Grand Prize Winner, 2014 • John Kilduff, “Farmer & Merchants Bank” • Oil on Canvas, 10" x 20"
The 2015 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival is a five-day celebration of outdoor painting in Downtown Los Angeles.
It is a festival, exhibition, and competition open to professional and non-professional artists of all skill levels, inspiring more than 100 artists to come to Downtown Los Angeles to paint, draw, and sketch the urban landscape. At the end of the festival, the public can view and purchase these unique visions of Los Angeles at the Festival Exhibition and Awards Reception.
Everyone is welcome to paint and draw, but only the first 150 artists to register for the Festival will receive a goodie bag. All artists who register and participate are eligible to win valuable prizes in competition, and to exhibit and sell their artwork at the Festival, subject to space limitations. Registration is free. Sign up online or in person at Raw Materials Art Supplies.
Artists who wish to exhibit and enter their art in competition must have their blank surfaces stamped at Raw Materials Art Supplies.
Plein air artists from all over Southern California will gather to paint and draw throughout Historic Downtown Los Angeles, and art fans and collectors alike will be able to see these paintings as the artists paint them on the streets, and at the Festival Exhibition. Art fans are invited to vote for their favorite paintings in competition for the Audience Choice Awards, consider purchasing any of the paintings for sale at the Festival Exhibition, and to attend the Awards Reception at the close of the Festival.
The Los Angeles Plein Air Festival begins on Wednesday, October 7th. This is the first opportunity for the artists to paint and/or draw throughout Downtown Los Angeles.
The second night of the Festival is also the day/night of the cultural phenomenon that is the Downtown Art Walk. Be warned, streets get crowded with Art Walkers around 6pm, especially on Spring Street.
A juried panel will award prizes for Best Water Media, Oil, and Acrylic paintings, as well as for works in pastels, charcoal, pen & ink, and mixed media. An Audience Choice Award will be chosen by art fans and collectors in attendance at the Exhibition, and a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from all submitted art works. The winning artists will receive prizes (TBD) and winning images will be used to promote next year’s Festival in all promotional materials. Registered and exhibiting artists may sell all date-stamped art made at the Festival during the Exhibition.
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for WhiteHot Magazine, Arts Editor for Vs. Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Creators Project, Porter & Sail, Desert Magazine, and KCET’s Artbound. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill, her other publications have included LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Palm Springs Life, Artweek, ARTnews, tema celeste, Art Asia Pacific, Coagula, and Juxtapoz.
A neighborhood favorite, The Must (117 Winston St.) opened in December 2008 and has won awards and enthusiastic press pieces from Bon Appetit Magazine, Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Sunset Magazine, Urban Daddy, and Thrillist. Voted Best Neighborhood Bar by the Downtown News and Best Happy Hour by Los Angeles Magazine, this gem is also home to our Artists’ Meet and Greet on the first day of the Festival.
Paintings of The Must submitted for exhibition and competition are eligible for this special purchase award. Submitted paintings will compete for the purchase award (amount to be determined), and our juried panel and Rachel and Coly of The Must will select the winning painting, which will be displayed on the walls of the restaurant.
The Pan American Building (253 S. Broadway) was originally called the Irvine Byrne Block Building and was home to the Mexican Consulate during WWII. It has been immortalized in many Alfred Hitchcock movies, “Se7en”, “Fight Club”, “Blade Runner”, countless television shows and commercials, and is in the National Register of Historic Places.
Paintings of The Pan American Building submitted for exhibition and competition are also eligible for this special purchase award. Artists will compete for the award and $500. Our juried panel and Peter Drivas, founder of the Los Angeles Arts Alliance, will select the winning painting.
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