Information for Artists PPC


Please read carefully as there are changes from previous years.

Painting Dates and Times for 2024

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

Saturday, July 6:   10 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 7:   10 am to 4:00 pm

Registration opens online:  Monday,  April 15th at 9 a.m.  Artists will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration form timestamps each entry as it is completed and payment is required after the form is completed. If it is not possible to pay online, please notify the registrar (see below). NOTE: Advance payment to hold a registration place will not be accepted. After all available places are taken, a waitlist will be created, and if cancellations are received, we will notify those on the waitlist in order. This often happens. Registrations will be acknowledged by email, mail or telephone.

Registration closes: Friday June 7th, 2024.

Registration Fee: $35 for PCAAS members; $40 for non-members
This will include: 2 or 3 days of plein air painting with works to be displayed and sold in the PPC Yurt, the opportunity to sell a single (1) previously finished work (see Studio Art below), light snacks and bottled water (artists are responsible for their own lunches), volunteer assistance.

Number of Participants: 40 artists maximum

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 will be set up in Peggy’s Cove to display and sell all the Studio Art and there will be volunteers in attendance at all times. The doors to the Yurt will be locked each night. Artists are responsible for their own insurance.

Event Location: The Paint Peggy’s Cove Yurt will be located in the yard of the DeGarthe House at 109 Peggy’s Point Road, directly across from the Visitor Information Centre Parking Lot. There will also be a children’s art tent situated nearby.

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

On Site Artist Registration: All artists must register on-site at the Paint Peggy’s Cove Yurt between 8:30 and 10:30 AM on their first day of painting where they will receive a registration package with a name tag, a site map, blank tags to label plein air works, and an Artist Agreement form to sign. The map will indicate the boundaries of the areas where our volunteers will be available. This is also when Studio Artwork is dropped off.

Studio Art: Please ensure that the artwork is 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 16” wide and 20” high (frame included – if framed). Larger art works will not be accepted. These dimensions are based on available hanging space. We will have pre-made labels for this artwork, and volunteers to hang it. When you arrive, a volunteer will confirm with you that the label matches the artwork you have brought and that they will fit into the allocated space. You will need to remove and store any packing material you have brought.
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 briefly 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: Parking can be very congested, come early and park in the Visitor’s parking lot. Do not park on private property.

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 many areas of private property that should not be travelled on, and we ask that you respect all signage posted in the village.

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. It is virtually impossible to get out of the water due to the very slippery weed and the heavy surge.

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. You will receive an E-transfer for your share 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 sheltered 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 [email protected]