Welcome and thank you for participating!

Below you will find a convenient table of events focused on participating artists.

Day Time Event Type 
March 1 Artist online registration opens Artist-Only
May 15 5:00 pm Professional Artist registration due. Email digital images and bio for jury panel. Artist-Only
May 30 Professional Artists notified of acceptance Artist-Only
July 1 5:00 pm Emerging Artist Online Registration closes (or earlier if capacity is reached) Artist-Only
July 14 5:00 pm Artist registrations fees due to City of Dexter Artist-Only

All artists are required to check-in at one of the three listed “Check-In” times before commencing to paint.

This year’s festival runs from Monday, August 14th, to Sunday, August 20th.

Day Time Event
Monday 8:00 – 10:00 am Artists Check-In #1 at Tent in Monument Park
Starting at 10:00 am Artists Paint in and around Dexter
Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00 am Artists Check-In #2 at Tent in Monument Park
4:30 – 6:00 pm Artists Check-In #3 at Tent in Monument Park
6:00 – 8:00 pm Opening reception for artists at Null Taphouse
Artist's Paint in and around Dexter
Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast for the artists at Riverview Cafe on Main Street.
Artists Paint in and around Dexter
Thursday Artists Paint in and around Dexter
Friday 8:00 – 11:00 am Coffee and donuts for the artists in the gazebo
8:00 – 9:00 am Participating Quick Draw Artists (professional & emerging) deliver framed-ready to hang Plein Air Painting Competition artworks and any reserve paintings and simultaneously register for Quick Draw at the Tent Gallery in Monument Park. Have canvas/paper stamped for Quick Draw.
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Quick Draw Competition is held. 3 hours to spend on one painting.
10:00 –  11:00 am Professional Artists deliver framed Plein Air Competition paintings and reserve paintings to Tent Gallery in Monument Park.
11:00 – 12:00 am Emerging Artists deliver framed-ready to hang Plein Air Competition paintings and reserve paintings to Tent Gallery in Monument Park
1:00 – 1:30 pm Quick Draw artists deliver framed-ready to hang artwork to the Tent Gallery in Monument Park
2:00 – 4:00 pm Judging
2:00 – 4:00 pm Artist's Choice Award Voting Begins
2:00 – 9:00 pm Friday Night Exhibit opens – artwork available for immediate purchase
5:00 – 5:30 pm Awards Ceremony in Tent Gallery
5:30 – 6:00 pm Winning Artist Photographs
6:30 – 8:30 pm Meet the Artists Wine Reception in the Tent Gallery
Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Exhibit and Art Sale
Sunday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Exhibit and Art Sale – artwork on display and available for immediate sale
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Light refreshments at Tent Gallery
2:00 – 3:00 pm Artists pick-up any unsold artworks. No early pick up.