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Suffolk Plein Air Festival
2024 Suffolk (VA) Plein Air Festival

Suffolk, Virginia 23434 

Phone: 757-641-8120                            



Suffolk Plein Air Festival

Tuesday, September 10 –Saturday, September 14, 2024

Call for Artists


The Suffolk Plein Air Festival committee invites you to apply to participate in the 2024 Suffolk Plein Air Festival competition and wet paint exhibit/sale.    The Wet Painting Sale and Awards Soiree will be at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Friday, September 13, 2024 from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm.   Up to five (5) works will be accepted for display and judging in the artist’s preferred medium.  The Suffolk Plein Air Festival is hosted by the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, the Suffolk Art League, and Suffolk Tourism.


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 five (5) 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.  

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

•       Log in on this page and click Enter This Show to submit three of your most representative pieces to be reviewed for consideration as a participant. Image files must be jpg and under 4 mb. For best results, image files should be 1920 pixels (min 800) on the longest side @ 72 dpi or larger. For help with your entries, contact or 888-666-1351.

•       Selected artists must submit a 150 or fewer word biography, written in the 3rd person, to include art education, awards, etc.  The artist’s vision statement may also be included. Additional information will be included with the acceptance letter.


Optional Exhibition September 11-October 18, 2024:

Selected artists participating in the Suffolk Plein Air Festival are invited to bring up to three (3) previously completed works to display and sell in a separate exhibit at the Suffolk Art Gallery beginning Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, October 18, 2024.  This exhibit will be open to the public.  There is a 40% commission on all sales.  Artists are responsible for collecting all unsold work from the Suffolk Art Gallery by Saturday, October 19, 2024.  The Suffolk Plein Air Festival will not return any unsold artwork by mail or shipping. 

QuickDraw and Taste of Suffolk event Saturday, September 14, 2024: 

The Festival QuickDraw event is open to artists at all levels and ages 10 and above.  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 QuickDraw.


Important Dates: 

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 1, 2024

Notification to selected participants:  Friday, April 12, 2024

Artists’ check-in: Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Optional Exhibition artwork Drop Off: Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Optional Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, October 18, 2024

Artists’ Luncheon: Thursday, September 12, 2024

Painting Days: Tuesday, September 10 - Friday, September 13, 2024

Judging of new Plein Air artwork: Friday, September 13, 2024

Wet Painting Sale and Awards Soiree: Friday, September 13, 2024

Quick Draw and Taste of Suffolk event: Saturday, September 14, 2024

Unsold Artwork Pick-up: Saturday, September 14, 2024 from 3:30pm to 5pm 

Artists’ payments sent: late September/early October, 2024

Optional Exhibition artwork Pick-Up deadline:  Saturday, October 19, 2024


All artwork must be removed from the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts by 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2024 unless arrangements have been made in advance with Festival Coordinators Sandy Hart and Sandy Waters.  email:

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