Elora en Plein Air





May 18 to 21, 2017

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.


For those who are new to the event, it celebrates artwork created “en plein air,” meaning literally “in the open air.”


During the competition, come rain or shine, artists from the U.S. and Canada 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 21st, 1 pm to 5 pm Elora Centre for the Arts.

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


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


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 'Buy' page.



Our 2017 Juror Doug Mays


After studying art through High School, Doug went on to college where he applied his passion for art & architecture culminating in graduation in 1971 in Architectural Technology.  For the next 30 years he enjoyed a successful business career in the Hamilton, Ontario area until early retirement in 2002.  Throughout his business career he had the good fortune to study with several well-known Canadian and American watercolourists, which laid the groundwork for his second and current career as a watercolour artist and instructor.


Doug's painting approach is uniquely ‘loose and impressionistic’ and he readily admits being influenced early on by the colour and compositions of John Singer Sargent and the design philosophy of Edgar Whitney.  Today he follows a Whitney-like instructional style for his workshops with proven results.  His daily demonstrations, lessons and critiques utilize the Design Elements and the Principles of Design, all of which form the basis for his workshops.


Doug is an elected member of the prestigious - Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) and he is Past-President of the Central Ontario Art Association (COAA).


When: May 18th to 21st, 2017

Where: Fergus Elora and surrounding countryside

For more information: elorapleinair@gmail.com

Official Coffee of Elora Plein Air  Ashanti

Award Sponsors:

Best Garden: LittleTree Garden Market

Best Architectural Subject:  Edge Realty

Best Town Subject:  Mermaid in Elora

Bissell Quick Paint Sponsor/Best in Show:   Elora Farmers’ Market


Photo credits: Anne Hobbs

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