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 August 31, 2022
Artists: Past Award Winners in certain categories are invited to participate in
the 30th Anniversary of the Carmel Art Festival
May 19 to 21, 2023

Please email us if you received an award in past Carmel Art Festivals in the following categories at any time between 1993 - 2022: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Best of Show, Artists Choice, People's Choice, Mayor's Choice, Quick Draw or Jennifer Hill Award.

If so, you will automatically be entered into the field of plein air artists participating next year. All you need to do is email us for an application, and mail it back to us with the application fee by October 30, 2022. Note: Please respond your interest to us soonest by asking for the application because the publicity starts to go out in September and we would like to include your name.

If you have won an Honorable Mention ONLY in the past, you can also apply, but only the first 10 entries are guaranteed, after that, we reserve the right to approve your entry or not. This will depend on how many of the Category 1 winners apply by October 30. If you have won other prizes along the way that are not in Category 1, that will be considered. But if you don't send in your registration, you will not be considered.
1st Place Cash Prize in 2023 - $10,000
Total Cash Prizes in 2023 - $30,000
Here are some quick answers to questions we have already received: No, artists will not be juried in. No vendors need apply, this is a plein air competition.

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

2023 List of "All Star" plein air artists entered so far.

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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