30th Anniversary of the Carmel Art Festival
May 19 - 21, 2023

Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Painting Competition & Art Sale
Venue is Devendorf Park
Plus Sculpture-In-The-Park, Quick Draw, Kids Make Art Day, Live Music
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
FREE public event.
A Historic Annual Event held in Carmel-by-the-Sea Since 1993
except for 2020 & 2021 due to COVID-19

A non-profit 501c3 organization.
News Flash November 30, 2022
Artists: Calling plein air artists to apply for 20 juried spots in the
30th Anniversary of the Carmel Art Festival Competition
May 19 to 21, 2023
1st Place Cash Prize in 2023 - $10,000
Total Cash Prizes in 2023 - $30,000

In September, we asked past winning artists of the Carmel Art Festival in certain categories to enter the 2023 Carmel Art Festival and 41 artists responded.

We are now opening 20 spots to plein air artists generally, whether you have ever participated in our festival or not, to submit your application. All those who apply will go to our jury who will select the 20 artists. Please download the application below, then mail it to us with your application fee. Also email us 2 high res JPG of your work for the judges.
Deadline to apply is December 15.
We will announce the 20 successful applicants by January 31.
Application for 20 juried spots in 2023 Carmel Art Festival.

Past Winning Artists who have already applied and sent in their applications.
Please check here to make sure your name is on the accepted list:
2023 List of "All Star" plein air artists entered so far.

Your name not here but you applied? Please email us.
You missed the application period? Second chance offered to 1st place winner and People's Choice winners. Apply and you won't need to be juried in. Please email us right away.

Plein Air artists please email us for registration/application carmelartfest@gmail.com

Winners of the May 13-15, 2022 Carmel Art Festival:

For the first time since 2019, the Carmel Art Festival was once again held in Devendorf Park in Carmel-by-the-Sea, attracting art buyers from near and far. Sunny weather held for most of the weekend, and the artists' exhibition paintings reflected this in their paintings.
Paul Kratter took home the top prize. His striking piece, which captures the rocky shoreline with a peek of Carmel Bay, won over the judges.

Other winners include Terri Ford (2nd Place), Catherine Fasciato (3rd Place) and honorable mention recipients were Maria Boisvert, Susan Elwart Hall and David Savellano. Also receiving awards were Coraly Hanson who won the People's Choice and Founders awards--along with David Savellano (Artists' Choice) and Terri Ford (The Jennifer Hill Award), while Carl Bretzke, Cindy Wilbur and Sally Jordan all were given Randy Higbee awards.

Gretha Lindwood received the Mayor's Choice Award, and Sally Jordan was the winner of the Quick Draw contest, which required contestants to finish their pieces in two hours.

Plans are under way for next year, the Carmel Art Festival's 30th year since it was started in 1993. "We are planning next year to be really spectacular, with quite a few changes and upgrades," according to organizers Hella Rothwell and Ellen Wilson.

Email List: Be sure you are on our email list (see bottom of page to sign up) so that news can reach you for next year.

SAVE THE DATES: May 19 - 21, 2023

2022 Juried Artists

Hella Rothwell & Ellen Wilson
Official Organizes of the
Carmel Art Festival
Information updated May 28, 2022

Quick overview about the Carmel Art Festival

2022 Poster: "Twilight Showers" by Sally Jordan, 2019 "People's Choice Award".

We will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Carmel Art Festival on May 19-21, 2023. This plein air event is a non-profit public benefit community event held to educate and inspire people of all ages about the visual arts.

For the past few years, we have donated funds to the Youth Arts Collective which over its two decades on the Monterey Peninsula has provided studio and exhibiton opportunities to over 800 local youths. Our donation goes towards gallery space, supplies, personal and long term mentoring, art and life skills instruction and many other benefits supplied by YAC.

Many galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea schedule their own art shows, receptions, painting and sculpture demonstrations to coincide with the Carmel Art Festival.

Sculpture-In-The-Park: Galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea are also given the opportunity to exhibit sculptures in Devendorf Park to be enjoyed by festival attendees.

Artists who want to enter the Carmel Art Festival:
For 2023, we will make an announcement here on this website and to our mailing list by September 1, 2022, how artists will be chosen to participate in the May 19-21, 2023 event. So be sure you are on our mailing list (sign up below). Even if you think you are already on our list, better try to sign up again in case we have an old email address.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Individual Gallery Events:

Many Carmel Art Galleries plan their own events to coincide with the Carmel Art Festival. We will be in touch with how you can participate in 2023 once our plans are a little further along for the 30th Anniversary celebration. One way for sure will be to advertise in the program produced by the festival to be handed out during that weekend.

Email Mailing list:
If you would like to get regular notices from us,
please sign up below!!!

Carmel Art Festival
Festival Organizer: Hella Rothwell - Direct 831-626-4000
Mailing Address: Carmel Art Festival
P.O. Box 7191
Carmel, CA 93921

Email Contact:carmelartfest@gmail.com



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