August 2nd- August 5th, 2018

$500 1st Place Community Award

$350 2nd Place Tracy and David VanArnam Award

$200 3rd Place Josie Bell Smith Award

$300 Artists' Choice IslandView Funeral Services Award

People's Choice $100 Wright's Marine Award

Honorable Mention Bounty of St. Lawrence County Award

QuickDraw $200 1st Place Ella's Restaurant Award

QuickDraw 2nd Place $100 Cash Award





  • The committee has set a limit of 30 artists; only the first 30 registrations received will be accepted. 
  • Artists who do not sell any work (indoor or out) over a three year time period will be excluded from participation for a period of one year.
  • Artists who register after June 1st will not be included in the promotional brochures due to publishing deadlines.
  • Please include a brief biography (30 words or less) and a photograph of your prior work with your registration form and entry fee.  This will be used in the brochures and on the library website.  OR if it is easier for you please send it electronically to

Come to the birthplace and inspiration of Charles S. Chapman: the diversity and beauty of Morristown is an artist's dream!  We have the St. Lawrence River, its seaway, islands and the Canadian shore.  We have bustling Black Lake with its charming tackle shops, miniature golf and fishing cabins.  We have historical buildings and churches.  We are a 15 minute drive to the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg.  We have the quiet and serenity of winding roads, fields of wildflowers, farms, ponds and creeks.  We've taken all the suggestions from 2017 and the committee is dedicated to making each year's festival a little better.  Plans began in August of 2017 and are still underway.  Check this site often, updates will be posted as they are finalized. 

Artists' (18 years and older)  registration fees are non-refundable


Note:  If you have participated in Morristown in the past and are comfortable with one particular family please call your host to make your 2017 arrangements.  It is not necessary for the library to act as a middle-man in this particular case.  We are all very happy that you have made friends in Morristown.  Please ensure that you have contacted your favorite hosts BEFORE you send your registration forms to the library.   Only  check the lodging box on the registration form if you need help arranging a  home-stay.  Those interested will be notified of the arrangements after June 1st.

This year's event will begin at 10a.m. Thursday, August 2nd and end Sunday, August 5th with a Show and Sale.  We will offer early stamping Wednesday, August 1st between the hours of 5 and 8 pm at the library for those who wish to begin painting Thursday morning before 10 am.

The committee will be ready to accept your work at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 6th at Bella-Brooke Vineyard and Winery.  Framing is not required but history has shown us that it does improve sales.  Work must be ready to hang with wire, no sawtooth hangers will be accepted.  Artists may submit up to 3 pieces painted during the event for submission to judging and awards, each of which must be completed during our festival  "en plein air", without the assistance of photography. 

All entries must be identified by artist, title, media, size, location and opening bid on the label that the artist will create with a curator.  The Show and Sale will open to the public as soon as judging is complete.




All work must be for sale and there is a commission of 30% paid to the library.  Outside sales are also subject to 30% paid to the library.

For questions please call the Morristown Public Library at (315)375-8833 or email Bridget at

2018 Timeline:

Wednesday, August 1st:  Early stamping of canvases between 5 and 8 pm at the library, 200 Main Street.

Thursday, August 2nd: Artists arrive in Morristown, NY, pick up event necessities and have canvases stamped at the Morristown Public Library, 200 Main St., between 10:00 a.m.. and 11:00 a.m..  Begin painting.


  • Information will be provided with over 25 approved painting sites.  "Approved painting site" means that the festival committee has received permission from the owner of the property for you to be there.  These sites will be clearly marked with plein air yard signs and may be primitive or have access to a bathroom.  You are free to make your own arrangements, the only restriction to your chosen site on Thursday and Friday is a 15 mile radius to Morristown.  On Saturday you will be asked to paint within the village limits.

Friday, August 3rd: Artists paint.  Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a social event at the Frederic Remington Art Museum.  Lectures, tours and refreshments at 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY.  The public reception at the museum has been dubbed a "nocturne", which refers to a painting depicting an evening or night-time scene.  Artsits of all skill levels are invited to paint en plein air as evening descends.  Cash bar, snacks and music.  $5 entry fee.

Saturday, August 4th: Artists paint from 9 am - 3 pm within the village limits.  We've received commitments for 2 cash prizes $200 and $100 for a QuickDraw "Paint Out" Saturday morning.  The contest is open to all registered artists and will run between 0830 and 1030 at the Chapman Gardens, 903 Northumberland Street with hosts Shirley and Joe McDonald.  Work must be framed and delivered to the library by 1100 for immediate judging.  Artists must provide their own easels.  Juror of Awards Kathleen Kelly.

Sunday, August 5th: Artists drop off [up to] 3 paintings to our curators at Bella-Brooke Vineyard and Winery no sooner than 10:00 a.m.  Curators will work with each artist to create a label and bid sheet for each of their paintings.  Minimum bids  are chosen by the artist.  Judging will begin immediately.  Show, Sale and Reception opens to the   public at noon.  Juror of Awards Christine Collins.