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"Paint The Fair" a plein air competition

Class Fee:$35.00
Contest rules:
Contest is open to 18 years and older. 
Artist can enter TWO Framed pieces for judging, but all works can be displayed & available for purchase. 10% of each sale will proceed Villages Folk School, a non-profit organization.
Contestants must pre-register online at by Thursday July 11, 2019.  $35 entry fee covers both days of the event. After July 11th artists are welcome at $40 entry fee.
On-site registration Thursday/25th & Friday/26th from 7-8:00am at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds grandstand. Canvases stamped and goody bags handed out at registration. If you need to register at another time, you must contact Mel at 641-919-7323 and set up a time in advance.
All pieces must be created at selected sites between 7am Thursday July 25th and 5pm Friday July 26th.
Paint Sites:
Thursday sites will include the fairgrounds and a list of historic VB County barns.
Friday paint sites will be the fairgrounds only.
Bring your own supplies: Easel, canvas, paper, paints, pastels, frame, eyelets & wire for hanging, etc. 
Wine & Cheese Award Ceremony & Exhibit will be Friday from 5-7pm. 
-Artists must bring their ready to hang framed works to the grandstand area no later than 5pm on Friday for judging.
-Your two submissions for judging need to be framed with horizontal wire for hanging. 
-Additional pieces for sale can just have a horizontal wire for hanging. Pieces will hang from a single screw on the wall.
-Award Ceremony & Exhibit will be under the grandstand 5pm to 7pm Friday evening. All works released at 7pm.
1st Place: $400
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150
Honorable Mentions (2)
Some Purchase Prizes will be available for specific paint sites. Will post list closer to event.
Fair Schedule: 
This event is sponsored by the Villages Folk School of Van Buren County.
For more information contact Mel Stockwell at or 641-919-7323

Upcoming Classes...

  • Thursday, Jul. 25th, 2019 and Friday, Jul. 26th, 2019 from 7:00am until 8:00pm
    Additional Details: Competition starts 7am Thursday July 25th thru Friday July 26th at 5pm. Awards Ceremony & Exhibit starts at 5pm with works on display until 7pm that evening.
    Location: Van Buren County Fairgrounds - Highway 1 North • Keosauqua, IA 52565 [Map]
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