Somerset County                 Arts Council

Serving Somerset County, Maryland

All Things Somerset

"All Things Somerset"

a two day Plein Air Event


What is Plein Air?

Plein Air painting is a phrase borrowed from the French meaning "open (in full) air." It is used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the visual conditions experienced at the time of the painting.

All Things Somerset invites artists from all over the East Coast to enter and create art in the open air.  Artists will paint throughout Somerset County, Maryland; which offers subjects such as historic homes, harbors, skipjacks, work boats, landscapes, just to name a few examples. 

A minimum of 15 artists must be registered or the program will be cancelled.


schedule and Details

Registration and Payment Deadline: 


Painting Locations: Throughout Somerset County, Maryland

Sales and Awards Ceremony:  



Entry Rules, Terms, and Conditions

Entry Rules:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Application and registration fee of $40 must be received by October 13, 2017.

Terms and Conditions:

  • All artwork must be original, no larger than 16 x 20 and painted en plein air during All Things Somerset.   Artists will be allowed to enter two (2) paintings in the competition.
  • All canvases must be stamped at the Somerset County Arts Council, 26430 Burton Avenue in Crisfield.
  • All Things Somerset will be held regardless of weather and will not be rescheduled.
  • A 30% commission on all artworks sold will be retained by the Somerset County Arts Council.  All sales will be handled by representatives of the Arts Council.  All paintings must be priced commensurate with normal pricing structure.  Payments to the artists for sold work will be mailed within 30 days after the event.


Competition artists release and hold harmless the Somerset County Arts Council, their officers, employees, agents and designees from any and all responsibility or liability.  The Arts Council is not responsible for any monetary losses or damage to the paintings or property for any reason, including damage to wet paintings, and is not responsible or to be held liable for personal injuries.  The Somerset County Arts Council and their legal representatives and assigns reserve the right and permission to publish competition artists' names and images, and artwork for promotional purposes, including publication in various brochures, promotional literature, and the Arts Council's website.  The Somerset County Arts Council is not required nor obligated to use any information or artwork submitted, and has full authority as to which information and artwork they choose to use for any promotional purposes.


By entering the Somerset County Arts Council (SCAC) Plein Air, "All Things Somerset", I affirm that I understand the terms and conditions outlined in the prospectus. I understand the SCAC will not be responsible for any bodily injury, loss or damage to artwork regardless of the cause. I also agree that the images of work that I enter into the competition may be used by the SCAC for publicity purposed without my consent.




Registration Fee

Click the "buy now" button to submit your $40 registration fee online.  You will be brought to a paypal page; please click "pay with credit card" at the bottom of that page.

Or, you may mail or bring a check to the Somerset County Arts Council, 26430 Burton Avenue, Crisfield, MD 21817.