Grand Prix of Art Steveston 2023

Date: July 22-23, 2023

Location: Steveston, BC.

Costs: Adult: $36.75


Artists of all ages and experience levels are randomly assigned a painting location along Steveston’s Historic Waterfront for their 10am starting time. The public is encouraged to visit the 35 amazing locations on the painting circuit and cheer on their favourite artist from in 3 categories: Masters, Adult Open and Youth.

Artists will be assigned one of 35 painting locations from London Farm to Garry Point Park and begin painting at 10am until 1pm when they must return to the shipyards, and prepare their paintings for display and adjudication. Artists, volunteers, and our event partners will enjoy a food truck lunch, live music, an interactive artisan market while the paintings are being judged.

Works of art will be on display and for sale in the Seine Net Loft Building at Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Heritage Shipyards. 5180 Westwater Dr. The Exhibition is sponsored by the Pente Building group with works available for viewing at 3pm following the Award Ceremony on Race Day and on Sunday July 23 from 10am to 4pm.



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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

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Questions? Contact or call 604-925-7290 for inquiries



CSPWC BC Paint Out Plus

Date: August 27, 2022, from 10am – 3pm

Location: Ranger Station Gallery, Harrison Hot Springs (map)

Costs: $20 non-refundable.


  • Maximum size 15×22”. Watercolour and gouache only.
  • Prizes supplied by DeSerres. Awards Juror: David McEown CSPWC.
  • Paint anywhere in Harrison Hot Springs or around the Harrison River Valley, including around the community of Agassiz.



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2022 Grand Prix of d’Art

The Old School House Arts Centre (TOSH) in Qualicum Beach invites you to paint en plein air in our twenty-ninth annual Grand Prix d’Art painting race. Each year we attract plein air painters from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland as well as hundreds of spectators.


Date: July 8 to August 26, 2022 :: 9am-2pm

Who: Artists of all skill and experience levels. Where: Downtown Qualicum Beach

Location: The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach

Costs: $24.00 There is a T-shirt included in your entry fee!

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Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF)

Nestled on Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, with the world’s highest tides creating unique and ever-changing shoreline scenery, Parrsboro has become home to Canada’s largest Plein Air Festival.

Date: June 22-26, 2022

Location: Parrsboro, Nova Scotia (map)

Cost: Application fee $40 :: Artist applications due March 11, 2022



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Since 2017, Parrsboro Creative has organized the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, drawing 30 juried artists annually from across North America to compete in painting the picturesque sea and landscapes the Parrsboro Shore has to offer.

It’s part of Parrsboro Creative’s vision of developing the area’s cultural economy through the creation and enhancement of a community or artists and artisans that will rejuvenate the community, once a thriving shipbuilding area. Of course, the festival would not be possible without the support of sponsors ranging from government to private enterprise. Its success has been chronicled in media across North America, reaching thousands of artists, art galleries and art collectors’ organizations across the continent.

After a shift in 2020 to an online-only event, and Atlantic-only in 2021 due to COVID-19, PIPAF will be accepting applications once again from across North America!




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