Elora en Plein Air





May 17 to 20, 2018

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 21st, 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.





There are charming accommodations throughout picturesque Elora, Fergus and the surrounding country side, including hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts. We are also offering billeting with members of the Elora Art Council.


For billeting information please contact the Elora Arts Council at



Centre Wellington Online Directory


Places to Stay


Fergus and Elora Bed & Breakfast Association





Our 2018 Judge David Sharpe A.C.A


David is an Honours graduate in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design. He has taught Drawing and Design at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Concordia University, and Capilano College in Vancouver. David has lectured extensively at Queens University, St Lawrence College and Humber College where he sat on the College’s Advisory Board. He has also taught Plein Air Painting for Beginners and Drawing for the Landscape through Gallery Stratford. His work has won numerous awards at plein air events and exhibitions and is actively collected in Canada and the USA.


David Sharpe is a contemporary impressionist and he is also a founding member of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS).


He lives and works in the beautiful town of Stratford, Ontario.




When: May 17th to 20th, 2018

Where: Fergus Elora and surrounding countryside

For more information: elorapleinair@gmail.com


Photo credits: Anne Hobbs, Silvia Gilbraith

© Trademarks Design/Elora Arts Council

Bissell Quick Paint Sponsor