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"Paint The Fair" a plein air competition

Class Fee:$45.00
WednesdayWorkshop:$50.00 (optional)
$45 Event Registration Fee (listed as "class fee")
$50 Wednesday Workshop Fee (optional)
Contest rules:
Contest is open to anyone 18 years and older. 
Artist can enter THREE Framed & Wired pieces for judging that were created between Wednesday at 7:30am and Friday at 4:00pm.
Contestants must pre-register online at by Friday July 19, 2024.  $45 entry fee covers three days of the event. 
On-site check-in Wed, Thurs & Fri from 7:30-8:30am under the Van Buren County Fairgrounds grandstand. Canvases stamped and goody bags with maps handed out at sign-in. If you need to sign-in at another time, you must contact Mel at 641-919-7323 and set up a time in advance.
All pieces must be created between 7:30am Wednesday July 24th and 4:00pm Friday July 26th .
Wednesday & Thursday is open to painting any where in Van Buren County.  Artists are invited to admire the brick and mortar historic architecture of the villages, scenic landscapes of our state forest and state park, or perhaps a gravel road winding through the fields.  Night time painting is encouraged.
We request that Friday painting takes place on the fairgrounds only. Of coarse artists are invited to paint all three days on the fairgrounds if they like.
Bring your own supplies: Easel, canvas, paper, paints, pastels, frame, eyelets & wire for hanging, etc. 
OPTIONAL CLASS - Larry Siwek demonstration and class Wednesday morning. Plan to gather with plein air painters and kick off the competition with a demonstration by Larry. Bring your setup and plan to enjoy discussion after the demonstration, as Larry travels from easel to easel for one-on-one guidance and support. Half of this class fee is covered by Villages Folk School. PTF Participants only pay $50.
Exhibit will open to the public Friday at 5 pm. 
-Artists must bring their ready to hang framed works to the grandstand area by 4:30pm on Friday for judging.
-Your three submissions for judging need to be framed with wire for hanging. 
-20% of each sale will proceed Villages Folk School, a non-profit organization.
-Award Ceremony will be under the grandstand 5:15pm Friday evening. All works released at approx. 6:15pm.
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $200
Honorable Mentions $50 (2)
Several Hidden Items Cash Prizes $10each
Judge: To Be Announced
Honorary Judge: Ms. Margie of Ottumwa Radio
Purchase Pledges: To Be Announced 
Last Year's Purchase Pledges were:
$300 Libertyville Savings Bank & Villages Folk School
$300 Steve Kisling
$300 First Iowa State Bank
$250 Van Buren County Farm Bureau
$250 Van Buren County Hospital
Fair Schedule: 
Camping is available at the fairgrounds. Please check in with the fairgrounds for camping in advance. 
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...

  • Wednesday, Jul. 24th, 2024 and Friday, Jul. 26th, 2024 from 7:30am until 4:30pm
    Additional Details: Competition starts 7:30am Wednesday July 24th thru Friday July 26th at 4:30pm. Judging at 4:30. Awards Ceremony & Exhibit starts at 5pm.
    Location: Van Buren County Fairgrounds - Highway 1 North • Keosauqua, IA 52565 [Map]
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