Portrait of a Place – a plein air event

Portrait of a Place is the first annual Plein Air Competition at the Center for the Arts of Homer.

Artists will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful natural scenery of the Homer New York township, and may paint at a variety of locations within the village, with suggested locations provided at check-in.

These will include historic lenticular bridges over the Tioughnioga River, multiple scenic vistas and beautiful parks, and period architecture including churches and homes on main street.

Author Edward Noyes Westcott was inspired to write David Harum: A Story of American Life, based on the life of Homer resident, banker and horse trader David Hannum (perpetrator of Cardiff Giant hoax). David Hannum’s home is one of the historic houses on main street in Homer village.

Creation period is 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th.

Each artist should complete at least a single two-dimensional work of art (mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolor, gouache, ink, mixed media, and pastels are acceptable). Paintings must be completed “en plein air” within the boundaries of Homer (village and/or township), New York and submitted to the judges by 4:00pm.

Prizes will be awarded during a reception Saturday evening at 6:00 pm in four categories; Beginner, Novice, Advanced, Professional. This activity is open to all artists of any skill level.

Beauty awaits your artistic vision in this scenic area!

Competition rules:

  • Your canvas or paper must be stamped by one of our volunteers at the Center For the Arts, 72 S. Main St. Homer to be eligible to compete in the event; doors open at 8:00 am.
  • You may have multiple pieces of substrate stamped, but you may only turn in one or two pieces for judging and sale.
  • You must complete your artwork anywhere within the town of Homer, New York. You will be given a map of the area on arrival.
  • In order to be judged, your art must be dropped off and labeled by 4 pm sharp on Saturday. If you miss the 4 pm deadline, you may still display your work and have it marked for sale, but it will not be judged.
  • Framing is required unless canvas is gallery wrapped. Please come prepared  to frame your painting(s) with appropriate materials. Oil paintings that are still wet are acceptable.
  • All work is to be wired for hanging and framed with an open back to facilitate viewing of the festival stamp on the back.
  • Art may be priced for sale at the reception. If you do not wish to mark your piece for sale, you may note “Not for Sale”.
  • Unsold artwork must be removed after the Awards presentation.
  • Artists whose works sell will receive a commission check by mail within 30 days. The artist retains 70% of the sale price and C4A receives a 30% commission, which goes to support our mission. Should artists sell their works “off the easel” during the plein air event, artists agree to donate to C4A an amount comparable to the event commission.
          • PRIZES: BEST IN SHOW $500
          • Winner Each Level $100

Schedule Friday July 19

8 -10:30am Check-in and canvas stamped

Paint all day

5:00pm Happy Hour Get together at Homer Hops

6:30 pm Dinner at local restaurants

Schedule Saturday July 20

8-10:30 check in for one day participants

All day paint (Holiday in Homer will be set up in the Village Green )

4 pm Delivery of Finished Paintings to Center for the Arts

4:30 -5:30 Artist meet and greet/cocktail hour

6-8 Featured artist presentations, reception, sale and awards.

Information on hotels, restaurants, and other activities can be found at EXPERIENCE CORTLAND