What A FABULOUS 2022 Suffolk Plein Air Festival! Stay Tuned for details on 2023 Event.
The City of Suffolk is gearing up for the second annual Suffolk Plein Air Festival, September 6-11, 2022. This year’s event has expanded to include 45 outstanding plein air artists traveling from across the US and as far away as the Netherlands to PAINT SUFFOLK VIRGINIA. They are coming to capture the beauty of Suffolk’s waterways, landscapes, and cityscapes, compete for prizes, and sell their artwork. Seeing our city through the eyes and talents of others is a highlight of this week-long outdoor painting event.
Over the past year, the Suffolk Plein Air Festival Committee co-chairs Sandy Waters and Barbara Harris have led a small team from Suffolk Art League, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, and Suffolk Tourism. Everyone has worked diligently to bring this unique event to life. Artists, art lovers, and spectators will converge in Suffolk to watch the painters in action anywhere they see the PAINT SUFFOLK VIRGINIA sign! After three days of painting, juror James Warwick Jones has the daunting task of reviewing over 120 works of art to select the winners. CASH AWARDS will be given for the Best In Show, $3,000, 2nd Place, $1,000, along with 3rd Place, $500. Additionally, there are non-monetary awards given for Top Rural, Top Waterway, and Top Urban paintings.
On Friday, September 9th from 6-10 PM, artists and patrons will gather at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts for the much-anticipated WET PAINT SALE and Awards Reception. Attendees will have the chance to meet the artists, view all their new artwork and purchase an incredibly special piece of Suffolk themed artwork to adorn their home or business. WET PAINT SALE tickets are $100 and include scrumptious food by TASTE, an Open Bar, and Live Music. At the request of patrons, the event offers various VIP Level Sponsorships that include WET PAINT SALE tickets with art credits towards purchases during the reception. Purchase tickets online at www.SuffolkPleinAir.org.
On Saturday, September 10th from 12- 2 PM, in conjunction with the annual ‘Taste of Suffolk’ Downtown Street Festival, children, students, and adults are invited to paint outside, ‘en plein air’, during the “Quick Draw” event. This is a chance for novice to experienced painters to try their hand at plein air painting. The Quick Draw format is extremely exciting ~ the goal is to quickly produce an original piece of artwork in only 2 hours! Prizes will be awarded, and Quick Draw Artists are encouraged to sell their Suffolk Plein Air artwork during the Taste of Suffolk. Quick Draw Registration is $10, open to all ages and abilities at SuffolkPleinAir.org.
The success of Suffolk Plein Air Festival is a tribute to the vision and collaboration of the Suffolk community. So many wonderful people have opened their homes to host some of our out-of-town artists for the week. Others have offered their properties as locations for the artists to paint. Generous business and patron sponsors stepped up to ensure the Arts are accessible for all, bringing together artists of all skill levels and ages – younger and older – providing rich experiences for the community at large. For more information about sponsoring the 2022 Suffolk Plein Air Festival sponsor, attending events, or volunteering, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS Please contact Festival Co-chairs Sandy Waters or Barbara Harris at 757.925.1800 or email: email@example.com
Suffolk PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL 2022 is presented by: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk Art League, and Suffolk Tourism.