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Wallkill River School
Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival 2017


Artist Prospectus 2017

The Wallkill River School is delighted to announce that the 2nd annual Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival will be held on October 4 - 8.

New York’s Hudson Valley is the ideal setting for plein air painting. The area is endowed with a rich history of art and has been a popular destination for many of America’s artists for over 150 years.

About the Festival
The Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival is organized by the Wallkill River School, a non-profit artists’ cooperative that runs an art school and fine art gallery as well as a plein air art workshop series.

The Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival is a juried exhibition open to all painters in all mediums. The festival will include artist awards and an opportunity to sell work created during the event to the public.  There will be a welcome reception for artists to check in and have canvases stamped. Artists may paint at locations of their choosing within the Hudson Valley map provided. There will be a Quick Draw competition at the Newburgh Waterfront open to juried and non-juried artists. The festival will conclude with an exhibition and sale of paintings created during the festival. Thanks to our generous sponsors, there will be at least $2,000 in awards.

A 30% commission on all artwork sold during the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival will be retained by the Wallkill River School, with all event sales handled by the Wallkill River School. Payment to artists for work sold will be mailed within 30 days after the event ends.

Festival Painting Requirements
•    All paintings must be done “en plein air” during the event without the aid of photography.
•    18” x 24" maximum canvas size.
•    Only artwork with a stamp will be permitted in the exhibition and sale.
•    All submitted artwork must be available for sale.
•    Any unsold art must be collected by the artists at the conclusion of the exhibition or make other arrangements with Chrissy Pahucki ( ) to have works shipped or stored.
•    At least one painting, and no more than four paintings, from each artist are due at the artwork drop off for the show.
•    Artwork information, tags and an art inventory form (included in packet) must be filled out for each painting.
•    If a painting sells during the show, artists may replace it with additional work done during the festival.

Artist Awards
The Wallkill River School will announce the awards during the exhibition and art sale. Award categories to be determined.

Entry Fee
For a non-refundable fee of $45, applicants must submit three digital images of their work and an artist bio.  Entry fees must be paid by the entry deadline.  Acceptance is not guaranteed.

To Enter Your Bio
To enter your bio, log in at using your email address and password.  Right above where you just logged in, click “Your Artist Profile.”  You are now in your account.  Click “Person Info,” and scroll down the Bio Upload section and follow the directions to upload your bio.

Entering Your Images
•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.
•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:
•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

Event Calendar

July 15:

Entry Deadline

August 1:
Jury notifications will be e-mailed to all artist applicants. A list of accepted artists will also be posted online at

Wednesday, October 4th:
4pm - 6pm: Welcome reception and registration for juried artists.
Artists will get an information packet and have their blank canvases stamped for the event.
Artists are free to paint after 4pm (map included in packet).

Thursday, October 5th:
Paint at Olana (optional). Olana is the historic home, studio and designed landscape of Hudson River School Artist, Frederic Church.

Friday, October 6th:
Artists paint where they wish within the map boundary.

Saturday, October 7th:
2:00 - 3:00pm: Quick Draw registration and canvas stamping open to all artists at the Newburgh Waterfront 3:00pm - 5:00pm: Quick Draw Painting Competition
5:00 - 5:30pm: Framing & Set up of Quick Draw artworks on artist easels
5:30pm: Quick Draw Awards

Sunday, October 8th:
9am: Artwork drop off to Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange, located at the corner of Wawayanda & Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.
10am - 2pm: Hanging and judging of artwork. Venue restricted to judges and WRS officials.
2 - 3pm: Preview party for artists, housing hosts, supporters, prize donors, special guests, etc.
3 - 5pm: Public Show and Sale. Artists will host their display area.

October 28th:  Artists collect their artwork from SUNY Orange or make other arrangements with Chrissy Pahucki ( to have works shipped or stored.

Entry Process
•    Entry application will be through
•    All entries must be submitted by July 15, 2017.
•    The jurors, will review all submitted applications and invite 30 selected artists to participate in the event.
•    If you attended last year’s Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, and won an award, you are automatically guaranteed a spot in this year’s festival if you apply online before July 15th.
•    All images must be of original “plein air” artwork, created by the applicant artist within the past two years.
•    Notification of selected artists will be e-mailed to each applicant no later than August 1, 2017.
•    Artists not selected for the festival are welcome to participate in the Quick Draw Competition & Sale.

Artist Housing
Last year we were able to house 100% of our out of town artists. We hope to do the same this year. However, we will fill housing slots, after the jurying is done, starting with the applications that came in first. So, if you will need housing for the event, applying earlier will benefit you.