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Paint Wiscasset & Beyond 2023

A Plein Air Event
Thank you to our sponsor
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Plein air painters are welcome to participate, and all are welcome to observe them work, and later enjoy the exhibit. Painters begin the morning of June 12. Their previously painted dry works will be available to view at the gallery 11am, June 15, and throughout the show, which ends July 9th.

This year artists may paint scenes Wiscasset, Lincoln County, and one newly painted work from anywhere in the state may be included. They will find an abundance of New England charm in the scenic harbors and coastal areas as well as quaint shops, intriguing homes, lovely gardens and historic properties.

Please note: As a result of the increased participation in the Maine Art Gallery’s annual plein air event, we have made two important changes from earlier years:

1. The exhibit has been expanded from two weeks to four weeks

2. Entrants are juried.

Plein air painting by Roberta Goscke, winner of Best of Show 2022.


  • Artists must be accepted via an initial jury process to be in the show.

  • Painting will occur between June 12 and June 16.

  • One wet painting must be done in Wiscasset, others can be anywhere in Lincoln County, and one "artist's choice" painting can be of any subject matter painted anywhere in the state of Maine.

  • The exhibit will commence with selected dry paintings June 15, 11am to 4pm.

  • Opening reception is Saturday, June 17, from 4pm to 7pm, when all works, including the new wet pieces, will be on display and for sale.

How to Enter as a Participating Artist:

Deadline to enter is May 5. Late entries will not be accepted.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers is required. Members use coupon code BEYONDMEMBER at checkout.

Selected artists will be notified by May 15.

Submit up to three jpegs to be considered by the juror. Follow guidelines below.


How to email your mages for jurying:

Send images and info to:, with subject line "Paint Wiscasset and Beyond Entry."

Jpegs need to be titled with your last name and title of the piece. Example: Smith-Summer-Greens.

Include the following for each image:



Dimensions (H x W)


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.
 Do not send thumbnails.


Within the email you send with your images, include the following information:

City, State, Zip


MAG Member:  YES  /   NO

Submission of your entry fee constitutes your understanding of, and agreement to, the juried show guidelines and to the following conditions:


  • All work submitted is my own original artwork.

  • My entry fee is non-refundable.

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

  • I grant Maine Art Gallery permission to use images of my artwork and/or my name in promoting this exhibit in print, broadcast and online media and marketing materials. 

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.


Dates to Remember:

  • May 5: Deadline for submitting jpegs and email Information.

  • May 15: Selected artists will be notified of their acceptance in the show.

  • June 12: 9am - 11am Drop off accepted dry work.

  • June 15 – July 9: Exhibit run. Gallery hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  

  • June 17: Opening Reception, 4pm – 7pm

  • July 9-10: July 9, 4pm - 6pm, July 10: 10am - noon.

Rules and Guidelines for Accepted Artists:

  • Registration June 12, 9 am to 10am with a light breakfast available until 10:30am. Water and bathroom facilities will be available 11am to 4pm throughout the week.

  • Juried dry paintings are delivered during registration with your completed Artist Inventory Sheet listing the dry work, completed labels (two for each painting), and the Artist’s Agreement. Agreement and inventory sheet will be provided ahead of time.

  • All canvasses/panels/paper must be stamped at the Maine Art Gallery on Monday, June 12, before you paint. There is no limit to the number of canvases that may be stamped. Each wet work must have two labels completed each. Labels will be provided.

  • You will be given a name tag, rack cards, artwork labels, maps of Wiscasset and Lincoln County, and possible sites to paint.

  • Bring a printed brief biography to have on display in our gallery.

  • Thursday, June 15 – Gallery is open from 11am to 4 pm for showing the dry art work. Artists are invited and encouraged to paint during the Wiscasset Art Walk, which is held in the first block of downtown Wiscasset from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, June 29.

  • June 17, artists must drop off their wet works (at least 4) between 9am and 10am with two labels per piece and a completed inventory sheet.

  • Final wet works to be hung are limited to a "canvas size" of 18" x 24" and what will comfortably fit to one 46" by 96" panel  (a few of the panels are smaller). Example: if your paintings are an average size of 18" x 20", then 4 paintings will fit. Each artist will be assigned one panel.

  • Reception on June 17, 4pm to 7pm, with awards announced around 6pm.

  • All works are for sale. If any of your works sell, the artist may replace with new work. 

  • Pick up of unsold work: July 9, 4pm to 6pm; and July 10, 10am to noon.

  • The event will be held rain or shine, so, please come prepared.


Rules about Materials:

  • Previously toned canvases are permitted.

  • Maximum "canvas size" is 18" x 24"

  • Media permitted: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pencil and pastel.

  • Each wet piece must be started and completed en plein air during the event.


A Best of Show prize of $250 will be awarded to the most accomplished painting. There will also be a Special Recognition Award, and People’s Choice Award at values to be determined.


Maine Art Gallery takes all precautions to ensure the safety of your work.

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