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Call to artists for "Affair en Plein Air" a two-day outdoor, juried painting event at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (December 21, 2016)

A call to artists is currently available for "Affair En Plein Air" - a two-day outdoor, juried painting experience with partner GroveHouse Artists at the Deering Estate on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Categories include: adults 18 years & older and high-school students grades 9-12. Judging will take place on Sunday, January 22 at 1:30 pm. The event is juried by Helen Burgos. Competitive, monetary and non-monetary prizes will be awarded by juror. Registration deadline is January 14, 2017. Please note that registration is not available on the day of the event.

En plein air, or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air." All work is done on site and the use of photos or recorded images is not allowed.

Cost:
$35 Adult registration fee for Non-GroveHouse Artists (up to 2 pieces)
$25 Adult registration fee for GroveHouse Artists members (up to 2 pieces)
$25 High school students, Grades 9-12, with one chaperone (up to 2 pieces)
Light snacks, coffee and water will be provided, please bring a lunch and all supplies.

Registration information:
Artists interested in participating in the two-day outdoor juried painting event must complete a formal application available online. The entry form and registration fee must be returned to GroveHouse Artists by Tuesday, January 14, 2017. For more information please contact Barbara Tejada at 305-979-9534 or grooveygrove39@gmail.com.

Prizes:
$400 first place; $200 second place; $100 third place; $100 Honorable Mention and Student cash prizes totaling $500. Adults and students will be judged on site with all winners being invited to exhibit at the GHA Membership Show on September 20, 2017. All prizes will be awarded at a reception on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

About the Juror:
Helen Burgos hails from the United Kingdom where she attended West Sussex College of Design and received a bachelor’s degree in Art and Dance from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She moved to Miami in 1986 and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University.

Helen has taught all levels of drawing and painting since 2001 at Florida International University and at Fairchild Tropical Botanic gardens. Her own studio practice includes working with paint, charcoal, collage and fibers.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House & Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.