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Class List > Fine Arts > "Paint The Fair" a plein air competition

"Paint The Fair" a plein air competition

Class Fee:$40.00
Farley Lewis WednesdayWorkshop:$40.00 (optional)
Contest rules:
Contest is open to anyone 18 years and older. 
Artist can enter TWO Framed pieces for judging that were created between Thursday at 7am and Friday at 4:30pm, but all works can be displayed & available for purchase. 15% of each sale will proceed Villages Folk School, a non-profit organization.
Contestants must pre-register online at by Friday July 15, 2022.  $40 entry fee covers both days of the event. 
On-site check-in Thursday/21st from 7-8:00am under the Van Buren County Fairgrounds grandstands. Canvases stamped and goody bags with maps 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.
NOTE: This year we are offering a plein air workshop instructed by Farley Lewis on Wednesday July 20th. This workshop is only $40 to participants of Paint The Fair. Participants can also use a painting created during the workshop as one of their final 2 submissions. You can easily register for the Wednesday Workshop by selecting the optional workshop on this listing.
All pieces must be created between 7am Thursday July 21st and 4:30pm Friday July 22nd (with the optional exception of one piece created during the optional workshop on Wednesday).
Thursday is open to all of 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 also encouraged.
We request that Friday painting takes place on the fairgrounds. Of coarse artists are invited to paint both days on the fairgrounds.
Bring your own supplies: Easel, canvas, paper, paints, pastels, frame, eyelets & wire for hanging, etc. 
Award Ceremony & Exhibit will be 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 two submissions for judging need to be framed with wire for hanging. 
-Award Ceremony & Exhibit will be under the grandstand 5pm Friday evening. All works released at approx. 6:30pm.
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $200
Honorable Mentions $50 (2)
List of Purchase Prizes will be posted closer to event.
Currently looking for instructor for plein air workshop on Wednesday July 20th.
Fair Schedule: 
Camping is available at the fairgrounds. You MUST check in with the fairgrounds for camping in advance. Please do not just park and camp.
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. 21st, 2022 and Friday, Jul. 22nd, 2022 from 7:00am until 4:00pm
    Additional Details: Competition starts 7am Thursday July 22nd thru Friday July 23rd at 4:00pm. 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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