Leamington En Plein Air Painting Competition: Registration Open

04jun(jun 4)11:00 am15(jun 15)5:00 pmLeamington En Plein Air Painting Competition: Registration Open11:00 am - 5:00 pm (15)(GMT+00:00)

Event Details

The Leamington En Plein Air Painting Competition is an incredible opportunity for all artists to present their En Plein Air paintings at the LAC for a chance to win cash prizes.

The exhibition’s focus is to showcase the beauty within the Leamington and Point Pelee district, and celebrate the joy and impressionism in full view when painting in the open air .

Eligibility & Terms

This exhibition is open to all amateur, emerging, mid-career and established visual artists.

Only paintings completed in the manner of “En Plein Air”  will be accepted. (Painted outdoors on location, in the moment – not from a photograph or in studio)

The only accepted media will be pastels, acrylic, watercolour, and oil paints. Paintings may be completed on canvas board, stretched canvas, paper or wood panel.

Mixed or other media, substrates with drawing or sculptural effects are not permitted.
All paintings MUST be completed within the municipal limits of Leamington, Point Pelee, and may include Caldwell First Nations territory within Leamington. Paintings completed in, or depicting other regions will not be accepted.
Suggested locations: Point Pelee National Park, Seacliff Park, Beach & Amphitheatre, Leamington Municipal Marina, Rick Atkin Park, Hillman Marsh, Kopegaron Woods, Sturgeon Woods, Caldwell First Nations Marina and Boardwalk. Additional resource here: https://www.leamington.ca/en/discover/resources/Parks_and_Trails.pdf

A maximum of 3 submission per artist.

A maximum size limit of 60 united inches per artwork, combined width and height (not including frames). Ex: 20″ x 40″, or 30″ x 30″.

Framing is not required, however recommended for projection and presenting in a public gallery setting. Reclaimed and salvaged or vintage frames must be structurally sound, wired on the back and in a clean undamaged condition.

Artwork not properly prepared to display in a public gallery, artwork no properly prepared to hang, incomplete or late submissions will NOT be displayed in the exhibition.

All artworks must be originals and not reproductions, prints, copies, derivatives or artworks based in any way on other copyrighted or published artistic works. Must be entirely executed by the applicant.


This is a juried exhibition. The juror will select the works to be displayed in the exhibition as well as the winner. The jurors decisions are final.

The juror will be Layne Van Loo.

Paintings by Layne van Loo can be found in public and private art collections throughout Canada and the United States.                                                                                                                             Layne’s detailed renderings reflect his love for wildlife, the natural setting, and those subjects that relate to our heritage. To achieve the realistic aspect of his paintings, Layne has found a preference for water-based mediums such as acrylic, transparent watercolour, gouache, or solvent free oils.

Having done his first paintings at the age of twelve, the artist draws on many years of experience, but for him each painting is a new challenge and part of a continuing learning process.

“My hope is that viewers of my work will be able to identify with a specific piece and share in a unique visual communication”.

Layne’s artwork has received several awards from “Paint Ontario”, and from en plein air painting events within the province and has helped support local heritage and wildlife organizations. Layne is an advocate for the practice of painting from life and is the founder of “The Great Migration Paint Out,” En Plein Air Painting Competition, Exhibition and Sale in Kingsville Ontario.


$1000 of CASH Prizes to be Won!

1st Place: $500 + award certificate

2nd Place: $300 + award certificate

3rd Place: $200 + award certificate

Honourable Mention: award certificate

Winners will be announced on July 12 prior to the reception. 

How to Submit

  1. Complete this online Submission Form and payment below to register.
  2. All participants MUST delivery their fresh unpainted canvas/media to the LAC between June 4 – June 15 to receive an authorization stamp prior to commencing. Artists may apply transparent or opaque grounds, without 3 dimensional textures, to their support’s prior to registration. Canvas not pre-authorized will be disqualified form the competition.
  3. Label the back of the completed work with: Name, Title of Artwork, Medium & Sale Price.
  4. Deliver the completed painting to the LAC before the June 15 submission deadline. Incomplete, unauthorized, or late submissions will NOT be considered.

Submission Fee: 


Please note: submission fees cover expenses to develop, coordinate, and curate the exhibition, handle and store works, in addition to general operating expenses. For this reason, submission fees are non-refundable, for works accepted or not accepted into the exhibition.


Submission Deadline: Sat June 15, 5pm

Exhibition Opens to the Public: Tues June 18, afternoon

Reception: Fri July 12, 6-8pm (in conjunction with the Mill St. Market)

Exhibition Closes: Sun July 14

Artwork Pick Up: July 16 – July 28




June 4, 2024 11:00 am - June 15, 2024 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00)