July 30th - August 2nd, 2020

$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 1st Place $200 Ella's Restaurant Award

QuickDraw 2nd Place $100 Community Award



$1,750 in total Cash prizes!



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 and the Iva Smith Gallery in Hammond.  We have the quiet and serenity of winding roads, fields of wildflowers, farms, ponds and creeks.  We've taken all the suggestions from 2019 and the committee is dedicated to making each year's festival a little better.  Plans began in August of 2019 and are still underway.  Check this site often, updates will be posted as they are finalized. 

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

  • The committee has set a limit of 30 artists; only the first 30 emails received  at will be accepted.  use "Artist Registration" and your name as the subject line.
  • Artists who do not sell any work (indoor or out) over any 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.


Note:  If you have participated in Morristown in the past and are comfortable with one particular family please call your host to make your 2020 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, July 30th and end Sunday, August 2nd with a Show and Sale.  We will offer early stamping Wednesday, July 29th between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the library for those who wish to begin painting Thursday morning before 10:00 a.m.

The committee will be ready to accept your work at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 2nd 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


Wednesday, July 29th:  Early stamping of canvases between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the library, 200 Main Street.

Thursday, July 30th: Mandatory Registration 10:00 a.m.


  • 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 are required to paint within the village limits.
  • We are honored to have Michiko Taylor as this year's Sunday Show and Sale Juror of Awards: 
    Michiko Taylor is from Japan, and came to North Country in 1981 Where she made home in Parishville NY, After her children went off to college, she started to experiment with Watercolor in the Summer of 2001, She considers herself to be a self taught Artist.
    She loves Watercolor even though difficult medium, because fluid pigment on wet paper takes on a life of Itself unlike any other medium.  She believes it allows the Artist to enjoy experience an amazing freedom and surprises. 
    Michiko is a signature member of Central NY Watercolor Society.   She has received the “Eye for color” Award from Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.