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Artists invited to apply for Plein Air Festival — March 5

GLENS FALLS, New York—The Hyde Collection invites artists to participate in its annual Plein Air Festival, to be held August 7 to 11, 2019, throughout the Glens Falls area.

The Plein Air Festival celebrates the Museum, community, and art inspired by the outdoors. The festival culminates at The Hyde’s annual Community Day event Sunday, August 11. Community Day is a free admission event that includes tours, art activities, and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space.

Community Day will feature a pop-up art show of juried Plein Air artists’ artworks, a plein air “Art Battle” activity open to all creative community members, and an award ceremony honoring juried Plein Air artists and Art Battle participants.

The deadline for application for this year’s Plein Air Festival is Monday, April 15. Participating artists will be selected by guest juror George Van Hook.

Van Hook grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He painted from a young age, thriving in the region’s vibrant artistic culture. His travels brought him to France, Italy, Holland, and England, making movies, copying paintings at the Louvre, and painting en plein air. He returned to the United States, settling in Cambridge.

“I looked around and thought, ‘This is the most beautiful part of the East Coast,’ ” he said of his home along the Battenkill. “Life is good, and I just paint it.”

The nationally recognized artist has won numerous plein air competitions and awards for his oils and watercolors. He teaches plein air workshops around the country.

The Plein Air Festival is open to all plein air artists. An application fee of $25 is required for submission of three to five images representative of plein air artworks. Each image should include a title, medium, dimensions, and the year the work was completed, as well as dimensions up to the nearest inch without matting or framing.

Checks should be made payable to The Hyde Collection and mailed to the attention of Jenny Hutchinson, The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Entry fees can also be paid in person at the front desk during Museum hours, from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 pm Sunday.

Online entry forms are available at or by emailing Jenny Hutchinson, curator of Museum education and programming, at [email protected] to receive a direct link.

Images may be sent to [email protected] or submitted on a CD via mail to Hutchinson. Before uploading your images, please make sure they are at least 1MB in size but no larger than 2MB; or no more than 1,800 pixels on any one side; are named in the following format: last name_first name_image number, Example: Doe_Jane_1; are cropped to the edges of the artwork and do not include matting or framing; and orientation of the images is right-side up.

For more information, contact Hutchinson at [email protected] or 518-792-1761, ext. 327. For complete submission guidelines, click here.