Fuquay Varina Arts Festival Returns to Showcase and Reward Local Talent

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En Plein Air Paint Off, now approaching its eighth year, is an annual Fuquay Varina Arts Festival. The event is a highly anticipated tradition among Triangle area artists. The talented, area artists literally show their unique take on the beauty that is downtown Fuquay, much to the delight of all in attendance.

En Plein Air Paint Off Returns for the 8th Year

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Triangle area artists of all ages will put some of the historic spots in Fuquay Varina on canvas as part of the En Plein Air Paint Off

This years’ En Plein Air Paint Off is Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. This Fuquay Varina Arts Festival is the ultimate showcase for artists across the Triangle area. The incredible talent of local artists of all ages will be seen at the event. Each participating artist will put paint to canvas and be assigned a specific spot to work. Once set up, they will paint some of Fuquay’s historic and beautiful landmarks and buildings.

The schedule for the two-day event for artists has them signing in to begin each day. Each artist’s work will be completed by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. At this point, the paintings will be turned in to the judges. Shortly thereafter prizes will be awarded in different categories. In addition, a public auction in Downtown Fuquay Varina on Depot Street will take place. Attendees of the Fuquay Varina Arts Festival can bid on the artwork  from the two days here.

Below is a detailed look at the day’s events for those “painting a piece of Fuquay history.”

Fuquay Varina Arts Festival Artist Check-In

  • Friday, May 17: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

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    The public auction at the Fuquay Varina Arts Festival gives residents in attendance an opportunity to bid on some spectacular paintings and support the local art scene

  • Saturday, May 18: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
  • Check-in is at 108 Raleigh Street (Here is where the artists get the location where they will be painting)

Painting Turn In at En Plein Air Paint Off

  • Saturday, May 18 at 4:30 pm (All artists are to bring the finished painting to the old Elliott’s Pharmacy building (202 South Main St.) to turn in for judging)

Late Afternoon and Evening Schedule (Saturday, May 18)

  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Judging
  • 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

Supporting and Featuring the Local Art Scene


Shown is a participant from a previous years’ En Plein Air Paint Off event, painting a vintage Fuquay Varina Fire truck outside of the department

The participating area artists get the opportunity to sell there work at the public auction, immediately after the reception. In addition, there will be cash prizes, too.

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The “En Plein Air Paint Off” Fuquay Varina Arts Festival is a huge opportunity for area artists. The great arts and culture and community spirit an event like this promotes is an example of the reason so many are searching for new homes in Fuquay Varina at South Lakes. To see the new homes in Fuquay Varina at South Lakes that are waiting to be your “canvas,” visit southlakesliving.com.

(All pictures in the body of story credited to Fuquay Varina Downtown Association)