2015 Bisbee Plein Air Festival

Bisbee After 5 Artwalk

Entry Deadline: Oct. 9

PO Box 1195
Bisbee, AZ 85603


October 9th – 10th, 2015
Presented by Bisbee After 5 and Central School Project

Artists are invited to Bisbee to paint the picturesque hillsides of Tombstone Canyon and the wonderful architecture in Old Bisbee. This is a great opportunity to network with Arizona’s many Plein Air painters, compete for prizes, and take advantage of a well-organized venue to sell your work.

$700 in CASH PRIZES w/ sponsors:
$300 First Prize – Bisbee Foundation
$200 Second Prize – Bisbee Foundation
$100 Third Prize – Bisbee After 5
$100 People’s Choice – Canyon Rose Suites

Bisbee Plein Air 2015 is open to any artist who paints using the plein air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic, or pastel.

All paintings entered in show/sale must be done “en plein air” (in the open air where the artist has no control of light or weather) during the event dates in the City of Bisbee. All canvas/ paper must be stamped PRIOR to painting. NO unstamped art will be accepted.

Artists may enter up to four pieces of work to be judged in the competition and sales area. Framing is suggested, but not required.

Artists must provide their own paint kits and sturdy easel(s) for display during judging and will be responsible for the safety of their paintings.

The sales commission is 25% to the Central School Project and 75% to the artist for all sales made during the public reception.

The Central School Project/Bisbee After 5 assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any work, display or person.


Luke F. Thalheimer is a native Phoenician who began drawing at the age of three and started formal art lessons at the age of nine. A 1989 alumnus of the Colorado Institute of Art, Luke has also studied at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and individually with notable plein air artists such as Doug Dawson, James Coulter, and Cody de Long. In 2010, he served as the sole juror for the Shemer Art Center’s annual plein air event in which over 70 artists participated.

Tucson artist Diane Dale has studied drawing and painting at the University of Texas in Austin, The Academy of Fine Art in both Rome and Perugia, Italy, at the Art Students League of New York, and at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a one-woman watercolor show in Giove, Italy in 2002. A previous juror for the 2010 Bisbee Plein Air Festival art competition, Diane Dale also recently served as a juror for the April 2015 Pima Community College Student Art Show.

Artists are responsible for their own transportation and lodging.
Bisbee offers lodging in quaint little suites, Bed and Breakfasts, rooms in historic hotels, and RV Parks.
RECOMMENDED LODGING http://www.bisbeeafter5.com/#!hotels–lodging/cxvi
BISBEE VISITORS CENTER http://www.discoverbisbee.com/accommodations.htm


Friday, October 9

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration and stamping of canvas at Bisbee Books & Music in the Convention Center. Artists can begin painting after canvases are stamped. Artists may paint anywhere in Old Bisbee.

7:00 p.m. Artist Reception at Central School Project

Saturday, October 10

9:00 a.m. to noon Registration and canvas stamping continues at Bisbee Books & Music.

2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Artists set up paintings to be judged and to sell in Grassy Park. Artists must bring their own easels or stands for display of their work.

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Paintings can be viewed and purchased by the public. Paintings must remain on easels until judging is completed.

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Live Music with Robert Earl Longley

3:00 p.m. Judging begins. Artists are invited to visit the galleries and relax during the judging. Monitors will oversee the security of the paintings at this time.

4:30 p.m. Awards presented in Grassy Park

5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bisbee after 5 Gallery Walk. Galleries on Main Street will be open & serving refreshments. Purchased paintings may be picked up.

Event Registration is $25.
Early Bird Registration is $20 and must be received by September 1, 2015.

Artists may register online, by mail, or in person on the day of the event.
Online registration and mail-in forms are available at:


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