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Date has Passed.


Registration opens March 1, 2024 at 8AM.

General Information

NOTE:  CHANGES TO PAINT-OUT AREA, REGISTRATION AREA AND EXHIBIT SPACE.  We caution all participants that there may be some rain with strong wind gusts.


Any artist 18 and older may participate in the Quick Draw event.  Artists who wish to participate must register and pay the $10 registration fee.  River Towns Plein Air applicants are automatically registered..

Young artists under 18 are welcome to paint alongside supervising adults within the paint-out area. Event organizers will have display panels available to hang unframed art of young artists.  No fee or registration required.  Free art supplies and T-shirts available while supplies last.  Young artists do not have to participate in the event to claim their free supplies.  Pick up at MH Art Gallery, 42 W Market St, Marietta PA from 8am to 2pm.


DISCLAIMER:  None of the involved groups (including Marietta Art Alive!, the Marietta Community House, the Borough of Marietta, 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, 2024 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 13, 2024:

  • 8-10AM - Artists not previously registered may register and pay the $10 fee at the registration table.  Registration has been moved to MH Art Gallery, 42 W Market St, Marietta PA.

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

  • Noon-12:30PM - Adult artists must have delivered their paintings wire and frame their Quick Draw art for display on panels at the MH Art Gallery, 42 W Market St, Marietta PA. We will have clips to hang unframed art of children.  Gallery wrapped canvas does not need a frame but needs to be wired.  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.

  • 1:30PM - Juror of awards Scott Cantrell announces the prize winners.

  • Event to take place rain or shine.



River Towns Plein Air 2024 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 parking lot by Premier Linens, 271 W. Market St, Marietta, 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.  



Marietta Quick Draw Map.



All artwork must have been created on April 13, 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. Marietta Art Alive will be 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 Scott Cantrell.  Scott Cantrell has been a professional artist and teacher since 2001.  He earned his Masters in Art Education from Millersville University in 2007 and his Masters in Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Art in 2011.  Since graduating with his MFA, Scott has exhibited in many juried shows throughout the country including the North American Graduate Art Survey in Minneapolis, the Boston Young Contemporaries in Boston, Trompe L’oeil Exhibition in the John F. Peto Museum of NJ, and the Art of the State in Harrisburg to name a few.  He also shows regularly at Red Raven Art Company in Lancaster PA and Gallery Piquel in New Hope PA as well as Lambertville NJ.

Quick Draw Awards
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