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Historic Third Ward Events - 2017
Plein Air Painting Competition - July 15-21

Plein Air Painting Competition


Welcome to the 2017 Gallery Night and Day Plein Air Painting Competition presented by HUDSON Business Lounge.  

We are thrilled to partner with HUDSON Business Lounge and Splash Studio to make our Plein Air Painting Competition even better!

The Historic Third Ward Plein Air Painting Competition is taking place July 15 through July 21.

See artists painting plein air creations throughout the neighborhood, then attend a special VIP Reception at The Hudson (310 E Buffalo Street) from 5 to 6:30pm on Gallery Night.

Just $10 per VIP Ticket. Reception includes first look at painting gallery, passed appetizers, champagne, live music and awards ceremony. Cash bar will be available.


Want to attend the VIP Reception (Friday, July 21 5pm to 6:30pm, open to the public)? Click here!



2017 - 1st Place Winner

Brittany Vogt - "Al Fresco"

"Al Fresco" by Brittany Vogt


2017 Plein Air Artists

Ashley Boese   Janet MacIver
Molly Brennan   Nancy Montgomery
Jeanne Bril   Yelena Patskevich
Jean Curley   Cherie Raffel
Donna Marie Heffler   Judith Reidy
Scott Hefti   Margaret Robinson
Bennie Higgins   Deborah T. Rollo
Jennifer Hochschild   Michelle Savas Thompson
Ariana Huggett   Daniel Sivek
Gary Kenney   Thomas Trausch
Jack Lake   Judith Van Gemert
Carolyn Lawler   Brittany Vogt
Les Leffingwell   Chuck Weber



Registration is available online here.

Or, download the registration form and guidelines here.


Early Bird (June 23 or before) - $40.00  

Regular (after June 23) - $60.00


Registration includes participation in the 2017 Historic Third Ward Plein Air contest with the opportunity to submit up to two paintings.

Each registered artist will also receive:

 - Two (2) tickets to the VIP Reception ($20 value). Reception will include: exclusive first look at gallery of plein air paintings, passed appetizers, champagne, live music, awards ceremony and cash bar).

 - Complimentary participation in one Artist Masters Class at Splash Studio ($25 value, pre-registration is required).

Artists! Register today!

We've also extended the length of the event. You’ll now be able to begin painting the weekend before Gallery Night and Day (starting Saturday, July 15).


Don’t worry – we still have prizes for First, Second, Third, and People’s Choice!



Gallery Night and Day


Plein Air Sponsors

Hudson Business Lounge



Season Sponsors





The Pfister


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Historic Third Ward Association






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