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Plein Air Event

10th Annual Plein Air Event -- Every Labor Day Weekend

Artists Paint Amana
Friday, September 1st- Sunday September 3rd

5th Annual Kids Fresh Paint
September 2nd 11am to 2pm
Children 12 and under
Brought to you by Amana Arts Guild

2 Hour Quick Paint
September 3rd from 2pm to 4pm
at Catiri's Art Oasis

Artist & Patron Party
Sunday September 3rd starting at 5pm until ???

Private viewing for Patrons and Friends of Plein Air 5pm to 6pm
Curtains will come down at 6pm for public viewing


Must have a ticket to attend.


Award Ceremony
September 3rd at 7pm  - Open to the Public

CLICK HERE for updated information about the up and coming event.

Artists & Patrons are encouraged to Visit!

 

 

2017 Fresh Paint Awards Judge:  
To Be Announced

Plein air, a French word, literally translates as 'open air', and is defined as painting or drawing done outside, in the open air. Over 100 years ago, artists made the move from the studio, to painting outdoors en plein air. Artists sketched the landscape in paint to bring forth its full light and color. These works are taken directly from nature, and infused with a feeling of the open air. Today's plein air painters have mastered the art of capturing the changing light on a scene. Bold, painterly strokes and luminous colors define the brilliance of the artists at the 10th annual FRESH PAINT-- Catiri's Art Oasis's Plein Air Festival in Amana, Iowa. FRESH PAINT---A live interpretation of Iowa through the eyes of artists, in the beautiful surroundings of the Amana Colonies. This is an educational experience of seeing the art in process, as well as the appreciation of Iowa through the eyes of the artist capturing the moment.
Maps of artists locations available at Catiri's Art Oasis.

Dinner Tickets

ONLY $25 a  person!

Includes dinner, drinks and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists, as well as having the opportunity to buy artwork from the "Fresh Paint 2017" competition before the general public and before the awards are announced!

CATFISH KEITH WILL BE PERFORMING FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT!!!

www.catfishkeith.com

Purchase by clicking the above button or call Catiri's Art Oasis  319-622-3969

Tickets will be held for you at Catiri's Art Oasis until 4pm Sunday the 3rd, after 4pm they will be available at the ticket counter at Price Creek Event Center, where the dinner is taking place.

The 10th Annual Fresh Paint Dinner Party will be held in Price Creek Center in Main Amana, next to the visitor's center, doors open at 5pm.

Dinner starts at 6pm.

FREE TO ENTER AT 7pm after dinner, for the awards ceremony.

 

DO YOU PLAN TO BUY A PAINTING THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT? 

Consider becoming a FRIEND OF FRESH PAINT and get the first pick of 2017 Fresh Paint Paintings and VIP status!!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 


 

11th Annual Plein Air Event

11th Annual Plein Air Event -- Every Labor Day Weekend

Artists Paint Amana
Friday, August 31st- Sunday September 2nd

6th Annual Kids Fresh Paint
September 1st 11am to 2pm
Children 12 and under
Brought to you by Amana Arts Guild

2 Hour Quick Paint
September 2nd from 2pm to 4pm
at Catiri's Art Oasis

Artist & Patron Party
Sunday September 2nd starting at 5pm until ???

Private viewing for Patrons and Friends of Plein Air 5pm to 6pm
Curtains will come down at 6pm for public viewing


Must have a ticket to attend.


Award Ceremony
September 2nd at 7pm  - Open to the Public

 

Plein air, a French word, literally translates as 'open air', and is defined as painting or drawing done outside, in the open air. Over 100 years ago, artists made the move from the studio, to painting outdoors en plein air. Artists sketched the landscape in paint to bring forth its full light and color. These works are taken directly from nature, and infused with a feeling of the open air. Today's plein air painters have mastered the art of capturing the changing light on a scene. Bold, painterly strokes and luminous colors define the brilliance of the artists at the 10th annual FRESH PAINT-- Catiri's Art Oasis's Plein Air Festival in Amana, Iowa. FRESH PAINT---A live interpretation of Iowa through the eyes of artists, in the beautiful surroundings of the Amana Colonies. This is an educational experience of seeing the art in process, as well as the appreciation of Iowa through the eyes of the artist capturing the moment.
Maps of artists locations available at Catiri's Art Oasis.

Be a Patron or Sponsor

Dear Art Patron and/or Sponsor:

As Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee for the Catiri's Fresh Paint 2017, Plein Air Iowa in Amana Invitational, I am writing to respectfully request your valuable participation in this coming fall ’s event. The "Great Paint-out", to be held September 1st - 3rd, 2017, combines the strengths of all the Iowa’s incredible Midwest scenery to produce the most collaborative and comprehensive event in the region. Promotion for the paint-out will extend throughout the state and will target the art community in this region .

This event has become a premier Iowa art event encouraging visiting art enthusiasts to attend, who appreciate and value the history, culture and the natural wonders of our Midwestern communities. This Plein Air event is not only educates the public on painterly techniques and the art of painting directly from location, but it is also promotes an appreciation of our Iowa landscape and creates a cultural experience in Eastern Iowa. What a better place for artists to render the beauty of the Iowa landscape, than in the historic Amana Colonies. Grant Wood came to Amana and painted plein air! We have created an event that brings prestige to our area, as a place of art, cultural and beautiful landscapes for all to enjoy. To make this event a success we are asking for your help. Any donation would be greatly appreciated! The better the prizes this year, the more we encourage the growing number of artists and allow the excitement of the event itself will really flourish.

For more information call 319-622-3969 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2016 Quick Paint Event

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2016 Awards Ceremony & Dinner Party

A Good Time was had by all!!

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Be a Friend of Plein Air

You can be a Friend of Plein Air for as little as $100!!!   VIP Status

For $100, you get 2 VIP dinner tickets & $50 is redeemable towards paintings in this year's Fresh Paint 2017 show.  All Friends of Plein Air get to view and purchase artwork in a private showing from 5pm to 6pm, Sunday September 3rd, before the artists & general public.  You also get to see the 1st set of the amazing Catfish Keith .

This event combines the strengths of the talented artisans of the Midwest with Iowa's incredible scenery to produce the most collaborative and comprehensive event in the region. We are creating a modern day artistic regionalism. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase incredible fresh art from a variety of outstanding artists at incredibly affordable prices.  This is the 10th year for the event which has doubled in size each year, attracting artists from across the country. 

We would like to invite you to join our celebration of the art of Plein Air!

Artist Registration

Inviting Plein Air Artists
to Participate in “FRESH PAINT 2017”
A open air painting competition/event in the picturesque Amana Colonies.
PAINT IOWA!
 
Register Below for $40 ($50 after August 1st)


Artists get 2 FREE dinner tickets with registration!!

Awards Party September 3rd, 6pm at the Middle Amana Park.
 
We will confirm your payment by email and then REGISTRATION PACKS can be picked up starting at 7am Friday September 1st at Catiri's Art Oasis.

 

 


Festival Rules and Regulations

Artists Paint Amana Labor Day Weekend, September 1st - September 3rd

Early Registration:
$40 before August 1st, $50 after August 1st

-We are encouraging early registration, so that we can promote the event in a fuller capacity. This fee is non-refundable. Please call or email if you have any questions!

Artists packets will be available to pick up at 7am on September 1st behind Catiri's Art Oasis.

Catiri's Garden Patio Meet & Greet

7am to 9am

Artists can pick up their packets and enjoy coffee and pastries.

 Please send your early registration fee and dates planning to attend to:
Catiri’s Art Oasis, Box 55 Amana, Ia 52203 or call 319-622-3969. 

Or pay on-line by clicking button above.


Registration & Stamping :
- Friday Morning starting at 7:00am September 1st
- Enjoy coffee and pastries.
-Pick up your artist packet, sign in and get your materials stamped.
-This is optional, but a nice way for all of the artists to meet each other before going out to paint.
-Artist packets will be a Catiri’s Art Oasis all weekend and materials can be stamped anytime throughout the event.
Rules and Check-in Procedure:
-All paintings submitted for judging for this event must be created ENTIRELY and WHOLLY on site at the designated location in the Amana area, during the period of the event, September 1st - September 3rd, 2017, in the true spirit of Plein Air painting!
- ALL ARTISTS MUST CHECK IN AT Catiri’s Art Oasis IN PERSON before heading out to paint.
-All canvases/boards/papers must be marked with the official Catiri’s Art Oasis’s Plein Air “Fresh Paint” stamp before painting begins. Only blank canvases/boards/papers will be stamped. There will be no limit to the number of stamps given to any individual artist.
-A map will be provided of the Amanas and outlines areas to paint. Artists must stay within the allowed areas only, and need to respect the privacy of any private properties in the area.
- Artists receive 2 tickets to the Artists/Patron Dinner Party.
To be eligible for Judging/Awards Artists must:
-Artwork to be submitted for judging must be delivered to Middle Amana Park between 10am to noon.  NO later than 12 noon  Sunday, September 3rd.
-Artists must submit 1 painting for awards judging.
-Unregistered participants are ineligible for judging/awards.
-All work must be pre-stamped at Catiri’s Art Oasis.
-All work must be ready for hanging in the gallery. (Not necessarily framed, but ready to hang in the show, which will be exhibited and for sale, so presentation IS important.) 
-Sign Consignment Contract with Catiri’s Art Oasis.

Judging and Awards:
-Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 pieces of artwork. (The judge will be announced.)
-Last year over $10,000 was awarded through prizes and purchase awards.
Quick Paint/Paint Out:
Sunday September 3rd from 2 pm to 4pm. This is an optional, extra event. This quick 2 hour paint competition is on location at and around Catiri's Art Oasis. At 4pm, artists have 15 minutes to display artwork for viewing.  The Catiri's will purchase one piece for their permanent collection, for $200.
Submitting Other works:
-Artists can submit any work painted over the weekend to be displayed for sale along with the Fresh Paint show.
-All works must have the 2017 Fresh Paint stamp.

-Artwork must NOT exceed 16"x24".

-We ask artists to only sell their work at the Awards Dinner on Sunday.  If someone wants a painting as you are painting it, PLEASE refer them to the gallery and inform them about the Awards Dinner.

Please contact us if you need more information:
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319-622-3969

Media Release

 Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    
Contact: Jenise Catiri, owner, at 319-622-3969 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos are available and can be sent via email.

Catiri’s Art Oasis presents:
FRESH PAINT 2017
10th Annual Iowa Plein Air--Amana
Labor Day Weekend
Artists Paint Amana (maps will be available during event)
September 1st-3rd
Nocturnal Paint (around the Price Creek Center)
September 1st 7pm to ?
Kids Paint (in front of Catiri’s Art Oasis)
September 2nd from 11am to 2pm
Sponsored and Performed by the Amana Art Guild
Quick Paint (around Catiri’s Art Oasis)
September 3rd  2pm to 4pm
Artist & Patron Party at Catiri’s Art Oasis
September 3rd - 5pm to 9pm
A real “red carpet” event with the international renowned, Iowa born artist, Catfish Keith performing with his legendary talents on the steel guitar!
Dinner starts at 6 pm.
($25 per ticket, includes dinner, drinks and entertainment.  Also, inquire about becoming a Friend Plein Air which allows you in with VIP pass to view and purchase paintings an hour before general ticket holders.)
Award Ceremony at Catiri’s Art Oasis  
September 3rd - 7pm



Premier Iowa Plein Air Event:
10th Annual Catiri’s FRESH PAINT - Amana 2017
An action packed weekend of art and collaborations.

Bold, painterly strokes and luminous colors will define the brilliance of the artists at the tenth annual Catiri’s FRESH PAINT, Iowa Plein Air event in Amana, Iowa. FRESH PAINT will run from September 1st - 3rd, 2017 and combines the strengths of the talented artisans of the Midwest with Iowa's incredible scenery to produce the most collaborative and comprehensive event in the region.  “We are creating a modern day regionalism,” explained Jenise Catiri, owner of Catiri's Art Oasis in Amana, sponsor and host of the event.

Plein Air painting is a pertinent and vital part of Eastern Iowa’s history with Grant Wood and Carl Flick as well as a form of regionalism in the arts the promotes the flourishing art culture that we have in Eastern Iowa. Fresh Paint has become the best Plein Air event in Iowa and is an incredible weekend to watch paintings transform before your eyes, while personally connecting with the artists. This year is going to bigger and better than ever.  There will be artists from 5 different states and many of them nationally know and collected.  The talent just gets better every year and provides an excellent opportunity to purchase affordable, fresh artworks.  Also, we honored and excited to have the talented, internationally renowned, Iowa born musician, CATFISH KEITH performing at this year’s Award’s Party.  The 2017 Fresh Paint Award’s Party will be held in the new Price Creek Center in Amana.  The “fresh” paintings of all the artists will be available to purchase after the judge, turns in the results.  The 2017 Fresh Paint Awards Judge is Kathryn Hagy from Mount Mercy University, Professor of Art, Coordinator, Art & Design Program and Fulbright Campus Representative. Not only can you purchase affordable, freshly inspired art, but it may be a winner!  Awards will be announced at 7pm.

Have an aspiring young artist in your family? Children will love to participate in the 5th Annual Kids Fresh Paint event on Saturday, September 3rd from 11:00a.m.- 2:00p.m. Volunteers from the Amana Arts Guild will be on hand directing this amazing experience for your children. Easels and art supplies provided by the Community Chest, so each child can create their own Plein Air piece of artwork.   After seeing the professional artists out painting, they get a chance to experience it for themselves.

A Call to Artists! There is still opportunity to join the other Plein Air artists in this year’s Fresh Paint!  All artists, working in any medium, at whatever skill level can be a part of this event.  It is a great opportunity to meet other artists, share techniques and have a good time just being among fellow artists.  The registration is only $50, which gives you 2 dinner tickets to the Fresh Paint party and the opportunity to submit 1 piece of artwork into the competition, giving away $2,000 worth of prize money as well as many purchase awards.  To register to paint, to see a schedule of FRESH PAINT events and competition rules, check the gallery website at www.catiriartoasis.com or contact Catiri's Art Oasis at 319-622-3969. Or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



4th Annual Kids Plein Air

Sponsored and organized by The Amana Art Guild and the Community Chest.

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2016 Plein Air Event Pictures

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