Monday, December 2, 2013

Call for Artists!

2014 Art Show Prospectus

Trails, Paths, and Waterways - an Artist’s Perspective

Presented by PAPI Group & McHenry County Conservation Department

Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, Il

February 2nd - March 29th, 2014

Artist reception: Sunday, February 9th, 2014, 1-3pm

Submission Deadline: Online Entries Only: Sunday, January 5th, 2014
Please read submission guides carefully.

Image files: Attach to your email in jpg format. Please use a smaller file size.
Title your image files.
Entry Form: (Copy and paste the form below into the body of your e-mail submission.)
Full Name:
Cell Phone:
Artwork: Title, Medium, Size (including frame), Price
Send artwork image files with completed entry form (copied and pasted in your email) to:

E-mail notification of accepted works will be sent by midnight, January 12, 2014
Prior to submitting, please note the work drop off time below.

Accepted Work Drop Off Information
Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, IL
Drop-off: Saturday, February 1st, 10am-noon, please contact if you need other arrangements
Pick-up: Sunday, March 30, 1-3pm, please contact if you need other arrangements

Hanging  Fees:
There is a $15 fee for this show collected at drop off. Postcards will be emailed to participating artists. They may be printed and distributed. We ask that artists commit work that is accepted so that we have a successful show. In the past, artists have contributed percentage of their sales to McHenry County Conservation District.

This show is open to all artists 18 years and older. All studio or plein air paintings, drawings, photographs, or prints are acceptable. Works must represent McHenry County Conservation trails, paths, or waterways.

Artist Guidelines
2-D work must be wired to hang [no saw tooth hangers] and a label affixed to the back with the artist’s name, title of work, medium and sale price. Artwork must be professionally presented. Please provide any special hanging requirements. The hanging committee reserves the right to reject any artwork that is deemed unsuitable including but not exclusive of work not ready to hang, unprofessional presentation, concern for condition of the piece or space availability.

Although MCCD will make every reasonable effort to protect your work while it is in our possession, we are not legally responsible for it. No shipments will be received. Work must remain hanging throughout the duration of show. 

We look forward to including all our local artist friends! Enter early. For additional information contact:
Karyl Shields @ 815-861-6297, Dee Abbate @ 815-451-7107, Julie Janzen @ 815-356-9925.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Carol Foster 2013 Plein air

I have always loved animals and nature. Painting "en plein air"  brings  calm and unity to my being. I moved to Barrington, IL almost two decades ago and was enthralled with the beauty that enveloped me.  When I began taking art lessons I was introduced to  an "en plein air" workshop.  Each attempt  to capture the landscape before me brings new adventure, while constantly challenging my impressionistic style. Sometimes the paint flows freely from my palette to canvas;  reflecting some of the beauty that surrounds us daily. Visit my web site

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tom Linden 2013 Plein air work

Tom Linden grew up in suburban Chicago, Illinois and now resides in Rockford, Illinois. In addition to his artwork, Tom teaches art classes through Rock Valley College. Painting the landscape en plein air allows Tom to explore the effects of light and weather while yielding to his love of the outdoors. Tom utilizes plein air studies to create his studio works. Tom’s creative use of colors, patterns and textures come together to capture details that make his paintings come alive.

See more of Tom's work at:


Monday, May 27, 2013

Edge of the Rock Plein Air Event, June 5-15th, Beloit, WI
Follow this link to all types of art events including a plein air competition with $4000 worth of prize money! They are also offering workshops in oil and watercolor.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Doug Braithwaite Plein Air Workshop Coming!

Hello painters! Renown painter Doug Braithwaite is coming to the fox valley. Jeff Kennedy is hosting this plein air painter. Check out his work. It is impressive!
Deadline to register is May 24th, 2013
For more information or to have this flyer emailed to you contact Jeff Kennedy at

Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 MCCD Coral Woods Finalists

Congrats to Julie Janzen (1st), Marge Schupner (2nd), and Kathy Clouse (3rd) for being the finalists at Coral Woods Paint Out today. Beautiful weather and a huge public turnout. Good painting and good times! Check out more photos on Facebook at Plein air Painters of Illinois.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Art in Nature Call for Artists

Call for artists for "Art in Nature"  Plein Air Competition and Art Sale, which will take place on Sunday,  September 29, 2013 at Crabtree Nature Center in Cook County Forest Preserve.   Participating artists will enjoy a  friendly day of  competition and plein air painting. There will  be cash and ribbon awards for event winners. Please visit Plein Air Painters of Illinois on Facebook to download application.

Space is limited to fifty (50) artists.                       
We look forward to seeing you all!

Carol Foster  847 533  6141
Event Chairperson

Event Committee:   Ann Parker, Kathy Couse, Lee Radtke, Lynn  Loch, Jeff
Rapp, Susan Dombros