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Saturday, April 15, 2023
Rain Date:  Sunday, April 16, 2023

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Registration opens March 1, 2023 at 8am.

General Information

Artists of all ages may participate in the Quick Draw event.  Adults 18 and older must register and pay the $10 registration fee.  River Towns Plein Air applicants are automatically registered..

Note for artists under 18:  Artists under 18 may paint alongside registered artists.  In lieu of awards, all participants will receive free art supplies.  Young ones must be supervised by an adult.  There will be a special display area for artists under 18.  Other than the disclaimer below, no other rules apply.  Just show up, get your free supplies, and paint somewhere in the paint-out area shown on the map provided.

DISCLAIMER:  None of the involved groups (including Marietta Art Alive!, the Marietta Community House, the Borough of Marietta, Create Columbia, or 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.



March 1, 2023 at 8am:

  • Registration opens online for any artist 18 and older who wishes to participate in Quick Draw. A $10 non-refundable fee is required.  

April 15, 2023:

  • 8-10AM - Artists not previously registered may register and pay the $10 fee at the registration table.

  • 10AM-Noon - Artists paint within the Columbia Quick Draw Paint Out area shown on the map.

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

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

April 16, 2023:

  • Rain date - follow schedule from April 15.



River Towns Plein Air 2023 applicants are automatically enrolled in the Quick Draw event.  Starting March 1, 2023 at 8am, 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 at the Market House, 15 S 3rd Street, Columbia PA. 

Rules of the Competition


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




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.  



Columbia Quick Draw Map Download.



All artwork must have been created on April 15, 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, 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. Create Columbia is responsible for the payment of PA Sales Tax.


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

Artists will receive payment on sales within 2 weeks.



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.​

Quick Draw Awards
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