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Bisbee Plein Air Festival 2018

Presented by Bisbee After 5, Bisbee Craft School, and Central School Project

(Times are approximate and will be updated as more information becomes available.)

The Bisbee Plein Air Festival returns the second week of October!  Join other artists in painting Old Bisbee’s historic architecture and colorful homes set amidst picturesque hills to compete for $700 in prizes. You also have the opportunity to sell your Festival pieces to the public in a well-organized venue at the Wet Paint Sale. Locals and visitors are already in town enjoying gallery openings as part of the Bisbee After 5 Artwalk.  

$700 in Cash Prizes:

$300 First Prize
$200 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize
$100 People’s Choice

Registration Fees - To be Announced

Rules and Regulations

The 2018 Bisbee Plein Air Festival is open to any artist who paints using the plein air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pastel, or other non-digital media.

All paintings entered in the competition/sale must be done “en plein air” (in the open air where the artist has no control of light or weather) during the event dates in the City of Bisbee. All canvas/paper/boards must be stamped PRIOR to painting. NO unstamped art will be accepted. On Saturday, we request artists paint in Old Bisbee for Wet Paint Sale visibility.

Artists may enter up to four pieces of work to be judged in the competition and sales area. Framing is suggested, but not required.

Artists must provide their own paint kits and sturdy easel(s) for display during judging and will be responsible for the safety of their paintings.

The sales commission is 35% to the Central School Project and 65% to the artist for all sales made during the public receptions.

Central School Project, Bisbee After 5, and associated volunteers assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any work, display or person.

Registration & Canvas Stamping

Online registration is available at Paper registration is on the last page of this document and may be mailed to Central School Project. Same-day registration and stamping of canvases is located at Bisbee Books & Music, 2 Main Street, in the Convention Center. Artists can begin painting after canvases are stamped. Artists may paint anywhere in Bisbee.


Artists are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Bisbee offers lodging in quaint little suites, Bed and Breakfasts, houses, rooms in historic hotels, and RV Parks. Bisbee After 5 member hotels are listed at under the BA5 Members tab, and has a comprehensive list of places to stay in Bisbee.

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