The Orange County Arts Commission serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs and advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. We have been the Designated County Partner (DCP) of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985 and are responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county. Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.

In order to submit an application or register, you need to first create a Submittable account.  If you need assistance, please contact Katie Murray at kmurray@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-2335. 

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PLEIN AIR CONCEPTS with Chad Smith
Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18 (preceding the 2nd Annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out and Wet Paint Sale, October 19-21)

Cost: $250 + online processing fees, lodging not included

Workshop Summary

All experience levels of plein air painters are invited to discover the beauty, charm, and history of Orange County, NC, through Plein Air Concepts Workshop with award-winning plein air artist, Chad Smith.  

During this two-day oil painting workshop, Chad will provide time-tested tools and concepts that transcend mediums. The workshop will include demonstrations, presentations, group critiques, discussion, and painting time throughout Orange County.  

Orange County is a painter's dream, featuring scenes that range from rolling landscapes of farmland to urban streetscapes. Orange County's three towns include the bustling university town of Chapel Hill, the quirky, unique town of Carrboro, and the historic, quaint town of Hillsborough. 

Book soon! There is a 12-student maximum for this workshop.  

Cancellation policy: 

 Workshop fee is nonrefundable unless your reserved space can be used by another student. The Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC)/Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) will put forth our best effort to find a replacement for your spot, but we can't guarantee this will be possible. If the workshop should be canceled by the OCAC/HAC, registrants will receive a full refund of workshop fee. The OCAC/HAC and Chad Smith are not responsible for any additional costs that may be incurred by weather delays or cancellations due to weather, flight delays or otherwise.   

The Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) and the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) will host the 2nd Annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out Fundraiser October 19-21, 2018. For three days, local and visiting artists will experience the beauty, charm, and rich history of Orange County by painting en plein air, capturing the landscapes and landmarks signature to our region. Last year’s event was an overwhelming success, drawing 50 artists from seven states. To allow for additional growth, HAC and OCAC have partnered with C3 Hillsborough, a new co-working space in Downtown Hillsborough, to co-host the exhibit and events.

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.

Check-in: All artists must check in at C3 Hillsborough (see schedule at www.artsorange.org/plein air for hours and address). All painting surfaces must be stamped at check-in prior to painting. Maximum allowed finished size, including frame, is 16"x 20". 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 juroring, display, and sale. 

Juroring 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 by December 31. A W-9 will be required for payment. 

Unsold Artwork: Artists may donate unsold artwork, pick up their work the week of December 3, or have artwork mailed at their own expense. After December 31, 2018, remaining work will become 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.

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