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2017 Azalea Plein Air Paint Out in Wilmington, NC

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APRIL 7, 8, 9 in lovely Wilmington, NC

in Conjunction with the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour


Plein air artists are invited to apply to paint in the most beautiful gardens in Wilmington, NC during the 2017 Azalea Plein Air Paint Out. The Cape Fear Garden Club’s tour attracts over 5,000 visitors from across the regions to tour the featured properties over the three days of the Wilmington Azalea Festival, April 7, 8, and 9.

Participating artists have access to all the gardens during the daily hours of the tour. There will be an artists’ welcome party/dinner on Thursday night, three days of beautiful spring gardens followed by a wet-paint sale on Sunday, April 9th with judging for over $1,000 in cash awards. In addition there will be a follow-up three day gallery show 27-29 that should increase your exposure to an even broader audience.

Charity Fundraiser

This event is a charity fund raiser and all art sales during the Garden Tour, the wet paint sale and the Gallery show are subject to a % donation paid to the Garden Club Fund. This fund provides grants and awards to educational, environmental and beautification projects throughout the area.

Artists will be responsible to executing their own sales, collecting payment and appropriate sales taxes. All sales must be reported at the end of the event and checks for 25% of gross sales will be collected (payable to the Cape Fear Garden Club). The commission for the subsequent gallery show is 40%, split between the gallery and the Garden Club. The gallery show sales will be fasciliated by TheArtWorks management.

How to Apply

  1. Pay your application fee of $25 here on the Eventbrite Page.

  2. Click here to download an application from our Facebook Page

  3. Submit your completed application via email to along with three photos of your plein air paintings along with sizes and retail pricing, and your artist biography. Please be mindful of photo quality and size. Do not send images larger than 500KB each. If we need higher resolution files for marketing purposes we will contact you.

  4. Only applications that match our list of paid fees will be considered.

  5. Check box to verify that we can use your images in the promotional efforts for the event.

  6. Deadline to apply is 5pm February 28, 2017.

  7. You will receive confirmation of your acceptance on March 13th. We will notify you either way.

  8. You will be given a receipt book to document your sales. This will be collected at the end of the wet paint sale on Sunday, April 9th at 5pm. Your check for 25% of all sales, payable to the Cape Fear Garden Club, will be collected at that time.

  9. All accepted artists must agree to participate fully in the event, covering as many gardens as possible and participating in the wet paint sale.

Prizes. There are currently over $1,000 in cash awards and we continue to get sponsorship so this may increase. First prize is $500, 2nd is $250, 3rd is $150 and 4th is $100. People’s Choice Award $100. Artworks will be judged during the wet paint sale by Dan Beck, a signature member of both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.

Travel to Wilmington. We are working on providing host families for out of town artists. You can let us know if you are interested in staying with a local artist or gallery owner.

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