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2017 Paint the Peninsula - Plein Air
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
PO Box 1695
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Event Dates: 8/20/17 - 8/27/17
Entry Deadline: 4/1/17
Application Closed


Media Images: 3

Entry Fee (Paint the Peninsula): $40.00

2017 Paint the Peninsula 5th Annual Juried Plein Air Painting Competition 

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center


Registration begins January 1, 2017

Registration closes March 31, 2017  

Competition dates:  August 20 – 27, 2017


REQUIREMENTS:    Media images: 3          
Entry Fee: $40.00


ABOUT THE EVENT:  Paint the Peninsula is a juried plein air competition beginning its fifth year.  The event will be held in Port Angeles, Washington, gateway to Olympic National Park August 20 through 27, 2017.  Port Angeles and its surrounding areas include Olympic National Park and have everything to offer a plein air artist from sweeping vistas and soaring mountains to vintage working farms, intimate woods and expansive ocean views.  The event is being hosted by and for the benefit of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center (PAFAC).  PAFAC Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports the arts in hosting gallery shows and community art events throughout the year.  The PAFAC gallery is located in Webster’s Woods, a five acre woodland area where over 100 sculptures and other works of art live in and peek out of the abundant foliage.


ENTRY PROCESS: The opening date for registration is January 1, 2017, and the final date for submitting entries to Paint the Peninsula through CaFE is March 31, 2017.  Last year’s winners have been invited and may return as guest artists.  The remaining slots to a total of 24 artists will be filled through jury selection.  Each registered artist’s 3 images will be evaluated by a panel of 3 jurists from arts related fields.  Selection of finalists will be accomplished no later than April 30, 2017, and the artists notified no later than May 15, 2017.



  • Orientation and stamping of substrates are mandatory.  No artwork will be accepted for hanging in the event unless the event stamp is visible on the back of the substrate, or front in the case of watercolor artists.
  • Pastel painters’ paper should be suitably mounted on board or foam core in order to allow for stamping and visibility of a stamp from the back of the frame.
  • All work must be framed and wire strung.  Saw tooth picture hangers are not acceptable.
  • All work must be no larger than 18 inches unframed on its longest side with the exception of the one painting each artist brings with them and that can be no wider than 48” framed.
  • A 40% commission for PAFAC will be taken on all work.
  • A 25% commission for PAFAC will be taken on all work painted or commissioned during the event for two months following the event.
  • There is a minimum price of $300 on all work except as allowed during the Paint Out and small painting show on the last day.
  • Attendance at the awards reception on August 26 is mandatory.
  • All artists must participate in the Paint Out on August 25.
  • If paintings are sold privately during the competition they will be subject to the 40% commission.


AWARDS:  Cash prizes of $12,000 will be awarded in a variety of categories.



August 19, Saturday:  Two one day workshops, $125 each.  Presenters to be determined  

August 20, Sunday:  Artists arrive in Port Angeles.

Noon - optional bus tours of popular local painting sites

4:00 pm – stamping of substrates begins followed by dinner and orientation

August 21, Monday:  Artists will paint at a site of their choosing within specified boundaries.

August 22, Tuesday:  Artists will paint within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.

August 23, Wednesday:  Artists will paint at a site of their choosing.

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - A reception will be held featuring the Olympic National Park paintings.  Awards will be given by Olympic National Park staff.

August 24, Thursday:  Artists will paint at a site of their choosing.

August 25, Friday:  In the morning artists may paint at a site of their choosing.

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Paint Out and sale on the City Pier and Esplanade followed by awards ceremony for Paint Out paintings.

August 26, Saturday:  Evening award ceremony and reception.

August 27, Sunday:  Last day of the show. Each artist will hang a new work measuring 6” x 8”.  Artists may pick up unsold paintings at 2:00 but not before.



Every effort will be made to supply host housing in exchange for a small painting of the artist’s choice.  Some artists may choose to stay in a local hotel, motel, Airbnb, RV park or bed and breakfast.  Host housing is available on a first come first served basis and is only for participating artists.  Artists who bring family members may not be able to be accommodated by a host.


We are happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact Anne Dalton at 360-457-7782 or by email at  For further information please visit