Paint Dexter registration typically opens early January. Paint Dexter will notify artists via social media and the Paint Dexter email update of when it opens.To sign up for the email update, please click HERE and sign up by entering your email and checking the "Paint Dexter" box.
Registration for Professional artists closes on June 1st @ 5:00pm. Jurying will take place shortly thereafter.
Registrations for Emerging artists closes July 1st @ 5:00pm.
Once registration closes, registered artists are still able to add additional paintings for the main competition, but payment must be received prior to the start of the Festival (each additional painting costs $10). For the Quick Draw event, artists can register up to the day before the competition begins, but payment must be received prior to the competition (the Quick Draw entry fee is $20).
For artists who are new to Paint Dexter, we recommend checking out the following pages to get started:
Afterward, we also recommend checking out the other areas on the site as well as perusing our FAQ sections. If you have any additional questions, you can reach out to Paintdexter@gmail.com for assistance.
General Public Information
During Paint Dexter, the public will be able to enjoy artists painting in and around town from Monday to Friday. Various events and activities which include live music, painting sales, artist meet-and-greets, and a wine and beer reception occur on Friday and Saturday. A list of all the public events can be found on the Public Events page.
There are also adult and youth workshops that members of the public can sign up for, but these events will require a fee to participate. See the Workshops Information section below for more information.
At the current time, Paint Dexter does not offer a way to actively track where artists will be located. We encourage artists to make their locations known via their personal social media.Popular locations where artists can typically be found painting within the City are:
- The Border-to-Border Trail
- Forest Lawn Cemetery
- Downtown Dexter
- Historical structures and landmarks with the school district boundary
Paint Dexter is always looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering during the Festival, please check out the Volunteers page and fill out the volunteering survey.
If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, please see our Sponsorship page for more information.
The youth workshops are an instructor-led activity that takes place on Wednesday during the Festival where kids of all ages have a chance to learn and improve their skills in plein air painting. The youth workshops are broken down into three age groups:
- Elementary Age
- Middle School Age
- High School Age
On the Saturday of the Festival, a free kids' activity will also be hosted in Monument Park near the gazebo. This activity will be geared toward younger, elementary-aged children, but is open to people of all ages.
For more information regarding the workshops, check out the Youth Workshops page.
The adult workshop is a one or two day workshop (varies by year) that takes place at a location within the Dexter School District the weekend before Paint Dexter. The workshop is typically led by that year's Awarding Judge who helps artists of all skill levels hone their craft. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction and feedback on your plein air painting from an award-winning artist.
You can see more information on this year's adult workshop by checking out the Adult Workshop page. Registration fees for the Adult Workshop are due August 1st to reserve your spot.
Art Sales Information
Staying Connected with Paint Dexter
If you want to keep up with all the latest Paint Dexter news, we highly encourage signing up for our Paint Dexter Email Update. By clicking on the preceding link, you will enter your email, check the "Paint Dexter" box and click Subscribe to be added to the Paint Dexter email list.
You can also follow the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival Facebook page for more information.
Plans and Policies
Paint Dexter staff understands that things arise that take immediate precedence over Paint Dexter activities. But unfortunately, Paint Dexter will not issue refunds for the following:
- Artist Registration
- Adult or Youth Workshop Fees
- Art Sales
For artists or workshop participants who are unable to make their event, the proceeds from your registration will be donated in-kind to the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival.All painting sales are final.
To participate in the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival competitions or adult workshop you MUST register online in advance.
If you show up to get your paper or canvases stamped and did not register online in advance, you will not be able to participate in any competition.
You are welcome to paint with other artists even if you aren’t officially participating in the festival.