Plein Air Painting

Paint or draw a Fair scene and win a ribbon

Artists can paint or draw a scene at the San Diego County Fair in our popular Plein Air Painting contest.

Who Won The Ribbons

Congratulations to those who won awards and ribbons in the 2017 San Diego County Fair Plein Air Painting Contest.

Watercolor Division

First – Geoffrey Allen, Encinitas
Second – Krentz Johnson, San Diego
Third – Keiko Tanabe, Carlsbad
Honorable Mention:
Lorri Lynch, Lakeside
Charlene Mosley, La Mesa
Luis Juarez, San Diego
Susan Unoura, Spring Valley

Oil/Acrylic Division

First – Colleen Veneri, Cardiff by the Sea
Second – Sasha Toporovsky, Santee
Third – Brian Belfield, San Diego
Honorable Mention:
Cindy Klong, Rancho Santa Fe
Mike Hill, Escondido
Norm Daniels, Pine Valley
Joan Grier, Lakeside

Entry Information

Registration deadline: Register online no later than Thursday, June 15

Contest date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Plein Air Painting Contest Info

The Fine Print

Adults 18 and older may enter this contest.

Cash awards and ribbons. Please see the contest materials for specifics.

For Plein Air Painting, artists register in advance. On the day of the contest, they bring up to three surfaces (canvas, paper, board, etc.) to be stamped. Artists spend the day painting or drawing a scene. Only one submission will be judged.

Plein Air costs $15 to enter, but your entry fee includes free Fair admission and parking.

See our Competitive Exhibits section for information on entering artwork in the Fair’s Fine Art exhibit.

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds