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The Newton Public Art Commission is excited to present the Newton Fall Plein Air Paint Out followed by a wet paint art show on Saturday, Sept 28.

Painters of any medium are welcome to enter the event, where they will spend from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. painting outside on the streets of beautiful, historic Newton “en plein air.”

Registration will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Catawba Farms, 1670 Southwest Blvd., Newton. Beginning at 3 p.m., artists will display their paintings in a wet paint art show open to the public in the tasting room at Catawba Farms. Many of the works created during the paint out will be available for purchase. One painter will be awarded a $200 prize. There will also be a $50 prize awarded to the best student piece submitted.

In order to participate in the paint out and wet paint show, a registration form and fee of $20 must be paid by Sept. 26. A late registration fee of $25 will be charged for any participants who register after Sept. 26. Students who present student identification may enter the paint out and wet paint show at no cost. The required registration form is available here.

In addition to the Newton Fall Plein Air Paint Out, artists of all skill levels can sign up for a workshop on Friday, Sept. 27, to learn more about this exciting art technique. (Please note the workshop has now reached capacity. No additional participants may register.) Artist Jean Cauthen will host the workshop, which will focus on tips and techniques for painting landscapes in the great outdoors. The workshop will meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m in an upstairs room which has stair access only at Whisk & Barrel, 31 North College Ave. The workshop is limited to 10 students. All art materials will be provided. The cost of the workshop is $50, which also includes the entry fee for the paint out and wet paint show on Saturday. Participants must register and submit payment for the workshop by Sept. 25. The required registration form is available here.

Cauthen grew up in Naples, Italy; New Orleans; and the Carolinas. She currently resides in Charlotte. She began her love of landscape painting while living in Newton. Her work often depicts the streets, countryside and factories  of Catawba County. She is a former winner of the Piedmont Plein Air “Quick Paint” and second place winner in the Savannah Paint-Out. Jean lectures on art history topics for local groups and classes. In addition to leading travel workshops to France, Italy, Ireland and Costa Rica, she has been granted several artist residencies, including upcoming travel to Chateaux Orquevaux, France. As a teacher, she is known for her patience, humor and enthusiasm. She strives to move students of all levels forward in their understanding of  the basics as well as helping them find their own artisitic ‘voice.’ Her work has been exhibited internationally, earned many awards, and has been collected by several corporate and private entities. Her work may be viewed at Dilworth Artisan Station in Charlotte and at

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Detailed Artist Information - Workshop

  • A hands-on plein air workshop will be held at Whisk and Barrel, 31 North College Ave., on Friday, Sept. 27.

  • Workshop registration is $50. Participants must register and submit payment for the workshop by Sept. 25.

  • Space is limited to 10 workshop participants.

  • Participants in the workshop are automatically registered in the Newton Fall Plein Air Paint Out. 

Detailed Artist Information - Paint Out and Art Show

  • Registered artists check in at Catawba Farms, 1670 Southwest Blvd., on Saturday, Sept. 28, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

  • Artists must have their canvas or paper stamped at Catawba Farms prior to beginning work to be eligible for entry in the Saturday afternoon show and sale. Work begun in the workshop is not eligible for the wet paint show and sale. 

  • The paint out will be held rain or shine.

  • Artists may paint at a variety of locations of their choosing within the city of Newton. Picturesque locations will be listed as suggestions for those unfamiliar with the area. Locations may include landscapes, gardens, landmarks, architecture, and street scenes. A map of suggested locations will be provided.

  • All paintings must be done “en plein air” outside, in natural lighting, during the time frame of the event.

  • Artists may stamp an unlimited number of canvases, but may submit up to two pieces for the contest, display, and sale. Canvases must be free of images prior to stamping, though a base coat of paint is allowed.

  • All work is to be done in a two-dimensional medium.

  • The paint out will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with an exhibition and sale of the art completed during the day in the tasting room at Catawba Farms, 1670 Southwest Blvd., beginning at 3 p.m.

  • All submitted artwork, up to a maximum of two paintings per artist, will be available for sale at the exhibition and sale. Any unsold art must be collected by the artist at the conclusion of the exhibition.

  • Open to all registered artists 12 years and older and in two-dimensional medium including oils, acrylics, watercolor, gouache, mixed media, and pastels.

  • Artists will be responsible for pricing and collecting payment on any work displayed in the wet paint show. The Newton Public Art Commission will not collect commission.

  • Paint out registration prior to Sept. 26 is $20. After Sept. 26, paint out registration is $25 per person.

Artist Awards

  • Awards will be announced around 4 p.m. during the wet paint art show in the tasting room at Catawba Farms.

  • Two categories of awards will be presented: Artist ($200) and Student ($50, requires school ID).

  • Jeff Kiefer, MFA, Director of AFA Visual Art, will serve as judge for the wet paint art show.