Elora en Plein Air





May 16 to 19, 2019

What & How


Welcome to the Elora Plein Air Festival site. We welcome artists and visitors from far and wide to our 4 day art competition. This open painting festival showcases the cultural heritage and charm of the village of Elora and town of Fergus and beautiful natural settings of the river gorges and rural vistas of Grand River country.


During the competition, come rain or shine, artists will be painting around the communities to capture the charming heritage buildings, historic neighbourhoods, breathtaking river and gorge vistas, rolling hillsides and picturesque farms of our uniquely beautiful region.


Show & Sale - Sunday May 19th, 1 pm to 5 pm Elora Centre for the Arts.

Awards:1st:  $10002nd:  $5003rd:  $300Peoples Choice: $200Artists' Choice: $200 


There are also multiple $100. best awards: Garden, Street Scene, Rural Vista and Building.


Check out our Quick Paint and Night Painting 'Paint Options' Page


Artists will receive a participant package and additional area information at check-in.


Pre-register by mailing the registration form below, the signed Rules page and a cheque or money order in Canadian funds to the address below:

Elora Arts Council, P.O. Box 3084, Elora, Ontario, Canada


You can also register below and use Pay Pal here or click on 'Pay' page.



Our 2019 Judge David Lidbetter


David Lidbetter is a full time artist who lives and works from his home in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.  His landscape paintings are featured in galleries across Canada and in the State of Washington, USA.


In the forests and on the lakes of Gatineau, Temagami, and Algonquin Park David spends days sketching, studying, and photographing the visual information he will later turn into studio paintings.  It’s no coincidence that his work is reminiscent of the vistas explored by other landscape painters such as the Group of Seven.


David says of his ever-evolving work, “The scenes that capture my imagination are often the ones that would be immediately overlooked by others.  For me my paintings must have an emotional content.  Feelings of isolation, solitude and quiet pervade my work”.


David works primarily in oil on board and recently is beginning to explore the introduction of casein and watercolour into his work.




When: May 16th to 19th, 2019

Where: Fergus Elora and surrounding countryside

For more information: info@elorapleinair.ca


Photo credits: Anne Hobbs, Sylvia Galbraith

© Shirley Al Design/Elora Arts Council

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