arts. 

Commission on Sales to the Art League of Ocean City:

30% on all sales. All sales from the Plein Air event, including Quick Paint and the main gallery exhibit at the Ocean City Center for the Arts, must be handled by the Art League of Ocean City. 

Artists Must Agree to: 

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    Paint within the specified areas during August 9-13, 2023. 

  • Deliver and hang completed work at the OC Center for the Arts Saturday before 1 pm. Artists are asked to leave for judging of the artwork and should return at 4pm for announcements prior to the Wet Paint Sale. 
  • Pick up any work unsold in the Galleria exhibit on Sunday Oct 1st or Monday Oct 2nd (by appointment) or arrange for shipping at your own expense, providing packaging material and a prepaid label. Artwork not picked up within 3 months will become the property of the Art League of Ocean City. 
  • Allow images of artwork to be used by the Art League of Ocean City for publicity purposes. 
  • Hold harmless the Art League of Ocean City for any personal injury or property loss or damage regardless of the cause. 

Artists Are Encouraged to: 

  • Attend the Welcome Reception, August 9th . 
  • Participate in the Quick Paint competition on August 13th ($650 in cash prizes will be awarded) 



August 13, 2023 


Downtown Ocean City (painting) and OC Center for the Arts (sale) 


2022 Quick Draw 2 nd Place Winner, Raj Endrakc with Crystal Moll and OCDC Joe Wilson


  • 1st Place – $300 
  • 2nd Place – $200 
  • 3rd Place – $100 
  • 1 Honorable Mention – $50 

Awards made possible by the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC). 


Laura Era 

  • 8-8:30 am – Artists check-in in front of Thrasher’s Fries on the boardwalk and get paper/canvas stamped. Onsite registration available. 
  • 9-11 am – Artists paint against the clock in the downtown area – from beach to bay and inlet to N. Division St. 
  • 11 am – Cease painting and return to the OC Center for the Arts to set up artwork for judging and sale. 
  • 12:30 pm – Judging of artwork. 
  • 1pm – 3 pm – Off-the-easel art sale, with live music and mimosa cash bar. 
  • Award winning pieces are invited for display at the Arts Center through the September 30th. 

Commission on Sales to the Art League of Ocean City:

30% on all sales. All sales from the Plein Air event, including Quick Paint, must be handled by the Art League of Ocean City. 

Please direct any questions to Gallery Director Katie Brown at or by calling 410-524-9433. 

Artists Paint OC – A Plein Air Event August 9-13, 2023 

Applicants must complete the following entry form and enclose a check payable to the Art League of Ocean City. The completed application and check can be mailed to P.O. Box 3503, Ocean City, MD 21843. 

Registration may also be completed online at with a credit card or by calling 410-524-9433. Registration opens on April 1, 2023 and will be filled on a first come, first-served basis. 

Registration fee is non-refundable. 

$50 for Art League members/ $65 for non-members (includes the main event and Quick Draw competition) 

$25 members/ $30 non-members for Quick Draw only. 

Total Amount Enclosed: $___________ 

_____ $50 Plein Air (member) _____ $65 Plein Air (non-member) 

_____$25 Quick Draw Only (member) _____$30 Quick Draw Only (non- member) 

Payment by Credit Card: ___VISA, ___MASTER CARD, ___DISCOVER ___ AMEX 

Card Number: ________________________________ Expiration Date: ________Security Code _____ 

Name on Card: ____________________________________________________________________________ 

Address (if different than artist’s address below) _______________________________________________________ 

Artist’s Name: __________________________________________________________________________ 

Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ 


Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ______________________________________ 

Website: ______________________________________________________________________________ 

By entering the Art League of Ocean City (ALOC) Plein Air event, I affirm that I understand the terms and conditions outlined in the prospectus. I understand the ALOC will not be responsible for bodily injury or loss or damage to artwork regardless of the cause. I also agree that images of work that I enter into the competition may be used by the ALOC for publicity purposes. If this box is checked, I do not give the ALOC permission to list me as a participating artist, including listing my email address. 

Download the Complete Prospectus, CLICK HERE.

Download the Registration Form. CLICK HERE.