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Paint Dover!

Paint Dover 2020 will take place on October 2 - more information to come! 

See below for information about last year’s event and contact if you would like to receive information about this year’s event.

Paint Dover! is a one-day plein air painting event and art competition in downtown Dover, as well as an opportunity for people to purchase artwork at the culminating “wet paint” exhibition.

The public is invited to watch artists paint throughout the day along Loockerman Street, State Street and The Green. 

The public is invited to attend the exhibition between 4:30-7 p.m. at Loockerman Way Plaza,126 Loockerman Street. (In case of poor weather, the exhibition will take place the Dover Art League, 21 Loockerman Street.)

Prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to cast their vote for their favorite painting, which will become the People's Choice award.  Over $700 in awards and prizes will be presented.

The event is open to amateur and professional artists, as well as college/high school students.

The event will be held rain or shine on Friday, October 4, 2019, from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. in conjunction with downtown Dover First Friday activities. 

To learn details, and for artists that wish to register for Paint Dover! click here


“En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air” used to describe the art of painting outdoors. Artists from around the region will take to the streets, the parks, sidewalks and outdoor cafes to participate. Inspired by downtown Dover’s architectural landscape, historic commercial buildings, gardens and scenery, artists will quickly capture changing light and shadows, and the “spirit” of downtown Dover. The community is invited to watch artists throughout the day, attend the judging of paintings, and even cast their vote for best in show via a “People’s Choice” award, after which they may purchase artwork…some of which is still wet on the canvas!


Paint Dover! is part of Arts Alive at Five! - a series of workshops and events that have been held free and open to the public during the months of July, August, and September 2019. Master artists in sketching/drawing, oil painting, and watercolor & pastel combination techniques inspired amateurs and added tips to the “toolbox” of professional artists in preparation for the October 4 Paint Dover! all-day plein air event, competition, and exhibition.

Paint Dover! and preparatory workshops leading up to this event are produced by Main Street Dover, a  and partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  Paint Dover! is part of The 2019 Big Draw Festival DE presented by Mispillion Art League of October.


We anticipate this series of similar events will be held in 2020. 

For more information and to receive information and updates, please send your note of interest, your email address and name to



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