Annual Fuquay Varina Arts and Culture Showcase Returns at En Plein Air Paint-Off


Local artists of all ages look forward to their annual showcase event of the late spring, as the 2018 En Plein Air Paint Off returns to the downtown area just a quick drive up the road from your new home at the South Lakes new home community to give residents and community a look at Fuquay Varina Arts and Culture.

The premier Fuquay Varina arts and Culture event of the year returns on the weekend of Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 and area art enthuasiasts from high school age through professionals are encouraged to participate. There will be prizes given out for first, second, and third place in an array of categories at several different agae and skill levels, in addition to the artists having a chance to sell their work as part of a silent auction.

The Downtown Fuquay Varina website described the annual Fuquay Varina Arts and Culture showcase saying, “En Plein Air Paint-Off is an exciting free outdoor event, sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets. Join us and see all that downtown has to offer.” The site went on to detail the event, noting, “Friday and Saturday afternoon, a contest of skills will challenge each artist to create an original oil or acrylic masterpiece of Fuquay-Varina Downtown’s historic landscape. On Saturday evening a public auction will be held where art enthusiasts will have a chance to take home one of these treasures that will become a collection for many generations to come.”

The schedule of events for artists who are participating is as follows:

 Artist Check In

  • Friday, May 4th: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM or Saturday, May 5th: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM Please let us know your preference.
  • Check-in will take place at 108 Raleigh Street, you will find out where you are painting then.
  • Completed piece for judging must be turned in by 4:30 PM on Saturday.  Artists may paint more than one piece but must choose only one for judging.

 Painting Turn In

  • Saturday, May 5th @ 4:30 PM (no later!)
  • Bring your finished painting to the old Elliott’s Pharmacy building located at 202 S. Main Street

Daily Agenda

  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM:  Painting will be judged
  • 5:30 PM:  Artist reception and public viewing on Depot Street (beside Elliott’s)
  • 6:30 PM:  Winners Announced;   Public Auction begins on Depot Street

For more information on the premier annual Fuquay Varina Arts and Culture event, En Plein Air Paint-Off and Auction visit or contact Rachel Cornett with the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association at 919-552-0848.