Boise's growth has transformed the skyline from that of an open, high desert to a bustling city. It's a change being recognized in the 2013 Boise Plein Air Arts Competition, when artists from across the Northwest come to try their hand at painting Boise cityscapes and local scenery for a chance to win up to $1,500 in merit awards.
On Friday, July 5-Sunday, July 7, artists choose an outdoor location to paint, and the public is encouraged to watch as the landscapes come to life on multiple canvases. At 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, participating artists meet at Green Chutes Artist Co-op with their canvases to begin the competition. That evening, from 6-8 p.m., artists will show off their rapid-painting skills with a Quick Draw contest in Capitol Park next to the Idaho Statehouse, where they will furiously portray the capital for a chance at bragging rights and awards.
Artists resume work on their pieces Saturday, July 6, at 9 a.m. Latch onto an artist and watch as his or her canvas is filled.
Artists are given three hours on Sunday, July 7, (8-11 a.m.) to add finishing touches to their work before all submissions are due back to Green Chutes by 1 p.m. for framing.
All competition art will be exhibited that evening from 4-8 p.m. A panel of professional judges will be on-site to select winners, and the public can add to their own art collections by purchasing the paintings created during the event.