ELIGIBILITY
Participation in the Main Event is open to the first 75 artists, age 18 or older, who register. The event will be closed once the 75-artist goal is reached.
 
REGISTRATION FEES

  • $35 before May 31
  • $45 after May 31.
  • Artists registered for the West Bend Main Event are automatically registered (if they choose to participate) in the “Paint the Market” competition at no extra cost. (See the separate Prospectus for “Paint the Market.”)


MATERIALS
Each artist may submit a maximum of three (3) pieces: 1 small & 2 large; or 2 small & 1 large; or 3 small.

  • Media may include: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastel, gouache, ink and pencil.
  • For dark colored materials, please paint a white patch to provide a legible stamping area.
  • SMALL pieces: Maximum material size 12 inches x 12 inches of canvas, paper or board unframed.
  • LARGE pieces: Maximum material size 320 sq. inches of canvas, paper or board unframed.
  • Formula: (sq. inches = length x width). Examples: 16” x 20” = 320 sq. inches; 14” x 22” = 308 sq. inches, 12” x 24” = 288 sq. inches.
  • FRAME width: Maximum 4 ¼ inches. • MAT width: Maximum 4 inches (watercolors, etc.).


MAIN EVENT GUIDELINES
A minimum of 95% of each artwork must be created on-site, within the event boundaries, in the true spirit of plein air. Minor adjustments or corrections may only be done in a studio to fix forms or colors. A piece will be disqualified for judging if:

  • The artist is found using an iPad or photos on their easel.
  • The artist is standing outside the boundaries (to be provided at check-in).
  • The artist intentionally impedes the sightline of another artist.


CHECK-IN
Check-in and stamping will be at The History Center of Washington County, 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend in the Veterans Plaza of the Old Courthouse Building from 8:30am - 2:00pm on Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9. (See separate Prospectus for check-in information for “Paint the Market”.)

  • Artwork materials MUST be stamped prior to starting work to ensure that the submitted work has been created during the event.


ARTWORK SUBMISSION
Friday, August 9 from 3:00 to 5:00pm and Saturday, August 10 from 9:00am - noon, in the Old Courtroom at The History Center.

  • Pieces will be displayed in the Old Courtroom.
  • Check-in stamp must be visible on the back of each piece of art.
  • Artwork must be signed, appropriately framed, mounted and securely wired for hanging. LMA reserves the right to refuse any improperly framed pieces, wrapped canvases, stained mats, alligator hangers, or those with wet paint on the edges.


PRICING

  • The pieces will be sold at the prices selected by the artist.
  • Price changes will not be allowed after artwork submission. Any manual price changes found on title cards will result in the removal of the corresponding painting from the exhibit.
  • All submitted artwork must be for sale.


COMMISSION
The History Center will retain a 25% commission on all artwork sales. Artist payments will be mailed during the first week of September to the address provided at registration.
 
CONTEST JUDGING
Judging will take place from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, August 10.

  • Judges to be announced.
  • Awards will be presented at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 10 at a wine and cheese reception open to the public from 4:00 - 6:00pm.


PRIZES

  • Best of Show: $2,000 This is a purchase award sponsored by Epic Creative, a West Bend marketing and communications company. The sponsor will own the Best of Show artwork which will be displayed in its headquarters building across the street from The History Center.
  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $350
  • Third Place: $250
  • Honorable Mention: $100

            (An artist may win only one of the above awards.)

  • Peoples’ Choice: $100


ART PICKUP
After the Awards presentation, at the artist's discretion, plein air art will be displayed for sale in the Old Courtroom until Saturday, August 17 at 5:00pm.

  • Any artwork left for sale may not be removed before the art sale ends.
  • All unsold artwork must be picked up by the artist or a designated agent on Wednesday, August 21 through Friday, August 23 from 11am to 5pm. Any other pick-up times must be arranged with the History Center.


LIABILITY
Regardless of cause, the artist agrees to bear all risk and expense for any loss, theft or damage to their artwork or other personal property or injury to their person. The artist agrees to be responsible for insuring their artwork if so desired.

PLEIN AIR MAIN EVENT PROSPECTUS
(Thursday, August 8th, 8:30am thru Saturday, August 10th, noon)

PLEIN AIR "PAINT THE MARKET" PROSPECTUS
(Saturday, August 10th, 7am - noon)


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REGISTRATION
Artists registered for the West Bend Main Event are automatically registered for "Paint the Market" (if they choose to participate) and must stamp in during the check in time.

CHECK-IN AND STAMPING: In the Veterans Plaza of The History Center of Washington County, 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend, 7:00am to 8:30am on Saturday, August 10.

PAINTING GUIDELINES
Artwork must be created on-site, within the boundaries of the West Bend Farmers Market, a popular attraction staged along several city blocks on the city's historic Main Street.
 
PAINTING and FRAMING PERIOD
All artwork must be created between 7:30am and 11:00am (Market closing time) on Saturday, August 10.
Art materials MUST be stamped prior to starting work.

MATERIALS
Each artist may submit one (1) signed piece of art, either a large or a small.
(See the Main Event Prospectus for material and size guidelines.)

PAINTING SUBMISSION

  • Only one painting may be submitted.
  • Submission is by noon, at The Old Courtroom in The History Center.
  • The art will be displayed in the Old Courtroom.
  • Check-in stamp must be visible on the back of each painting.
  • Artwork must be signed, appropriately framed, mounted and securely wired for hanging. LMA reserves the right to refuse any improperly framed paintings, wrapped canvases, stained mats, alligator hangers, or those with wet paint on the edges.


PRICING

  • The art will be sold at the price selected by the artist.
  • Price changes will not be allowed after painting submission. Any manual price changes found on title cards will result in the removal of the corresponding painting from the exhibit.
  • All submitted artwork must be for sale.


COMMISSION
The History Center will retain a 25% commission on all sales. Payments will be mailed during the first week of September to the address provided at registration.
 
CONTEST JUDGING

  • Judging will take place from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, August 10.
  • Judges to be announced.
  • Awards will be presented at 5:00pm on Saturday, August 10 at a wine and cheese reception open to the public from 4:00 - 6:00pm.


PRIZES

  • Best of The Market: $500
  • First Place: $350
  • Second Place: $250
  • Third Place: $150
  • Honorable Mention: $100

            (An artist may win only one of the above awards.)

  • Peoples’ Choice: $100


ART PICKUP
After the Awards presentation, at the artist’s discretion, plein air art will be displayed for sale in the Old Courtroom until Saturday, August 17 at 5:00pm.

  • Any artwork left for sale may not be removed before the art sale ends.
  • All unsold artwork must be picked up by the artist or a designated agent on Wednesday, August 21 through Friday, August 23 from 11am to 5pm. Any other pick-up times must be arranged with the History Center.


LIABILITY
Regardless of cause, the artist agrees to bear all risk and expense for any loss, theft or damage to their artwork or other personal property or injury to their person. The artist agrees to be responsible for insuring their artwork if so desired.