Call to Artists


Call to artists: Quick Draw Paint Out “SAIL WITH THE BRUSH” –  REGISTER HERE

Sponsored by Renaissance School of Art and SRQ Plein Air Painters

SRQPAP invites you to join in open paint out to help Sarasota Sailing Squadron in their mission to promote environmental awareness and the science of seamanship and navigation, and fosters a spirit of good fellowship, courtesy and sportsmanship. The art created during the paint out will be offered for purchase same day OFF EASEL at Sailing Squadron Annual Holiday Event.


Event Date and Time: December 10, 2016 

9:30am – stamping canvases

10 am – 12:30pm Painting at Sarasota Sailing Squadron

12:30pm – 1pm – Setting up “Off Easel” for judging and selling

2pm – Awards Ceremony

2:30pm – 5pm – “Off Easel” Selling Event

Entry Deadline: extended till December 1, 2016
Event Description:

Come and Paint at Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The SRQ Plein Air Painters and Renaissance School of Art are hosting the “Sailing with The Brush” Quick Draw Paint Out.

Bring one extra painting painted at Sailing Squadron previously (not eligible for awards). Bring your easels and paintings at the designated location (which will be provided to participants) by 1pm for judging. Awards will be announced at about 2pm.

In case of sale artists will receive 70% of final price. 20% of proceeds will be donated to Sarasota Sailing Squadron, the rest will cover expenses occurred in preparation of this paint out, processing and other fees.

Eligibility: open to all plein air artists in all 2D mediums; limited to first 25 artists.

Entry fee: $20

Dimensions: no min, no max (whatever fits on your easel)

Frame requirement: gallery frame or gallery wrap canvas

Awards sponsored by Renaissance School of Art, Keeton’s Art Supply, Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery. Among the Awards are Art supply, Art classes, Frames, and cash awards.

Other sponsors: Sandra Appignani & Mark Baumgarten, REALTORS with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Treegarden Photography.



Call to artists: Paint Coquina Beach with SRQ Plein Air Painters and Oil Painters of America

OPA AND SRQPAP are inviting you to participate in open paint out at Coquina Beach in Bradenton for the fun painting and raising awareness of importance of preserving our waters, reefs and eco-system.

OPA PAINT OUT sponsored by Renaissance School of Art and SRQ Plein Air Painters

Organizers: Patricia Richards and Marina Yeliseyev

Date: November 19th, 2016 

  • 9 am – 12pm – Coquina Beach Paint Out
  • 12pm – 2pm – Lunch and Critiques

Event Description:

Come and Paint at Coquina Beach. The SRQ Plein Air Painters are hosting the Great American Paint Out Coquina Beach. Lovely Gulf Coast Beach with pine trees, views across the water, picnic tables. There is plenty of parking, a restaurant, and restrooms. Alcohol is prohibited on the beach.

Bring sunscreen and a hat – the Florida sun is strong, even in November. Shady spots are available under the trees, you might want an umbrella on the beach.

Paint as long as you like. We will have a short group critiques and art talk starting at noon. Bring your lunch and meet us at picnic tables.

Eligibility: open to all plein air artists in all 2D mediums

Entry fee: free

Entry Deadline: November 12, 2016

RSVP IS REQUIRED! Email your name, phone, town and medium to



Featured works by local artists “Preserving History and Nature with The Brush”


weblynn1RECEPTION: June 29, 2016

  • Reception for artists starts at 6pm
  • Public reception: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION: Renaissance School of Art at 4063 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

ENTRY DEADLINE: June 8, 2016 – payment should be received by this date (check, cash or credit card – online registration is available) We need to know the count of participating artists as soon as possible so we could start getting ready earlier, gather the prizes and market the show.

DROP OFF: June 19, 2016 11am – 1pm (if you need help, email to to arrange early delivery of your paintings to the studio).

ELIGIBILITY: entry open to all plein air painters in two categories** professional and pre-professional; paintings or sketches completed en Plein Air (touch up in Studio is acceptable – painting from photograph is NOT acceptable except DeMarcay Hotel); all mediums; frame: all works must be framed and ready to hang, frames which are not in a good condition will not be accepted (If you need to frame your paintings quickly, Renaissance school can help – prices start at $20); dimensions: should not exceed 20” in any direction when unframed; mark if paintings are for sale or not – both acceptable. In case of sale gallery commission: 20%.
** Category 1 is for professional artists who teaches classes and workshops, participating in the invitational paint outs and accepted into national competitions.
Category 2 is for emerging artists who are at the beginning of their artistic carrier, and for those who are painting just for pleasure and seeing it as a hobby.

AWARDS: Best of Show in both categories and People Choice Award in both categories.
JUDGE: Vladislav Yeliseyev, NWS

DIGITAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 8, 2016. Submit digital images by email to

  • up to 2 your best plein air paintings of the season and
  • up to 2 paintings or finished sketches of DeMarcay Hotel.  

HOW TO NAME YOUR IMAGE FILE: FirstnameLastnameTitleSizeCat1or2.jpg
Name sample: VladislavYeliseyevDeMarcay14x11Cat1.jpg
ACCEPTANCE: You will be notified which images has been accepted by June 12, 2016. Depending on the total number of participants, at least two paintings of each artist will be entered into the show.  

PICK UP: July 5, 2016 10am – 11am (we can keep your paintings till August or more if you won’t be able to pick it up on time, just let us know )

ENTRY FEE: $35 Collected funds will go towards the awards and raffle prizes, wine and cheese for  Reception and marketing of the show.  Every participating artist will receive 2 complementary raffle tickets.  Extra tickets will be sold at the party at the rate of $5 per ticket or $10 for 3 tickets.
RECEPTION PARTY will include Group critiques and plein air discussions, sale of artists materials (bring what you don’t need any more, put a price tag and sell, Renaissance Kids program is accepting donations of art materials), awards and raffle draw, wine and hor d’oeuvres. We also hope for Media coverage from Herald Tribune in regard of preserving the history of DeMarcay Hotel.

3:30pm – doors open for judge and artists setting up the tables with art supply offered for sale
4:00pm – group critiques of exhibited works, plein air discussions
5pm – doors open to public
6pm – Awards Ceremony and raffle draw   

web critiqueIf you wish to donate your painting for auction or raffle, please let us know. Any monetary proceeds will go to the SRQPAP fund for future events and group expenses. Please read important extras below. Jim McDermott suggested to have an atmosphere, in the studio, of what Sarasota was like in 1922 for the show. Some notes from Jim: “In 1922 radio stations were starting up all over the country. When I think of the roaring twenties, images of women dressed up as flappers surfaces and they all have cigarettes at the end of a long stem when the Charleston dance became popular. I have a 1924 Freshman Table Radio and plan to bring it to the show. That time period was the roaring 20’s when life was good prior to the big stock market crash in 1929. The Ringling Circus came to Sarasota in 1927. There is a great news article by Jeff LaHurd in Herald Tribune about the circus coming to Sarasota.”
If you have items from that time period, please consider bringing them to the studio for the show. Let us know some time ahead so we could reserve a space for your items and properly label it. Those items won’t be for sale.
Maybe we could have music from the twenties at the show? 
Are there any musicians in our group?

We need volunteers: help with accepting and hanging the paintings, making labels and setting up the party reception and cleaning up. If you can contribute in any way, please contact me ASAP.

Entry Category
Artist name

With any questions and ideas, please contact Marina Yeliseyev at Renaissance School of Art at 941-330-6865 or


Let’s get together for another Celebration of Fine Art and Talent in our Community.
Renaissance School of Art is sponsoring this event with support of other local businesses such as Art and Frame, Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery, SRQ Media and more.


Juried Exhibition and Competition sponsored by RSA

November 20, 2015 – January 8, 2016


November 20, 2015
5pm to 7pm
Open to public

Demonstration “Painting with Water Soluble Oil”, 4pm to 5pm
sponsored by Art and Frame of Sarasota and Holbein Company

Demo will include a discussion on the use of a variety of materials used for plein air painting, including the use of different  types of brushes, featuring Escoda and Loew Cornell, and  on a variety of paints, featuring the Holbein brand. He will also be talking about the versatility of using Duo Aqua Oils. Free admission. Free samples, door prizes for participating artists and other surprises are awaiting for you.

Location: Renaissance Studio Gallery on 41


The success of this event will fully depend on your participation. We are looking for about 60 works to be displayed during the Holiday Season. We are sure your paintings will make an excellent contribution to the exhibition and a special Holiday gift.
If we all cooperate to make this event special, the big things will come from that. Hope you will support this event by participating and sharing it with your friends and other artists.

We are looking forward to another awesome exhibition to round up the year of 2015 with the joy of beautiful art, celebration of being good friends and appreciation of our local talents!


oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal;
NO mixed media accepted;
only original works;
representational painting and drawings
Work Size:
Limited to 18” width when framed
All entries must be priced under $500 and include 35% commission divided as follows: 15% will go to Gallery; 20% will go to chosen non-profit organization (will be announced later) Artist receives 65% of proceeds. When pricing your work, please include all the commissions in your total price.

Entry Requirements:
Artist Biography (one letter size page, may include photo)
Artist Statement (one quarter page horizontal, photo paper or other heavy paper, may include photo, will be placed next to the work on the wall)

Entries Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015 – pay the fee online by the due date and drop off your paintings the following week or by appointment during the weekend Nov.14 – 15.
Entry fees: $25 for one work of art; $10 for each extra. Maximum 3 works can be entered.
Drop Off: Monday, Nov. 16, 1pm to 3pm and Tuesday, Nov. 17 6:30pm to 8pm at Renaissance Studio Gallery at 4063 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Selection Process: All entries will be juried and first, second and third prizes will be awarded as well as Public Choice Award.
Judges: Vladislav Yeliseyev, NWS and Maryanne Jacobsen.
Notification to artist: the list of accepted artists will be emailed on November 19 and posted on the website.
Accepted Artwork: all works must be framed and ready to hang. Frames which are not in a good condition will not be accepted. (If you need to frame your works quickly, we can help. And remember our prices are 50% of retail.)
Exhibit Ends: January 8, 2016
Pickup Artwork: January 9, 2016 11am to 1pm

Contact: Marina Yeliseyev at 941.330.6865 or

Questions? Contact Marina Yeliseyev by phone 941-330-6865 or email any time. Help in organizing this event (hanging works, printing labels and etc.) will be greatly appreciated!

Register below with Credit Card or PayPal.

Name of participant(s)
Phone number


2015 SRQ PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OFF SEASON First Annual Competition, Party and Critique night

June 20th, 2015 6 – 9 pm

Art show Opening Reception June 25th, 6pm

Get ready for the next season! Bring a painting or two in any medium for constructive critique. Choose from open or private critique by Vladislav Yeliseyev.Enjoy a glass of wine while mingling with your awesome artist friends and vote for your favorite painting! The prizes will be announced at the end of the night.

Enter into a competition for a chance to win an Artist Choice Award and Gallery Award sponsored by Renaissance School of Art, Keeton’s Office and Art Supply and more. Among the Awards are Gift certificates for art supply and art classes, frames and more. Up to 20 paintings will be chosen for exhibition at Renaissance School of Art Studio gallery. Exhibition will run till August 16, 2015.
Exhibition Opening Reception and Award Party: June 25, 6pm.
Eligibility:  entry open to all plein air painters; maximum two representational paintings completed en Plein Air or in-Studio can be entered; medium: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel; NO mixed media accepted; frame: gallery frame ready to hang, dimensions: up to 16″ x 20″ when unframed; paintings must be available for sale. Gallery commission: 30%.
Fee: $35 and include critique, competition entry fee, wine, cheese and surprises!

Entry deadline: June 13, 2015 Questions? Email us

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1. Are the paintings entered for competition different than the ones for the critique?  If so, participants can bring 2 for critique and 2 for jurying into show? Yes, participants can bring 2 paintings for critique and 2 different paintings for competition.

2. Are you providing wall tags for the art? Yes, we will provide wall tags. Artists will need to provide accurate information on a separate piece of paper taped on the back of their paintings with the title, artist’s name, size, medium and price.