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Paint Dover!

Paint Dover! 2023 will take place Tues. - Fri., Oct 3-6!

Click here to register for Paint Dover! 2023

Interested in volunteering? Click here to sign up!

Featured image is "Loockerman's House of Coffi" by Erin Geiger, created during Paint Dover! 2022.

2023 Schedule

Tues-Thurs., Oct. 3-5 Painting & Competition

Artists & art-lovers enjoy three days of outdoor painting! 

Thurs., Oct. 5 Opening Reception

Join us at the Biggs Museum of American Art for a "wet paint" exhibition of artwork created during Paint Dover! The event will feature refreshments, live music from electric violinist, Bronwyn Beth, and the announcement of awards. There is no cost to attend the reception.

Electric Violinist - Bronwyn Beth (Artist Website)

Fri., Oct. 6 Demonstration

New this year - Dueling Demos! Learn from Paint Dover! artist judge, Siobhan Duggan and watercolor artist, Diane Laird, as they share their process and techniques with the crowd. This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is requested. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on the Green.

Meet the Artist - Siobhan Duggan (Video from Delaware Division of the Arts)

Siobhan Duggan - Artist Website

Fri.-Sun., Oct. 6-8 First Weekend Exhibition

Visit the Paint Dover! exhibition at the accredited Biggs Museum of American Art following the opening reception and enjoy free admission during First Weekend, Fri.-Sun., Oct. 6-8.

Sat., Oct. 7 OktDoverFest

Celebrate the annual block party with Destination Downtown Dover from 2 - 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, vendors, and unlimited pour wristbands (while supplies last)! 

OktDoverFest 2023 - Facebook Event

Oct. 12-31 Extended Exhibition

Downtown stores will display artwork from Paint Dover! and visitors may purchase their favorites.

Oct. 16 - Virtual Exhibition

View all of the plein air artwork and vote for your favorite to receive the People's Choice Best Painting award. 

Click here to view the 2022 Virtual Exhibition

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.

Participating Paint Dover! artists from around the region take to the streets, parks, sidewalks and outdoor cafes to participate in this annual event in the cooler fall season. Inspired by downtown Dover’s architectural landscape, historic commercial buildings, gardens and scenery, artists 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 exhibition, and purchase artwork.  Over $1,000 in awards are presented!  An extended exhibition takes place virtually and downtown.

View additional photos on the Paint Dover! 2022 photo album, available here.


In partnership with Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dover, those participating in Paint Dover! 2023 may receive special pricing on their overnight stay in Dover. Queen Double Beds and One Bed Queen Suites are available for $79 a night. If you need assistance in booking, contact the hotel at (302) 674-3800 and ask for Sagar Patel, liaison for Paint Dover! accommodations.

Microtel Inn & Suites - Wyndham Dover

Virtual Exhibition: Paint Dover! 2022

View the previous virtual exhibitions: Click here for 2021, Click here for 2020.

Click here to read the Paint Dover! 2022 press release.

Thank you to the partners and sponsors of Paint Dover! 2022 

 Biggs MuseumBLICK Art SuppliesCity of DoverDE Division of the ArtsDel-One FCU, Dover Art LeagueJerry's Artarama of DelawareNational Endowment for the Arts, and PNC Bank

Questions?  Contact or call 302-678-2940

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