Plein Air Grand Marais
Plein Air Grand Marais is a community-supported, artist-organized event. We offer prize money and in-kind donations for main category and Quick Paint prizes in addition to special, sponsored awards.
Open Class Best in Show
The owner of Yellow Bird Fine Art will choose the Best in Show from the Open Class exhibit. The winner will be invited to be a Competition Artist the following year.
Main Category and Night Paint
First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Fourth Place: $100
Night Paint: $250 1st place, and fine art supply packages for 2nd and 3rd place
Art On The Rocks
It's a tradition: immediately after the Quick Paint, artists place their paintings on the rocks along East Bay and pose for photos. Open Class artists may compete in the Quick Paint for the Art On The Rocks prize. Artists and visitors vote to choose the winning painting, which is featured in JHP's center gallery display and included in the Competition Exhibit. Local business Joy & Co. will sponsor this prize with $25 cash and $25 in gifts.
First, Second, and Third Place Prizes
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.)
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.