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Saranac Lake ArtWorks
2018 Adirondack Plein Air Festival

Exhibition Details

The 2018 Adirondack Plein Air Festival, celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, is a wonderful opportunity for artists to experience the rugged beauty of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains, inspiration for many 19th century Hudson River School painters. 50 artists wil be selected for participation. Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, the event will take place Aug 13-18, with headquarters at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery in the charming, historic village of Saranac Lake. There are 5 days of outdoor painting, a Nocturne Contest, a “Paint the Town” Silent Auction, a Special Preview Party, a Quick Draw Competition, and a huge Show & Sale. At this time the Awards Juror has not yet been announced, but they usually offer a pre-event plein air workshop - more information will be available later.


This event will be open to all plein air artists.


Registration will be $40 with the submission of 3 images, all plein air paintings.

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 email or call 949-287-8645.

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All of the specific event information will be provided to selected artists and is available on our website:


All sales are handled by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Participating artists are asked to provide one small painting for the “Paint the Town” Silent Auction. This is a fund-raiser and part of the proceeds are donated to the Saranac Lake Central School District art program and 50% is returned to the artists.

For all other sales, through the Quick Draw Competition and the Show & Sale, there will be a 30% commission retained by Saranac Lake ArtWorks.



Saranac Lake ArtWorks has a list of area motels, B&B’s, and rentals on their website, and that includes some economical dormitory style housing. Some groups of artists get together and rent a house for a week, sharing the costs. Limited complimentary lodging is available with host families. Artists must provide their own transportation to and from Saranac Lake, NY. Contact ArtWorks with questions.


Over $5000 total, in awards will be given out, in cash and merchandise, as well as some exhibit opportunities.


Timeline of events including

1.       Open 2/5/18, Close 3/19/18 - Open/close date for submitting their work online.  (It’s best to close a show on a Sunday through Thursday.

2.       April 9, 2018 - Notifications sent out date (please do not schedule these to go out on a weekend.  OJS do not work on the weekends.)

3.       April 30, 2018 - Artists agreements signed and returned

4.       Aug 13 - Artist Check-In & Surface Stamping, 10 am - 7 pm. Painting may begin after surfaces are stamped.

5.       Aug 13 - 8 pm - Reception for artists & nocturne painting at the restored Hotel Saranac.

6.       Aug 14: Painting at the Paul Smith’s College VIC

7.       Aug 15: “Paint the Adirondacks” Day - artists’ choice; maps with suggested locations available.

8.       Aug 16: “Paint the Town” Day - artists paint in the historic Village of Saranac Lake, donating 1 small painting for the Silent Auction

9.       Aug 17: “Paint the Saranac” Day - artists will have several locations to paint the mountain views along the Saranac River.

10.   Aug 17: 2 pm - all framed paintings due; artists hang own work on assigned walls in Town Hall.

11.   Aug 17: 4 pm - Jurying

12.   Aug 17: 6 - 9 pm: Special Preview Party and Awards presentation

13.   Aug 18 - 9 - 11 am: Quick Draw Competition, downtown Saranac Lake

14.   Aug 18 - 12 - 5 pm: Show & Sale in the Town Hall

15.   Aug 18 - 5 pm - Exhibit and event ends; artists remove work.


By signing the agreement to participate in the 2018 Adirondack Plein Air Festival, you give permission to Saranac Lake ArtWorks to use photos or you and your work for publicity and promotion purposes and you agree to the sales commissions as described above.

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