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Sonoran Plein Air Painters
Off to the Races Art Show


Sonoran Plein Air Painters and Rillito Foundation Present:
“Off to the Races Art Show”

March 2nd-March 19th


Exhibition Sponsors

Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Rillito Park Foundation


Exhibition Details

Sonoran Plein Air Painters (SPAP) and Rillito Park Foundation are sponsoring an exciting opportunity for plein air painters to paint at various locations at Rillito Regional Park during horse racing season.  It is open to SPAP members and also to nonmembers.   The theme and show will be for artists to paint on site during the month of February (Jan. 27th-Feb. 26th) depicting some of the local color events on location, farmers’ market, horse racing overall view with Catalina Mountains in backdrop.


Paint Out Locations

SPAP will send out weekly paintout schedule (and post on our website) that takes advantage of events happening on location, farmers market Sundays, horse racing events, the Jelk’s Historic home (in restoration), however, participants can paint at their leisure during February.


Show Coordinators:

Chris Rightmer:



Open to SPAP members AND nonmembers

To Join SPAP or Renew go to:



You may enter 3 plein air paintings, and only 2 could be accepted. There are no size restrictions. It will be Juried/Judged.  Sales will be an 80/20 split, 80% to artist and 20% to SPAP.


Entry Fees

You may enter 3 pieces and 2 will be juried in.  Entrée fees are $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers; we encourage you to join SPAP    



?        All entries must be 2 Dimensional, framed plein air paintings in oils, acrylic, water media, or pastel.

?        All plein air works must have been completed on the Rillito Park Racetrack grounds in plein air.

?        Please prepare art with wire on back to be hung on hooks.

?        SPAP reserves the right to reject any artwork not deemed ready to hang. 


Entering Your Images

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.


Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, RGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:


Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.


By entering this show, you are providing permission for the use of your images for promotional materials.



This will be a juried event.



David Simons



Plein Air Painting



80/20 split with artists receiving the 80%, and %20 back to SPAP.   For sales, the artist will arrange for the transaction with the buyer.  You will be contacted by the buyer because your contact phone number will be on the gallery tags that SPAP prepares.   The show will also be available online with artwork for sale to a global audience on



There will be no shipping accepted for this show given time constraints.



1st place $1200

2nd place $800

3rd place $600

People’s Choice $400

Four Honorable Mentions


Important Dates

             Jan. 27th 1st paintout on grounds (refer to ) for details on scheduled paintouts as this will be very fluid).

·                Feb. 15th open date to submit artwork to OnLineJuriedShows

             Feb. 25th closing date to submit artwork to OnLineJuriedShows

             Feb. 26th Jury show

             Feb. 27th Artist notification of accepted pieces

             March 1st Artists drop of art from 9am-10am at Horse Track facility, second floor.

             March 1st Hang art from 10am to 3pm

             March 1st Judge art

             March 2nd at 6pm Reception on 2nd, floor of Horse Track facility

·                March 15th at 6pm VIP Reception at Jelks Farm House with winning art showcased on easels

·                March 19th  Remove art work 9am – 10am



March 2nd at 6pm Reception on 2nd floor of Horse Track facility (4502 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718)

March 15th at 6pm VIP Reception at Jelks Stud Farm (4502 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718)



Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders’ list. On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from ConstantContact, that will state the same.


1. Go to and log in using your email address and password.

 2. Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile." You are now in Your account!

3. Click the show name and you will see your first image. The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.

4. As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined in to the show." Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter." The letter will then be displayed below.

5. If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.

6. While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date. NOTE: Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety. Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.



SPAP or Rillito Park Foundation is not liable for stolen or damaged art and by entering this show, you accept these terms.  To assure you, because the showcase facility is a gambling business, it is highly patrolled, and multiple cameras.





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