Plein Air Fairhope 2021

ESAC welcomes artists to “paint the Eastern Shore” in our annual Plein Air event, November 1 – 6, 2021!


All registered artists will receive a welcome packet with event information and a map of suggested painting areas, an exclusive Plein Air Fairhope 2021 apron, and free participation in the November 6th Quick Draw.


Each artist will have the opportunity to exhibit up to two pieces of work in our “Plein Air Fairhope” exhibit, with an artist reception on November 5 @ 6-8pm.


NEW to 2021: We have added a “Meet the Judge” event and a plein air painting basics workshop! These are optional add-on’s for the Plein Air Fairhope Registration. For more information, see below.


Spaces are limited! Registration Deadline: Sept 20, 2021.


Choose from the following options:

  1. Participation in Plein Air Fairhope: $40
  2. Participation in Plein Air Fairhope + “Meet The Judge”: $55
  3. Participation in Plein Air Fairhope + “Basics of Plein Air” Workshop: $140
  4. Participation in Plein Air Fairhope + “Meet The Judge” +  “Basics of Plein Air” Workshop: $155


We will also be offering optional FREE practice days in October in which you can meet your fellow artists!

Sign-up Deadline: September 20, 2021 // Event Dates: November 1 – 6, 2021

Artist Check-in: November 1 @ 7 – 10am // Reception: Art Walk, November 5 @ 6pm


The event will consist of six days of painting ending in an exhibit reception and sale! As gallery space is limited, artists may enter up to two paintings (must have been painted during the event). ESAC will stamp the backs of each canvas at check-in and only those may be entered. Canvas size may not exceed 16”x20”. Oil, acrylic, watercolor or pastel mediums welcome. Artists responsible for framing and wiring artwork. Frame and moulding may not exceed 4”. “Best of Show” and “Staff Pick” award winners will be selected from the exhibit and announced at the reception! Excited for Prestwood Law Firm to return as our Best of Show $500 award sponsor!


A “Wet Room” will be set up at ESAC in the Woolley Gallery all week to accept hang-ready work each day by 3pm.


Artists to provide own artwork pricing. ESAC retains a 30% commission on all sold works. Artwork not for sale must be marked NFS. Works sold during event must remain on exhibit through reception and then may be picked up by purchasers. Unsold work will be on exhibit through December 30, 2021 and needs to be retrieved by the artist no later than December 30 at 4pm. ESAC will not mail work back to an artist before or after the exhibit closes. Payments for sold works will be mailed the first weeks in December and January.


Proceeds to benefit the Eastern Shore Art Center’s community outreach efforts.

The evolution of Craig Reynolds’ art career began early on. Along with the masters NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Howard Pile, and Sargent, his father was one the largest artistic influences in his young life.

Reynolds’ full-time professional career as an artist began in 2005 and he began participating in National Plein Air events by 2009. Mingle with his love of Plein air is his love of traveling. Along with  10 to 12 annual Plein air events, Reynolds and his wife enjoy planning “painting vacations”, traveling to favorite locales such as the coast of Maine and the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland. Craig continues to be inspired by great old barns, farm scenes, and landscapes. He hears the history told by well-earned scars of the barnacle laden working boats in old harbors.


Without a single word, he strives for his paintings to tell “the story”.

Plein air judging points:
  • Composition
  • Value Harmony
  • Color Harmony
  • Capturing the essence of the scene, freshness
  • representational impressionism, expressionism, and abstract qualities


Join us at ESAC from 10 am to 2 pm on Oct 24, 2021, for “Basics of Plein Air” with Theresa Grillo Laird. This four-hour workshop will discuss the elements needed to capture the perfect Plein Air painting. From tips to tricks to tools, Theresa will get you ready for Plein Air Fairhope 2021!


All artists participating in Plein Air Fairhope can attend at a discounted rate! Be sure to choose the “Plus “Basics of Plein Air” option on this page to register for the event and the workshop (Total: $140).


To view the supply lists and other details, visit here:

Basics of Plein Air


A $75 fee will be charged for all workshop refunds due to a withdrawal. Refunds will be given up to one (1) month prior to the workshop start date. Thereafter, no refunds will be given, unless the ESAC cancels the workshop.



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