The Floyd Plein Air Festival 2017 is a new and exciting event that grew from the success of 2016’s Floyd Plein Air Crush weekend. Expanding to a week-long event, the festival will bring national and regional artists to paint the beauty of the county’s open spaces and favorite places. Partnering with The Center in this endeavor are Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morissette Winery, Riverstone Organic Farm, Apple Ridge Farm, and the Town of Floyd, as well as several host families and farms in and around the county.
Our mission for the festival is to bring visibility and opportunity to the artists, participating venues, and partners, while providing an inspirational, educational, and memorable experience for the patrons attending. It is our hope that the festival will not only be an annual fundraising opportunity for the Floyd Center for the Arts, but also an activity to boost the sustainability of its partner venues and hosts.
More than $3,500 in prizes will be given away to participating artists! And we are pleased to announce Valerie Craigfrom St. Davids, Pennsylvania, as our judge for the events.
- Best in Week Grand Prize – $1,000 and a ¼ page artist’s ad in an upcoming issue of Plein Air Magazine valued at $1,200!
- Quick Paint Competition Winner – $500
- First Prize in Acrylic Painting – $200 Gift Certificate from Golden Artists Colors
- First Prize in Oil Painting – Gamblin Artist Grade Oil Colour Set, valued at $160
- First Prize in Watercolor Painting – TBA
- Best Local Artist Prize – $200 Gift Certificate from Mish Mish Art Supplies in Blacksburg VA
- Best Night Painting – $150 Gift Package from Ampersand Art
- Best Farm Scene – Gift Package from Raymar Art
About the Juror:
Valerie Craig is known for her impressionist approach to color and light. Craig’s subject matter includes urban and rural landscapes as well as intimate still life paintings, and figures within a landscape. Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date, painting in both watercolor and oils. Her awards and honors are many, however a few include: Gold/Mayor’s Choice Award Ireland’s 2013 Art in the Open Festival, Grand Prize in the American Women Online Juried Competition, and Best in Show in the 2011 and 2008 Wayne Plein Air Competition. To learn more about Valerie Craig, please visit her website http://valeriecraig.com/
Registration is $35 (Center Members) or $40 (Non Members)
Applications Due: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Applications may be submitted by mail to 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd VA, 24091 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Fees may be paid by mailed check, in person at our office, over the phone by credit card, or online by PayPal below. (Please select Member or NonMember from the dropdown menu and click on “Buy Now”.)
Proposed Schedule: Floyd Plein Air Festival 2017:
Monday, August 14 Apple Ridge Farm – Visit to Apple Ridge Farm to “get acquainted” with Floyd County – Open paint for artists – Welcome reception for artists, patrons, partners, and hosts in the evening
Tuesday, August 15 Blue Ridge Parkway & Beyond – Open paint for artists in the county and Dinner outing for the artists 6 – 8 pm TBA
Wednesday, August 16 Blue Ridge Parkway & Chateau Morrisette Winery– Artists paint the Parkway & surrounding areas
Wednesday, August 16 Chateau Morrisette Winery – Artist Demonstration, 1-3pm and Private Wine Tasting, 3-4pm
Thursday, August 17 Riverstone Organic Farm – Artists paint at the farm, Farm Tours, 3-4pm, Farm to Table Dinner with the artists, 6 – 10pm Artist works created during day will be available for sale.
Friday, August 18 Town of Floyd – Artists paint the town – Art Demonstration & Talk: Quick Paint Judge 1 – 3pm, Special Sunset & Night Paint, 7 – 10pm at the Friday Night Jamboree and the Artisan Market
Saturday, August 19 Chateau Morrisette – Quick Paint Competition & Awards, 9 – 12pm, Open Paint in the afternoon.
Gala Awards Reception – Best in Week & Quick Paint Competition Awarded, and “Wet” Painting Sale at Floyd Center for the Arts, 6 – 8:30pm ($10 admission if have not purchased Patron Weekly Pass)