Gloucester Arts Festival

Juried Art Show Gloucester VAGloucester’s Inaugural Arts Festival in May of 2017 included the annual Symphony under the Stars concert and many Plein Air painting events. The over 100 paintings by 21 contemporary Plein Air artists, known as The Heart of the River Collection, captured the beauty of our life along the rivers and featured the landscapes of Gloucester County. These paintings and the winners of the 2017 Plein Air competition can be seen in the first Heart of the River catalog. (“Heart of the River” Catalog 2017)

The 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival will host a juried art show, two small Plein Air events, and the Symphony under the Stars free family concert. The juried show will open at Arts on Main in Gloucester with a reception on Friday, June 1st, 2018 and run for the month of June. This show will draw entries from artists from the Mid-Atlantic states who will have the opportunity to curate their own works of art with over $5,000 being awarded in prizes. The Symphony Nocturne Paint Out on Saturday, June 2nd and the Small Painting Sunday Paint Out on Sunday, June 3rd Plein Air events are sponsored by Stewart Gallery. The annual Symphony under the Stars concert will be on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 8PM.

For future planning, please mark your calendars for the kick-off event of the 2019 Gloucester Arts Festival with the Symphony under the Stars on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 with the return of the much anticipated Plein Air event, beginning with a Nocturne Paint Out Event at the symphony with Plein Air painting continuing throughout the first week of June, culminating with a gala reception at Arts on Main on Friday, June 7th, 2019.

2017 Winners

Juried Art Show

The juried art show will open at Arts on Main in Gloucester with an opening reception on Friday, June 1st, 2018 and run for the month of June.

This juried show is a unique opportunity for artists across the mid-Atlantic to curate their own exhibit and earn a share of more than $5,000 in prize money. The juror and judge is Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator Emeritus for the esteemed Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia.

Symphony Under the Stars

Gloucester’s Annual Symphony Under the Stars concert will be on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 8PM.

Plein Air Events

The Symphony Nocturne Paint Out on Saturday, June 2nd and the Small Painting Sunday Paint Out on Sunday, June 3rd. Plein air events are hosted by Stewart Gallery in conjunction with Gloucester Arts Festival.

Thank you to the artists that entered our 2018 Juried Show!

You will be notified no later than April 27th, by the Gloucester Arts Festival Committee in an email of your acceptance status.

Contact Us

You can contact us at:

Gloucester Arts Festival
Cook Foundation
P.O. Box 1383
Gloucester, VA 23061

Phone: 804.824.9401

Email: gafjuriedshow@gmail.com

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