2023 Plein Air Competition at the Paint the Town Labor Day Weekend Show

  • 2 Sep 2023
  • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, MD 20895


  • Adult Members participate free.
  • Non-member fee
  • Participants under the age of 18 are free. Parents /guardians are responsible for their children throughout this event.

Registration is closed

Registration is open!  July 15-Sept 2

One of the special highlights of our annual Paint the Town Labor Day Show is our Plein Air Competition. "Plein air" means making art from life, and it generally happens outdoors. Costumed models will also be present from 10-1 at Flynn Park and MOB Vintage for the competition.

During our competition, artists have from 7:00am - 3:00pm to complete one (1) two-dimensional work of art within the boundaries of Kensington, Maryland, and turn it in for judging. Prizes will be awarded during a reception that evening at 6 pm in youth and adult categories.

Judge: MAA is honored to present Professor Sumita Kim as the judge for the Plein Air competition for 2023. You can read about Professor Kim here.

Artwork may be priced for sale and left on display at the Kensington Armory through Monday's exhibition. 

This activity is open to members, non-members and children.

Registration: Register on this page in advance, or in person at the Kensington Armory on September 2.

Cost: The competition is free for MAA members in good standing and for children. Non-member adults pay $10 per person.

Competition rules:

  • Your canvas or paper must be stamped on Saturday, September 2 by one of our volunteers at the Kensington Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street; doors open at 7:00 am. 
  • You may have multiple pieces of substrate stamped, but you may only turn in one piece for judging and sale.
  • You must complete your artwork anywhere within Kensington, Maryland (within the boundaries of ZIP code 20895).
  • In order to be judged, your art must be dropped off and labeled by 3:00 pm sharp. If you miss the 3:00 pm deadline, you may still display your work and have it marked for sale, but it will not be judged. 
  • Framing is optional. Framing requires that wiring (D-ring + wire) be attached.
  • Art may be priced for sale and left on display at the Paint the Town Labor Day Show through Monday. If you do not wish to mark your piece for sale, you may note "Not for Sale". 
  • Artwork must be picked up on September 4 from 5:00 - 8:00pm or September 5 from 9:00 - 11:00am. 
  • Artists whose works sell will receive a commission check by mail within 30 days. The artist retains 75% of the sale price and MAA receives a 25% commission, which goes to support our charitable mission.

Download the 2023 Plein Air Rules for complete details.

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