ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 22, 2017) – The Orange County Arts Commission, in partnership with the Hillsborough Arts Council, will host the Paint it Orange: Plein Air Paint-out and Wet Paint Sale from Oct. 25-27. This is the first countywide painting competition, taking place throughout the communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and northern Orange County. 

Artists are invited to spend three days painting the sites and landscapes of Orange County en plein air, or in open air. On Friday, Oct. 27, artists will submit up to three of their best paintings for juroring by acclaimed painter John Beerman. Cash prizes will be awarded at an awards reception at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop at 6 p.m., before the start of Last Fridays Art Walk. The “Wet Paint Sale” will immediately follow, offering patrons the opportunity to purchase original paintings of their favorite locations throughout Orange County. The sale will continue through the end of November.

Artists may register online or download the registration brochure at Registration is $25 before Oct. 1 and $30 through the close of registration on Oct. 18.  Host homes, as well as a special discounted hotel rate at Holiday Inn Express Hillsborough, are available for out-of-town artists.

This event is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council and sponsored by Mace Construction and the Hillsborough Tourism Board.


Created in 1985 as the official government agency on the arts by a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs and advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. As the Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985, the OCAC is responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county.  Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.