New River Gorge Plein Air Artist Registration 2016

New River Gorge Plein Air Artist Registration 2016
Event on 2016-10-12 08:00:00
Come and Join us this October in Fayetteville, WV NRG Plein Air is a festival of outdoor painting in the beautiful New River Gorge (NRG) region of Southern West Virginia. This region is known for its world-class rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and rich history of coal mining, railroads, and the Civil War. The event will take place the week leading up to and including Bridge Day, an event that draws thousands of visitors to watch B.A.S.E. jumpers leap from the famous New River Gorge Bridge, the world’s third longest single-span bridge. Artists will have 3 days to paint within a 40 min. driving radius of the small outdoorsy town of Fayetteville, WV, and the event will culminate with a juried competition and public show and sale. The event will also include a Quick-Draw Competition, in which participating artists will have only 2 hours to paint within a smaller designated area. This will be the first year of what will be an annual event and is the first plein air festival in the state of West Virginia, so artists and art lovers are encouraged to come and join us in celebrating the beauty of this unique region through art! If you are an artist, please register for the event by clicking the Register Button below. If you are an art lover, just come and see the show on Friday evening and Saturday, and enjoy other Bridge Day festivities! Calendar and Format of the Event  As this is the first year, we are still working out the details but the general format is as follows:  Wed 7:30-9:30 am (Oct. 12): Artist check-in, canvas stamping, Q & A Wed-Fri (Oct 12-14): Opportunities to paint the landscapes, historic sites, architecture, and private estates within a 40 min driving radius of Fayetteville Friday (Oct 14): 1:00-3:00 pm: Quick Draw in downtown Fayetteville. 4:30pm: Opening reception and judging. The juror, will judge the winners of the overall 4-day event and the Quick Draw competition. Winners will be awarded cash prizees. 6:30-9:00pm: Public Show & Sale. Visitors may enter for free to view and purchase art. Saturday (Oct. 15): Public Exhibition/Sale continues 10am – 4pm, plus further opportunities to paint and enjoy live music and Bridge Day festivities**.  **October 15 is Bridge Day, the largest event in West Virginia, which draws approximately 80,000 visitors. See below for details. Artists will be given a map of the many beautiful and interesting landscapes, historical sites, and architecture around Fayetteville and the surrounding areas. This includes the New River Gorge itself, described as the Grand Canyon of the East Coast, with its many stunning overlooks, miles of multicolored sandstone cliff lines and the mighty New River winding through the nearly 900-foot deep gorge. There's also the impressive New River Gorge Bridge, the third longest single-span bridge in the world. This region is rich with historical structures, including old coal mines, railroads, Civil War battle sites, and the well-preserved ghost town of Thurmond. The Glade Creek Grist Mill is perhaps one of the most painted and photographed mills in the US; chances are you’ve seen it in a calendar or on a stamp at some point. Plus, there are numerous waterfalls, cliff-lined Summersville Lake, small coal-mining towns with unique architecture, bridges, and railroads.  Bridge Day and NRG Plein Air’s Connection with Bridge Jam October in the NRG region is generally characterized by little rain, few insects, and pleasant fall temperatures (not too cold, not too hot), and possibly the beginnings of some fall color. The final day of the event, which is the public exhibition and sale, coincides with Bridge Day, the largest event of the year in Fayetteville, which draws 1000’s of visitors to watch B.A.S.E. jumpers leap from the New River Gorge Bridge and parachute safely to an open landing spot on the river bank 876 feet below. There are a number of other events in town including a Chili Cookoff and Bridge Jam, an outdoor bluegrass music festival.  NRG Plein Air is partnered with Bridge Jam, a 2-day outdoor bluegrass festival that will take place Friday evening and all day Saturday at the Cascade Festival Grounds in the heart of Fayetteville just across the street from the Memorial Buliding where the New River Gorge Plein Air Public Show & Sale will be held.  Competition Rules and Eligibility  Registration is open to all artists 18 years and older, and 20 artists will be juried in based on the quality of their work. Artists may work in any painting medium including watercolor, oil, acrylic, soft pastel, etc. Blank canvases will be stamped at the beginning of the event and only paintings on stamped canvases will be eligible for the competition. Paintings may be done in any medium (oil, watercolor, dry media, acrylic) and must be done in plein air style – at least 80% painted outside in natural light directly from the actual subject. Painting must be produced within a 40 min radius of downtown Fayetteville. The competition will be judged by art curator Ashley Kistler of Richmond, VA. Application Process Artists will be juried into the event based on quality of their work. To apply, please submit the following via email to 1. Three high-quality images of paintings you have done in the plein air style. Please include in the email the dimensions and medium used for each painting. 2. Also include a short bio, which may include an artist's statement, resume with schools attended, awards and shows, and artist's persona website URL. If accepted, this information will be used on our event Facebook Page and printed event program. Acceptance into the competition will occur on a rolling basis until all 20 spaces are filled. You will be notified within 2-3 days if your application has been accepted, and at this time you will be asked to pay the registration fee.  Awards Best in Show – 00 Quick-Draw – 0 Sales This event is a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Arts Coalition, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The sale will take place at the Cascades Fairgrounds in Downtown Fayetteville the Friday Oct. 14 from 6:30-9pm and from 10am – 4pm Saturday Oct. 15. The Fayetteville Arts Coalition will retain a 30% commission of all sales made during the public exhibition. Commissioned pieces will also be permitted at the above-mentioned rate. NRG Public Show & Sale Details All artwork must be completed in the New River Gorge region between October 12-14, 2016. Canvases will be stamped with an approved insignia as the artists arrive. Only artwork with this stamp will be permitted in the Competition, Public Show & Sale. All works must be framed with proper backing, and wire hangers or a suitable hanging device must be attached and ready to hang. Housing for Artists Members of our local community have offered to host artists in their homes during the event. We will be in touch by email to nail down the exact dates of arrival and departure and any special accomodations you require (e.g. no cats, no stairs, etc.). If you choose not to stay in a private home, do be aware that hotels and campgrounds fill up quickly due to Bridge Day, so book early! Questions?  The best way to contact the organizers by email at or by phone at 412-576-zero five six seven. 

at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

Fayetteville, United States

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