The Plein Air Festival draws many new artists to Falls Church who compete for cash prizes and bragging rights in placing in this popular competition. All artwork must be done outside and represent “Scenes in the City” of the City of Falls Church and be done during the festival, which runs through June 20th.
This year the plan is to have the competition and sale of the artwork from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. on June 20 at Harry Wells Park in front of the City Hall near the corner of Little Falls Street and Park Avenue. The public participates by voting for their favorite painting and the winner receives The People’s Choice Award. All artists from anywhere are eligible to participate and sign up online at fallschurcharts.org.
Winners in the past include Isabelle Babington, Meg Breedon, Bill Abel, Rajendra KC, Patricia Wallach Keough, who all won the first place Don Beyer Plein Air Prize. This year the winner of the first place prize will receive $1,000. The second place winner of the Tori McKinney Rock Star Realtor Prize will receive $500 and the Falls Church Arts President’s Prize for third place will win $250. The public votes on June 20 at the Farmer’s Market and the artwork that receives the most votes wins People Choice Award which is from the entry and stamping fees.