2024 High Bridge Paint Out Registration

There are few things as inspiring as taking brush to canvas outdoors, capturing the beauty of whatever may be happening in a given moment. This practice, called ‘Plein Air Painting’, has its roots in Impressionism and Post-Impressionism art, and today has grown to encompass competitions all around the country.

The High Bridge Paint Out has come to be regarded as one of the cultural highlights of the year, and provides a multitude of opportunities to capture the spirit of plein air and the inherent natural beauty of the area.

We will be accepting artist registrations through April 13th for both adult (16+) and junior (5-15) divisions. Registered Artists will have a set amount of time to create their High Bridge inspired artwork.

On April 28th, 2024, we will have a special art show where all of the artwork will be on display for a juried competition and silent auction in downtown High Bridge. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both divisions.

Please complete the following registration form to register for the High Bridge Paint Out.

Once registered, you will need to pay your registration fee on our website at www.hbpaintout.com or click here. YOU ARE NOT FULLY REGISTERED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. A PAYMENT RECEIPT WILL BE EMAILED.

Please be sure to register for your division. (Adults 16+) Junior (5-15)

Questions? Email boroughproject@highbridge.org

Event Details

  • Registration for the High Bridge “Plein Air” Paint Out closes on April 13th, 2024.
  • The High Bridge “Plein Air” Paint Out is held between April 20th and April 28th, with an auction and awards ceremony taking place on April 28th.
  • The rules for the Paint Out adult division, as specified in the registration form, exclude any artwork done prior to the April 20th canvas signing, as all artwork that is brought for final sale must be completed between April 20th and April 28th, 2024.
  • Adult Division artists will check in on April 20th to have artwork surface(s) stamped. Event check in location and timing will be announced at least (2) weeks prior to the event.
    • Artists must bring the ‘surfaces’ and materials (wherein ‘surfaces’ is used to describe any surface that is used to create a work of art. Some examples include: paper, canvas, fabric/cloth).
    • The following mediums for creation of artwork will be accepted : Charcoal or Oil Pastels, Pen and Ink, Pencil or Color Pencil, Acrylic or Oil Paint, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Silkscreen or lithograph print, Sculpture, Collage, and Photography.
    • A maximum of 3 pieces each no larger than 24”x16” unframed will be accepted for submission to auction.
    • Artwork must be at a minimum matted using a standard cardstock matte or similar appropriate to the size of the work. Hard framing of any final auction submission is at the sole discretion of the artist and is not required.
  • Adult Division artists must be 16+. Artists under 18 years of age MUST complete and submit the release form at the end of this registration.
  • The artwork subject/inspiration must be located within the Borough of High Bridge and done on public property.
    • On private property, the artist must have permission for access.
    • Ken Lockwood Gorge is an acceptable subject matter due to its connection to High Bridge.
  • The non-refundable registration fee is $25.00
    • Once registered, you will need to pay your registration fee on our website at www.hbpaintout.com or click here.
    • If paying by check, please make checks payable to The Borough of High Bridge. Indicate “High Bridge Paint Out” on the Memo Line. Mail checks to 97 West Main St. High Bridge 08829
  • By registering, you are agreeing to allow us the right to photograph all artists and use images of their artwork, which will be used for advertising and promotional uses only.
  • All fees, commissions and sponsorship funds will be collected by the Borough of High Bridge to be used by the High Bridge Creative Team for future Paint out Events and other creative endeavors in the borough.

Silent Auction

  • The judging and auction will be held on Sunday, April 28th. Artists must submit their work to be judged on this date.
    • Auction will be held at CIRCA, 37 MAIN STREET, HIGH BRIDGE, NJ 08829.
  • All artists participating in the event must include their artwork in the silent auction.
    • Artwork must be at a minimum matted using a standard cardstock matte or similar appropriate to the size of the work. Hard framing of any final auction submission is at the sole discretion of the artist and is not required.
    • A maximum of (3) submissions per artist will be accepted.
  • Bring an easel/display stand to mount artwork on (a limited number of easels will be available to borrow on the day of the event)
  • Bidding forms will be provided. Artists must complete the form including their name, title of work, media used, and starting price. Starting bid price cannot be changed once the auction begins.
  • Once artwork is put up for auction, it must remain up for bid until the auction is over.
  • Artists are responsible for their artwork while on display at the show for the entire event.
  • If the artist is unable to be present for the entirety of the auction event, the artist commits to finding a substitute that will stay in their place for all or part of the event in their absence.
  • All sales will be made through the Borough of High Bridge with 70% of the winning bid price going to the artist and 30% going to the event. Proceeds may be requested via email following the event, and will be mailed to artists within (60) days of email receipt.
  • Photographers will be required to show original time stamp on their camera file (original source photo) at the date of the auction show, April 28th, 2024 at artist’s check-in, for validation. If the photograph is found to not have been taken between the competition time period of April 20th – April 28th, the artwork will be deemed not viable for sale or submission to the juried show.

Youth Release Waiver

I consent on my behalf and on behalf of my child that any and all videotapes, films, photographs, motion pictures and/or audio recordings (collectively “recordings”) made of my child or my child’s voice relative to the Paint Out may be used by High Bridge, and its representatives, volunteers, employees, officers, officials, sponsors, agents, assignees, licensees and/or successors (collectively “representatives”), in whatever way they desire, including but not limited to for television programs and/or any other publicity.

Furthermore, we agree that any such recordings shall at all times be the property of High Bridge, which shall have the sole right, title and interest to sell, duplicate, reproduce or make other uses of such recordings as it may desire, free and clear of any claim whatsoever on our part and we therefore waive any right to inspect or approve those recordings.

Finally, my child and I waive and release all claims, rights, causes of action and demands, whether for personal injuries, property damage or any other losses, damages or expenses that I and/or my child may have against High Bridge and/or its representatives arising from or in any manner related to my child’s participation in the Auction and/or any activities incidental or related thereto, including but not limited to arising from or in connection with recordings of the Auction.

Questions? Email boroughproject@highbridge.org