Southport Plein Air 2023

2023 Southport Plein Air

2023 Southport Plein Air Festival

For Artists

Up Your Arts and the City of Southport are looking forward to hosting the 2023 Southport Plein Air Festival again in beautiful downtown Southport, May 18-20. We had so much fun last time, we are adding another day to the format this year and leaving it up to individual artists to decide: two days of painting or three?

 

Eligibility

The 2023 Southport Plein Air Festival is open to all paint artists. It is a non-juried event, with merit and People’s Choice awards conferred by local judges. Winners will be registered in the 2024 Southport Plein Air Festival free of charge. There is no limit on medium, quantity or size. Painters retain all proceeds from the sale of their work during the Wet Paint Sale, which is moving to a bigger park this year, so there is also no limit on capacity.

Registration

Choose the number of days you want to paint, then register online below OR mail this registration form.

  • All canvases to be entered in the Wet Paint Sale must be stamped at check-in/registration time.
  • Welcome packets will include a map of Southport, with suggested painting spots and other points of interest.
  • Commemorative T-shirts will be available for sale throughout the festival.

Schedule

Thursday, May 18

Painting can begin anytime after check-in/registration

  • Check in/registration from 8am-10am on the gazebo stage in Franklin Square park, 130 E. West Street
  • Happy hour from 5-6pm at American Fish Company, 150 Yacht Basin Drive – Includes one beverage ticket; advance positioning to paint the best view of Southport’s famous sunsets; proximity to waterfront restaurants; and enjoyment of live music during Up Your Arts’ Thursday Night Open Mic from 7-10pm

Paint the sunset on the water at 8:09pm on Thursday, May 18

Friday, May 19

Painting can begin anytime after check-in/registration

  • Check in/registration from 8am-10am on the gazebo stage in Franklin Square Park, 130 E. West Street
  • Meet-and-Greet reception for artists and a guest from 4-6pm (location TBD) – Includes two beverage tickets, light dinner fare, craft demonstrations, and live music; check-in/registration continues. Tickets are available to the public for $25.

Saturday, May 20

Activity base from 8am-6pm at Franklin Square Park, 130 E. West Street:

  • Kids’ Plein Air from 10am-2pm
  • Festival entertainment - music and food trucks all day
  • Wet Paint Sale from 4-6pm (artist setup starts at 3pm, closed to the public)
  • Awards ceremony - Merit and People’s Choice awards announced at 5 pm
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