Plein Air Painting Festival at the Kilby Historic Site

Join us for the 5th annual Plein Air Painting festival at the Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills. This “In the Open Air” painting festival was a great success last year, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Date: Aug. 16, 17, & 18th, 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Location: Kilby Historic Site, 215 Kilby Rd, Harrison Mills, BC V0M 1L0 (map)

Cost: $20


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Come and see the competitors as their paintings develop on Friday and Saturday! Then all completed paintings will be displayed for the public on Sunday. Book your reservation for the festival luncheon where the winners will be announced.

For those who are new to the event, it celebrates artwork created “en plein air,” meaning literally “in the open air.” This style of painting originated in Europe near the end of the 19th century, when artists left their studios to paint what they saw in the great outdoors! Devotees believe that painting on site, in natural light, produces luminous paintings of unparalleled quality and beauty.

During the competition, come rain or shine, up to fifty participating artists from across the Lower mainland will be painting around the Historic Site. Artists will capture breathtaking historic vistas, 1920s farm equipment, historic buildings, lush gardens & orchards, delightful farm animals, and surrounding mountains of our uniquely beautiful region.

The festival will culminate on Sunday with live entertainment and an award ceremony after the 2 pm Sunday luncheon. The sale of paintings will occur throughout the afternoon on Sunday until 3 pm.

Want to participate in the festival? All skill levels are welcome.



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Registration is $20. All ages and skill levels welcome!

Looking for a place to stay overnight during the festival? Contact Tourism Harrison at 604-796-5581 for accommodation information.

Kilby Historic Site

215 Kilby Rd, Harrison Mills, BC V0M 1L0


Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

Date: April 13, 2019

Location: Queen Elizabeth Park @ W 33rd Ave and Cambie

Costs: $45 CAD plus tax


The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is presenting Plein-Air Session at Queen Elizabeth Park this Spring on April 13 from 10:30am-2:30 pm!

Open your eyes and discover the richness of the world always present. Maestro Alfonso Tejada will guide you and your creative spirit to explore the beauty of the season through watercolour.

If you are interested please sign up and register on our website listed below. We hope to see you all there!





2019 Art in the Garden

Date: May 25 – 26, 2019

Time: 12-5pm, rain or shine!

Location: Various locations in North Vancouver

Costs: $45-$65


Submission deadline: Sunday, March 24 2019 at midnight.

North Van Arts is seeking plein air artists to participate in the 20th anniversary edition of Art in the Garden. This is a great opportunity for visual artists to display and market their artwork in a unique setting and spend the day painting in a beautiful garden setting. The Art in the Garden tour is self-directed and features award-winning gardens from the North Shore and over 30 artists from throughout the province.

Accepted artists will be required to become an individual member of North Van Arts. For more information please go our website. All participating artists must set up, take down, and remain in the garden to sell their work from 12-5pm on both days. Artists are not subject to commission and retain 100% of any sales made at the event.



To apply, please complete the Online Submission Form:

Please note, only online submissions will be accepted. If you require assistance in your application contact Leigh-Anne Niehaus (Events Manager) at 604-988-6844 or

11th Annual Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge

Date: August 4, 2018

Time:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

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2017 Harmony Arts Grand Prix Plein Air Challenge

Date: August 5, 2017

Time: 10am to 2pm; as part of the Harmony Arts Festival

Location: 1414 Argyle Avenue, Ambleside Landing, West Vancouver (map)

Costs: $35 +tax; Wine & Cheese reception to follow for artists & jurors


In this traditional Plein Air painting competition, painters must originate, paint, complete and frame a painting that has been created outdoors in just four hours on the grounds around the Ferry Building Gallery and Ambleside Pier. Prizes from Opus will be awarded to the top five artists. Jurors will also select 12 artists who will be invited to continue on to the Paint on the Mountain Plein Air Challenge on August 6th on Cypress Mountain.

Notes: All mediums.accepted. For watercolour: provide a mat board or frame for your work. No glass please. For Oil or Acrylics on board, please provide a frame. Maximum size should be 16″ x 20″ including frame. For canvas, no frame required but it should look finished. Be on site by 9:30 for set-up, no late arrivals accepted.

Participating artists must preregister either in person at the gallery, by phone at 604-925-7270 (course # 39085) or online. Cost: $35 + GST (includes morning coffee & muffins and a wine & cheese reception).


Artists must pre-register at the Ferry Building Gallery or via Online Registration.

Contact the Ferry Building Gallery for details

  • 1414 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver
  • 604-925-7290

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