North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open

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06/25/2019 - 9:00am to 06/29/2019 - 8:00pm
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North Tahoe Arts presents the 2019 North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open. Artists of all levels from all over the country will gather in North Lake Tahoe for the week of June 25-29, 2019 to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe "en plein air," in the open air.

The Farmer's Market Quick Draw Competition Thursday, June. 27 Come watch our artists create a new painting on the spot in only 2 hours! Paintings will then be on display for our judges to award prizes and for the public to view. Other organized activities for the artists include two morning paint-outs and painting demonstration.

The Public Exhibit will take place all week at North Tahoe Arts, Corison Gallery. Main Competition prizes will be awarded at the opening of the main art sale, June 29 at noon. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Come vote for the "People's Choice" award!


February 1 through March 15- Applications taken through Juried Art Services

April 9- Accepted Artists announced; registration fee of $95 due

May 1- welcome packet, info to artists with agreement etc.

June 25- event begins, on site registration NTArts

June 27- 9am-12pm Quick-Draw Competition at Tahoe City Farmer’s Market, Commons Beach

June 29- Public exhibit and awards


Tuesday, June 25:

AM- Champagne Registration Artists arrive and register, canvas stamping, and 2 paintings for the

event long exhibit in the Corison Gallery at North Tahoe Arts. Refreshments will be served.

PM- Artist Connect Informal meet up at Gatekeepers to paint and meet.

Week long exhibit and sale 11am-5pm in Corison Gallery

Wednesday, June 26:

AM- Organized Paint Out at TBD, refreshments provided

PM- Painting Demonstration - refreshments served

NLT Plein Air Open Exhibit and Sale 11am-5pm

Thursday, June 27:

AM- Commons Beach Farmers Market Quick-Draw Competition

PM- Artists free to paint around Lake Tahoe/Truckee

NLT Plein Air Open Exhibit and Sale 11am-5pm

Friday, June 28:

AM- Organized Paint Out at Sugar Pine Point State Park; refreshments provided

PM- Artists drop off paintings for judging and Reception at North Tahoe Arts' Corison Gallery.

NLT Plein Air Open Exhibit and Sale 11am-5pm

Saturday, June 29:

AM- Exhibit set up

Award Presentation Noon

Public Exhibit and Sales

Event Requirements for Participating Artists

Artists must paint on site during the event in the North Lake Tahoe area.

All work for sale must have been created during the 2019 North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open.

Painting locations and subjects are limited to the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.

All artwork for sale must be suitably framed.

Artists are responsible for transportation of all artwork.

Fee Schedule

$35 non-refundable application fee through Juried Art Services for applications received on or before March 15, 2019.

$95 non-refundable registration fee for participating artists

Registration fee includes:​​

Entry into Quick Draw Competition on Thursday, June 27, 2019

Entry into Juried Main Competition judging on Friday, June 28, 2019

Event long gallery exhibit

Outdoor Public Exhibition and Art Sale on Saturday

60% commission to artist for any sales

Hosted Champagne Registration

2 Organized Paint Outs with morning refreshments

Refreshments during plein air painting demonstration

Hosted Reception on Friday

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