Brush with Nature 2023 FAQ

In 2023, we are changing things up!  Read on to find answers to all your questions.  Need something clarified? Please email art@maineaudubon.org.  Thanks!

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Who can apply to be a Brush with Nature featured artist?
Any full-time or part-time resident of Maine may apply to participate.

How many artists will be selected?
We will be including 20 artists in the exhibition/sale.

Is this a plein air painting event?
Not exclusively. Brush with Nature is open to all media as long as they can safely be used at a wildlife sanctuary. Plein air painters are welcome, as are all forms of drawing, printmaking,  creative use of recycled materials, and whatever you can dream up. Must be ready to hang on a wall (framing not required, but no gallery clips please). We are unable to accept sculpture or freestanding 3D art work. Relief sculptures that can hang on the wall without extra reinforcement are acceptable.

What are the size and price requirements of the work?
All work must be able to be hung on the wall and be ready for hanging when delivered (no gallery clips please). Work must be no larger than 20 inches on any dimension including the frame.
Work should be priced no higher than $2000, sales not guaranteed. Any unsold art will be returned to the artist at the end of the show.

Will you accept sculpture?
We cannot accept free-standing 3-dimensional sculpture.  We will consider lightweight relief sculptures that can fit on our gallery walls without reinforcements.

When should the featured artists create their work?
Once accepted, featured artists can create their work at any time from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Where should the artists create their work?
Art creation will take place at and/or be inspired by the eight Maine Audubon sanctuaries between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Take a look at our visit pages for information about each one, including directions, descriptions of the habitat, flora, and fauna, and an aerial tour. Artists can choose their preferred locations. Maine Audubon will not be able to cover any expenses for travel and lodging.

Is there a required subject?

We hope you will be inspired by the beautiful landscapes found at our sanctuaries, Maine’s wildlife and habitats, and by Maine Audubon’s conservation efforts. We also encourage eco-friendly materials, processes, and subjects. How you incorporate our mission into your work is up to you.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for 2023.

Will there be an art auction?

No. This year we will host a gallery exhibition and benefit sale at Gilsland Farm in September/October. The sale will also be available online for those not in the Portland area. We will host a reception for artists and guests in October. 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.

What are the Brush with Nature Maker Days?

Three of our sanctuaries will host art days:

Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, July 29
Fields Pond Audubon Center, August 12
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, August 19

We encourage featured artists to be present at at least one of these days. We will be inviting the public to come and explore the connections between art and nature, and be inspired to create during their visit. Your participation will be a featured part of the event.