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Saranac Lake ArtWorks
2022 Adirondack Plein Air Festival

Prospectus - 2022 Adirondack Plein Air Festival

Exhibition Details


2022 marks the 14th anniversary of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. Come spend a week in the historic village of Saranac Lake, located in the heart of the Adirondack Park.  Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, come be inspired by the serene beauty which so influenced the Hudson River School of painters.  There are five days of outdoor painting to include 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 wild mountain, lake and river landscapes, rustic lodges and farms, and historic buildings in the villages.  Forty artists will be selected to participate in the festival, along with ten alternates (in case of cancellations).


The Awards Juror will be award-winning artist Carol Douglas, of Maine, a highly recognized plein air, landscape and figure painter. Visit to appreciate her works.  Carol will be offering a two-day pre-festival Plein Air workshop on Aug 13-14, 2022 (details on our website).


Covid Preparedness:  Festival event plans are subject to change. All participants will be asked to comply with current CDC and New York State guidelines for health and safety.  If we are prevented from having an in-person event due to worsening conditions, the event will be changed to a virtual Show & Sale. 



Registration, through Online Juried Shows, will be open to all plein air artists.



Registration will be $40 and must be accompanied by the submission of 3 images, all plein air paintings.



There will be three 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 will be handled by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Participating artists are asked to contribute one small, unframed painting, created on the “Paint the Town” Day, for a Silent Auction. Part of the proceeds are used to support local art programs and 50% is returned to the artists.


For all other sales, the Quick Draw Competition, Nocturne Contest and the Show & Sale, Saranac Lake ArtWorks will retain a 30% commission. Artists who “sell off the easel” will submit the 30% commission via cash or check to Saranac Lake ArtWorks, Attention: Treasurer.


Artist commissions will be remitted within two weeks after the final Show & Sale.



Saranac Lake ArtWorks has a list of area motels, B&B’s, and rentals on their website.  Artists must provide their own transportation to and from Saranac Lake, NY. More information with possible lower-cost housing opportunities will be available as we get closer to the event.  Contact ArtWorks or email with questions.



A total of over $5000 in awards will be given out, in cash and merchandise.


Calendar - Timeline of events

1.       Open 1/27/22, Close 4/15/22- Open/close date for artist’s submissions online.

2.       April 29, 2022 - Notifications sent out date

3.       May 13, 2022 - Deadline for receipt of signed artists’ agreements.

4.       Aug 15 - Artist Check-In & Surface Stamping, 10 am - 5 pm. Painting may begin

5.       Aug 15 - 7 pm  Reception planned for artists & nocturne painting opportunities.

6.       Aug 16 - Painting at the Paul Smith’s College VIC

7.       Aug 17 - “Paint the Adirondacks” Day - artists’ choice; maps with suggested locations available.

8.       Aug 18 - “Paint the Town” Day - artists paint in the historic Village of Saranac Lake, providing 1 small, unframed painting for the Silent Auction

9.       Aug 19 - “Paint the Saranac” Day - painting the mountain views along the Saranac River at the Fish & Game Club.

10.   Aug 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 2 pm - all framed paintings due; artists hang own work on assigned walls in sales venue

11.   Aug 19 - 3 pm – Jurying begins

12.   Aug 19 - 6 - 9 pm: Special Preview Party and Awards presentation

13.   Aug 20 - 9 - 11 am: Quick Draw Competition, downtown Saranac Lake

14.   Aug 20 - 12 - 5 pm: Show & Sale

15.   Aug 20 - 5 pm - Exhibit and event ends; artists remove work.



By signing the agreement to participate in the 2022 Adirondack Plein Air Festival, you give permission to Saranac Lake ArtWorks to use photos of you and your work for publicity and promotional purposes and you agree to the 30% sales commissions as described above. 

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