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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 34% chance of precipitation in May. 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 low 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 forties 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

□             A camera to record the scenes you might not get to paint all in one weekend

□             Bulldog clips, tape, bungees, whatever your method to secure your painting & accessories

□             Brush washing solvents or water and containers - Bring a spare in case of spills.

□             Small sketch pad and tools, viewfinder

□             Backpack and/or box to carry it all.

□             Water and snacks. Boxed lunches are available for those who pre-register for them.

□             An open mind to paint in new locations and conditions