14th Annual Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2023; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: Ambleside waterfront in West Vancouver near the Ferry Building Gallery

Costs: Adult: $35, Under 19: $20


In this traditional competition, artists must compose, paint, complete and frame (or finish) a piece of art outdoors en plein air. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Works will be judged and prizes donated by Opus Art Supplies will be awarded. Artists will have the opportunity to display and sell their paintings on-site after the competition from 3–7 p.m. in the Artspeaks tent next to the Ferry Building Gallery.

Registration fee includes morning coffee and muffins and a wine & cheese reception after the judging



Register by phone at 604.925.7270 (course #141747) or online at https://anc.ca.apm.activecommunities.com/westvanrec/activity/search/detail/138713?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true

Web link: https://harmonyarts.ca/program/grand-prix-plein-air-challenge

Questions? Contact gallery@westvancouver.ca or call 604-925-7290 for inquiries



Paint on the Mountain: 2023 Call for Artists

Paint on the Mountain is back for its eighth consecutive year!

Application Due Date: May 8th – June 4th, 2023

Location: Hollyburn Mountain (off Cypress Bowl Road)

Costs: No Cost for Entry or Participation

Competition Dates: August 1-3, 2023

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13th annual Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge :: Harmony Arts

The Ferry Building Gallery presents its 13th annual Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge as part of the Harmony Arts Festival

Date: August 6, 2022

Time:  10am – 2pm

Location: The Artspeaks Tent next to Ferry Building Gallery, Argyle Avenue at 14th St, West Vancouver (map)

Costs: $35 for adults; $20 for ages 19 and under

Registration fee includes morning coffee and muffins, as well as a wine and cheese reception after the judging.

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PAINT ON THE MOUNTAIN 2022 Plein Air Competition West Vancouver Call for Artists

It’s back! British Pacific Properties is once again hosting its annual PAINT ON THE MOUNTAIN competition this July 30th –31st , 2022.

Application Due Date: June 7 – July 3rd, 2022

Location: Hollyburn Mountain (off Cypress Bowl Road)

Costs: No Cost for Entry or Participation

Competition Dates: July 30th – July 31st, 2022

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Plein Air One on One Instruction w Michael King

Want to try your hand at Plein Air Painting but don’t know where to start or need guidance when it comes to painting outside?

Date: Booking between March 2 – Dec 18, 2022

Location: From West Vancouver to the Fraser Valley

Cost: From $150.00

Supply List: Your own painting gear for painting outside or Michael can supply one Plein Air, oil painting setup if needed.



More Information:

Schedule one on one or a small group (up to four artists) of private Plein Air instruction. Just choose the date and time that suits your schedule. Registration link below.

Each session is 3 hours long and you will paint at one of Michael’s favourite spots or he can find a location close to you*.

Sessions cover how to choose what to paint, composition, what to look out for, what the best approach is, etc. Alternatively, each session can be customized towards your specific requirements and questions.

*From West Vancouver to the Fraser Valley only.



It is easy to register with no credit card required when submitting your appointment. Payment can be over the internet (visa/mastercard), in person (visa/mastercard), or cash.

Please Visit: https://michaelking.ca/book-an-appointment/


Michael’s Plein Air Pieces: