Plein Air Event : General Info & Registration

General Information

The Be Here en Plein Air Art Festival & Competition is open to artists of all ages and skill levels who work in any “two dimensional” media with the exception of photography. Artists may set up anywhere within the competition area (see attached map) and will have three hours to create their works before judging.

Artists will bring their own supplies, easel, etc. A panel of three judges will evaluate the works, and a people’s choice prize will also be awarded.

Cash Prizes

First Place $500, Second Place $250, Third Place, $100.

Wet Paint Sale

Artists have the option of selling their artwork during open sales after judging with a 70/30 split commission. 30% will count as a donation split between the Arts Council and the Downtown Beaufort Development Association.


Around Downtown Beaufort. Check in, artists reception, judging and awards will be held at John Newton Park on the Beaufort waterfront at Front and Craven Streets (next to Dockhouse Restaurant).

May 13th : Times

  • 7:30-8:00am : Check In / Late Registration
  • 8:00am : Competition Begins
  • 12:30pm : Competition Ends
  • 12:30-1:00pm : Judging Begins and Artist’s Reception Begins
  • 1:00-2:30pm : Winners announced and Wet Paint Sales begin

Artwork Specifications

Any substrate and media may be used. Work may be no smaller than 8” x 10” nor larger than 36” X 36”. All canvases will be marked upon check in.

Heather Sink’s painting from 2014’s Beaufort Sister Cities Mural Contest. We seek to continue BSC’s legacy of supporting arts in Beaufort.

In-Person Registration

In person at Craving Arts Gallery, 121 Craven St. Beaufort, NC 28516. The early registration fee is $25. ACC members $20. Checks should be made out to the Downtown Beaufort Development Association. You can mail checks to Craving Arts Gallery.

Online Registration

Use the form below to begin the registration process. When you submit the form, you will be re-directed to PayPal to pay your fee online. You can pay with either a credit card, or you can optionally use your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not required.

Upon successful payment, you will receive an email confirmation.

Artist Registration
If you know where you'd like to set up, please list it here. Artists will be listed on our Plein Air art walk map.