Paint the Park on None

Old Rock School

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Event Summary:

Paint the Park 2022 is the inaugural plein air event for oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel painters held at Valdese Lakeside Park, a 300-acre forested preserve in Valdese, North Carolina. Painters will create their artwork from September 10th through September 15th. They will submit one entry from their week of work for judging. Artwork will be reviewed on September 17th by a judge selected by the Rock Arts School Foundation Board of Directors. An awards ceremony and public reception will be held on September 17th, featuring live music by Stone’s Throw, hors d’oeuvres, and Peach Bellinis. Tickets for additional guests are available for purchase. The event is hosted by Rock School Arts Foundation, the Town of Valdese Tourism Office and Friends of the Valdese Rec.

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Reception & Awards Ceremony - $25 per person

Plein Air Artists from all over the region will be visiting McGalliard Falls Park & Valdese Lakeside Park this September as they paint the natural beauty that borders Valdese to the north. On September 17th, over 15 artists will be presenting their one of a kind masterpieces at the Old Rock School for a celebratory reception and wet sale. The public is invited to visit with the artists, view the artwork while enjoying live music by Stone’s Throw.

Your ticket purchase includes admission to the reception & awards ceremony- hors d’oeuvres, and wine.

Menu Includes:

Mediterranean Mezze Platter: (Feta, Olives, Hummus, Tzatziki, Pita chips, Vegetables, Fruits, Goat cheese with fig spread)

Shrimp Cocktail

Bacon Wrapped Apricots

Sticky Asian Meatballs

Hot Onion Souffle Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Mini Cannoli Cream Cups

Dulce de Leche Snickerdoodles


Key Dates:

June 1st: Artist registration opens and ends when 35 artists have registered, but no later than August 15th September 10th – September 15th: Artists’ painting days - On your own schedule!

September 16th: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Rock School Artists submit one piece of work for judging, clearly marked with name, medium and price

September 17th: Morning Judging of artwork

September 17th: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Old Rock School Wet sale, reception, and award ceremony

September 17th: 7:30 p.m. Removal of remaining artwork

For invited guests and the public: Participating artists and one guest are included in the $25 registration fee. Artists are welcome to extend invitations to family and friends to join them during the painting days and/or the reception and awards ceremony. There is no admission fee to Valdese Lakeside Park. Tickets for the September 17th reception and awards ceremony are available for purchase on this site at $25 each.


Awards: Awards for selected artwork include $950 in cash prizes $300 in gift basket value and an exhibition in the Rock School Arts Foundation gallery. All participating artists can select one of their masterpieces to be entered to win one of these prizes:

First prize - $500 plus an exhibition in the RSAF gallery during 2024

Second prize - $250 plus a gift basket

Third prize - $125 plus a gift basket

People’s choice - $75 plus gift basket

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