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Parrsboro Internation Plein Air Festival ’19

June 20, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Canada’s Premier Plein Air Event

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia  is fast becoming the new arts and culture hub in Atlantic Canada.

One of the major reasons for this success is  –  The International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF).  The Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival is going to have some exciting new elements this season, and artists have been have been calling us from as far away as Nashville, Texas and British Columbia! It looks like PIPAF 2019 is going to be a banner year.

PleinAir Magazine described the Parrsboro region as a “spectacular environment”, and their six page colour spread entitled “Dreams of Nova Scotia” gave a rave review not only for PIPAF, also for Nova Scotia – a great boost for tourism.  The link is: https://www.outdoorpainter.com/dreams-from-nova-scotia/

Awards:  Each year thirty of the best plein air painters from Canada and the USA make their way to Parrsboro to compete for more than $8000 in cash and product award prizes.

  • Best in Show – $2,500
  • Second Place Award – $1,500
  • Third Place Award – $1,000
  • Best Use of Light – $500
  • Best Seascape – $500
  • Best Nocturne – $500
  • Artists’ Choice Award – Product
  • Multiple Product Awards

The Judge: Nancy Tankersley
A central figure in the USA plein air movement and a founder of Plein Air Easton in Maryland, Nancy travels worldwide to participate in plein air competitions, both as a judge and a guest instructor. Recent honors include Best of Show at 2018 The Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival in Nova Scotia, Best of Show at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 in Tequesta Florida, and the Dickinson Award for Best Painting by a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition.  Nancy, internationally recognized for her unique style as a Contemporary Impressionist, is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society for Marine Art, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, and also holds memberships in the Washington Society for Landscape Painters and the Salmagundi Club. Founder and Director of the Easton Studio, a workshops facility begun in Easton in 2010, Nancy mentors and teaches workshops and also sponsors classes by nationally known painters.



 Parrsboro –  An Award Winning Creative Community! 

Winner of 2017 Creative Nova Scotia Arts &Culture Community Recognition Award

Featured by Nova Scotia Culture & Action Plan as one of the top eight organizations to watch for driving the economy through cultural awareness.

Video Links for our 2017 Plein Air Festival:  

Promotional Video                              https://youtu.be/bvjcUrKQqWY

Collectors and Awards Night             https://vimeo.com/255780721

Plein Air Artists                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHJO_TYBvTM



June 20, 2019
June 23, 2019
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