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1435 North Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-2278

Plein Air Paint Out

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Entry Fee until March18th

or send a check to: PO Box 197, Calistoga, CA 94515

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Either email registration form to:

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PO Box 197, Calistoga, CA 94515

Plein air Paint Out Competition, Exhibit & sale

One of the last chances to see the results..this thursday May 2nd, 2:00pm - 7:30pm at the calistoga art center.

All paintings are available for purchase which supports the artists and the CAC.

Thank you to all the artists who participated in the Plein Air Paint Out! It was fun to meet and see all the paintings and listen to the painting stories.

The painting results will be on display through April and is available for sale in the gallery at the CAC. 1435 North Oak Street-Fairgrounds, Cropp Bldg. Open during class times and by request.


All the art will be new and the paint fresh, completed within a designated 36-hour time period. The entries will be judged, followed by awards, along with an Art Exhibit & Sale!

BONUS! Participating artists might also have the opportunity to show some of the Plein Air Paint Out entries at ENGAGE art event the following weekend, held at the Fairgrounds as part of Sarafornia-Arts in April (Calistoga) April 4th - 7th, 2019. Space is limited.

Plein Air artists, we invite you to participate in our Fifth plein air event on Friday March 29th - Sunday March 31st. Spring in Calistoga/Northern California is an exciting time. Although there are no geographic boundaries, we encourage you to bring your paint boxes and easels to Calistoga, well known for its vistas of vineyards, historically significant buildings, and natural panoramic beauty.

Details - Entry Fee - $30 for current members, $35 for non-members, late registration fee after March 18th is $40 members, $45 non-members

25% percent commission of any sales are to be donated to the CAC.

Eligibility & Rules

PaintOut is open to all artists, at all skill levels, working in any painting medium.  Works must be painted en plein air (minimum of 80% completion at the outdoor location), during the designated time, on officially stamped canvases/boards/papers of the size limit described below.  All submitted work accepted must be for sale, available for the duration of the exhibit.

Artists must check in at the Calistoga Art Center prior to painting to have their support material of choice stamped with official date stamp. The canvas/board/paper size must be no larger then 84” total perimeter (e.g. 18”x 24”). Each artist may have up to two paintings in the Competition, Exhibit & Sale, but may have additional paintings on hand (also created during this Paint Out event following the same rules) to replace sold paintings.  Paintings need not be framed, but must be wired for hanging (unframed watercolors and pastels must be mounted to a board, such as foam core, with a wire securely attached for hanging).  Framed size must be no larger than 92” total perimeter (e.g. 20” X 26”). 

 At the time of check-in, blank art labels will be given to the entrants and they must be completed/returned when finished art is submitted.

Judging is a closed process. Please do not sign the front of your painting until after the judging and when framing, make your date stamp easily accessible in the event verification is required.

Commissions; All paintings accepted will be offered for sale at prices set by the Artist.  Collection of payment (and any resulting sales taxes) for artwork sold is the responsibility of the artist. Shipping to buyers are at the discretion of and are the responsibility of the Artist.  A 25% commission (tax-deductible artist donation) of the sales amount from this Plein Air Paint Out Exhibit and from Engage, is to be remitted to the Calistoga Art Center either at the end of the exhibit reception or within one week of the close of exhibit.  Checks may be mailed to CAC, P.O. Box 197, Calistoga CA 94515.