En Plein Air Paint-Off

Painting: April 17th and 18th
Auction: April 18th

En Plein Air paint-off is an exciting OUTDOOR event, sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets. The 2015 En Plein Air Paint-Off will take place on April 17th and 18th where our area’s most talented painters will compete, En Plein Air (in the open air).

A contest of skills will challenge each artist to create an original painting of Fuquay-Varina Downtown’s historic landscape.

A public auction will be held on April 18th for these original masterpieces depicting landscapes of historic Fuquay-Varina. This is the chance for art lovers and F-V fans to take home one of these treasures in what we feel will become a collection that will be revered for many generations to come. Rain date is April 24-25.

For Interested Artists

Artists (high school age through professionals) will be selected to participate in this year’s event. Each artist must submit an online application no later than MARCH 13, 2015. Once accepted, artists will be notified of the details of the contest and will be required to sign a waiver which allows Fuquay-Varina Downtown to use images of their painting for future public art and marketing pieces.

Artist Check-In
Friday, April 17 noon-5pm or Saturday, April 18 8am-10am
Check-in will take place at our office located at 108 Raleigh St, Fuquay-Varina (beside Ann's Diamond Center). You will draw your location at random. Artists can paint for as long as they need to include any touch-ups before turning in the final completed painting on Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Rain Date: April 24-25

Artist Turn-In Painting
Saturday, April 18 no later than 4:30pm.
Bring your finished painting to the old Elliotts Pharmacy building located at 202 S. Main Street (across the street from The Mill and Ann's Diamond Center).
Rain Date: April 25

4:30pm-5:30pm: Paintings will be judged
5:30pm: Artists reception and public viewing on Depot Street (beside Elliotts Pharmacy)
7:00pm: Winners Announced. Public Auction begins on Depot Street.

Entry Fee and Prizes

Entry Fee: Waived … we will find a sponsor for you!
1st place: $500
2nd place: $300
3rd place: $100

For Art Lovers

This event will be a must attend! For two days you can stroll around downtown Fuquay-Varina and watch some of the area’s top artists bring our downtown landscape to life! Be sure to stay for the auction so you can take a part of historic downtown home with you!

Public can catch a glimpse of artists painting:  Friday 1:30PM until dark;   Saturday 8am until 3:30

Live Auction

Don’t miss the fun beginning at 6pm. You will have a chance to meet the artists and view the beautiful paintings. At 7pm a spirited auction will be held on Depot Street where community and triangle area art patrons can go head to head as they bid to take home one of these one-of-a-kind works of art! Be one of the very few that can say “you have an original” from the 2015 contest!

Public Art

The top three winners’ paintings will be reproduced and enlarged. They will be placed on vacant brick walls in our historic districts. They will be added to the current collection of public art, organized by Fuquay-Varina Downtown and sponsored by Bob Barker, Inc.

2015 Sponsors

Anne Smith
Century 21 Becky Medlin Realty
Gloria Powell
McConnell and Woolf Family Dentistry