Plein Air ‘Quick Draw’ Artist Info

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Plein Air in the Smokies | Sponsors | Quick Draw Art Festival

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Quick Draw Art Festival

Competition Rules & Registration

  1. BOUNDARIES:  Artists may paint in the location of their choosing within Maryville city limits.
  2. SET UP: Artists may choose their site and set up equipment before the competition officially begins at 9:00 a.m.  A registration table will be manned beginning at 7:30 a.m. where artists must have blank canvases stamped and pick up their title & price label.
  3. START:  Artists begin to create en Plein Air at 9:00 a.m. at which time a horn will be blown.  The artists must start with nothing pre-painted or pre-drawn and create the Quick Draw artwork only during the Quick Draw time frame. Mediums accepted are watercolor, oil, pastel, and acrylic.
  4. STOP: All artists must finish creating their artwork by 11:00 a.m. at which time a horn will be blown.
  5. FRAME:  Each Quick Draw painting must be framed or matted prior to the exhibit for ease of handling.
  6. EXHIBIT AND JUDGING:  Between 11:00-11:30 a.m., all artists bring completed artwork, along with their personal easels, to the pavilion at Jack Greene Park.  Event staff will assist the artists in setting up their easels and artwork for the Quick Draw Exhibit.  Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. with prizes awarded at 12 p.m.  All artwork must remain until the exhibit ends at 2:00 p.m.  All artwork and easels must be picked up between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.  Plein Air in the Smokies is not responsible for any equipment or art left after 2:00 p.m.
  7. SALE:  Each Quick Draw artwork must have a title and price, and is required to available for sale.  Friends of the Smokies will take a 45% commission from each work that sells, and monetary transactions will be handled by event staff.  Credit cards and cash will be accepted.  For sales $600 and over, the artist must provide social security number or Federal EIN to Friends of the Smokies.

Artist Registration

Register online or download & print the form along with payment ($30 registration fee).  For day-of registration, print the form and bring to the registration table at Jack Greene Park between 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.