QUICK Draw artist information
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general information

Artists eligible to participate in the Quick Draw event must be 18 years or older. 

DISCLAIMER:  None of the involved groups (including Marietta Art Alive!, the Marietta Community House, the Borough of Marietta, and Rivertownes PA USA) are responsible for personal injury and illness  or damage/loss/theft of artwork that may happen during the entire event.    Artists must provide their own insurance coverage if desired.  In addition, artists are responsible for their own personal safety during the event.  Applying for the event constitutes the artist's agreement with all rules and statements made here.



April 1, 2022:

  • Registration opens online for artists who wish to participate in Quick Draw. Anyone may register for $10.


April 23, 2022:

  • 8-10AM - Artists check in at the Quick Draw registration table.  At that time, they'll receive a map of the paint-out area and a label to complete for their art submission.  Artists not previously registered may register and pay the $10 fee.

  • 10AM-Noon - Artists paint within the Marietta Quick Draw Paint Out area. 

  • Noon-1PM - Artists wire and frame (or gallery wrap) their Quick Draw art for display on their easel.  All artwork must be labeled using the form provided at the check-out table.  Artwork may be sold during this period, however, artwork must be displayed until after award announcements.

  • 2PM - Juror of awards announces the prize winners.


River Towns Plein Air 2022 applicants are automatically enrolled in the Quick Draw event.  Starting April 1, 2022, additional artists may pay a $10 fee and register online. Registration is also available from 8-10AM on the day of the event.  The registration/check-in table will be located in the Premier Linens parking lot at 271 W Market St, Marietta, PA.  A map of the paint-out area will be provided prior to the paint-out.​

Rules of the competition



Any medium used to create 2-dimensional art--oils, acrylics, watercolors, pencil, pastel, and charcoal are permissible.  Other materials and mediums may be acceptable with permission of the Plein Air committee.




All paintings must be completed “en plein air” described as painting in the open air, working directly from the landscape or scene as it appears at that moment, without the aid of photos or cameras.  



Marietta Quick Draw Map Download.



All artwork must have been created on April 23, from 10AM to Noon within the confines of the Quick Draw paint out area.  All artwork must be framed or gallery wrapped and displayed on an easel.  Each piece must be labeled with the form provided at check-in.  Work must be in place when judging begins at 1PM to be considered for an award.



All artwork must be for sale. A 30% commission will benefit the Rivertownes PA USA (Marietta Art Alive), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Artists receive 70% of amount received for their paintings.  A PA sales tax of 6% will be collected at the time of sale. Marietta Art Alive! is responsible for the payment of PA Sales Tax.


Buyers will bring the artwork form to the check-out table to make a purchase. 



The Juror of Awards is Matt Allyn Chapman.  Matt is co-owner of Curio in downtown Lancaster PA.  He is a working artist who exhibits his works regionally. He holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is an exhibition curator and art handler, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Matt has also developed educational coursework that has been executed through workshops, private instruction, and community based events.