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Plein Air Painting Festival

August 17 - August 19

Plein Air Poster

Join us for the 4th annual Plein Air Painting festival. This “In the Open Air” painting festival was a great success last year, so be sure to mark your calendars! Come and see the competitors as their paintings develop on Friday and Saturday! All completed paintings will be displayed for the public on Sunday. 

For those who are new to the event, it celebrates artwork created “en plein air,” meaning literally “in the open air.” This style of painting originated in Europe near the end of the 19th century, when artists left their studios to paint what they saw in the great outdoors! Devotees believe that painting on site, in natural light, produces luminous paintings of unparalleled quality and beauty.

During the competition, come rain or shine, up to fifty participating artists from across the Lower mainland will be painting around the Historic Site. Artists will capture breathtaking historic vistas, 1920s farm equipment, historic buildings, lush gardens & orchards, delightful farm animals, and surrounding mountains of our uniquely beautiful region.

Throughout the three day event their will be a silent auction fundraiser for the charitable non-profit that operates the historic site. We will have six paintings that you can bid on. These paintings have been generously donated by the artists from previous Plein Air festivals.

The festival will culminate on Sunday with live entertainment by Bruce Coughlan of Tillers Folly, luncheon at 2 pm and an outdoor award ceremony at 3 pm. Winners of the People’s Choice and other categories will be announced at this time. The sale of paintings will occur throughout the afternoon on Sunday until 4 pm. 

Artists Poster: Plein Air Call for Artists

Want to participate in the festival? All skill levels are welcome. Email us at: events@kilby.ca Registration is $15. All ages and skill levels welcome! Plein Air Registration Form                                      For More information click here:    Artisits Information

Looking for a place to stay overnight during the festival? Contact Tourism Harrison at 604-796 5581 for accommodation information.

2018 Sponsors/Prizes Coming Soon! 

This event is sponsored by: Tourism Harrison

Event Itinerary:

Friday, August 17:
           10:30 am – noon : Artists arrive and register supports
           4 pm: Site closes. All supports must be turned in prior to closing.
Saturday, August 18:
           10:30 am – noon: Artists arrive and collect or register supports.
           4 pm: Site closes. All supports must be turned in prior to closing.
Sunday, August 19:
          10:30 am – 1 pm:  Artist paint and hand in supports for  judging.

          1 pm: Paintings will be displayed for judging, public viewing and for sale. Voting for the People’s                           Choice Award will take place at this time.

          2 pm: Festival Luncheon – enjoy an afternoon lunch in the cafe. 

          3 pm:  Awards Ceremony