Falls Church Arts

2021 Falls Church Arts “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival – extended to Oct. 23

Artists paint outdoors in Falls Church City
October 1-22, 2021 

Plein Air Festival and Quick Draw Event on Saturday, October 23
(postponed from October 16)

Juror: Jean Schwartz

Plein Air Festival Judging
Participating artists check in and submit their competition works between 8 and 9 am
(artists requiring early drop-off, contact Alexia Scott, alexiascott@mac.com

Quick Draw Competition – 8 am to 11 am
Quick Draw is open to all levels and all ages. Artists register ($15 entry fee) at the Quick Draw table on October 23,
create their plein air works between 8 am and 11 am, and submit their work to be judged that morning!

Winners of both competitions announced at noon,
Falls Church Farmers Market, Falls Church City Hall Grounds

To enter:

  • Fill out entry form below. (Skip to entry form)
  • Pay your one-time $40 entry fee online (includes three stamps – additional stamps available, $5 per substrate).
  • Have substrates (canvases, papers, etc,) stamped at a location named below, prior to doing your work.


Stamping is available October 1-22 at:

  • Falls Church Arts Gallery, 700-B West Broad Street – (gallery hours: Wed.-Fri. 11 am to 6 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sun. 11 am to 4 pm)
  • Art and Frame of Falls Church, 205 West Jefferson Street – (hours: Mon.- Sat. 10 am to 6 pm, Sun. noon to 4 pm)


Entry Fee: $40 (includes 3 stamps)
Additional stamps available, $5 (cash or check) per substrate

A maximum of four 2021 Plein Air “Scenes in the City” artworks can be entered per artist for judging. 

2021 Plein Air Prizes

Beyer Auto Group Plein Air Prize – $1,250
Rock-Star Realty Group Awards – $750 (People’s Choice – $400, Artists’ Choice – $350)
June Beyer Art Quick Draw Prizes – $750 (1st – $350, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150)
New Editions Consulting Prize – $750
Barbara Cram Plein Air Prize (Falls Church Arts) – $500
The Kensington Prize – $500
The Young Group Prize – $250

Prize winners are selected by the Plein Air judges except for (a) the Artists Choice Award, which is chosen by the artist entrants, and (b) the People’s Choice Award, which is awarded to the artist with the most popular painting as voted by the general public who attend the Festival from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Consider painting scenes at these and other attractions in the City of Falls Church:

Around The Little City

Cherry Hill Farmhouse and Barn, 300 block, Park Ave.
City Hall, 300 Park Ave.
Community Center, 223 Little Falls St.
Mary Riley Styles Public Library, 120 N. Virginia Ave.
Falls Church Farmers Market, every Saturday, at City Hall Parking Lot

14 City Parks (descriptions and map)
The Eden Center, Wilson Blvd. at Seven Corners
The Falls Church, Fairfax and S. Washington Sts.
The State Theater, 220 N. Washington St.
Tinner Hill Historic Sites: 106-108 Tinner Hill Rd., 307 S. Maple Ave., S. Washington St. and Tinner Hill Rd.
Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail
Houses on the National Register, including the Birch House, 312 E. Broad St., and Mount Hope, 203 S. Oak St.
Buildings on the Victorian Walking Tour
Commercial and Residential Streetscapes throughout the City

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