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“Plein Air” event in Downtown Richmond, IL
September 17, 2022

Show / Reception
Aeon Gallery 7:30 PM
10331 N Main St – Unit 1 – Richmond, IL


Join us for Aeon Gallery’s 2nd Plein Air event in historic downtown Richmond, IL. (“R” Town)

This is a 2 tier event. Artists MUST attend the main event (Tier 2) on September 17th to be eligible for the competition.


September 1 through September 11 – artists are invited to paint unique or inspiring locations found within the Richmond city limits. Artists must bring their blank canvases to Aeon Gallery for stamping prior to painting on September 1st through the 4th, or 8th-11th by appointment only. Call or text 847-497-0071. Artwork must be submitted to the gallery “wall ready” on any of the above listed dates, unless other arrangements have been made. Artwork will be hung for display/sale in the gallery, and must include artist name, title, medium, location and price. These pieces will not be eligible for awards.


Saturday September 17 – artists must check in at Aeon Gallery between 8:30 and 10:30 am and get blank canvases stamped prior to setting up. This event will take place in the historic downtown district, with many unique buildings to choose from. Richmond’s Sesquicentennial Celebration will be taking place around town this weekend. Artwork must be turned in by 5:00 pm, “wall ready”, for hanging prior to the reception.

  • Morning coffee and snacks will be provided beginning at 8:30 am
  • Lunch will be provided from 11:30-1:00


  • Must be 18 or older to participate.
  • All sales of event artwork must go through Aeon Gallery, who will retain 25% commission from sales price.
  • Up to 2 pieces may be submitted for the competition. Additional pieces are welcome to be displayed for sale during the event.
  • All artwork must be submitted ready to hang. Canvas, taut wire, or single sawtooth hangers only.
  • Paintings/drawings are to be executed “en Plein Air” from direct observation of the subject matter. Painting from photographs is not allowed.
  • Artwork may be completed in any painting/drawing medium.
  • Artwork must not exceed 24″ in any direction.
  • Check in stamp must be visible on the back of artwork.
  • Artists must include a label with the artwork displaying Artist Name, title of work, medium and selling price.
  • No rain date. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the reception will still be held as scheduled displaying artwork from Tier 1.


  • Richmond Village President, Toni Wardanian, will be selecting a President’s Choice Award. Winner will also have the opportunity to display up to 10 pieces of their choosing, any style, at Aeon Gallery November 17 – December 30, 2022
  • Patrons will be invited to select their favorite pieces during the first hour of the reception. A People’s Choice award will be presented, and the winner will have the opportunity to display up to 5 pieces of their choosing, any style, at Aeon Gallery November 17 – December 30, 2022


Entry Fee – (non-refundable)
Through August 28 – $35
August 29 – September 11 – $40

Registration fee includes morning coffee, lunch, plus entry to
the evening reception for 1 additional guest.

Participation is first come, first served Limited to 30 artists