Plein Air Grand Marais
Plein Air Grand Marais is a community-supported, artist-organized event. We have received prize money and in-kind donations for main category prizes, Night Paint, Artists' Choice, and Quick Paint in addition to special, sponsored awards. Daily votes on finalists for the Birnie Quick Artists' Choice Award will be featured at JHP during the lunch hour each day, and a final winner will be chosen and announced at the reception.
Main Category & Night Paint
First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Night Paint: $250 1st place, and fine art supply packages for 2nd and 3rd place
In recent years, paintings in the nocturne or "night paint" category have impressed artists and jurors with their surpassing beauty and sophistication. This year, the Night Paint category will remain, but all nocturnes will be eligible for main category awards—without doubling up.
Art On The Rocks
It's a tradition: immediately after the Quick Paint, participating artists place their paintings on the rocks along East Bay and pose for photos. This year, we'll add an open class to the Quick Paint and invite painters and the public to choose their favorite painting via text message. We'll call it the Art On The Rocks prize and feature the winner in JHP's center gallery display. Local business Joy & Co. will sponsor this prize with $25 cash and $25 in gifts.
First, Second, and Third Place Prizes: Gift certificates for Grand Marais hotel stays at Aspen Lodge, Shorline Inn, and Aspen Inn, plus subscriptions to Plein Air Magazine.
The Quick Paint competition is a 120-minute crowd-pleasing spectator sport that involves artists and visitors alike in the drama and pressure of painting rocks, water, and scenes of Artists Point amid constantly changing light and weather conditions. (Check out this 2013 award-winning documentary short, which continues to inspire appreciation of timed plein air competitions.)
Birnie Quick Artists' Choice Award
Grand Prize: Plein Air Easel donated by Richeson Art, a supplier of Wet Paint.
We will continue the tradition of daily voting on an artists' choice award. Competitors may display one painting each day for voting over the lunch hour in JHP. Daily winners Saturday through Wednesday add up to five finalists who compete for top prize at the reception on Friday, September 14.
Passport to the Past: Historic sites in Cook County
Historic sites that you may paint for eligibility for the "Best Historic Place" award are published in this brochure, which will be provided at Artist Check-In at Johnson Heritage Post when you first arrive in Grand Marais.