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  2020 EnPleinAirTEXAS


 Basics and Rules for the 2020 EnPleinAirTEXAS COMPETITION ARTISTS

This year's Competition Artists will be announced online June 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

*As events are confirmed and added to our schedule, there will be additions to this page.
Please check back often for updates!

*Attend the Artists Welcome Party if you arrive by Saturday, October 17th.  Those arriving early may also want to participate in the Saturday Pre-event Paint-Out and volunteer for the casual demos to engage early with the public.

*Check-in Sunday morning, Oct. 18 and get painting materials stamped.  You may hang your Saturday painting in the 'Fresh Paint Gallery' today so the public can 'meet' you!
Bring one plein air painting from home
, reflective of your style, to hang immediately in event headquarters 'Fresh Paint Gallery' if you did not paint one on Saturday.

*Paint daily, preferably at least part of the day in the advertised venues, and interact with the public to increase interest and connect with potential new patrons.  

*Replace or add paintings in the Fresh Paint Gallery  with other paintings done during the week as often as you can.  We had some success with this last year and sold several before Friday's big event.  Space is limited, so bring your paintings by as you paint them early in the week!

*Make all efforts to attend public events that are designed to help the artists interact with new potential patrons.  Most of these are not during your Sunday - Thursday competition painting time!

*Friday morning, submit 2 completed artworks, framed and ready to be hung, for the awards competition with a maximum canvas or matted size of 24” x 24".  You will also submit your 'Mini-Pearl of the Concho' painting, sized 6" x 6" or 6" x 8".  All work must be completed on an EnPleinAirTEXAS 2020 stamped canvas, and produced en plein air, without the assistance of photography or major touch-up.  Your competition paintings may not be pre-sold.

*Also on Friday morning, provide additional plein air paintings, framed and ready to be hung, that are produced during the week of the event, that will be hung in the 'Back Forty Salon' as backup paintings for sale during the weekend exhibit.  Each artist has 6 feet of space and may continue to add plein air paintings during the weekend (painted here or brought from home) to refill as your paintings sell.

*Price each piece in the range of your normal retail pricing.  We recommend a variety of sizes and price-points.  The 40% commission on all works sold goes directly to benefit the free educational youth programs of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.  All sales must be handled by representatives of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. 

* Please do not make any pricing 'deals'.  Simply keep the one you stated on your painting labels.  This protects the integrity of EnPleinAirTEXAS and respects and protects the professional standing of you and your fellow artists. 

*Consider volunteering to do a casual "WATCH & ASK ME While I Paint" demo in San Angelo schools or for the public at the Pre-Paint event or Friday-Sunday after turning in your paintings.  These paintings have a 25% commission to the museum if sold.   

*Attend the Collectors’ STAMPEDE and Awards Party & Sale to celebrate a great week of painting, reconnect with people met during the week, and meet potential new collectors. 

*Participate in the "MORNING PAINT at the ROPING" at the San Angelo Fairgrounds.  This is a bit laid-back and not a timed paint-out, but will still have nice awards.  There are potential opportunities for commissions with children and their animals at this event.  Check the website soon for more details.  These paintings have a 25% commission to the museum if sold during the weekend.

*Stay if you like for the Saturday afternoon SAN ANGELO ROPING FIESTA where you are special guests, painting all the action and meeting new patrons from all across the United States.  Or return to the exhibit at the Fort, where you may paint demos or be involved in the children's "Art in the Afternoon" & meet up with patrons!

*Attend the 'CHUCK WAGON BRUNCH with the ARTISTS' at Ft. Concho on Sunday, Oct. 25th, and perhaps do a quick painting if you are inspired by the chuck wagon folks!  Spend some time afterwards in the Competition Gallery to network & encourage final sales. 

*Pick Up any work that does not sell at 3:00pm, or make prior arrangements for shipment. 

*Agree that selling any work produced or any work commissioned as a result of participation in EnPleinAirTEXAS within one month following the event will also require a 40% commission to be paid to the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. 

*Allow the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts to use images of the work of the Competition Artists for publicity purposes.


  • HOST FAMILY HOMES will be offered to all competition artists beginning on Friday, October 16.  Artists are encouraged to arrive early to get to know the area and be inspired!
  • A PRE-EVENT PAINT OUT is planned for Saturday, Oct. 17th.  You are encouraged to arrive early and 'warm-up' to our West Texas scenery!
  • ALL EVENTS involving competition artists and food are free to the artists; in addition, lunch is provided daily. We feed you very well!!
  • THE WET GALLERY at Gallery Verde, Event Information Headquarters, gives artists the option to showcase freshly painted artwork.  Visitors have the chance to see your personal work and purchase it early.  We had excellent early sales in 2019!
  • There will be opportunities for artists to engage the public with personal talks and demonstrations in downtown venues, and in local schools. More information to come!