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Saranac Lake ArtWorks
2020 Adirondack Plein Air Festival

ALERT 5/1/2020: The 2020 Adirondack Plein Air Festival is extending their deadline to June 1, and are changing the format of the event for the safety of our artists, and the people who live in the Adirondack Park. While our region has excellent health care facilities, there is not the capacity to handle very large numbers.


Anyone who wishes to withdraw their submissions and receive a refund they may do so. Please email and let them know you do not wish to participate. However, our host organization, Saranac Lake ArtWorks, would very much appreciate your donations as we struggle to survive this pandemic. Please be sure to include in your email to if you would like your entry fees refunded or donated to Saranac Lake ArtWorks.


Because our event has focused on painting the natural beauty of the Adirondack environment, accepted artists will be invited to come paint the Adirondacks, on their own, anytime between July 30 and August 19. Yes, this will favor artists who live in New York state, or areas within a few hours drive of the Park. Because of Covid-19, we do not want to encourage people to travel long distances to his part of the state, nor do we want to encourage any gatherings of people.


The Adirondack Park is 6 million acres.  New York State has defined the boundary with a “blue line” on official maps. See:  We will provide accepted artists with a more detailed map.


We will not be providing any lodging - if artists want to stay overnight, as opposed to making a day trip, that will be their own decision.


The event will operate on the honor system. All paintings have to be done “plein air” during the dates specified. (Finishing touches in the studio are fine, within reason). Not work done at a previous event. Not done from photos. We promote the event as an opportunity to obtain original art, produced “on the spot”, and want to keep it that way.


We will accept 3 digital images of paintings, from each artist, due, via email, by midnight Aug 20.  Our Juror of Awards will review them online and select prize winners (prize amounts and numbers to be determined).


We will host an online exhibit for a month, and offer a special preview to our past buyers/collectors, to give them the first chance to purchase. ArtWorks will advertise and promote the online exhibit as much as possible. We’ll work out all these details later, but artists will retain their paintings, include the cost of framing/shipping in the price, and if ArtWorks sells a piece online, the artists will be responsible for shipping to the buyer. ArtWorks will handle sales and keep a 30% commission.


So - if you’ve already entered and would like to participate by making a day trip or 2 to the Adirondacks, please hang in there. If you are from out of state and not nearby, please go ahead and request a refund from Online Juried Shows or let them know you’d like to donate your entry fees (via We hope you’ll apply again next year.




The information below 



This event will be open to all plein air artists.



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



There are 3 event selection jurors (to be determined), all accomplished plein air artists.


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 a local art program and 50% is returned to the artists.


For all other sales, the Quick Draw Competition, Nocturne Contest 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.




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



By signing the agreement to participate in the 2020 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.

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