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Paint Dover!

“En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air” used to describe the art of painting outdoors.

Painting: September 30 - October 2

Paint Dover! is a plein air painting event and art competition in downtown Dover, Delaware, with three days of painting options, culminating in an artwork exhibition, competition, and sales to the public on Friday, October 2, 2020. This second-year art event is part of Arts Alive at Five! and is offered in conjunction with monthly First Fridays in downtown Dover. The event will take place, rain or shine.

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 paint outdoors throughout the three days, attend the sidewalk exhibition, and purchase artwork.  A “People’s Choice” award will also be made, as the community casts their vote for their favorite piece on the night of the exhibition and through October 20 as artwork is displayed in downtown shops and virtually.

Exhibition and sale of paintings will take place on October’s First Friday, October 2 from 4:30-7 p.m.

The community is invited to vote for People’s Choice which will commence on Friday night and continue through October 20 as art will be placed in merchant windows and displayed on walls, as well as virtually.  Check back for details!

Downtown Exhibition of artwork after the on-site painting will take place in downtown merchant windows and inside stores from October 6 to 20.

Artists who wish to learn details about the event, and to register, please visit:

Questions?  Contact or call 302-678-2940

NOTE: Changes may be made to this information prior to the event.

Paint Dover! is produced by Main Street Dover, a subsidiary of the Downtown Dover Partnership, and partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

PaintDover! is part of The 2020 Big Draw Festival DE presented by Mispillion Art League.  Join us throughout the month of October for a multitude of art events throughout the state, many of which are free!

PAINTING IMAGE: 2019 Paint Dover First Place and People's Choice winning pastel image entitled "Cross Section" by Siobhan Duggan of Lewes, DE.


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