Enjoy the arts in the great outdoors! - Christi Hill Team

Enjoy the arts in the great outdoors!

Upcoming arts festival

Enjoy the arts in the great outdoors!

Onslow County residents who love a variety of art forms have the chance to meander through open air art displays April 25 during the Riverwalk Arts Festival.

The Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts explains the purpose of the festival this way.

“[It] celebrates creative and cultural diversity in our community through experiences in art, music, dance, theater, food and more.”

The festival also supports local artists and art groups as well as building new relationships and a spirit of community.

The Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts is currently seeking sponsors for the festival. Your support of the festival will reach and support area residents and visitors seeking cultural experiences in Onslow County.

Not only will art aficionados have a diverse collection of art to appreciate or purchase, they can try their hands at a painting contest.

The contest is called the “Plein Air’” Paint Out. The competition gets its name from the French term for “outdoors”. This is actually a traditional French painting technique. Plein air painters attempt to capture the beauty of outdoor scenes as they overcome challenges such as changing light, varying weather conditions and nailing a steady place to set up their easels.

Paint out competitors will create their works of art prior to the festival.

Here are some important dates to observe if you want to enter the contest.

  • The final day to register is Friday, April 10.
  • Blank canvas stamping takes place April 13-17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Paint out dates: April 22-24
  • Judging and the Awards Ceremony take place April 24, 6-8 p.m.
  • Riverwalk Arts Festival: April 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration cost:

  • One Plein Air Paint Out spot – $50
  • One Paint Out spot and single booth at the arts festival – $95 ($15 booth discount)

Click here to register for the Paint Out and to learn more about becoming an Art Festival sponsor.


  • First – $500
  • Second – $300
  • Third – $200
  • Director’s Choice award: $50


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