Kekionga Plein Air Event Awards


Quick Draw Friday night:

Kerry Shaw

Lisa Olivarez

John Kelty

Sandy Hall

Mark Millis

Paint The Arts Campus competition held Saturday during the day:

Robin Roberts

Tom DeSomer

Lisa Olivarez

Dianna Fair

Brad Fields

West Central Neighborhood Association Award

Alison Menke

Kensington Blvd Purchase Award

Jill Stefani Wagner

Brotherhood Mutual Purchase Award

Concordia Lutheran High School Chapel

Tom DeSomer

Kekionga Competition Awards

Tara Will

Alan Larkin

Dan Woodson

Susan Ritter

Brad Fields

Fort Wayne Museum of Art Purchase Awards

Tara Wills

Brad Fields

People’s Choice

Diana Fair

Month of Plein Air 2020 

August 6-30

“Moments: The Plein: Air Movement,”

featuring three nationally acclaimed plein air artists:

Brienne Brown, Nancie King Mertz, and John Lasater.

Artlink Gallery, 300 E Main St., Free admission

Thurs. 10am - 8pm, Fri./Sat. 10am - 6pm, Sun. 12 - 5pm

Thursday, August 13  

In and Out Plein Air Event with local artists at

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E Main St.

        Second Thursday event. Artlink exhibition open. 6 - 8pm, Free.           

Penny Vote for People’s Choice Award.

Saturday, August 22  

FWAG Plein Air Pop Up with artists painting on location.

YLNI Farmer’s Market, Barr Street., 9am - 1pm 

Penny Vote for People’s Choice Award.

Wednesday, August 26 

Nancie King Mertz and John Lasater talks and demos, 

hosted by FWMoA, 10am - 5pm 

Nocturnal Paint Out at The Landing, 118 W Columbia, 7 - 10pm

Thursday, August 27  

FWAG presents a Kekionga Plein Air preview art exhibit and sale at Park Foundation Pavilion, Promenade Park; 6 - 8pm free admission.

Friday, August 28  

 Quick Draw event - painting, judging, and awards, 6 - 8pm

at the Arts United Center Plaza.

Saturday, August 29  

Kekionga Plein Air Competition, Paint the Arts Campus.

Arts United Center Plaza, 303 E Main

People's Choice Voting.

Gallery talks at Artlink by John Lasater, Nancie King Mertz, and Brienne Brown during the day, competition, judging, awards, and wet paint sale. 

FWAG Pop Up Gallery, 10am - 6pm. Free

Kekionga Plein Air Event

August 26-29, 2020

Wednesday - August 26 

Pre-registration event,

Nancie King Mertz and John Lasater talks/demos,

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 10 - 5pm

Nocturnal Paint Out at the Landing, 7-10pm

Thursday - August 27

Registration, check-in and canvas stamping

7am-12pm, 1-4pm - FWMoA

Park Foundation Pavilion Promenade Park Art Exhibition and Sale

4pm drop off, VIP reception, 5-6pm, Public Sale 6-8pm 

Friday - August 28 

Registration, check-in and canvas stamping

7am - 12pm, 1 -5 pm FWMoA

Quick Draw, Arts United Plaza, canvas stamping 5:30pm, 

Painting begins at 6-7:30pm

Judging at 7:45pm, Awards following

Saturday - August 29 

Registration, check-in and canvas stamping competition

and Paint the Campus 8am

People's Choice and West Central paintings due by 11am

Competition paintings due by 4pm

Judging 4-5pm, Awards following


ph: 260-437-2187

P O Box 13437, Fort Wayne, IN


Pre-Registration: $35.00 on Eventbrite now through 08/20/2020

On Site Registration: $35.00  08/26/2020 - 08/29/2020

Kekionga Plein Air Event
Artist Information 


Welcome to the 4th Annual Kekionga Plein Air Event sponsored by the Fort Wayne Artists Guild.  All of our activities take place in downtown Fort Wayne, including the Arts Campus, Promenade Park and The Landing.  We are excited to welcome you to our Covid sensitive outdoor event.  Face masks, hand sanitizing and social distancing measures are strongly encouraged.

Arts Campus Map:  A map will be provided.   Available parking is reflected Monday-Friday until 5 PM.  


Check In:  Check in at the Kekionga registration table, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.  An unlimited number of substrates may be stamped.  FWAG volunteers will be available Thursday 7-noon and 1-4 PM, Friday 7-12 and 1-5PM and Saturday beginning at 8AM.   Pre-registrants attending the Wednesday events may have canvases stamped that day. Quick Draw participants must be stamped Friday evening beginning at 5:30PM. For the Paint the Campus Event participants must get stamped with Saturday’s date.


Painting Hours:  Painting may begin any time after stamping and continues through 4PM Saturday when competition paintings must be submitted.


Painting Locations:  Artists may paint throughout the city and surrounding Allen County.  Check with volunteers for suggestions or directions to specific locations.  For your convenience maps have been included with your event materials. Please be respectful of private property and ask permission.


Artlink Exhibition: “Moments: The Plein Air Movement” featuring Brienne Brown, Nancy King Mertz and John Lasater will be open during Kekionga.  Artlink is located across Main Street from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.  Meet the artists during Kekionga on Saturday 10-6PM.

Pre-Registration Events - Wednesday, August 26



The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will host Arts talks/demos by Nancie King Mertz and John Lasater from.  There will be two sessions: 10 AM-1 PM and 2-5 PM. Free admission to registered Kekionga artists.  Show your badge and if you are a FWMoA member please let them know at the front desk.


Nocturnal Plein Air Paint out at The Landing, West Columbia St., from 7-10 PM.    


Promenade Park Exhibition and Sale – Thursday August 27



This year we will host an exhibition and sale at the Park Foundation Pavilion at Promenade Park. Promoted by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, each artist may submit one painting, framed and displayed on artist’s easel.  Art will be featured in the FWAG online gallery, please submit a jpeg with title, medium, and price by August 15. This painting does not have to be created during Kekionga.  Sales for this event will be handled by FWAG with a 10% commission.  Drop off 4 PM. Pick up 8 PM.  Light snacks will be served.


Kekionga Quick Draw – Friday August 28



Quick Draw participation is included in the registration fee, so come out and paint!  Painting is limited to Freimann Square.  Painting for Quick Draw begins at 6PM and the paintings are submitted for judging at 7:30 with awards at 8 PM.  Stamping for Quick Draw starts at 5:30 PM.  Kekionga Quick Draw:  $500 in cash awards.  


Kekionga Competition – Saturday August 29



All work must be created in plein air by the artist without mechanical or photographic assistance. 

All work must be completed 95% on location.

All work must be stamped with the stamp visible when submitted for judging. We will make no exceptions.

Competition works may be submitted until 4 PM on Saturday.

Competition entry must be framed and displayed on your own easel.  A table will be available for framing.

Your name and title must be attached to the back of the piece and your assigned number placed on the front.  Labels and numbers provided.

Do not sign or price your work prior to the competition.

During judging artists are invited to an informal gathering on the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art patio.  

Bring your work to share.

Judges for our event are Nancy King Mertz and John Lasater.


Kekionga Prizes


Plein Air Competition: $500 each to top five paintings, as selected by judges.

West Central Neighborhood Association: $500 to the best painting of their historic neighborhood as selected by the judges. Maps available at registration. This painting is due at 11:00 AM on Saturday.

People’s Choice Prize:  $250, location to be announced, due Saturday morning at 11:00 AM. 

Winner Selected by public vote Saturday.

Paint the Campus:  Prizes donated by our sponsors with a total value of $500 will be awarded. 

Selection made by judges.


Kekionga Purchase Awards


The Fort Wayne Museum of Art: $1,000 and $500 Purchase Awards.

Brotherhood Mutual: $500, location to be determined. 

Purchase Award: $500 for painting the home located at 2220 Kensington Blvd., Fort Wayne,

as selected by the judges.


Kekionga Plein Air Painting Display and Sale


    All paintings created during the event may be sold by the artist. 

Any sale processed by the Guild is charged a 10% commission.  No prior work, please.

Artists are responsible for providing an easel to hold their paintings.

Display and sale will be after the Competition and concludes at 6 PM.

The Fort Wayne Artists Guild would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants in our Kekionga Plein Air Event in conjunction with the Taste of the Arts Festival in Fort Wayne. We had a great time with 55 registrants painting in Allen County. We were featured on the front page of the Journal Gazette on Friday and the front page of the metro section on Sunday. It was a beautiful three days of painting. Thank you again for joining us.

Best of Show Award and

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Purchase Award Winner

Alan Larkin

        2019 Plein Air Competition        

Daniel Bourbonnais
Mike Millis
Margaret Robison
Dan Woodson

     2019 People's choice 

Choice in location of painting was determined by the people at the opening of Fort Wayne's newest Promenade Park in August. Gwen's painting was chosen from the group of paintings of our historic Fort Wayne by the judge.

Gwen Gutwein

        2019 Purchase awards             

Fran Mangino
Painting of St. John the Baptist Church
Kerry Shaw
Painting of Lindi's Eatery
John C. Kelty
Alan Larkin
Brad Fields
Saint Francis Chapel
Quick Draw participants

Quick Draw Competition

First Place: John Kelty

Quick Draw Competition

 Second Place: Kerry Shaw

Quick Draw Competition

Third Place: Tim Swagerle

Quick Draw Competition

Merit: Deana Harvey

Quick Draw Competition

Merit: Tammy Hyndman

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