En Plein Air Paint Off: FVDA Event Downtown Fuquay-Varina


April 21, 2017 – April 22, 2017 all-day
Rachel Cornett

En Plein Air paint-off is an exciting OUTDOOR event, sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets.

A contest of skills will challenge each artist to create an original painting of Fuquay-Varina Downtown and surrounding historic landscape.

A public auction will be held on April 22nd for the original masterpieces depicting landscapes of historic Fuquay-Varina. This is the chance for art lovers and F-V fans to take home one of these treasures in what we feel will become a collection that will be revered for many generations to come. Rain date is April 28-29.


Event Information:

Dates:  Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 (Rain Date: April 28 – 29)

Location: Fuquay-Varina’s historic downtown districts and surrounding areas

Artist Check-In : (You get to choose your start date/time) *This is NOT a timed event

Friday, April 21: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM   OR   Saturday, April 22: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

*Check-in will take place at our office located at 108 Raleigh Street.

*Artists can paint for as long as they want including any touch-up’s before turning in the FINAL completed painting on Saturday at 4:30 PM. Artists may paint more than one piece but must choose only one for judging. **Donations of additional pieces are gratefully accepted and will be used in a live auction during Dinner on Depot Street to benefit FVDA to support our mission for Downtown.


Event Agenda:

April 21 – Noon to April 22 – 4 PM:   Painting time.   You do not have to paint the entire time.  It is up to you!

April 22 – 4:30 PM:  *Bring your finished painting to the old Elliott’s Pharmacy building located at 202 S. Main Street

April 22 – 4:30 PM until 5:30 PM:  Painting will be judged

April 22 – 5:30 PM: Reception and public viewing on Depot Street (beside Elliott’s)

April 22 – 6:30 PM: Winners Announced;   Public Auction begins on Depot Street



To Apply ~ Please Complete The TWO Step Process –

Artists have been selected for this year. We look forward to having you next year!

  • Fill out the application.
  • Send in 3 samples of your work *Important – In subject line enter your name, followed by “painting samples”.  EX.  John Doe painting samples.   Your application is not completed without this step.   We will not review any applications without samples.



For Art Lovers
This event will be a must attend! For two days you can stroll around downtown Fuquay-Varina and watch some of the area’s top artists bring our downtown landscape to life! Be sure to stay for the auction so you can take a part of historic downtown home with you!

Public can catch a glimpse of artists painting:  Friday 1:30PM until dark;   Saturday 8am until 3:30

Live Auction
Don’t miss the fun on April 22 beginning at 6pm. You will have a chance to meet the artists and view the beautiful paintings. At 7pm a spirited auction will be held on Depot Street where community and triangle area art patrons will go head to head as they bid to take home one of these one-of-a-kind works of art! Be one of the very few that can say “you have an original” from the 2017 contest!

Public Art
The top three winners’ paintings will be reproduced and enlarged. They will be placed on vacant brick walls in our historic districts. They will be added to the current collection of public art, organized by Fuquay-Varina Downtown and sponsored by Bob Barker, Inc