Call for Artists: War of 1812 and Battle of Caulk’s Field Plein Air Two-Day Event

Call for Artists: War of 1812 and Battle of Caulk’s Field Plein Air Two-Day Event


Chestertown RiverArts invites plein air artists and photographers to capture the events of the War of 1812 celebration on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 in and around Chestertown. A Wet Paint Competition and Sale will be held at the August 31 event at Caulk’s Field and prizes awarded the top three paintings at 3:00. Artists can enter paintings from the battle or from any of the many other activities taking place the two days of the event including living history demonstrations, re-enactors, tall ships, music or interactions with the audience.

Photographers may submit three entries from the two day event in the RiverArts Photography competition by emailing their digital images to Lani Seikaly by midnight on Monday, September 1. The top three photographs will receive monetary prizes, and all entries will be shown on the RiverArts website.

On Saturday, August 30 events take place in downtown Chestertown and include the Pride of Baltimore II and Sultana tours; an interpretive encampment; a period parade of American and British Re-enactors, the Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Corps and living history civilians; a wreath laying / flag raising ceremony; a march to the river and a waterfront interpretive program and encampment.  Artists and photographers are invited to capture any of these scenes to enter the wet paint competition and to sell Saturday’s paintings on Sunday at Caulk’s Field.

On Sunday, August 31, the Battle of Caulk’s Field will be dramatized by American and British re-enactors on the 200th anniversary to the day of this important moment in American history. Other Sunday events at Caulk’s Field include musical performances, American and British encampments, period demonstrations, oversized flag unfurling and a dance performance.

Registration is $15. Participants are considered registered if RiverArts has received their entry form and payment. You can register and pay online, mail the entry form and payment to RiverArts, or register by phone, 410 778 6300.

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For questions, contact Lani Seikaly. Click here for maps and more information on The Battle of Caulk’s Field Reenactment and Celebration.