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Plein Air Competition

This year’s Plein Air Competition is scheduled for June 5th, 6th and 7th.  More information coming soon.


Check out information from last year’s event below

Peninsula’s Sixth Annual Plein Air Competition
-Along the Crooked River

Celebrating the importance of the Cuyahoga River and the beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley, the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is sponsoring its Sixth Annual Plein Air Competition. This year’s event, which will celebrate the beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley, the River and the Village of Peninsula, will take place in and around the Village and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

photo courtesy NPS/Peter Wilson

The award winners are:

 Best of Show: Lawrence Churski, “King of the Road”

 Second Place: Kathleen Gray Farthing, “Indigo Lake Depot”

Third Place: Janet Stolle, “Horseshoe Pond

Honorable Mentions:
Mark Erdelyi, “Rescue Dogs”
Julie Holman, “Red Winged Blackbird”
Brian Shellito, “The Old School House”
“Inside Lock 29″
Mary White, “Diane’s Cabin”


The tradition of Plein Air painting became popular in the impressionist era in Europe. Premixed pigments in tubes became available to painters enabling them to carry their studio outside to paint in an unstudied approach. With changing outdoor conditions the work was influenced by light, atmosphere and weather conditions.  Often the work was completed in the studio keeping the freshness of the work intact. Many times the outdoor work was used as a study for future paintings.

The plein air painters of the 2014 event worked in selected sites in the Peninsula and Cuyahoga Valley National Park areas.  Composition, confidence and color were the standards I used to jury the work. Much of the work was done, from my point of view, on a professional level. And many of the paintings were from competent to new artists in the genre of landscape painting.

As always it is a difficult decision to select award winners.   This year, choosing honorable mentions was especially difficult.

I want to strongly encourage those that are not in the exhibit to keep working. Competent painting and drawing take practice. See as many exhibits as possible. They are a mini course in making art. Hopefully, those of you not in the exhibit this year will keep painting and enter again next year.

Barbara Gillette

Information regarding 2014′s Competition:

Judging and Prizes: Awards will include: Best of show: $500 Second place: $300, Third place: $200, Honorable Mentions and People’s Choice award.  This year’s judge is Barbara Gillette.

Eligibility: The Competition is open to artists, 18 years of age and over.  Employees of the National Park, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and members of the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce may enter but are ineligible for awards.

Format: Original two-dimensional art in any medium other than photography may be created during this event.  No three-dimensional or computer generated work will qualify. Canvas/paper plus frame shall be less than or equal to 28” in any one direction.  All pieces must be ready for hanging.

Criteria: Each artist may submit 2 pieces for jurying. The judge shall determine which entries will be exhibited. All paintings exhibited will be judged in the competition and will be eligible for awards.

Artwork must be created on site in the true plein air style and may not be worked on off site or generated from reference photos.  Styles may range from realism to abstract, and must be in keeping with the impromptu style of plein air.

All sales of artwork during the competition (June 6-8) must be made through the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC).

photo courtesy NPS/Peter Wilson

Application: Applications will be received by mail or phone through June 8th.

A $35 registration fee will assist in covering the cost of the juror, prizes and logistics. Checks, payable to PACC, are preferred. Credit cards will be accepted

Please include your Artist statement/bio with the entry form.

Procedure: Artists must check in at Elements Gallery and have their blank surfaces stamped, 1619 West Mill Street, (next to the depot station).  Phone 330-657-2788.  Artists are encouraged to bring as many canvases/papers as they wish to create during the competitionYou may come to Elements Gallery Thursday night for stamping and info so you may get an early start on Friday morning.

All canvases/papers must be stamped to be accepted for judging.

Competition Schedule

 Thursday, June 5:
Registration and stamping, 5-7pm. Elements Gallery

 Friday, June 6: 
Registration and stamping 8-5, Elements Gallery.  Paint out in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Designated sites only.  (please refer to Maps)
 5-7pm Peninsula After Hours, Village Wide events
6-9pm Voices in the Valley: Live music at the historic GAR Hall. Admission. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Click here for Extended Area Map

Saturday, June 7:
Registration and stamping: 8-5, Elements Gallery. Paint out, Peninsula area sites.
Some sites require prior permission.

Click here for Peninsula Village Map

                 7-9pm Voices in the Valley: Live music at the historic GAR Hall.
Food and beverages available for purchase. 

Sunday, June 8:

Registration and stamping, from 8-3 at Elements Gallery. Paint out: Peninsula area sites. Some sites require prior permission.

Delivery of completed artwork:  3-5pm. Artists may deliver up to 2 completed works to be juried. Location TBA.   NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5PM.

Finished works must be framed, with picture hanging wire attached. Gallery wrap is discouraged.
Pick Up of Art: Pick up of artwork from the Seiberling Gallery will be Friday, August 8 from 9 to 5 pm.

Other arrangements may be made by calling­­ 330-657-2788.  Any items not picked up by August 8 or without prior arrangement become the property of the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce and may be donated.

Press:   Press releases will be emailed to area contacts.   Include on a separate sheet any email addresses you would like us to include in our press list.  Also, on a separate sheet, please list any email addresses you would like to receive an email invitation to the exhibit.

Contact: For additional information contact Debra or StephenBures at 330-657-2788.

Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce 

is proud to partner with
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park 

to bring you this event!

We wish to send a Thank You to our sponsors
without your help, this would not be possible!

 3rd Place Award sponsor:
Flex Team Inc

General Sponsors:

 Burda Books
Countryside Conservancy
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Elements Gallery
Fifth Third Bank
Ohio Hardwood Furniture
Ron and Janet Stolle
Trail Mix Peninsula


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