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Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) once more proudly presents Paint Annapolis 2019, a plein air artistic competition that they have hosted in this scenic seaside city for the past 16 years.

In French, en plein air means “in the open air”, so the painting will be performed outdoors, rather than inside a studio. This art form was popularized by the Impressionists, who endeavored to depict how colors were affected by natural light as the light changes.

MFA’s Paint Annapolis, the 16th Annual International Plein Air Painting Competition and Exhibition, is scheduled to run from Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, June 9 on several beautiful settings in Maryland’s capital.

Paint Annapolis is deemed to be a prestigious artistic competition. Hundreds of visiting patrons and art lovers look forward to discovering new artists who specialize in outdoor painting. This juried event attracts talented plein air painters from all over the world.

Artists are typically happy to briefly chat about their techniques as they go about their craft. 30 paintings will be selected from more than 100 applications, with Paint Annapolis’ prizes totaling $15,000.


Sunday, June 2 – Dueling Brushes

Tuesday, June 4 – Paint the Bay

Wednesday, June 5 – Nocturne

Thursday, June 6 – Art on the Avenue

Friday, June 7 – Collector’s Reception & Awards

Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9 – Public Exhibitions

Paint Annapolis Event Details

Dates: Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, June 9

Locations: Streets and countryside of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

Admission: Free

For More Information: Paint Annapolis

Your Inn Near the Painters

The Paint Annapolis venues are very near Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis offering superb accommodations and free parking for guests.

Gibson’s three houses host 20 fully-furnished guest rooms, with three 19th-century parlors, a dining room, conference room, and a beautiful central courtyard. See the photos of our beautiful rooms by clicking on the link for each house below.

Berman House

Lauer House

Patterson House

Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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