Call for Entries Now Closed: Artists have been chosen

Entries for the 2017 Mountain Maryland Plein Air will be accepted through February 12, 2017, on the Cafe system. Details are included below but you must apply via Cafe’s electronic submission system. Please contact the Allegany Arts Council at 301-777-2787 with any questions.

Entry Deadline: 2/12/17


Media Images: 3

Entry Fee (Mountain Maryland Plein Air): $40.00

Applicants must submit 3 digital images of their plein air artwork and a 200 word bio. If selected, the applicant must provide a photo of themselves. The submitted bio and photo will be used in the event booklet and website, so please make sure what you write and send is what you want to see in print.

The entry fee is $40. All applications must be submitted through the CaFé system by midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Allegany Arts Council will not accept applications directly. If you have participated previously, note some of the rules have changed.

Accepted artists will be responsible for their own lodging during the event. However, a number of community members have agreed to host participating artists. In past years we have been able to accommodate all artists interested in finding such housing.

A 40% commission on all artwork sold during the Mountain Maryland Plein Air event will be retained by Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery, with all sales handled by representatives of the Arts Council. During the course of the Saville Gallery exhibition, artwork will be insured for 60% of its retail value.

Phase 1: Artists interested in being featured in the Plein Air Exhibition in June need to apply and be pre-screened through CaFÉ in order to be included in the Mountain Maryland Plein Air Exhibition. During this initial review, our Juror, Barbara Jaenicke, will evaluate the submitted images (these images must be examples of your actual Plein Air artwork) to determine if the artist will be invited to participate in the exhibition. A total of 30 artists will be invited. All artists who apply will receive electronic notification of the results of the screening process. Notification will be sent to the email address supplied when applying through CaFÉ.

Phase 2: Invited artists will be featured in a short exhibition during the week of the event. This exhibition is designed to educate the audience about participants and promote the invited artists. This will also provide invited artists with another opportunity to show and sell work. These works will be selected by the artists.

During Plein Air week a number of optional events are planned. Invited artists will receive further details on these opportunities. All artists will be encouraged to participate in the Quick Draw event on Saturday. There is no charge to register for the Quick Draw and all invited artists will be pre-registered for the event. However, all participating artists must have their canvas or board stamped the day of the Quick Draw event.


Barbara Jaenicke (pronounced JAN-i-kee) received a BA in 1986 from The College of New Jersey. She geared her education toward the commercial side of art and spent a little over a decade of her early career in advertising as an art director and in marketing communications. In 2002, she was able to turn her focus to a career in fine art.

After living in the Atlanta, Georgia area for 23 years, Barbara and her husband and son relocated in May of 2015 to Bend, Oregon. Primarily a landscape painter, she’s excited to now explore and paint the scenery of the northwest part of the country.

Barbara holds Signature Memberships in Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Impressionist Society (AIS) and the Pastel Society of America (PSA), is an International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Eminent Pastelist, and is a popular workshop instructor throughout the US.

February 12 – Last date to submit application via CaFÉ Website (12 midnight Mountain Standard Time)
March 5 – Notification e-mailed
June 19 through June 25 – Event dates
June 19 – Check-in and orientation at 9 am. Two prior examples of plein air work, of any location, to be delivered to the gallery at check-in. These will be exhibited June 20-23.
June 19 – June 23 — Paint throughout Mountain Maryland;
June 23–
• By 9:00 a.m., turn in two paintings for awards judging. Up to two additional paintings painted during the week can be exhibited (but will not be judged). These additional paintings will be shown in a separate area from the artwork submitted for judging.
• Collector’s Opening 5-7 p.m.
June 24
• Quick Draw Event in Cumberland, 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
• Public Opening 7-9 p.m.
June 25 –
• Pick up work from Saville Gallery between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• Barbara Jaenicke Workshop—Times to be announced.
Photo by Dave Romero/Vibrant Image

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