Information for Artists PPC


Painting Dates and Times for 2022

Friday, July 8:       10 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 9:   10 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 10:   10 am to 4:00 pm

Registration Deadline: June 7th, 2022. Artists will be selected on a first come first served basis. A waiting list will be created to accommodate cancellations. Registrations will be acknowledged by email, mail or telephone.

Fee: $35 for PCAFA members; $40 for non-members

This will include: 1 to 3 days of plein air painting and, for 34 participants, the opportunity to sell previously finished works (see below), morning snacks and water (artists are responsible for their own lunches), volunteer assistance.

Number of Participants: up to 40 artists maximum, including 34 who will be able to display and sell studio art in the DeGarthe Garage.

Minimum Age for Participation: 18 years.

Insurance: The Paint Peggy’s Cove Committee will handle all artwork as carefully as possible but is not responsible for any damaged or stolen paintings. A Mongolian Yurt (round tent) will be set up in Peggy’s Cove to display all the framed art and freshly painted art. The doors to the Yurt will be locked each night. Studio Art will be hung in the DeGarthe Garage building which will be locked at night. Artists are responsible for their own insurance.

Event Location: The PCAFA Yurt will be located near the edge of the Cove, across the street from the Tourist Information Centre in Peggy’s Cove Village.

COVID Restrictions:  All Province of Nova Scotia restrictions must be followed during the event.

On Site Artist Registration: You must register on-site at the Paint Peggy’s Cove Yurt, located near the Information Centre, between 8:30 and 10:00 AM on your first day of painting. You will receive a registration package with your name tag, a site map and an Artist Agreement form you will need to sign. The map will indicate the boundaries of the areas where our volunteers will be available to assist you.

If you have Studio Art to hang, it should be delivered to the DeGarthe Garage building, across the road (next to the Tourist Information parking lot) prior to registration.

Studio Art: This year we will be hanging Studio Art in the DeGarthe Garage Building, adjacent to the Visitor Information parking lot. Please ensure that the art works you are bringing are ready to hang (with properly attached wire on the back). Please note that ‘saw tooth’ hangers will not work. No piece can be wider than 22” (frame included – if framed). Larger art works will not be accepted. We will have pre-made labels for your artwork, and volunteers to hang the work. When you arrive, a volunteer will help you confirm with you that the labels match the artworks you have brought and that they will fit into the allocated space. You will need to remove any packing material you have brought. We wrap sold pieces independently.

Please note that there is no room to store surplus artwork. Volunteers will advise you if your art sells and you can bring a replacement if you choose. Attaching a bio or business card to the back of your studio art pieces is recommended.

Daily Check-In:  All artists are required to check-in every morning at the Yurt in Peggy’s Cove. You can start painting as early as you like and there will be a volunteer in the Yurt by 8:30 every morning. Sometimes people come looking for artists and we need to know that you are here. If you leave early it is helpful for us to know as well.

Parking: All vehicles should be parked at the Visitor Information Centre – at the back of the lot please.

Weather: Please come prepared for all types of weather conditions (hot cold, windy, damp). Paint Peggy’s Cove will be held rain or shine. In the event of a hurricane or named tropical storm, we will need to cancel and will contact you as soon as a decision to do so is made.

Washrooms: In Peggy’s Cove, washrooms are located at the Visitor Information Centre, at the Sou’Wester Restaurant near the lighthouse and near the Yurt.

Painting On-Site: All painting and drawing must be done on site. This is an opportunity for the public to see artists at work and to have a chance to buy work they have seen them create. Artists are encouraged to produce at least 1 piece per day. We ask you to bring your cell phone if you have one. When you complete a painting, you can call the Yurt and a volunteer will be sent to you to pick it up. Or you can flag down a nearby volunteer. You will need to complete a label for each painting with the following information: Artist name, Title, Medium, Price. All sales must be handled by PCAFA Paint Peggy’s Cove designated volunteers in the Yurt. We ask that artists not use the washroom sinks for cleaning brushes.

Painting Locations: We will provide you a simple map to help orient you to the village. There are some areas of private property that should not be travelled on, and we ask that you respect all signage posted in the village. This year, the Yurt is located on private property with the owners’ permission and beside Lobster Lane, which is a private thoroughfare servicing a number of properties. We ask that you do not obstruct the laneway.

IMPORTANT: Do not approach the edge of the water (i.e. the dark areas of rock). Waves, swell and surge are unpredictable even if the sea appears calm, and these dark areas are slippery and very dangerous. In April 2022 a young man was killed when he slipped off the rocks and his companion was severely injured.

Sales Policy: All art sold during the entire event will be subject to the following: The artist receives 70% of the selling price; 30% will go to the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts to cover costs of running the event. A cheque for your sales will be mailed to you within 3 weeks of the event.

What to Bring: You should bring anything you need to paint – easel, chair, small table, sun hat, umbrella etc. You should bring weather protection in case of inclement weather as there is very limited shelter space. We will have some supplies of drinking water and granola bars for artists. There are a few places to buy food in the Village but there is not a large selection so bringing your lunch is suggested. We are a ‘rain or shine’ event. In the event of a named Tropical Storm or Hurricane, we will cancel and will contact you as soon as a decision is made to do so.

Artist Check-Out: All plein air pieces completed on Sunday must be turned in by 3pm. The Yurt will be open to the public 10 – 5 (Friday and Saturday) and 10 -4 on Sunday. You must check out at the end of the last day you are painting. Unsold art will be picked up at that time. You must check at the sales desk so that the inventory list can be reviewed and sales confirmed.

We hope you have a great time at Paint Peggy’s Cove, and look forward to meeting you and seeing your artistic interpretations of Peggy’s Cove and environs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patricia Muzyk at