Now accepting 2020 Artist Applications

60 artists will be accepted for the event. Apply by July 10, 2020

Click Here to Apply

 Click HERE for COVID-19 Artist Grants and Resources



Virtual Gallery Opening App

This year our event will be virtual in place of our physical Opening Reception.  We will launch the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Virtual Gallery App on September 25th for our sponsors, patrons, and the public at large.  This exciting new app was developed specifically for CBH and PABV which allows us to exhibit and offer artists’ works for sale in a new, simple to use and engaging way. 

2020 Plein Air Brandywine Valley Sponsorship Opportunities

2019 Event Sponsors





  • Jerome I. Marcus, MD



  • Janet C. Hohnholt
  • William and Katharine Gahagan
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  • Ellison M. Carey
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  • June Buck
  • "In Memory of James R. Buck"
  • Mary and Jim Culley
  • Patricia Lowe
  • A. Roy Smith
  • James J. McLaughlin
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  • Joe and Bernie Polinski
  • Jay and Martha Tschantz
  • John Lilley and Bob Lohrmann
  • Brooke Mitchell and Scott Best
  • Nancy Ellis, State Farm
  • Karen D. Poore, ChFC
  • Alexandra Ergon
  • The Honorable Christina D. Sappey and Mr. Jonathan Sappey
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Plein Air Brandywine Valley Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Sept. 01, 2020 – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Artists paint within and around the Brandywine Valley including incredible landscapes, gardens, churches, architecture, and riverways among others.  Artists are required to work only in allotted time frames. Work completed outside of those time frames will not be considered for judging. Also, all work is to be done outside in natural lighting. Please see the complete rules and regulations for artists.


Friday, Sept. 25

Judging for the Plein Air Brandywine Valley will be done virtually and announced during the Virtual Gallery Opening starting at 6pm.


Saturday, Sept. 26 - Sunday, Sept. 27

Virtual Gallery Exhibition and Sale continues Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Plein Air Brandywine Valley Artist Information

Artists are invited to submit applications and portfolios with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee through the Plein Air Brandywine Valley event website. Artist registration will close on Friday, July 10, 2020. Artists will be notified of their acceptance no later than July 17, 2020 and must confirm attendance by Friday, July 31, 2020. Event rules and regulations are posted on the PABV website.

Canvases (and other surfaces) will be not be stamped this year. Work must be completed in the time frame allotted and submitted electronically to the PABV app.  All work must be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 23, 2020. 


Plein Air Brandywine Valley judges will award prizes in the following categories:

  • First Prize - $1,000
  • Second Prize - $500
  • Third Prize - $300



Plein Air Brandywine Valley (PABV) is open to all artists ages 18 and above working in pastel, oil acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media.

APPLICATION PROCESS: A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 will be collected per artist at the time of registration to the PABV event. Register online at

Contact Justin Nixon (302.645.9184) if you encounter technical issues as you apply.

Make checks payable to Children’s Beach House and mail to the address below:

Children’s Beach House

1800 Bay Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958

Credit card payments may also be made by calling the Children’s Beach House office at 302.645-9184 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday – Friday or by visiting our website: . The deadline for applications is July 10, 2020.


Download the Rules & Regulations document HERE



SUBJECT MATTER: All work must be original and be created outdoors—in the natural elements of the approved venues during the PABV event, not in a studio setting. Any subject created en plein air (in the open air vs. in studio) qualifies. Subjects may include landscapes, wildlife, marine scenes, streetscapes, architectural, environmental portraiture, and others of the artist’s choosing. Images of painters or other PABV-related scenes are encouraged.

Each artist must submit a minimum of four original pieces created at a minimum of three different locations within the timeframe of September 01 – 23, 2020 to be eligible for an award. Artists may submit a maximum of 8 pieces. A maximum of two (2) paintings created during a past PABV event may be submitted but will not be eligible for awards.  These 2 paintings count towards to maximum submission total of 8 paintings. 


PAINTING: All works are to be completed outdoors in the natural elements and NOT in a studio or indoor spaces. Entries must be scenes from within the Brandywine Valley as indicated in the Rules & Regulations without the use of a camera or tutelage of any kind. PABV will be using an app this year for artists to identify where they have chosen to paint.  This app, using smartphone technology will be provided prior to September 1, 2020 to each artist to download with an instruction sheet (how-to’s).   Artists will ping their location and submit a framed image of their completed painting.  All painting images must be submitted through the app prior to the submission deadline of 12 noon on September 24, 2020.


SIZE & Framing:  All work must be framed including “gallery wrapped” canvases. All work should be wired for hanging and please, NO saw-toothed hangers.

Dimensions of each work should not exceed 30” on any side, including frame.


DISCLAIMER:  PABV reserves the right to disqualify works deemed objectionable. We also reserve the right to disqualify any entry that does not adhere to the rules and guidelines of the contest. PABV reserves the right to make changes to the rules and regulations at any time.  All decisions of PABV are considered final.


PREVIOUS EXHIBITION OR PUBLICATION:  Paintings may not have been previously exhibited or published and must have been painted at venues within the approved geographical area between the approved dates.

AWARDS & EXHIBIT AWARDS:  Awards will be determined at the discretion of the contest judges and contest coordinators. All work submitted for judging MUST BE FOR SALE. Work an artist decides not to sell during the PABV event may not be judged for an award or displayed in the virtual gallery.

CONDITIONS AND LICENSING:  Winning artists agree to make available to PABV high-resolution digital images of all winning entries if requested. If an image of a non-winning piece of artwork is used by PABV, a $50 licensing fee will be paid at the time of final publication or printing. In any case, licensing will be solely for the purpose of promoting PABV. These uses may include but are not limited to publication in advertisements, website, and other promotional applications. Any requests for reproduction of winning images by artists, galleries, businesses, or entities other than those named hereinabove, will be negotiated directly with the artist.

1. ENTRY DEADLINE: All artwork entries are to be submitted electronically to the PABV app no later than 12 pm on Thursday, September 24th

2. Each artist must submit a minimum of four pieces from three locations and a maximum of eight pieces for inclusion in the judging, virtual exhibition, and sale.  All works must be submitted electronically PRIOR to the Friday of the Virtual Gallery Opening Reception to be accepted into the exhibition, competition, and sale.

3. All work submitted for judging must be for sale.

5. JUDGING: Judging will occur virtually prior to the Friday Virtual Gallery Opening by qualified judges. The "presentation" of your work will be part of the scoring system, so frame your entries in a manner that enhances your work.

6. VIRTUAL GALLERY OPENING: All works will be unveiled on Friday, September 25th at 6pm through the PABV virtual gallery app.  Information will be available at

7. COMMISSION: A gallery commission of 40% will be charged for each piece sold. The 40% shall be a gallery fee to the beneficiary, Children’s Beach House.