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In the Air: 2020 SC Plein Air Challenge Exhibition

  • 29 Aug 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth Street Detroit, MI 48202
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Registration is closed

Saturday, August 29, 2020
If there is inclement weather, the alternate date will be Sunday, August 30


Paint from 8 am - 4 pm
Exhibition in the SC Lounge: August 29-October 10, 2020
Free and open to the public
Registration is limited to 60 artists--so sign up early!

In 2017 the Scarab Club hosted IN THE AIR--its first plein air exhibition. More than 50 artists signed up to accept the challenge to paint or draw an original work of art between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. When the artists returned their work, it was installed in the lounge. It was a great community effort, and wonderful to see easels set up throughout the city with artists painting landscapes and cityscapes. Due to the great response, we have made it an annual event!

The Scarab Club invites artists to participate in its 2020 IN THE AIR exhibition. The exhibition will showcase work which has been painted between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm on Saturday, August 29th. 

Saturday, August 29, 2019
Please note that, in case of inclement weather on August 29th, the alternate date will be Sunday, August 30th

8 am-Noon: CHECK-IN will be in the SC parking lot near the gate to the garden. Please maintain a safe distance from other registrants, and wear a mask. Participating artists will have the back of their canvasses or paper stamped at the SC (217 Farnsworth/Detroit, MI). Artists may have 2 canvasses or sheets of paper (no larger than 16’'x20") stamped. One painting from each artist (the artist's choice) will be accepted for inclusion in the exhibition. 

8 am-4 pm: Artists paint en plein air at locations of their choice in and around Detroit.

4 pm DEADLINE: Paintings returned to SC and installed in lounge. Artists will be asked to provide title, media and dimensions when having their canvas stamped at check-in. Printed tags will be available when work is returned to the gallery.

RECEPTION: Due to the coronavirus there will not be a reception for the exhibition, but the installed show will be available for viewing on Sunday, August 30th, and then during regular gallery hours (Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 pm) through Saturday, October 10th.

PICK-UP: Sunday, October 11th, noon-4 pm. The exhibition will be on view through 5 pm on Saturday, October 10th. 

Participation is open to all artists over 18 years of age. The SC Plein Air Challenge has a theme of landscapes and cityscapes painted in and around Detroit.

There is no charge for participation in the SC Plein Air Challenge

All work must be for sale. The Scarab Club takes a commission of 30% for members; 45% for non-members.

Contact Treena Flannery Ericson at:

Image: Stephen Magsig, Dix Avenue Bridge, Oil, 2016

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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