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Suffolk Plein Air Festival
2023 Suffolk Plein Air Festival

Suffolk, VA 23434

Phone: 757-925-1800



Suffolk Plein Air Festival

Tuesday, September 5 –Sunday, September 10, 2023

Call for Artists


The Suffolk Plein Air Festival committee invites you to apply to participate in the 2023 Suffolk Plein Air Festival competition and wet paint exhibit/sale.    The Awards Reception and Wet Paint Sale will be at the Suffolk Art Gallery on Friday, September 8, 2023 from 6pm-10pm.   Up to three (3) works will be accepted for display and judging in artist’s preferred medium.  The Suffolk Plein Air Festival is hosted by the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, and the Suffolk Art League.


Works are for sale unless specified otherwise by the artist.  There is a 40% commission on all sales.  All items must remain on display until the end of the show unless other arrangements have been made.  The application fee is $45, non-refundable.


•       Up to three (3) works produced during the event will be displayed and judged.  

•       Two dimensional works must be framed or gallery-wrapped, and ready to hang with wire and screw eyes.   

•       Participation is open to only those artists selected by the judge to participate in the festival.

•       Please identify each piece with the labels provided on page 3.  

•       Submitting the application indicates your intention to participate, if selected.

•       Follow the instructions in the to submit two or three pieces to be reviewed for consideration as a participant.  An artist’s CV or resume is helpful, but not required. 


Optional Exhibition September 6- mid October 2023:

Artists who are selected to participate are invited to bring up to two (2) previously completed works to display and sell in a separate exhibit at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts beginning Wednesday, September 6 through Saturday, September 9, 2023.  This exhibit will be open to the public.  There is a 40% commission on all sales.

QuickDraw and Taste of Suffolk event Saturday, September 9, 2023: 

The Festival Quick Draw event is open to artists at all levels and ages.  Prior registration is encouraged, but not required.  On-site registration will be open to participate as well.  The application fee to participate is $10, non-refundable.  A 20% commission will be deducted from sales made during the Quick Draw.


Important Dates: 

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Notification to selected participants:  Friday, April 14, 2023

Artists’ check-in: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Optional Exhibition artwork Drop Off: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Optional Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, September 6 through mid October 2023

Artists’ Luncheon: TBD

Painting Days: Tuesday, September 5 - Friday, September 8, 2023

Judging of new Plein Air artwork: Friday, September 8, 2023

Awards Reception and Wet Paint Sale: Friday, September 8, 2023

Quick Draw and Taste of Suffolk event: Saturday, September 9, 2023

Unsold Artwork Pick-up: Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 4pm to 5pm or Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 9am to 11am.

Artists’ payments sent: late September/early October, 2023

 All artwork must be removed from the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and Suffolk Art League by 11am on September 10, 2023 unless arrangements have been made in advance with Festival Coordinator, Darlene Keyt.  (757)630-9832 or email:

If you need help with your entries, email or call 888-666-1351

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