Plein Air

Event and art sale/reception

Marshall J. Gardner Center For The Arts

The Miller Beach Art & Creative District invites artists to participate in our first annual Plein Air Event, a day of painting and drawing on locations in and around Miller Beach. After the plein air painting there will be a reception and public exhibition to show and sell the work created.

Plein-air painting refers to the technique of painting out-of-doors which was initiated by the French Impressionists in the mid-nineteenth century. The aim and challenge of plein air painting is to “capture the moment”, working quickly to complete a painting in a fairly short period of time.

And—Claude Monet will be in the house! Thanks to a generous friend of the MBACD, we will have a Claude Monet plein air piece of art on display during the plein air event!!!

Entry fee is $25. Payment can be made PayPal on our website (scroll to the bottom of the Donate web page and click the ‘Donate’ button), or we will accept cash on the day of the event. Registrations will still be accepted on the day of the event.

Registration / Check-In

9 — 10 am, Miller Beach Art & Creative District — 540 S. Lake Street, Gary IN

All work submitted for the evening exhibit must be created on August 25, 2018. Your paper, canvas, or board will be stamped at check-in. Artists are to bring their own supplies, easels etc. Artwork media is limited to paintings and drawings. The size limit, as framed, cannot exceed 36” × 36”. You may register on the day of the event as well.

Plein Air Painting

10 am — 3:45pm Select your location in Miller and enjoy the day painting outdoors! Volunteers can assist with sharing painting locations if you’re not familiar with the area.

LUNCH – local caterers Ham + Bone have generously offered to provide a picnic lunch for artists who are interested. If you are, please let us know by emailing, and indicate if you have any dietary restrictions.

Turning In Finished Work

4:00pm You may turn in up to two finished works at the Miller Beach Art & Creative District by 4 pm ready to hang. The painting must be framed (or have gallery wrapped canvas with the sides pre-painted) and wired, ready to hang. We will provide tables for artists to prepare works for hanging. All artwork submitted must be for sale.

Exhibit and Sale

The exhibition/reception will be open to the public from 6 – 8 pm. Miller Beach Art & Creative District will charge a commission on all sales. Any artwork not sold should be picked up from 8–9 pm.

Prizes for Best of Show and People’s Choice Award will be awarded the night of the exhibition.

LUNCH – local caterers Ham + Bone have generously offered to provide a picnic lunch for artists who are interested. If you are, please let us know by emailing meg@millerbeacharts, and indicate if you have any dietary restrictions.

Email if you are interested in entering this event, want to register for lunch, or have any questions.

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Miller Beach Arts & Creative District

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 2405, Gary, IN 46403

Gallery Location:

Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403
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