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Saranac Lake ArtWorks
Adirondack Plein Air Festival

Exhibition Details


2019 marks the 11th anniversary of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. Come spend a week in the rugged mountains that inspired the Hudson River School painters! Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, the event is centered in the historic mountain village of Saranac Lake, centrally located in the Adirondack Park. There are 5 days of outdoor painting, a Nocturne Contest, a “Paint the Town” Silent Auction, a Special Preview Party, a Quick Draw Competition, and a huge Show & Sale. Artists will have a full choice of subjects, ranging from wild mountains and lake and river landscapes, to rustic lodges and farms and historic buildings in the villages. The Awards Juror will be Sarah Yeoman, a nationally recognized watercolor painter. She will also be offering a 2-day, pre-festival plein air workshop, with details to be announced on our website as they are finalized.




Registration is open to all plein air artists. 50 will be selected to participate, based on review of submitted images.



Registration will be $40 with the submission of 3 images, all plein air paintings.


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, sRGB 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 email or call 949-287-8645.



The selection jurors, all accomplished plein air painters, will review all the submissions and select 50 artists to participate.


All of the specific event information will be provided to selected artists and is available on our website:



All sales are handled by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Participating artists are asked to provide one small , unframed painting for the “Paint the Town” Silent Auction. This is a fund-raiser and part of the proceeds are donated to the Saranac Lake Central School District art program and 50% is returned to the artists.


For all other sales, through the Quick Draw Competition and the Show & Sale, there will be a 30% commission retained by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Artists who “sell off the easel” are asked to voluntarily pay the 30% commission.



Saranac Lake ArtWorks has a list of area motels, B&B’s, and rentals on their website, and that includes some economical dormitory style housing. Some groups of artists get together and rent a house for a week, sharing the costs. Limited complimentary lodging is available with host families. Artists must provide their own transportation to and from Saranac Lake, NY. Contact ArtWorks with questions.



Over $5000 total, in awards will be given out, in cash and merchandise.



Timeline of events including

1.       Open 2/1/19, Close 4/1/19 - Open/close date for submitting their work online.

2.       April 8, 2019 - Notifications sent out date

3.       May 1, 2019 - Artists agreements signed and returned

4.       Aug 12 - Artist Check-In & Surface Stamping, 10 am - 7 pm. Painting may begin

5.       Aug 12 - 8 pm - Reception for artists & nocturne painting at the restored Hotel Saranac.

6.       Aug 13: Painting at the Paul Smith’s College VIC

7.       Aug 14: “Paint the Adirondacks” Day - artists’ choice; maps with suggested locations available.

8.       Aug 15: “Paint the Town” Day - artists paint in the historic Village of Saranac Lake, donating 1 small painting for the Silent Auction

9.       Aug 16: “Paint the Saranac” Day - painting the mountain views along the Saranac River.

10.   Aug 16: 2 pm - all framed paintings due; artists hang own work on assigned walls in Town Hall.

11.   Aug 16: 4 pm - Jurying

12.   Aug 16: 6 - 9 pm: Special Preview Party and Awards presentation

13.   Aug 17 - 9 - 11 am: Quick Draw Competition, downtown Saranac Lake

14.   Aug 17 - 12 - 5 pm: Show & Sale in the Town Hall

15.   Aug 17 - 5 pm - Exhibit and event ends; artists remove work.



By signing the agreement to participate in the 2019 Adirondack Plein Air Festival, you give permission to Saranac Lake ArtWorks to use photos or you and your work for publicity and promotion purposes and you agree to the 30% sales commissions as described above.


For more information or questions, contact Kathy Recchia, Saranac Lake ArtWorks, at 518-891-3799 or


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