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2020 Paint the Great South Bay

2020 Paint the Great South Bay
Plein Air Event, Exhibit, and Wet Paint Sale

Paint the Great South Bay 2020
Plein Air Event, Exhibit, and Wet Paint Sale

The Patchogue Arts Council (PAC) is pleased to announce Paint the Great South Bay 2020  Plein Air Event, Exhibit, and Wet Paint Sale. The Patchogue Arts Council invites artists to paint en plein air along the Great South Bay, ranging from Smith Point Beach to The Fire Island lighthouse. 

Proceeds from this event help the Patchogue Arts Council continue to create events and programming that encourage, promote, and support the arts on Long Island.  

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NEW PROCEDURE: In efforts to keep PGSB 2020 as safe as possible for artists and staff during this time the following procedure will replace pre-event “stamping” that has taken place in the past.

For finished works to qualify for the final exhibit, artists will complete the following:

– to submit work for the final exhibition & sale, artists must complete the following for all work submitted on August 22

Before dropping off paintings artists must:

  •  Take two photographs of themselves in front of the work at the painting location at the start of the piece and one image with the finished piece. 
  • Each photograph should also include the official PGSB 2020 date card filled out with the day’s date.

            (These cards will be included with registration packets)

– Email these images before drop off to Submissions will not be accepted without them.

Important Event Dates: 

Saturday, August 14 through Saturday, August 22, 2020 (Artists paint rain or shine)

  • August 14 through Saturday, August 22, 2020: Artists at work painting the GSB
  • August 14 – Packet pick up by appointment. A PAC staff member will reach out via email after you register to provide more info.
  • August 22 TBA Registered artists are invited to bring their framed and ready to hang work to MocA L.I. located at 20 Terry Street, Suite 116. We will host drop off by appointment and will reach out to artists to arrange a drop off time. You may drop off each others works too!
  • August 23 – August 30: Exhibition, reception, and wet paint sale to celebrate the end of the PGSB Plein air event.
  • August 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM: Reception procedure and details to be announced.


The Great South Bay on the South Shore of Long Island, which includes the towns/villages/areas of East Moriches, Bellport, East Patchogue, Patchogue, Blue Point and Bayport, Sayville and West Sayville, NY, essentially the areas south of Sunrise Highway.

Plein Air Artists must agree to the following rules for the Plein Air event:

Event will be limited to 40 plein air artists in the 18+ category and is on a first come first serve basis. This year we are happy to announce a special Young Artist category for artists 17 and under. There is no fee for the young artist category and the same rules apply.

  • To be eligible to participate in the exhibit and wet paint sale, painting must be done between Saturday, August 15 through Saturday, August 22, 2020
  • No work done with photo references will be permitted.
  • All art must be completed en plein air during the outing.  
  • All artists must register prior to the weekend event.
  • Completed work no larger than 24×24 inches
  • Attend the reception on Sunday, August 30 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • All painting mediums will be accepted for exhibit and sales
  • Paintings must be properly framed and wire mounted, (gallery wraps accepted, although the painting MUST be wired correctly) with no hooks or brackets, and brought to the Patchogue Arts Gallery on Saturday, August 22 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  
  • All paintings entered into the show will be checked for the email with image sent to  
  • Labels and other paperwork will be included in your artist registration packet
  • All art must be completed during the plein air outing and done on location on the South Shore.  A Facebook group has been set up for artists to post their locations so that spectators will know where the artists are painting.  Hashtags and Instagram will be set up and artists are encouraged to post their progress.
  • ARTISTS MUST AGREE THAT ALL ART PAINTED DURING THE EVENT WILL BE SUBJECT TO 30% commission.  If you are painting at a location and are approached by someone interested in purchasing the painting you are working on, that painting is under the contract of the event, and the 30% commission must be paid to PAC. Failure to pay the commission to PAC will result in the artist being ejected from the event, and any participation fees will be forfeited by the artist.  NO EXCEPTIONS. This event is based on the honor system and is relying on the INTEGRITY of the artists participating in this event.  
  • Artists are encouraged to submit 2 pieces. 
  • Allow images of work entered into the sale to be used by the Patchogue Arts Council for publicity purposes
  • Artists are responsible for making arrangements to have your paintings picked up on Sunday, August 30, 5 PM – 7 PM.  The Patchogue Arts Gallery will not store paintings, so please make arrangements to have your unsold work picked up. PAC will not be responsible for work not picked up by Sunday, August 30, at 7:00 PM
  • PAC will not be responsible for any personal injury or property loss or damage regardless of the cause during this event.

Registration Details:

Patchogue Arts Council Members: $10.00

Non-members: $25.00

*Artist may become a member at time of registration.

  • August 7, 2020 Registration by this date can be done by completing the attached form and mail to:  

Patchogue Arts Council  20 Terry Street, Suite 116 Patchogue, NY 11772

  • Only artists who complete registration by this date will be included in promotional materials.
  • All applications must be accompanied by the non-refundable registration fee. Please make checks out to The Patchogue Arts Council and write PGSB in the memo section.
  • Registration will remain open until all 40 spots are filled.
  • Participating artists must agree to the terms and conditions of the Paint the Great South Bay Plein Air Event, Exhibit, and Wet Paint Sale. 
  • Once 40 artists have registered, a waiting list of artists will be created.  Fees will not be held for those on the waiting list, and CASH payment will be due on Saturday, August 15, 2020 for those on the waiting list.

Please contact for any questions or concerns.

Information for Spectators, Patrons of Wet Paint Show & Sale

The Wet Paint Plein Air exhibit and sale will take place

August 23 – August 30, 2020

Closing Reception, August 30, from 2 – 5 PM: 

Patchogue Arts Gallery, 20 Terry Street, Suite 116, Patchogue

This event is open to the public

ABOUT THE PATCHOGUE ARTS COUNCIL – The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc., was formed to encourage, support, and promote the arts while aiding in the revitalization and sustainability of  the community. The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose focus is to serve the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. The Patchogue Arts Council is located at 20 Terry St., Suite 116, Patchogue NY and is open Thursdays and Fridays, 2:00 – 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. For more information visit, call 631-627-8686, or email



***After you pay for your registration you must send the information below via email with the subject: PGSB 2020 Artist Registration.

Your registration WILL NOT BE COMPLETE OR CONFIRMED if this information is not sent.

2020 Paint the Great South Bay
Plein Air Event, Exhibit, and Wet Paint Sale

Please include the following information in the comments when you register and pay via the PayPal button below.

Name | Address | Email | Phone


  • Professional artist 18+
  • Young Artist 17 and under ( FREE no registration fee please email for registration – )

Payment Category:

  • PAC Member: $10.00
  • Non- Member: $25.00
  • PAC Artist Membership & Event Fee $40.00 ($30.00 + $10.00)
  • PAC Student/Senior(60+) Artist Membership & Event Fee $30.00 ($20.00 + $10.00)

Please make all checks out to Patchogue Arts Council. Mail check and registration form to:

Patchogue Arts Council
20 Terry Street, Suite 116
Patchogue, NY 11772