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Plein Air Washington Artists
Plein Air Washington Artists Little Gems 2022

Plein Air Washington Artists

7th Annual “Little Gems” Juried Art Show

Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes WA

August 5 - 27, 2022

Please read thoroughly, as the prospectus has changed since last year.

It is with great pleasure that we have Michele Usibelli back by popular demand as the Juror of Awards!  Plein Air Washington Artists is honored to offer this highly-acclaimed annual exhibit of the finest small works at the Scott Milo Gallery in the beautiful coastal town of Anacortes, Washington.

For 2022, Artwalk is back, and the show opening will be from 6-8pm. There will not be an official opening night celebration, but you are welcome to come for the awards and stay for the Artwalk!


$500 - Best of Show

$400 - 1st Place

$300 - 2nd Place

$200 - 3rd Place

$100 - Honorable Mention (5 will be awarded)

Merchandise awards will also be given.

$100 - People’s Choice (awarded after show closes)


May 9 - June 20 - Entries will be open to submit online through

Monday, June 20, midnight - Deadline for entries

Friday, July 1  - Acceptance announcements emailed

Tuesday, August 2 - Accepted art must arrive at Scott Milo Gallery between 11am-2pm.

Please read  “Accepted Art” below for further information.

Friday, August 5 - Show Opening, Jurying of show will be 4-5 pm and Anacortes Artwalk is 6-8pm. To-Go refreshments and bottled water will be available. Awards will be announced on the PAWA social media pages soon after.

Saturday, August 27 - Closing. People’s Choice announcement - 4:30pm.

Saturday, August 27 - Unsold art may be picked up at gallery closing,  between 4:30 - 5pm

Tuesday, August 30 - Final date for unsold art to be picked up, between 11am-2pm.

JUDGE Michele Usibelli

Michele is an award-winning artist with a strong foundation in the Russian Impressionist tradition. Although her work is mostly in oils, her individualistic style is also represented in acrylic, gouache and pastel. Nicholai Fechin, John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase were some of her greatest influences, holding her to the highest standards of quality in each painting she creates. You may view her art and find out more about Michele on her website:

After the Little Gems show opens, Michele will be conducting a 3-day plein air workshop in the area. A maximum of 15 students will be accepted. The workshop information may be found on Eventbrite (on or before May 9), under PAWA Michele Usibelli Workshop 2022.




You may enter up to six pieces of art, but only up to three (3) will be accepted into the show, in total. $35 for the first three entries, $8 for each entry after, up to six (6) total entries. Entries will only be accepted through The non-refundable fees will be charged when entering your art.


• To be eligible to participate in the show, you must be a member of Plein Air Washington Artists. If you are not currently a member, please go to to sign up. Basic annual membership is $30, advertising members are $60.

• This is a small works show. Art must be 11x14 (or a total of 154 square inches) or smaller. This does not include frame size.

• Entry is open to traditional two-dimensional paintings of all genres, plein air or studio. Please, no digital art or photography.

• There is no timeline on when the art was created.

• It CANNOT be art that has been accepted and hung into the Little Gems show or in the Scott Milo Gallery in the past.

• All art must be available for sale. There will be a 50% commission to the gallery on items sold.


For best results, make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format, under 4 mb, and sRGB color space. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at: If you need help entering your images, please email or call 888-666-1351


• Must be received at Scott Milo Gallery, Tuesday, August 2, 2021 between 11am-2pm. If you would like to drop off art to Karen Bakke (show chair, 360-421-3178) anytime prior, please make arrangements with her as soon as convenient to do so. If you need to ship art, send to: Karen Bakke, 8106 Garden of Eden Road, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284. NO art is to be shipped directly to the gallery.

• Must be suitably framed or gallery-wrapped and ready to hang with wire to gallery-quality standards. If you’d like to have your work framed at the Scott Milo Gallery, you may do so under your own arrangements. The gallery offers a discount to artists in the show. PAWA and Scott Milo Gallery reserve the  right not to hang accepted art if it does not meet standard gallery-quality standards.

• Will be published in the “Published Shows” section of and will also be shown on the Scott Milo website. A link will be on the PAWA website. Selected art will also be used for advertising the show.

• Artists will be responsible for retrieving, or making arrangements for retrieval of their art, at the end of the show. Art may be picked up at 4:30pm the day of the closing or the following Tuesday between 11am and 2pm.



All reasonable care will be taken with paintings and submissions. PAWA, its officers, volunteers and the Scott Milo Gallery shall not be held responsible for the loss and damage to paintings, frames or digital entries. By entering the show, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus; you understand and agree with this statement. Insurance for any loss or damage to artwork is the sole responsibility of the participating artist. The artist grants permission to reproduce work for publicity purposes, both in print and digital galleries. This permission includes use of images and supporting information in our blog, on our website or other means of promotion. Copyright will be attributed to the artist. Entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus and is your commitment to participate.


For help with submitting to, read their FAQ’s on the website, email or call 888-666-1351.

For specific questions about Plein Air Washington Artists, please go to

For help regarding the show or this prospectus, email Karen Bakke at or by calling 360-421-3178.

Please print this prospectus for your records. The prospectus and application will be removed from the website after the entry deadline has passed.

Next year (2023), Kyle Ma will be the Juror of Awards!

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