MAY (APPLY): Annual Fresh Coast Plein Aire Competition

(Updated: 04/20/2019)

Presented under the auspices of Lake Superior Art Association (LSAA), as part of the City of Marquette’s annual Art Week June 24-29 – a week-long celebration of the visual and performing arts.

For a complete listing of Art Week events go to:, City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) Facebook page, or call (906) 228-0472

3rd Annual Fresh Coast Plein Aire Competition

  • Over $2,500 in cash awards
  • Friday evening, June 28: “Dusk-to-Dark” session
  • Saturday, June 29: All-day painting session, followed by a reception and awards
  • Competition at 2 levels:
    Level 1: Professional & advanced painters
    Level 2: Novice, intermediate & recreational painters
  • Discounts available at several area hotels. Request lodging info if interested.

Other Plein Air Events of interest:

  • Watercolor Workshop: May 22 and 23
    Workshopped by New York artist Joe Rayome, who won the Plein Air Festival’s “Best in Show” award in 2017 and 1st Place & “Peoples’ Choice” awards in 2018. A third optional day on plein air painting will be offered for those interested at an additional cost. For details, contact: Michele at or (906) 250-7364
  • Pre-festival Plein Air Exhibition at Donckers Restaurant: May-June 2019

    “Painters on the Loose” will show Plein Air work at Donckers Restaurant during the months of May and June. A great warm-up for the Plein Air Festival. If you are interested in the show or in joining “Painters on the Loose”, contact: Michele at or (906) 250-7364.


Friday, June 28 – Dusk to Dark

  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM:  Registration and check in at the Presque Isle Park Pavilion. Bring painting surfaces to be stamped. (You may register/check in for Saturday also at this time.
  • 7:00 – 10:00 PM:  Paint at any location within Presque Isle Park.
  • 10:00 PM:  Paintings must be turned in at the Pavilion
  • 10:00 – 11:00 PM:  Artists may enjoy wine and light refreshments, while previewing the evening’s paintings.

Saturday, June 29 – All-Day Paint Session & Reception

  • 7:00 – 9:00 AM: Registration and check in and have your painting surfaces stamped (if you did not do so Friday evening).
  • 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM:  Time to paint!
  • 3:00 – 4:30 PM:  Completed paintings returned to the Pavilion.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM: Judging.  Only Fresh Coast Plein Air officials will be allowed inside the building during this time. When judging is completed, artists may enter to put out cards and price their work.
  • 6:00 – 8:30 PM:  Reception
  • 7:00 PM:  Awards Presentation
  • 7:45 PM:  Peoples’ Choice voting closes
  • 8:00 PM:  Peoples’ Choice Award presented



  • Friday, Dusk-to-Dark (for both levels):  pre-registered – $10; day-of registration – $15
  • Saturday, All Day: Competition at two levels – (Level 1) is professional or advanced & (Level 2) is novice intermediate and recreational painters. (Self-place when registering, the entry fee and competition are higher in Level 1, but the cash prizes are also higher.)
  • Level 1: pre-registered – $25; day-of registration – $30
  • Level 2: pre-registered – $15; day-of registration – $20


Fresh Coast Plein Air Paint the Landscape Festival Rules of Competition

  • All artists are required to read, understand and comply with all rules. No exceptions will be made. Entries will be rejected if all rules are not observed.
  • Artists are required to check in at the registration desk at the Presque Isle Park Pavilion, 2 Peter White Drive in Presque Isle Park and have their painting surfaces stamped. If you are painting both days, you may have all your painting surfaces stamped on Friday and need not check in again on Saturday. If you are painting only on Saturday, you may check in either day.
  • Registration has 2 levels:
    Level 1: Professional & advanced painters
    Level 2: Novice, intermediate, and recreational painters
    It is left up to the individual artist to “self-place” into one or the other; entry fee is higher for level 1, but so is the dollar value of awards.
  • Friday, “Dusk to Dark”, artists may paint anywhere within the boundaries of Presque Isle Park. Emphasis should be on capturing the late day light, sunset, etc.
  • Saturday, artists may paint at any Marquette city or shoreline location. (See map for designated painting area.)
  • Artists may begin working immediately after check-in. Work must be returned to the show/reception location at the Pavilion at Presque Isle Park according to the Schedule of Events above.
  • Artists’ Reception on Saturday: Paintings must remain on display until the end of the reception and must be removed at the close of the reception. Artists are strongly encouraged to remain for the duration of the reception to meet and discuss their work with the public. If an artist is not able to remove work at the end of the reception, he/she is responsible for making arrangements with someone for their removal. The FCPA Committee, Marquette Arts and Culture and the City of Marquette will not be responsible for damage to/or loss of paintings left at the end of the reception.
  • Organizing committee members are permitted to compete and will be eligible for prizes.

  • Juror of Awards to be announced

Entry Requirements

  • Must be 2-dimensional;
  • May be in any wet or dry medium except photography;
  • Must be completed en plein air;
  • Must illustrate or be representative of the scene; abstract realism is acceptable but non-representational work will be rejected;
  • Must be signed on the back only for judging purposes.

Number of Entries

  • One piece may be submitted for Dusk-to-Dark (There will be an award for the Dusk-to-Dark winner and this painting will also be eligible for an award in the overall competition.)
  • Two pieces may be submitted for the Saturday session.
  • Only surfaces stamped at check-in will be accepted for judging.
  • Entries must be signed on the back only for judging; artist may sign on the front after judging, if desired. Work submitted for judging with front signature will be rejected.
  • Artists may frame pieces for judging if desired, but this is not required. Frames may be wired for hanging or displayed on table easels. Some tables and easels will be available for artists’ use and wire mesh display panels will be available for hanging.
  • Artists may place business cards and prices on their paintings after the completion of judging.


  • Sales may be made at any time during the festival. Prospective buyers should make arrangements with the artist and a Festival committee member.
  • Artists must agree to allow discounts to Festival sponsors purchasing paintings during the Festival. The discount schedule is:
  • No commission will be collected, but a voluntary donation by the artist of 10 – 15%  (after discount, if applicable) would be gratefully accepted, to be used toward next year’s expenses. See a Fresh Coast official for details.
  • The Awards juror will judge entries for cash prizes, totaling at least $2,500, for Dusk-to-Dark, Saturday’s competition, and a “Peoples’ Choice Award”.“Painters o