Artists Paint OC 2018

August 8-12, 2018

Welcome to the Art League of Ocean City’s 2018 Plein Air event!

2017 1st Place Winner, Andree Tullier

Come and be a part of our plein air event – pull out your paint, pastels or pencils and set up an easel in the beautiful resort town of Ocean City, Maryland. Whether it is the ocean, the bays and marshes, harbor boats, a busy boardwalk or funky shops – it is all here for you to choose from. Get up early and paint the sunrise over the waves. Paint the sun-kissed beaches or sparkling bays with wavy marsh grasses. Stay out late, and paint bayside as the sun is setting. And along the way, take time to enjoy all the area’s fine hotels and restaurants.

The 2018 competition is now full. Please click here to be added to the wait list.

EVENT CALENDAR 

Wednesday:

August 8, 2018, 8-9 am – Early Registration – Get paper/canvas stamped, pick up information packet at the Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th Street, Ocean City, MD and start painting

6:00 pm Welcoming Registration Reception for Artists held at the new Ocean City Center for the Arts. If artists have not already done so, they can register and get paper/canvas stamped and pick up information packet.

6:30 pm – Light Eastern Shore dinner featuring gazpacho, baked chicken, coleslaw, beverages and dessert. Artists may bring 1 guest for a fee of $5. (When you RSVP for the dinner please note if you are bringing a guest.)

2017 2nd Place Winner, Ray Ewing

Thursday, August 9, 2018: 

8-9 am – Additional registration for artists. Artists paint all day in the Ocean City area.

Evening Event: TBD  (This past year, about 20 artists enjoyed dinner at Blu Crab House and Raw Bar.)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Artists paint all day in the Ocean City area.

Saturday, August 11, 201:

Artists paint all morning.

10 am- 2:00 pm – Artists return to the Ocean City Center for the Arts with completed art work.

  • All entries that will hang on display in the Galleria through the month of August will be juried and these works will be eligible for the competition prizes.
  • Work not juried into the Galleria will be displayed for sale in the two classrooms with each artist getting one side of a 36” wide by 72” high standard panel.

2018 3rd Place Winner, Alison Menke

3:00 pm – Jurying of the work and moving to Galleria.)

4:30 – 5:30 pm – Judging of the art work. Artists are asked to remain outside of the Galleria exhibit area.

5:30 – 6:00 pm Wet Paint Sale – Private viewing of artwork by invitation. 

6:00 – 8:00 pmWet Paint Sale – Doors open to the public. Artists are encouraged to mingle and meet

visitors.

6:45 – Remarks by judge and awarding of prizes.

Sunday, August 12, 2018:

2017 Artist Allison Menke

Quick Draw Contest

7:30 – 8:30 am – Gather downtown on the boardwalk for on-site registration for the Quick Draw

Competition at S. Division Street. Pre-registered artists check in and get canvas/paper stamped.

9:00 – 11:00 am – Artists paint against the clock in the downtown area.  Cease painting at 11.

11:30 am – Judging of the artwork. Art will be available for sale until 1 pm.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Wet Paint Sale continues at the Ocean City Center for the Arts. Unsold winnng pieces may be displayed at the art center through the month of August.

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Artists must pick up work hung in the classrooms at the OC Center for the Arts.

August 12th – September 4th, 2016:

Plein Air Exhibit – Featured in the Galleria of the Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th Street, Ocean City, MD.

COMPETITION PROSPECTUS

Dates: August 8-12, 2018

Location: Ocean City, MD and Surrounding area

Awards:

  • 1st Place – $1000
  • 2nd Place – $ 500
  • 3rd Place –  $250
  • 3 Honorable Mention Ribbons

Ribbons:

  • Best Use of Light
  • Best Maritime
  • Best Hospitality
  • Best Nocturnal
  • Artists’ Choice

Limited Competition:

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

Judge:

Kirk McBride

Kirk is a Signature Member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. He has been invited to and painted in the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational four times and has painted in Plein Air events in Easton and Annapolis. In recent years, he has traveled the East Coast from Florida to Maine, exploring the docks, fishing shacks, old wooden boats and the people who make a living from the sea.

Limitation on Entries:

All work entered into the wet paint competition and displayed in the Galleria during the month of August will be juried by the judge. All work, including the additional work displayed for sale in the classrooms, must be two-dimensional medium with a maximum framed size of 650 square inches. All work must be completed “en plein air” on pre-stamped paper or canvas. There is no limit on number of canvases/paper to be stamped and they may be evenly pre-toned in one color.  Artwork, not accepted into the competition, may be hung in the classrooms with a limitation of work per artist to one side of a 36” W x 72”H standard panel. All work, other than gallery wrapped canvas, must be properly framed. If the painting is on gallery wrapped canvas, the edges must be dry. All work must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Ocean City Center for the Arts.

Entry Fee including Quick Draw:

$40, non-refundable.  (Quick Draw only – $15)

Commission on Sales to the Art League of Ocean City:

30% on all sales. All sales from the Plein Air event, including Quick Draw and the August exhibit at the Ocean Center for the Arts, must be handled by the ALOC.

Hospitality:

Area home lodging is available for out of town artists on a first-come basis. (Housing is for artists only and not friends or spouses.) Requests for lodging must be made in writing and confirmed by the ALOC.

Artists Must Agree to:

  • Paint within the specified areas during August 8-12, 2018.
  • Artists must deliver completed work to the OC Center for the Arts and hang on Saturday before 3 pm. Artists are asked to leave for the jurying and judging of the art work and should return at 5:30 pm for the Wet Paint Sale reception.
  • Remove art for sale in the OC Center for the Arts classrooms on August 12th between 3 and 4 pm.
  • Pick up any work unsold in the Galleria exhibit on Sunday, September 2rd, 3-4 pm or Monday, September 3th, 10 am – noon or arrange for shipping at your own expense.
  • Allow images of work entered into the competition 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 Welcoming Registration Reception on August 8th.
  • Attend the Wet Paint Sale on August 11th.
  • Take advantage of limited host family housing to get to know the community and reduce travel costs.

Registration:

Artists must complete the registration form and may apply online or by mail. All applications must be complete and returned to the Art League of Ocean City no later than June 1, 2017 and be accompanied by the non-refundable registration fee. Artists must agree to all the terms and conditions of the OC Paint-out event.

QUICK DRAW COMPETITION RULES

  • Registration in advance of event (sign up with Plein Air registration) or at the judging site on Sunday morning, August 12th, between 7:30 and 8:30 am. Artists gather on the boardwalk at S. Division Street.
  • Canvas/paper must be stamped (will be different than Plein Air competition stamp).
  •  9:00 – 11:00 am – Artists paint against the clock in the downtown area.
  • 11:30 – Judging of the art work on artist’s easels at the boardwalk location.
  • Cash awards will be presented – 1st – $300, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $50; 1 Honorable Mention ribbon.
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Artists have the opportunity to sell their painting on location off their easels. Unsold winning pieces may be hung at the art center through the month of August.
  • All sales must be handled by the ALOC representative and the 30% commission applies to all sales.
  • Judge: Kirk McBride

 

To download a printable Registration Form: Click Here.

Information for Visitors, Patrons & Sponsors

Public Wet Paint Sale

Saturday, August 12, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm. Sunday, August 13, 2017, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th St, Ocean City, MD 

Juried artwork in the wet paint sale competition will be hung in the Galleria. Winners will be announced at 6:30 pm. Most of the work will be available for sale and we encourage you to converse with the artists. Additional work created in the event will be on display for sale in the two classrooms at the Ocean City Center for the Arts.

Quick Draw Competition

Sunday, August 12, 2018 

Come out and watch the artists paint in the Quick Draw Competition from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Artists will be painting against the clock downtown. They will return to the boardwalk at S. Division Street for judging and purchases made be made off the easels from 11 am to 1 pm.

August Plein Air Exhibit

Juried work completed during the Plein Air event will be on exhibit and most available for sale at the Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th Street, Ocean City from August 11-30, 2018.

Donations & Sponsorships

Your financial contributions are vital to the success of the programs of the Art League of Ocean City. Donations may be made directly online, by mail, telephone or in person and no amount is too small.

Make your mark as a sponsor of Artists Paint OC by donating funds for naming rights for prizes. For levels of corporate sponsorship and their benefits, please contact the Art League of Ocean City. All corporate sponsors are honored annually at our Corporate Sponsor reception and receive recognition in our newsletter and on our website.

Contact Us 

For more information about ARTISTS PAINT OC, please contact the Art League of Ocean City at 410-524.9433 or by email at info@artleagueofoceancity.org.

To down load a printable Registration Form: Click Here.

For more information about ARTISTS PAINT OC, please contact the Art League of Ocean City at 410-524.9433 or by email at info@artleagueofoceancity.org.

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