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Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival

Artists - What to Bring

  • Canvas/paper – Keep in mind sizing for your plein air framing.
  • Frames, screws, wire - All pieces for the show/sale must be wired to hang (no sawtooth hangers) Stamps should be visible on the back of the artwork. Please use open back frames.
  • Paint and palettes – Are you a less-is-more, or everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of painter?
  • Brushes, paints, pastels, pencils, knives etc.  Forget something? Lucky for you there is a first-rate art supply store a stone’s throw away - Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, located at 374 Industrial Park Drive, Boone, NC 28607 .
  • Rain gear – Blowing Rock receives an average daily 40% chance of precipitation during August. Those passing showers create some dramatic sky lighting conditions perfect for capturing on canvas.
  • Sun protection – other days are likely to be sunny and pleasant, with highs in the upper seventies. Dress accordingly in layers, and don’t forget the sunscreen. At an elevation of 3,000-5,800 feet, you are that much closer to the sun’s rays.
  • Cool-weather gear – Lows of the mid-fifties are common, so bring a jacket for those cool mountain breezes. Morning frosts are possible and make for magical painting conditions.
  • Sturdy shoes – Some of our vistas are easily reached from roadsides and sidewalks. But many more await a short hike away. Mountain terrain can be a challenge, so please be prepared for a variety of conditions.
  • Easel, tripod, chair, etc – bring your preferred arrangement, being aware that mountain breezes can be surprisingly strong.
  • Umbrellas – can be useful for both rain and sunny conditions.
  • Paper towels – as well as bags for trash and emergency rain shields.
  • Camera – you might want to record the scenes you do not get the chance to paint during the festival.
  • Items to secure work while painting – bulldog clips, tape, bungees, or whatever method you prefer.
  • Brush washing solvents or water and containers - Bring a spare in case of spills.
  • Composition tools – Small sketch pad, viewfinder, etc.
  • Backpack – or a box to carry all your gear in.
  • Water and snacks – Blowing Rock hosts a few markets and restaurant options.
  • An open mind to paint in new locations and conditions