2022 Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival - Registration Open

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2022 Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival - Registration Open




Pre-registration is now open for the fifth annual Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival! Painters of all skill levels are invited to take part in this annual Festival, which invites artists to paint scenes and scenery that have been inspired by the Marquette landscape and residents in the outdoors.

To pre-register to save on entry fees, please visit and submit by Thursday, June 23. A full Festival itinerary is available at

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The fifth annual Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival will be held at the historic Marquette Harbor Lighthouse Park in Marquette, Michigan on Friday & Saturday, June 24-25. The festival is part of the “Grand Finale” of the City of Marquette Art Week. Art Week is a week-long celebration of Marquette’s creative community held during the last full week of June, featuring a wide range of community art projects, installations, performances, and more. Learn more about this year’s Art Week at
This year’s judging, reception, presentation of awards, and artwork display and sale will be held at our huge artist tent in front of the Station House on the Lighthouse grounds, an exciting change from previous years!

The 2022 Plein Air Festival will combine our evening and daytime segments to allow artists to paint both times for one registration fee (a full itinerary can be viewed at

On the evening of Friday, June 24, a “Dusk to Dark” segment will be held. Artists who choose to participate in Dusk to Dark must register and get their canvases stamped that evening at the Station House. Once completed, pieces may be turned by 10:00pm that evening or the next day. Emphasis should be placed on capturing the evening light, sunset, nighttime cityscapes, etc.

Saturday, June 25 will be the All-Day segment. Artists participating in the daytime competition may get their canvases stamped on Friday evening or Saturday morning, then have until 4:30pm to submit their pieces for jurying and display at the Station House.

Painters may paint anywhere within the City of Marquette and along the Lake Superior Shoreline. All paintings must be stamped upon registration and created outdoors and on-site. The key is to capture real life scenes and scenery that have been inspired by the Marquette landscape and residents.

Interested artists may pre-register at to save on entry fees, or register the day(s) of. There are two entry levels, (1) Professional and advanced painters, and (2) Novice, intermediate, and/or recreational painters. It is up to the artist to place themselves in the appropriate category and pay the appropriate fees. Entry fees are as follows, to be paid upon check-in at the event when you bring your canvases to get stamped. Entry fees may be paid by cash or check.

ENTRY FEES: Friday – “Dusk to Dark” / Saturday – All Day; one fee includes both times
Level 1:  $25 pre-registered / $30 day-of
Level 2:  $15 pre-registered / $20 day-of

~$2,500 in prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the Festival, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both competition levels, people’s choice, and several door prizes. Artists are encouraged to price their artwork if they are interested in selling, as there will be an abundance of attendees at the public showing and reception.

Artwork will be judged this year by locally renowned artist Gene Bertram, who will also offer a free plein air workshop at the Presque Isle Pavilion on Thursday, June 23, also as part of Art Week. Learn from Gene, then bring your new knowledge to our competition!

For more information, please contact Marlene at or the City of Marquette Office of Arts & Culture at or (906) 228-0472.