A call to artists is currently underway for “Affair En Plein Air,” a two-day outdoor, juried painting experience with partner GroveHouse Artists at the Deering Estate on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Categories include adults 18 years and older and high school students grades 9-12. Judging will take place on Sunday, January 19 at 1:30 p.m. and winners and submissions will be exhibited at the Deering Estate in the early spring of 2020. The event is juried by Marcelle Zanetti. Registration deadline is January 10, 2020. No registrations will be taken on the day of the event.

Plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]) painting is a long standing tradition of painting in the “open and full air” directly from nature, rather than work done in a studio or from photos or other recorded images. Artists will paint scenes on-site and in the plein air of the beautiful and historic Deering Estate grounds.

$35 Adult registration fee for Non-GroveHouse Artists (up to 2 pieces)
$25 Adult registration fee for GroveHouse Artists members (up to 2 pieces)
$25 High school students, Grades 9-12, with one chaperone (up to 2 pieces)
Light snacks, coffee, and water will be provided, please bring a lunch and all supplies.

Registration information:
Artists interested in participating in the two-day outdoor juried painting event must complete a formal application, found here. The entry form and registration fee must be returned to GroveHouse Artists by Friday, January 10, 2020. For more information, please contact Barbara Tejada at 305-979-9534 or [email protected].

$400 first place; $200 second place; $100 third place; $100 Honorable Mention. Student cash prizes totaling $500. Adults and students will be judged on-site.

About the Juror, Marcelle Zanetti
Marcelle completed her B.S. in Painting and Art Education at Southern Connecticut State University in 1976. Moving from Massachusetts in 1980, she rented her first studio in Stuart, Florida. She hasn’t stopped creating the finest oil and acrylic paintings since then. Her work includes large scale, abstract paintings depicting nature. Marcelle’s paintings are widely collected by Private and Corporate Clients. Marcelle has managed a Gallery in Wynwood as well as owned and operated a Gallery and Studio in Miami. She has taught painting once a week at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. In between those times, she creates new paintings for her gallery and private commissions. Marcelle’s paintings have been shown in Museums and Galleries throughout North and South America.

About GroveHouse Artists
GroveHouse Artists, Inc., (GHA) was started in 2005 and has a history of collaboration with curators and event planners in Coconut Grove and the South Florida region by fostering community partnerships and participation in the arts. An exhibiting partner organization with the Deering Estate since 2007, GHA continues to engage their artist members, new students and the public with events such as Affair en Plein Air as well as arts education workshops with guest jurors and lecturers. Funds awarded are courtesy of generous donation from GHA sponsors and form event application fees.

Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.