27th Carmel Art Festival - May 15-17, 2020
Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Juried Painting Competition & Art Sale
Venue is Devendorf Park
Plus Sculpture-In-The-Park, Quick Draw, Kids Make Art Day, Live Music
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
FREE public event.
Always the weekend after Mother's Day.
Held Annually in Carmel-by-the-Sea Since 1993.

Artists Application for 2020
Last chance to apply TODAY, December 16, 2019!!!!!!

First of all, let me say that plein air artists and those who purchased their art during the 2019 Carmel Art Festival this past May were a hardy bunch. They were tested with on and off rain storms throughout the weekend. But the resulting paintings were truly spectacular in their diverse representations of the ever changing weather. And buyers whole heartedly endorsed, and purchased, these paintings in record breaking numbers!

We instituted a lot of new ideas this past year including a limited "Buy Now" feature. We are improving on this feature in 2020; in fact, we are eliminating the "silent auction" feature entirely except for the "Quick Draw". Further information about this will be announced here shortly.

Now we are looking for 60 juried artists for the 2020 Carmel Art Festival. Are you up for the challenge? Can you paint at least 2 paintings within a 2 day period under whatever conditions the weather brings us here on the Monterey and Big Sur Coast?

Here's the way it works: If you are a plein air artist, you can apply between September 1 and December 16, 2019. Of all those artists who enter, we will have a jury select 60, and we will be announcing these 2020 participants by January 31. Below is the application and further information of what we expect of those artists who will be juried in:

Artist Information 2020

Artist Application 2020

Artists, if you have any questions, please call me at 831-626-4000. Hella Rothwell

Quick overview about the Carmel Art Festival

2020 Poster: "Twilight Showers" by Sally Jordan, 2019 "People's Choice Award".

In 2020, we will celebrate the 27th annual Carmel Art Festival, a non-profit public benefit event held to educate and inspire people of all ages about the visual arts.

We are proud that we can donate annually to the Youth Arts Collective which over its twenty years on the Monterey Peninsula has provided studio and exhibiton opportunities to over 800 local youths. Our donation goes towards gallery space, supplies, personal and long term mentoring, art and life skills instruction and many other benefits supplied by YAC.

Many galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea schedule their own art shows, receptions, painting and sculpture demonstrations to coincide with the Carmel Art Festival.

Sculpture-In-The-Park: Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea are also given the opportunity to exhibit sculptures in Devendorf Park to be enjoyed by festival attendees.

Online Viewing:Although we will post all paintings on this website each year, we have eliminated online bidding.

Artists who want to enter the Carmel Art Festival:

The event is always the weekend after Mother's Day.
Application and artists information is always published here by September 1.
Deadline to enter is December 1.
If you are a plein air artist and can paint 2 paintings in 2 days, you can apply
It is a juried event. Only 60 artists are chosen each year.
List of juried artists will be posted on this website by January 31 before the festival.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
It is the responsibility of the artist to check this website for updates.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea Individual Gallery Events:

Carmel Art Galleries: Please email us information about your event that coincide with the dates of the Carmel Art Festival, we will also include your event in our PROGRAM. Send this information to us by mid-APRIL in time to be included.
Thank you.

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Carmel Art Festival
Festival Organizer: Hella Rothwell - Direct 831-626-4000
Mailing Address: Carmel Art Festival
P.O. Box 7191
Carmel, CA 93921

Email Contact:carmelartfest@gmail.com



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