2019 Quick Draw Competition

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Quick Draw Competition

The location of the Quick Draw will be announced soon!

A great event for spectators! A Quick Draw is an exciting, two-hour competition for plein air painters working on location. 100 artists will compete for cash awards, and the competition will be immediately followed by a quick sale! Browse and buy fresh, new paintings by area artists as well as artists from across the country!

Event Program

1:00-3:00pm: artist check-in

3:00-5:00pm: artists painting

5:00-5:30pm: artwork checked in

5:00-6:30pm: live music and refreshments

6:30pm: awards presentation

6:45-8:30pm: quick sale

Artist Registration

Registration is first-come, first-served, and will open at 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 1.

Awards and Competition Rules

Who will participate: the invited featured artists, and open division artists who have pre-registered (beginning March 1). The field will total approximately 100 artists.

Number of pieces: 1

Painting time: 2 hours

Artwork specifications:

  • Canvas/paper will be stamped at check-in.
  • Pieces on paper should be matted. Pieces on board or canvas do not need to be framed. (Piece must be able to stand on a table-top easel.)
  • Maximum size: 24" on longest side.
  • All painting media are welcome.
  • Paintings must begin on a blank white or toned background.
  • Artwork must be signed.
  • Work must be created solely by the artist and done completely from life.
  • Work must remain on display until the conclusion of the event.
  • Pick up: unsold works must picked up on-site, immediately following the event. Abandoned artwork will become property of Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Sale event: an awards presentation and quick sale will immediately follow. This event is free and open to the public.


  • Artists set the prices. Crooked Tree Arts Center will retain a 40% commission. The minimum retail price is $200.
  • CTAC staff will process sales; checks will be mailed to artists on or before September 16, 2019.
  • Prices are non-negotiable.
  • Selling artwork outside of the Paint Grand Traverse event is discouraged and contrary to the spirit of the event.


  • All participating artists: $500 Best of Show
  • PGT featured artists: $500 first place; $250 second place; (6) honorable mentions valued at $100 each.
  • Open division: $250 first place; (6) honorable mentions valued at $100 each.

Awards Juror: TBA