River Bluffs Paint Out
Plein air artists of any age are eligible to participate. Artwork must be done outdoors, en plein air, during the event. All paint and drawing mediums are accepted. There are no size limits on canvas and paper. Artists will work on site within a designated area determined by each city. Artists must work on public property or on private property with landowner’s permission.
Daily Plein Air Check-In
Artists will need to check-in each day, 7:00 - 9:00 am, at the specified locations listed below. Artists are not required to participate each day. Each day, canvases and/or paper must be stamped at check-in locations with the current day’s stamp. Stamp must be visible at judging or access provided if asked by judge. Daily complimentary artist packets that include daily instructions, maps of suggested site locations and other goodies will be provided. Those that do not pre-register are not guaranteed an artist packet. Pastries and coffee will be provided at each check-in location in the morning. Check-in locations will remain open and have water, restrooms, and tables for artwork presentation preparation 7:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Saturday, May 4: 4th Street Warehouse, 112 N. 4th Street, Canton, MO
Sunday, May 5: Hannibal Arts Council, 105 South Main Street, Hannibal, MO
Exhibition and Competition
Each evening, up to two artworks completed earlier that day may be turned in for judging. Only works hand-delivered to the specific day’s above locations by 4:00 pm will be displayed and eligible for judging. Artists are encouraged to drop off artwork anytime before 4:00 pm to help expedite the exhibit installation. All canvases must have screw eyes and picture wire for hanging. All art done on paper should be protected under plexi/glass and either framed or mounted, with picture wire for hanging. No sawtooth hangers. Each exhibit location reserves the right to install works in any manner deemed necessary for exhibition or security reasons. Although the utmost care will be taken in the handling of works, each exhibit location assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any artwork. Due to the wide variety of visitors at each exhibit location, all artwork must be appropriate for viewing by all ages. Each exhibit location reserves the right to refuse any work that may be considered potentially offensive.
A visual art professional, with expertise in plein air, will be invited to select the awards. The event committee members, personnel, board members of participating organizations are not eligible to participate and are never involved in this selection process. Private judging will take place daily, 4:00 - 5:00 pm.
Daily Awards for Canton and Hannibal
$500 Best of Show
$250 Second Place
$150 Third Place
Sales to the public will be encouraged and each artist will conduct their own sales. Artists are encouraged to bring their business cards. If credit card purchases have to be arranged through host site, a percentage fee will be subtracted from the transaction.
A reception for the artists and the public will be daily at each exhibition location, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., with an award presentation at 6:00 pm.
Artwork must be removed from each exhibition location following the daily reception