We are looking forward to once again welcoming plein air artists to

“Perch n’ Paint” at Paint Ontario!

Friday September 9th


Sunday September 11th

Registration will open Thursday, September 8th 6-8pm and continue Friday and Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday during regular museum hours.

There will be an Opening Reception for all participating plein air artists Thursday Sept 8th 6-8pm at the Lambton Heritage Museum.

Artists of any skill or experience level are welcome – there is no jurying process to participate and you don’t have to be in the Paint Ontario show to be a part of this event.

Registration is only $20 ($15 early bird) so come have fun!


1st Place $1000

First place prize generously provided by a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous

2nd Place $200

3rd Place $100

Best agricultural/garden – $50 Best town/architectural – $50

Best waterscape – $50 Best natural environment – $50

All of the above awards are generously sponsored by Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty

New: People’s Choice Award $100 – sponsored by the Grand Bend Art Centre

To find out more about how to enter please use the contact form and we will email you all of the details and the registration materials. Be sure to indicate that you are interested in Perch n’ Paint so that your email is directed appropriately. Asking for this information does not register you automatically, you can review the materials before deciding if you wish to participate.

We had a great experience at our inaugural event last year, and have welcomed some wonderful feedback from participants. We’ve used that feedback to make some changes in 2022:

  • We’ve added a day to the event
  • Registration will begin on the Thursday evening and be open throughout the event to allow for participants to enter on whatever day they arrive
  • Judging and awards will take place on Sunday a little later, allowing for more time to paint on Sunday as well
  • Participants can enter up to three paintings for judging
  • Work will remain on sale at Paint Ontario for the duration of the show in a special gallery

Our 2 day ‘paintout’ culminated in an open show and sale of artwork produced during this event en plein air.

Come and join us!

Grand Bend and area has so much to offer and inspire – the charming town, dramatic waterfronts, picturesque countryside, farms, forests and parklands.

Click here for information on exploring Grand Bend and surrounding environs – Eat Stay and Paint!