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Show Us What You've Got!

October 2nd & 3rd, we're holding our inaugural juried exhibition in beautiful Midtown Sacramento. The exhibit is open to 2D visual artists and photographers throughout California, who take their inspiration from the natural beauty, agricultural regions, and urban centers of our great state. 

Recognition and prizes of over $500 will be awarded to winners in four categories. A fifth honor, the Greg Kondos Award of Achievement, will be granted to the artist judged to have best captured the spirit of plein air. 

Artists may submit up to three images of original works for a donation of $35, which will benefit our efforts to provide youth art experiences in our communities.

Read the entire call below, or you can register now by clicking the button below.  

EVENT NAME: Plein Air Sac Juried Exhibition

CALL TYPE: Competition


STATE: California

FEE: $35 Donation 

EVENT DATES: October 2-3, 2021




We are honoring the tradition of Plein Air artmaking in two-dimensional media including painting and drawing, photography, and digital representations, that respond to the landscape and architecture of California. Plein Air began in the late 1800s and continues to this day. 

The Plein Air style began in France during the periods of Impressionism and Post Impressionism as well as early street and landscape photography. Our objective is to herald this iconic style while propelling it forward. 

Plein Air Sac is the first community arts program launched by Youth Connections Unlimited, with the express purpose of raising community awareness for the arts, while raising funds to support youth arts education. Your entry fee supports the mission of Youth Connections Unlimited.

​​ENTRY FEE: $35/ 3 images  

ELIGIBILITY:  Submissions include 2 categories: traditional two-dimensional media such as paints, pastels, inks, etc., and photography/digital media with a maximum size of 16" x 20" including frame.  Works on canvas or panel need not be framed but must include hardware and/or wire for hanging. 



JPG or JPEG file type only. Images of artwork only (no frames or borders) 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side, 5MB max file size

All images must be cropped to the image only

Submit up to 3 images of plein air works created within the past six months

Original work only

Works done under the guidance of an instructor are ineligible.



Monday, September 6, 2021 – Submission Deadline

September 7 -19, 2021 –Jury Process

Monday, September 20, 2021 – Selected Artist to be Notified

Monday, September 30, 2021 – All Artwork is Must Be Received

October 2-3, 2021 – Juried Show Takes Place

Monday, October 4, 2021 – Winners Announced



Antiquité Maison Privée

2114 P Street, Midtown, Sacramento, 95816

Located in Midtown Sacramento's historic Chatterton Building, Antiquité is an expression of the tradition and elegance of times past. In keeping with a rich history as a 1920’s retail Antique Salon, Antiquité offers a select collection of art and antiques. Antiquité is a uniquely distinctive retail and events venue whose antique furnishings create an interior design well suited for a variety of special occasions.

The stunning two-story Mediterranean offers an “old world” intimacy and the romance of a classic Maison Privée or Private House. For special occasions, celebrations, and events Antiquité’s Main Salon, adjoining courtyard and Antiquité Midtown Winery will comfortably accommodate up to 150 guests. Considered "the Jewel of Midtown", Antiquité is an antique store and event space with a welcoming atmosphere where visitors relax while browsing the venue’s antique collection or enjoy a private event.


Artists will compete for the chance to win honors and prizes in the following categories.

  • Best in Show ($250 Gift Certificate) 

  • Award of Excellence ($150 Gift Certificate) 

  • Award of Merit ($75 Gift Certificate)

  • Honorable Mention ($50 Gift Certificate)

In addition to these categories, one artist will receive the Greg Kondos Award of Achievement, honoring their work en plein air.



Moni V.C. Kondos

Widely known as being the wife of the late Gregory Kondos, Moni is also quite accomplished in her own right.

Growing up in the bay area, daughter to an artist and art educator, Moni earned her BA in Art History from UC Berkeley and later her master’s degree in Political Science from Sacramento State University.


Among her many civic achievements, she served as President of the Symphony League, was President of the Girl Scouts of Tierra del Oro Council (5 counties), Vice President of the Jr. League, was one of the founders of Planned Parenthood of Sacramento, was President of United Way (serving on the Executive Board for 12 years) and was voted Soroptomist Woman of the Year (1976).

Moni also lobbied on behalf of California community colleges for over 10 years, opened City Gallery in Sacramento, and has been an art consultant for over 30 years. She has dedicated her life to the service of her community and has worked with the Crocker Foundation and other smaller nonprofits in Sacramento.

Jean Wiley

With a career in graphic design and marketing, Jean Wiley headed up her own firm for 30+ years and served on professional design, communication, and marketing boards. Jean now interprets the visual world through painting. About ten years ago she added to her undergraduate love of drawing and studied painting with professionals and master painters attending many local and regional workshops, courses, and conferences.


She paints still-life and figurative work in her studio and plein air landscapes at local and regional paint-out events. A big source of inspiration is nature and its interaction with the built environment: barns, houses, bridges. Her paintings explore the visually rich Central Valley ag scene and distinctive California coast. Born in the Philippines, travel is a central influence; beloved Hawaii, Europe, and Asia are inspirations.


Jean has shown in two-person gallery shows, juried competitions, and studio shows since 2013. Her work continues to evolve combining an Impressionist approach with an interest to investigate the abstract direction.


Michael Solomon

Michael was born and raised in Sacramento surrounded by art and music.  His father, Russ Solomon, founded Tower Records and the Artist Cooperative Gallery.  ACG exhibited the works of Gregory Kondos, Wayne Thiebaud, among other prominent artists. Michael graduated from UC Berkeley and Hastings College of Law.  He practiced in rural Humboldt County prior to returning to Sacramento to become counsel and CEO of Tower Records.


In 2003, Michael assumed the lead of the family-owned Solomon-Dubnick Gallery, which exhibited contemporary fine art. Mr. Solomon still practices law, collects art, and is an avid 'Street Photographer' which includes capturing musicians performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He graciously serves on the Board of California Lawyers for the Arts. 


​Jennifer Dare Sparks

Jennifer was raised in Sacramento, the daughter of a mid-century modern architect. Throughout her upbringing, she was exposed to the art of the region. Jennifer studied art, architecture, and anthropology at UC Berkeley, art at the Accademia di Venezia, Italy, art and design with a BA from UC Davis, and Visual Arts with an MFA from UC San Diego. She has participated in the creation and design of six regional restaurants. Miss Sparks has been an educator in both art and multiple subjects for SCUSD during the past twenty years.

Jennifer Dare Sparks is the Volunteer Coordinator for Plein Air Sac. 

Jason Richardson

Born in Orange County California, Jason came to the Sacramento region as a young child. There, he was constantly exposed to the arts through family and community. While pursuing his Bachelor’s in International Relations, he gained valuable work experience in the State Capitol, at several state agencies, and eventually working on a statewide political campaign. In 2012, he decided to return to his artistic roots and began the pursuit of his MFA.

Jason has taken part in art collaborations and art education on three continents and is an accomplished painter with many of his works in private collections throughout his community. While most of his works are non-representational, his current works are informed from his time painting en plein air. He earned his MFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and a BA in International Relations and a Certificate in Digital Marketing, both from UC Davis.  


Mr. Richardson is the CEO of Youth Connections Unlimited and runs a boutique digital agency, Blue Bushel Creative & Marketing, Inc.

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