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In the Air: 2021 SC Plein Air Challenge Exhibition

  • 29 Aug 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth Street Detroit, MI 48202
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Registration is closed

Sunday, August 29, 2021
If there is inclement weather, the alternate date will be Sunday, September 5th

Exhibition in the SC Lounge: August 29-October 9, 2021
RECEPTION: Sunday, August 29, 4-6 pm in the second floor Scarab Club lounge


Paint from 8 am - 4 pm

Free and open to the public
There is no entry fee for this exhibition, but 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 2021 IN THE AIR exhibition. The exhibition will showcase work which has been painted between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm on Sunday, August 29th. 

Sunday, August 29
Please note that, in case of inclement weather on Sunday, August 29th the alternate date will be Sunday, September 5th

8 am-Noon: Participating artists will have the back of their canvasses or paper stamped at the SC (217 Farnsworth/Detroit, MI). Artists may bring 2 canvases or sheets of paper (no larger than 16’'x20") to be stamped. Artists will be asked to provide title, media and dimensions when having their canvas stamped at check-in to make it possible to print tags for the exhibition.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. Printed tags will be available when work is returned to the gallery. PLEASE NOTE: Returned artwork must be ready for installation. Works on panel must be wired.

RECEPTION: Sunday, August 29th, 4-6 pm in the second floor Scarab Club lounge.

PICK-UP: Sunday, October 10th, noon-4 pm. 

ELIGIBILITY: 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.

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

SALES: All work must be for sale. The Scarab Club takes a commission of 30% for members; 45% for non-members. Images of artwork will be used for promotion of the exhibition.

Contact Treena Flannery Ericson at:

Image: Stephen Magsig, Dix Avenue Bridge, Oil on canvas, 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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