Paint Grand Traverse: Quick Paint Competition and Sale 2022

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    FREE to attend; $25 to compete

    Online registration is now closed. Walk-ons are welcome the day of! ($30 entry fee)

    A great event for spectators! A Quick Paint is an exciting, two-hour competition for plein air painters working on location. Artists will compete for cash awards, and the competition will be immediately followed by a quick sale! Browse and buy fresh, new paintings by up to 100 regional and national artists!

    Event Location: Hannah Park, downtown Traverse City (next door to Crooked Tree Arts Center)

    Artist check-in: 12:30-1:30pm

    Painting time: 1:30-3:30pm

    Awards announcement and quick sale: 4:00-5:00pm


    Artist Registration

    • Register before August 1: $20.00 (free for Artist Guild Members*)
    • Register August 1-16: $25.00 for all registrants (no Artist Guild discount)
    • Walk-on registration on event day, if space permits: $30.00 for all registrants (no Artist Guild discount)

    *Artist Guild members: if registering online, you must log in with your Crooked Tree Arts Center account to get your free registration. Or, call the CTAC front desk at 231-941-9488 to register by phone. Interested in becoming an Artist Guild member? Click here to join.

    Click here to register online

    Or call (231) 941-9488 to register by phone.

    Registration fee is non-refundable; there is no rain date. In the event that our event is cancelled due to weather or another unavoidable circumstance, your registration fee will be converted to a tax-deductible donation to Crooked Tree Arts Center.



    Awards and Competition Rules

    Who will participate: up to 100 artists, including approximately 40 PGT featured artists and up to 60 open division artists.

    Number of pieces: 1

    Painting time: 2 hours

    Juror(s): Ken Cadwallader, OPAM, AIS

    Artwork specifications:

    • Canvas/paper will be stamped at check-in.
    • Pieces on paper should be matted. Pieces on board or canvas do not need to be framed.
    • Maximum size: 24" on longest side.
    • All painting media are welcome.
    • Paintings must begin on a blank white or toned background.
    • Artwork must be signed.
    • Work must be created solely by the artist and done completely from life.
    • Work must remain on display until the conclusion of the event.
    • Pick up: unsold works must picked up on-site, immediately following the event. Abandoned artwork will become property of Crooked Tree Arts Center.

    Sale event: an awards presentation and quick sale will immediately follow. This event is free and open to the public. Artists will use their own easels for the outdoor display and sale.


    • Artists set the prices. Crooked Tree Arts Center will retain a 40% commission. The minimum retail price is $200.
    • CTAC staff will process sales; checks will be mailed to artists on or before September 30, 2022.
    • Prices are non-negotiable.
    • Selling artwork outside of the Paint Grand Traverse event is discouraged and contrary to the spirit of the event.

    Award and Prize Values: $500 Best of Show; $400 Best of Open Division; $400 Best of Featured Division

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