Plein Air Grand Marais:
Main Category & Night Paint
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 using social media. We'll call it the Art On The Rocks prize and feature the winner in JHP's center gallery.
Business and community partners are invited to sponsor an award in the competition. OPM will offer its annual Sense of Place award; the Cook County Historical Society will offer an Historic Place award; and Raphael Oil Colors will offer an award for best painting of Atmospheric Perspective. Contact us for information about how to sponsor an award.
The Quick Paint competition is a 90-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 the 2013 award-winning documentary short, which inspired appreciation of timed plein air competitions nationwide.)
Birnie Quick Artists' Choice Award and People's Choice Award
We will continue the tradition of daily voting on an artists' choice award and add a people's 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 in each category at the reception on Friday, September 14.