Paint the Peninsula - a Juried Plein Air Competition
September 7, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Port Angeles, WA
Application Dates
Dec 18 '13 to Apr 18 '14
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Apr 26, 2014



About the Event

Paint the Peninsula is a juried competition sponsored by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center located in Port Angeles, Washington on the glorious Olympic Peninsula September 7 through 14, 2014..  If you want to paint salt water, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, mountains, industrial cityscapes, big trees and the rain forest, practically without moving, come see the varied and beautiful locations on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  This five day painting contest will offer more amazing opportunities for the plein air painter than you have ever imagined.  Paint the Peninsula for the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience.  Artists will have an opportunity to hang their work daily for sale.  Please refer to our website at for more information, a bio of our judge Jim Lamb, information about Jim’s post event workshop, and photos of plein air painting sites.

Entry Process

Paint the Peninsula is a juried competition. Each artist needs to submit three images of their best recent plein air art work. Five artists who were our winners from 2013 will not have to submit work to be juried. Jim Lamb will serve both as jurist and judge, reviewing submitted images and choosing 25 artists to participate in Paint the Peninsula 2014, for a total of 30 artists. Notification of selected artists will be emailed no later than the end of April, 2014. Artist commitment forms will be mailed to those who have been accepted and must be returned to the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center no later than May 31, 2014 .

General Rules and Guidelines

  • 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 watercolorists.
  • Pastel painters’ paper should be suitably mounted on board or foam core in order to allow for stamping and visibility of the stamp from the back of the frame.
  • All work must be framed and wire strung. Saw tooth picture hangers are not acceptable.
  • Due to limitation of display space, all work must be no longer than 18 inches on its longest side before framing.
  • A 30% commission for PAFAC will be taken on all work.
  • There is a minimum price of $300 for all work. No work may be priced under $300.
  • Attendance at the community reception on September 13th is mandatory.
  • All artists must participate in the Quick Draw.


Cash prizes of $3100 will be awarded, along with numerous Sponsor Merit Awards. Best of Show is a cash award of $1500 and includes the honor of having the artist’s winning artwork become the image on the 2014 Plein Air Special Limited Vintage Wine produced for the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center by Camaraderie Cellars to be released later in the year as well as being featured in the following year’s promotional materials for Paint the Peninsula. PAFAC is advertising in Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, as well as the extensive network of other organizations in an effort to attract art collectors to promote sale of artwork.

Schedule of Events

  • September 7 , artists arrive in Port Angeles. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm stamp substrates, orientation and kickoff barbecue.
  • September 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 , artists Paint the Peninsula ranging from Sequim to the Hoh Rain Forest. Artists may choose one piece to hang for sale each day at Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, which will be open to artists and the public between the hours of 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. Artists may deliver framed work at any time during the day for hanging. Work should be submitted for hanging no later than 8:00 AM the following day.
  • September 11, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Quick Draw. Artists will paint in downtown Port Angeles. Quick Draw entries must be framed. Quick Draw paintings represent the one submission of work for September 11.
  • September 12 , 1:00 pm deadline for submission of work for the final show. Judging will take place between 2:00 and 4:30 pm of all work submitted for the week. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm our sponsors will have the first opportunity to see the show in its entirety, including ribbons hung on award winning pieces. (Artists will have their first opportunity to see award winners the following day.)

  • September 13 , Reception: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm collectors will mingle with artists and the public in a reception that will include appetizers and wine from Camaraderie Cellars.
  • September 14 , at 10:00 am Port Angeles Fine Arts Center will be open to the community for the final day of sales. No unsold work may be removed before 4:00 pm and artwork must be signed out no later than 5:30 pm.


Every effort will be made to supply host housing in exchange for a small painting of the artist’s choice. Some housing may be available at a reduced rate at local motels. Other available housing can be found at Artists wishing to apply for host housing should make their request known upon submission of the Agreement to Participate. Host housing is available on a first come first served basis and for only participating artists. Artists bringing family members will be responsible for housing them.


If you wish to purchase frames from a local vendor, please contact Karon’s Frame Center at 360-565-0308 to make arrangements. They are interested in accommodating your needs.


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 where you will see plein air painting sites photographed by award winning photographer, Ross Hamilton. In addition there will be a link to the bio for jurist/judge Jim Lamb, information regarding his post event workshop, comments from last year’s participants and directions to Port Angeles.

(Please refer to the tutorial on Juried Art Services or contact if you need technical help with the website.)