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Paint It! Wiscasset 2024

A Plein Air Event
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The Maine Art Gallery is hosting its annual plein air painting event, Paint It! Wiscasset, June 5 – 10, 2024. Plein air artists from around the region are invited to submit samples of their work for consideration by our juror Keith Oehmig, owner of the Wiscasset Bay Gallery. Cash prizes will be given to artists who win the show awards. The exhibit itself runs June 13 - July 21.

 

Wiscasset, county seat for Lincoln County, will serve as the base for painters, but sites throughout Lincoln County – Alna, Whitefield, Waldoboro, Damariscotta, Monhegan Island, and Boothbay/Boothbay Harbor can also serve as subjects. Wiscasset, as well as all of Lincoln County, are ideal settings for plein air painting. These areas possess an abundance of Maine charm serving as opportunities for artists to capture the harbor, coastline, farms, shops, and historic Maine properties, as well beautiful homes and gardens.

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Plein air painting by Anthony Watkins, multiple plein-air award winner

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS AND PAYMENT: MAY 20. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE JURIED
 

Schedule for Accepted Artists:

Plein air painting days: June 5 – June 10

Artists have their canvases stamped during orientation at the gallery: June 5, 9am – 12pm

Artists asked to paint in Wiscasset village so the media and public may observe: June 8 (NOTE: Artists are required to paint inside Wiscasset village at least one day)

Drop off Wet Work: June 11, 9am – 1pm. The gallery’s Exhibition Committee will install the exhibit on the first floor. The second floor will hold Drawn to Maine: Contemporary Drawing and Printmaking.

Run of Exhibit: June 13 – July 21

Reception and Awards Ceremony: June 15, 5pm – 7pm

Pick Up of Unsold Work: July 21, 4pm – 6pm; July 22, 11am – 4pm; July 23, 11am – 4pm.

 

Rules for Entrants & Submission Guidelines: 

Entry Fee: 

A $15 entry fee per Maine Art Gallery member artist (or $20 for non-members) is non-refundable, and the decision of the juror is final. You may pay online by using the button below, or mail a check to Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren Street, Wiscasset, ME, 04578; the memo line must read "plein air entry." Payment and entry must be received by May 20 to be considered for jurying.

Send Your Submissions via email:

1. Submission Email Checklist:

  • Your contact info

  • Up to 2 images

  • Details about your work

  • Your membership status

 

All information is emailed to maineartgalleryimages@gmail.com.

SUBJECT LINE must be your last name and title of the piece. Example: Coates - Summer Greens.


2. Image Submission Requirements:

Two jpegs of recent plein air work required:
Attach the jpegs along with the information outlined in steps 2 and 3.
Jpegs must be titled with your last name and the title of the piece. Example: Coates-Summer-Greens. Images should be 1 to 3 megabytes in size. Recommended pixel size is about 900 width or height, but not to exceed 1,800 in either dimension.

For each jpeg submitted, please include the following:

Title
 


Medium
 

Dimensions (H x W, add depth if 3D)
 


Price
 


3. Include Contact Information and Membership Status:

 

Name
 


Address
 
City, State, Zip
 


Email
 


Phone


MAG Member (membership runs January - December):  YES  /  NO

 

Submission of your entry fee constitutes your understanding of, and agreement to, the plein air event guidelines and the following conditions:
 

  • All work submitted is your own original work

  • Your entry fee is non-refundable

  • If your work sells, Maine Art Gallery takes a commission of 35% and you have priced your work accordingly.

  • You grant the Maine Art Gallery permission to use images of your artwork and/or your name in promotional and marketing materials for the gallery.

Disclaimer:

The Maine Art Gallery is not responsible for technical or computer failures, including problems accessing the internet, any other computer error, or malfunction, or for late, lost, illegible or misdirected entries. Make sure you send your entry to the correct email account according to the directions above. You will receive a reply confirming your entry.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS AND PAYMENT: MAY 20. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE JURIED

Meet Our Juror: Keith Oehmig

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Oehmig now resides in Brunswick, Maine. He holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, as well as an M.F.A. with Distinction in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.

Oehmig’s works are infused with light and color, and his painterly style is well suited to capturing the natural landscape throughout Maine, along the Eastern seaboard, and the French and Italian countryside.

Oehmig has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions across the United States including the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut; Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine; the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; the Wood Museum and Library, Chicago, Illinois; Albany Fine Arts, Albany, New York; Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts; Bay View Gallery, Camden, Maine; Clarke Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida; J. Todd Galleries, Wellesley, Massachusetts; the Maine State House, Augusta, Maine; and the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine.

Oehmig’s paintings have won numerous awards including the Merit Award from the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Mable Axcy Dominick Award, Principia College, the Kodak International Newspaper Award, and Best In Show-Cityscape at the Gallery at Six Deering, Portland, Maine.

Museums, corporate and public collections, and private collectors in the United States and abroad own Oehmig’s paintings. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; Hunter Museum of American Art; the Portland Museum of Art; the Wood Museum and Library; Palmina and Stephen Pace Gallery, Fryeburg, Maine; Ensign Bank, New York, New York; Galerie K in Berlin, Germany; GTE/Sylvania Collection, Waldoboro, Maine; Key Bank of Maine; MBNA Collection, Wilmington, Delaware; and United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut.

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