For Artists

Everyone is welcome to paint and draw, but only artists that sign up get the goods…

  • Register before May 1 to be listed as a “Featured Artist” in the Festival Guide
  • The first 50 artists to register for the Festival will receive a Festival Swag Bag
  • Compete for $1500 in prizes, ribbons and special awards
  • Exhibit and sell artwork at the Festival, subject to space limitations
  • Early registration is $35 by May 1. Late registration is $45.
  • Sign up on-line or in person at Finer Frames
  • Artists who wish to exhibit and enter their art in competition must follow the rules established by the Festival overlords and have their blank surfaces stamped at Finer Frames

Register On-Line Now


The competition is open to professional and amateur artist working in dry media (pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc.) watercolor, acrylic and oil paint.

Click here for a complete list of festival-rules-2017


From professional workshops to community art studio, there is something for everyone in this week long festival. Click here for the complete event schedule SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


  • PAPI Grand Prize Award  $500 | Laurel Lake McGuire: Halcyon Days
  • 1st Place $200 | Claire Remsberg: Gurgle
  • 2nd Place $150 | Susan Rose: Beauty of Irrigation
  • 3rd Place $100 | David Mensing: Wise to Seek
  • Honorable Mention $50 | Tricia May: Along Dry Creek
  • Art in the Vines Quick Draw – 1st Place $100 | Allie Zeyer: Vineyard View
  • Art in the Vines Quick Draw – 2nd Place $75 | Tricia May: 3 Horse Sunset
  • Art in the Vines Quick Draw – 3rd Place $50 | Bonnie Griffith: 3 Horse Syrah
  • Art in the Vines Quick Draw – Honorable Mention $25 | MDavis: Below the Vineyard
  • Nocturnal Paint Out – 1st Place $100 | Bonnie Griffith: Eagle Alley Light
  • Nocturnal Paint Out – 2nd Place $75 | Susan Rose: Again 2
  • Nocturnal Paint Out – 3rd Place $50 | Gregg Russell: Light Down Town
  • Nocturnal Paint Out – Honorable Mention $25 | Kevin Hughes: Optimism Alley
  • Award of Merit (Gamblin Paints) | Sherri Carter: Secluded Farmland
  • Artist Choice – Best Oil | Ron Raasch: Mud Factory
  • Artist Choice – Best Water Media | Micheal Sessions: Borah House
  • Artist Choice – Best Dry Media | Vida Landa: Red and a Touch of Blue
  • People’s Choice | David Mensing: Proclamation


Bonnie’s Book Camp | Pastel Painting Workshop | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday June 3, 2017

Bonnie Griffith, award-winning landscape artist & instructor, is offering a one day pastel painting workshop.  The hands-on workshop will focus on composition, creating an underpainting and balancing shapes to develop a strong painting using soft pastels.

Please bring, easel, chair, apron, latex gloves (optional) soft pastels, a few hard pastels in dark and light values (gray, white, black or dark blue – Prismacolor) 1/2-1 inch old, soft brushes, paper towels, isopropyl alcohol and small container to do a wash on paper (Papers will be provided by instructor), sketch book (small), Krylon Workable Fixative and a desire to learn some new technique.  We will most likely be working in a shaded area outside.  If you need a small table for your supplies, please bring that as well.  (I use a standing easel, stool and small, folding table.)  Bonnie will provide references to paint from and will have available some favorite pastel sticks for purchase. $95 Register Here

Niles Nordquist 3 Day Workshop | 9:00am – 5:00pm 

Monday June 5 – Wednesday June 7, 2017

This workshop is designed for artists interested in learning or expanding their abilities in plein air painting.  It features hands-on painting and personal instruction from Niles Nordquist, a nationally recognized, award winning plein air painter and this years Festival juror. On-site locations include the gardens at Camille Beckmans, and other picturesque sites. $375  PAPI members save -$50. Register Here

What you’ll experience in this workshop

  • Helpful hands-on critiques during your painting & group critiques of your finished work
  • Demonstrations each day
  • Evening lecture/presentations relating to plein air painting on 6/5 and 6/6, 2017
  • Instruction handouts and reference materials
  • Resource references for books, magazines, organizations, websites, other workshops
  • Read More Nile Nordquist Workshop


Ken Rupel
2015 Winning Artist Ken Rupel

Eagle offers an exciting variety of subject matter for painters; barns, river front, rolling foothills and more. Our event staff will answer questions and be happy to recommend the best access areas for painters. Here’s just a few area highlights…

The Foothills rise above Eagle, providing a postcard backdrop that inspires and soothes the soul. An interconnected network of roads and trails courses through these hills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. Read More

Do you like barns? Eagle is full of them! List of Barns of Eagle

Thursday we invite you to spend the day painting in the rolling hills of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards. This vast, historic ranch is now home to Idaho’s largest family-owned winery. We invite you to experience our remarkable vineyards and wines from America’s newest and most fascinating wine-growing frontier, The Eagle Foothills District of the Snake River Valley Appellation in Eagle, Idaho.

Art in the Vines is a new event this year for artists and patrons on 3 Horse Ranch. Thursday evening  is filled with live jazz concert by the VanPaepaghem Sextet, wine tasting, food by Kanak Attack Catering and a 2 hour Quick Draw competition from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Bring an easel and be prepared to sell your paintings in our festival tent.

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

Eagle Island State Park will be our host for Friday’s Paint Out. Registered artist will receive a complimentary pass to enter the park. Your painting location will be assigned by lottery and announced at the Artist Reception on Wednesday evening. The 545 acre state park is located a mile west of downtown Eagle.  The park is bordered by the North and South channels of the Boise River. The park features a popular swimming beach, grassy area and more than five miles of trails surrounded by abandoned outbuildings and fencing perfect for painting.

Eagle Island State Park

Join us for Friday night’s Nocturnal Paint Out under a full June moon. Artists are free to paint by street lamps or the light of the full moon. Paintings eligible for this special competition are due to Finer Frames at 9:00am Saturday.

June’s Full Moon

The Boise River Greenbelt follows its namesake river among towering trees, connecting downtown Eagle neighborhoods and the business district to Boise and beyond to the East. The 46-mile trail is one of the area’s most popular for its scenic views, wildlife and access to popular parks and recreation sites. In addition it provides a non-motorized corridor for commuters and passes by the BSU campus. Read More EagleRiver

All paintings offered for sale will share a 40% commission off the retail price  with Finer Frames. Event staff will handle all transactions and pay artists at the conclusion of the Festival show.


Register On Line Now

Deadline for early registration is 5:00pm Mon May 1, 2017. Print & complete the  2017 Registration Form. Late registration will be available on-site for $45.

  • Snail Mail Registration to:

Eagle Plein Air Festival

c/o Finer Frames

164 E State Street

Eagle, ID 83616

2017 Registration Form


Contact Event Staff at or call 208-888-9898