Both novice and expert painters are invited to come out with an easel and paints to carry on the tradition of painting “en Plein Aire” – a French term literally translated as “In Open Air.”  What better place for a “paint out” than capturing the iconic images of the California State Fair!

Paint Out Weekend: July 25 – 26
Top three paintings at the end of the weekend will be awarded first, second and third place cash prizes. The youth class is ages 13 -18 to the Plein Air contests, which will be completed on the same weekend of July 25-26 and displayed for the duration of the fair.

2020 Competition Resources:

2020 California Fine Art Competition Guide
Online Entry Open Feb. 27 – Jul. 8, 2020
Step by Step Online Instructions How to Enter
Click Here to Enter

California Fine Art Docent Flyer
2020 Demonstration Application

California Fine Art Results Archive
2019 Plein Air Adult Winners
st Place: Suzanne Goodwin – Fair Critters
2nd Place: Kristian Matthews – Spirit of the Fair
3rd Place: Sowmya Gabe – Carnival

2019 Plein Air Youth Winners
st Place: Angela M. Chow – Spring Lake
2nd Place: Talon Pham – Fair
3rd Place: Angela M. Chow – Robert J. Field

2018 Plein Air Winners
1st Place: Suzanne D’Arcy – Fair Fun
2nd Place: Yvonne Bonacci – Cow Wash
3rd Place: Thom Tuduc – Fine Art on Fine Art