Brush with Nature: Plein Air Event and Art Auction
Applications are now closed, notifications will be sent out by the end of June.
Maine Audubon is pleased to announce a special event for the fall of 2021. In place of our annual Nature of Craft Show, we are inviting plein air painters to be inspired by nature at our sanctuaries and create art outdoors to engage visitors in the artistic process. The paintings will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting Maine Audubon’s education, conservation, and advocacy programs.
Juried artists will be painting at all of the eight Maine Audubon sanctuaries from Thursday, September 9 to Sunday, September 12. The public is invited to watch participating artists work. To learn about these sanctuaries, visit: maineaudubon.org/visit
The auction is scheduled to take place the weekend of September 24-25. Due to the continuing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working on a safe plan to have a portion of the auction as an in-person event, and appreciate your patience as we work out details of a possible hybrid auction. Online and in-person previews will be available at Gilsland Farm Audubon Sanctuary in Falmouth.
Who: Open to all full-time and part-time residents of Maine
Medium: Open to all mediums as long as they can safely be used at a wildlife sanctuary. Artists working in watercolors and pastels must provide a mat; no frames are permitted.
Artwork Size: Maximum 48″ x 48″
Benefit: Participating artists donate 50%, 75% or 100% of the selling price of the art to Maine Audubon. The proceeds fund Maine Audubon’s education, conservation, and advocacy programs.
Jurors (as of 4/29/21):
- Jane Bianco, Curator, Farnsworth Art Museum
- Scott Kelley, Artist
Location: Art creation will take place September 9-12, 2021, at the eight Maine Audubon sanctuaries. Visit our website for information about each one, including directions, descriptions of the habitat, flora, and fauna, and an aerial tour. Artists will be asked to choose their top three preferred locations. Maine Audubon will not be able to cover any expenses for travel and lodging, but will be available to transport finished works to Gilsland Farm in Falmouth.
How to submit:
- Upload three to five digital images of original plein air paintings/art works completed within the last two years in any medium
- Samples must be of paintings that are at least 12″ on the longer side.
- All images must be submitted in JPG format at 72 dpi with the longer dimension being 1400 pixels.
- File names for images should include both the artist’s name and the image’s title; i.e. LoisDodd_hamiltonsanctuary.jpg
- Applications are closed for 2021.