• By: OLM Staff

Calling All Artists: Belleville Plein Air Festival … Where the Light Is Best

Downtown Belleville, its Riverfront Trail and Old East Hill will come alive with artists painting “en plein air” from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2.

Up to $4,500 in prizes will be available to the winning artists.

The Belleville Plein Air Festival is a three-day event where artists complete their works outdoors, capturing natural light, colour, texture and nuance in their paintings. “This is the first time this artistic event will hit the streets of Belleville and we intend to be around for years to come”, says Seppo Nousiainen, Plein Air Festival Chairman. Artists will have a chance to capture the beautiful images of historic downtown Belleville, the shores of the Bay of Quinte and the scenic Moira River.

This event is a juried and judged competition that is open to artists working in various mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, soft pastel and oil. The event will kick off with an artist’s reception on Friday May 31, at which time artists will receive a participant package and additional area information. There is a $30 registration fee for artists. The Belleville Plein Air Festival will be a large draw and the planning committee is expecting many artists to attend this one-of-a-kind event.

For more information, visit www.bellevillepleinairfestival.com or contact the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA) office at 613.968.2242, or email executivedirector@downtownbelleville.ca