Thank you to everyone who participated in the paint out and reception! The work will be on view and available for sale through the end of November.
Wet Paint Sale 
C3 Hillsborough
128 N. Churton St.
Mon-Fri 8 am - 6 pm
Purchases can be made at
the HAC Gallery and Gift Shop
Through November 

Application Architects presents the 3rd annual Paint It Orange: Plein Air Paint-Out and Wet Paint Sale September 25-27, 2019. Artists are invited to join us for two days this September to capture the landscapes and landmarks that are signature to our county. Local and visiting artists will paint the beauty and charm of Orange County en plein air.   

Painting en plein air, or "in open air," encourages artists to evoke the beauty of the natural world by creating work on-site and recording only what they see. Plein air painting is seen throughout the history of art, however it gained popularity with the Hudson River School and Impressionist movement in the mid-19th century. Although some artists specialize in this art form, plein air painting can be achieved by artists of all types,  who wish to draw inspiration from the landscape around them to create their work. 

​Artists will paint at their choice of site(s) in Orange County from September 25-27, and will submit up to two of their favorite paintings for jurying on Friday, September 27 at C3 Hillsborough. We are pleased to announce our guest juror will be Linda Dougherty, North Carolina Museum of Art’s Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art (click here to learn more). Awards for first, second and third place, People’s Choice and Sponsor’s Choice will be announced at 6 pm, followed by a reception during the Last Fridays Art Walk and “Wet Paint Sale” in which the submitted paintings will be available for a “cash and carry” sale. A portion of the sales of these original paintings will benefit HAC and OCAC. Artists who wish to participate can find guidelines and registration information below.

​Artists are encouraged to take advantage of early registration, through August 31st, for $25. Beginning September 1st, the price increases to $30. ​$20 flat rate for students (must present valid student ID at check in).

Painting Area: *Artists may paint any subject or scene outdoors he/she chooses within Orange County, including the towns of Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The sites must be accessible to the public and should not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Artists are expected to maintain complete respect for private venues, and will be required to wear their name tags at all times. Painting(s) must be completed in the outdoor area and not from photographs. A list of recommended painting sites will be provided.

*Artists do not need to be members of the host organizations, nor do they need to live in Orange County. All are welcome to participate, registration is required for all participants. 

Check-in: All artists must check in at C3 Hillsborough (see schedule for details). All painting surfaces must be stamped at check-in prior to painting. Maximum allowed finished size, including frame, is 18"x 22". Each piece must be painted en plein air, with nothing pre-painted or pre-drawn. Toned canvasses are permitted. Artists may stamp an unlimited number of canvases, but will submit up to two pieces for jurying, display, and sale.


Jurying and Wet Paint Sale: Only stamped canvases can be shown or sold. All submitted pieces must be labeled with artist's name, title, and price. All work must be framed and properly wired (no saw tooth hangers). HAC/OCAC reserve the right to exclude works not properly prepared for display. Artwork will remain on display through November. 

Proceeds from the Wet Paint Sale: For all work sold, HAC/OCAC will retain a 30% commission. HAC will collect all monies from the sale of artwork, including tax, through the end of November. Artists will receive payment at the end of the month following the sale. A W-9 will be required for payment. 

Unsold Artwork: Artists may donate unsold artwork, pick up their work the week of December 2, or have artwork mailed at their own expense. After December 30, 2019, remaining work will become the property of HAC.

Liability: HAC/OCAC/C3 assume no responsibility for theft, damage or liability. The artist is responsible for insurance of artwork. HAC/OCAC will make their best effort to assure the security of the artwork in the gallery and at C3 Hillsborough.

Inclement Weather: The event will take place rain or shine, so please be prepared. 

Use of images: Artists agree to allow HAC/OCAC use of images produced during the event.

This event has ended.


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