Harford County International Plein Air Art Festival

Center for the Arts

Entry Deadline: Sep. 1

608 S Shamrock Road
Bel Air, MD 21014


Join us in Harford County this fall for our paint out, exhibition and sale hosted by the Center for the Arts. Painting October 7-11th; Reception and sale OCtober 11th, remaining paintings on exhibit through October 15th, 2015.

Anyone is welcome to paint with us; please register by September 1, 2015 at www.harfordca.org or via mail to:
Center for the Arts
P.O. Box 687 Bel Air, MD 21014  .

Harford County offers artists picturesque landscapes adorned with sprawling horse farms, rambling hills, and expansive woodscapes; bustling town centers; and historic harbor towns. Located 30 minutes north of Baltimore in central Maryland on the Mason-Dixon line, where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay, Harford County is a not-to-be-missed destination.

1st Place- $500
2nd Place- $250
3rd Place- $100
Artist’s Choice
People’s Choice

• October 7, 2015 to October 11, 2015: Painting period is anywhere in Harford County, Maryland.
• October 11, 2015  from 8 a.m. to  9 a.m.: Turn-in of paintings, ready to hang, at Rockfield Manor, 501 E Churchville Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014.
• October 11, 2015 from 2 to 5 p.m.: Gallery-style sale and light fare reception. A VIP Reception precedes the event from 1-2 p.m.
• Unsold paintings will remain on display through Thursday, October 15th. Remaining paintings must either be picked up by 3 p.m. from Rockfield Manor or will be shipped back at the artists’ expense.

There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee for this event. Harford Artists Members fee is discounted to $10.

You may register at harfordcfa.org. or fill out the form below and mail to
Center for the Arts
P.O. Box 687 Bel Air, MD 21014

Plein Air Painting
• You may paint any subject within Harford County.  A complete list with addresses will be furnished to you upon check-in. Other ideal plein air locations include:
Scenic Parks:
Eden Mill Nature Center & Park
1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville, MD  21132

Rocks State Park
3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road
Jarrettsville, MD 21084

Historic Buildings: There are many historic buildings in the downtown and surrounding areas of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace.
502 W. Gordon Street
Bel Air 21014

Historic Jerusalem Mills Village and Jericho Covered bridge
2813 Jerusalem Road
Kingsville, MD 21087

Steppingstone Farm Museum
461 Quaker Bottom Road
Havre De Grace, MD 21078

Concord Point Lighthouse/O’Neill House
Concord & Lafayette Street
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Hosanna School Museum
2424 Castleton Rd.
Darlington, MD 21034

• No sales or commercial promotions permitted. Wear your event name tag when painting. Appropriate permission must be obtained from private property owners, businesses, etc.
• Work must be completed in the ‘plein air’ style (not from photographs). Acceptable media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, gouache, ink, encaustics, or tempera. Image size may not exceed 30”x30” (900 square inches)

There are many lodging options in the area.

Hilton Garden Inn
1050 Beards Hill Road
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Phone: 410-272-1777

Sleep Inn & Suites Edgewood
1807 Edgewood Rd, Edgewood, MD 21040
(410) 679-4700

Wingate by Wyndham
1326 Policy Drive
Belcamp, MD 21017
Phone: 410-272-2929

Other local options include:
Vandiver Inn (Bed and Breakfast)
301 South Union Ave
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Phone: 410-939-5200
Toll Free: 800-245-1655
Website: vandiverinn.com

Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina
4228 Birch Ave.
Abingdon, MD 21009
Phone: 410-679-0880

Paint Out Activities
Group paint outs are arranged for the artists. You’re welcome to paint with the group, or paint on your own. We will send locations and maps closer to the event date.
•    Nocturne paint night in the Town of Bel Air
•    Havre De Grace’s Concord Point Light House
•    Farmland with Historic Buildings in rural Harford

Artwork Show and Sale
• On turn-in day you may submit up to 3-5 paintings. Additional works may be accepted at the gallery’s discretion.
• All works must be for sale and framed with wire hangers (no sawtooth hangers, please).
• Artwork must have artist’s contact information attached to the back.
• No “off-easel” sales, home, or non-gallery sales are permitted. Please refer patrons to the gallery and we will be happy to facilitate the sale for you.
• Commission is 50% artist, 50% Center for the Arts.
• Payment will be distributed to the artists within 45 days of the close of the show.

• Artists are responsible for the insurance of their work.
• Artists are responsible for their own transportation and meals.
• Although Center for the Arts and its members will use their best efforts to prevent such occurrences,
neither Center for the Arts its members, nor any other organization connected with the show is responsible for loss or damage from any cause, including hanging.
• Center for the Arts is not responsible for breakage or replacement if Artwork is framed under glass. We suggest you use Plexiglas.
• Art not sold must be picked up by 3 pm October 15th. Art not picked up will be shipped to the artist at their expense.

Name: _______________________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Email address: _________________________________________________________________________

Mobile phone number: __________________________________________________________________

Website address: _______________________________________________________________________

By registering for this event, Artist is agreeing to these terms.

Artist signature
We are thrilled to have you participate! Please consider the Center for the Arts contact your good friend during the paint-out. We are more than happy to give advice on painting locations, preview your work, or simply visit with you, so please stop by and say hello.

–  Kathy Smith, CEO
[email protected]
Center for the Arts
P.O. Box 687 Bel Air, MD 21014

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