Artist´s Prospectus

Deadline – March 1st, 2018 – Subscriptions are off

The  Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF) will take place in Parrsboro Nova Scotia from Thursday, June 14th, through Sunday, June 17th, 2018 with a meet, greet and canvas stamping on the evening of Wednesday June 13.  This is located on the spectacular Minas Basin, part of the world famous Bay of Fundy which is home to the highest tides in the world.

AWARDS JUDGE –  Richard Sneary

APPLICATION JURY – William Rogers and Joy Laking


– Open to all artists 18 years and older.
– Artists will be accepted to participate in the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival through a juried process.
– The Acceptance Jury will select 35 artists to compete for over $6000 in cash and product awards.

There are three step to the Application Process

  1. Fill in and Submit the Application Form –
  2. Send the PIFAF three images via the application form. All three images MUST be images of your plein air work. Studio work will not be accepted and the work must have been accomplished in the previous eighteen months
  3. Make your payment via our secure on line service.
  4. Once the three units have been received you’ll receive a confirmation notice.
  • The on-line application must be received by the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival committee no later than March 1, 2018.
  • Image Information
    • All three images MUST be images of your plein air work. Studio work will not be accepted and the work must have been accomplished in the previous eighteen months
    • Each image should be in jpeg format and sized to AT LEAST 1000 pixels at their largest dimension (height or width).
    • Each image must be no more than 3MB
    • Images should represent the original artwork with no enhancements with photoshop or similar programs other than minor lighting corrections and re-sizing.
    • Send full image, do not include frame or anything other than painted image.
    • Identify each jpeg image as follows: Your Last Name, then First Name, followed by the painting number (e.g., Smith_John_1, Smith_John_2, Smith_John_3)
  • Include fully completed online Application Form
  • The $40 Application Fee (non-refundable) can be paid during on the on line registration process. (credit card or pay pal)

Successful Artists will be notified of their acceptance to the competition during the week of April 1, 2018. Those accepted will be provided with more event details.

Awards Judge
Richard Sneary

Cash and Product awards estimated at more than $6000

  • Best in Show – $2,500
  • Second Place Award –$1,500
  • Third Place Award –$1,000
  • Special category awards.
    • Best Use of Light – $500
    • Best Seascape – $500
    • Best Landscape – tba
    • Artist Choice
  • Product Awards – tba


A hosting program is available via billets arranged by the PIPAF accommodation committee.. Our hosting families to provide artists with a bed, bath and food space in the refrigerator, and hope to be able to host all participating artists who wish accommodation. This will be for artists only as we may not be able to provide for spouses, children or pet – a request may be made but no guarantees. Hosting will be done on a first come, first serve basis, depending on how many rooms become available. Local B&B’s, Inns, Cabins, Campgrounds and other accommodations will be listed in the Accepted Artist’s information packets for those who prefer their own private accommodations.

ARTIST RECEPTION & REGISTRATION – Art Lab Studios and Gallery, 121 Main St
Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • A wine and cheese reception for artist competitors and their guests will be held
  • Artists will register and receive information packets at this time regarding the Parrsboro Area and canvases and papers will be stamped.
  • Maximum painting dimensions are limited to 30 inches including frame, horizontally or vertically.
  • Artist registration and canvas stamping for late arrivals will also be held Thursday, June 14th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Art Lab Studios. Artists encouraged to complete their registration on Wednesday evening if possible.
  • Artists will paint anywhere in Parrsboro and surrounding area on both Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The daily zones for painting will be posted prior to June 14 th


  • Artists must turn in two framed paintings to The Hall (44 King Street), ready to hang, on Saturday, June 16th by 6pm.
  • Artists may turn in two additional framed works for exhibition at Art Lab (121 Main Street) at 6:30 pm Saturday June 16th.
  • Awards Night and Collectors’ Preview will be held Saturday, June 16th at the The Hall located in Parrsboro from 8pm -10pm
  • The Exhibition which is open to the public will continue Sunday, June 17th, at the The Hall from 9am to 5 pm.
  • Artists must leave their work for exhibition until 5 pm on Sunday.
  • Following the final exhibition all unsold works must be retrieved by the artist by Sunday between 5 and 6pm, or arrangements must be made for shipping and insurance at the artist’s expense.
  • Parrsboro Creative will receive 40% of the proceeds of all sales and the artist will receive 60%. Payments to the artists for sold work will be mailed within 30 days of the event.

Parrsboro Creative is a registered non profit society.

To download the prospectus, click here.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Executive Director of Parrsboro Creative, Robert More.
[email protected] or 902-728-2007.

Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival
P.O. Box 681
Parrsboro, NS, Canada
B0M 1S0

Photo images courtesy Len Wagg,  and Michael Fuller

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