The historic Villa Paula, known as The Jewel of Miami, invites artists to participate in a Plein Air Competition June 20-25, 2016. The competition will culminate in the awarding of jury prizes and an exhibition of the artworks at the Villa Paula on Sunday, June 26th with $1000 in prizes to be offered. The first prize winner will have his/her work featured on a poster for the newly restored Villa Paula.
Invented by the Impressionists, En Plein Air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and is used to describe painting outdoors, which involves all of the senses. Artists create a painting expressing the mood of a scene which often includes not only the sights, but also the sounds, temperature, atmosphere and changing light.
Participating artists are required to paint on location at the Villa Paula between Monday, June 20th and Saturday, June 25th. The Villa Paula grounds will be open for artists from 9am until sunset. Free parking is available. Registration is open to all artists, 18 years or older. Media choices include: oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, pastels, charcoal or pencil, and mixed media. Artists must bring their own supplies and easels. The completed work of art must be no larger than 24 x 36 inches.
Each artist must submit a piece that is ready for hanging – matted, framed, or stretched – for an exhibition and jurying no later than 5pm on June 25.
The historic Villa Paula is located at 5811 North Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida 33127. The public is invited to visit the Villa Paula Sunday June 26, when all submitted artworks will be on display and the winners will be announced. Visitors will be able to tour the inside of the lovingly restored home to discover works by international and local artists. There will be a reception from 7pm until 9pm. Pre-Registration for the Plein Air Competition is required.