Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival, September 8 -11, 2016

facebook-social-network-marketingWelcome to the 2016 Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival. Please note our winner of the 2015 Exhibition Prize was Angela St. Jean, a new artist to our festival. Congratulations Angela! Her work is featured throughout the site and will be on this year’s brochure.

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Thank you to all our participants and sponsors of the 2015 festival, it was great fun and the work done was extremely impressive! We also had oodles more people out this past year and we thank them and the community for their support.

This four day festival is all about painting outdoors. Artists are encouraged to look at our sites and find those that appeal to them. Spend Thursday through Saturday painting, come to our participant-only party Saturday night and then hang your work in the exhibition & sale on Sunday Sept. 11, 12-4pm at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce. If you are an artist please see the Registration & Contact page for more details and sign up!

NEW! This year we are adding new things:
From here on in students will be charged the half price fee of $50 to participate in the event.
If you are a returning participant to the festival and bring a friend, you will each receive a 10% reduction in the fee. (ie. two people for $180)
Finally, if you sign up to the event before March 1st you will be charged the early sign up rate of $90. 

Thank you to our ongoing partner the Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton where this June 2016 is plein air month! Check out our Facebook page for details on events and teaching.

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“Creativity takes courage. ”  ― Henri Matisse

Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us by Angela St. Jean

*header image: a detail from September Supermoon by Angela St. Jean

This site includes all the festival locations for drawing and sketching, a downloadable map/brochure, a Google map listing all sites & of interest places, a list of accommodations & links to their websites, and an application that you can fill out in order to participate in the exhibition. We ask that you register for the festival with the Municipality of Highlands East, a link is provided.

All queries regarding the festival should be directed to the Municipality and the Event Coordinator Gary Blundell.

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You will find that our cellular coverage is spotty up here but we do have a couple of places with great wifi you can use it even if the buildings are closed.  * This year the Highlands East Municipal Office’s wifi is not working. Sorry for the inconvenience. 



Thank you to our sponsors:

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4 thoughts on “Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival, September 8 -11, 2016

  1. Hello,

    All you need to do is send a cheque made out to the Municipality of Highlands East, noting on the cheque that this is for Plein Air Registration. Then you can download a pdf. copy of the map under registration. If you have specific questions you can always email the event coordinator Gary Blundell at garyandvic65@yahoo.com. I hope this helps!

  2. Of course. Remember to give them your email address & website so that we can promote your participation. You can pick up the brochure then too it has a map of where the sites are and the accommodations.

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