Mystic Outdoor Art Festival


The 61st Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Jury and the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the winning artists from this year’s Festival. The artists were honored at the Artist Award Breakfast, sponsored by Sift Bake Shop, Mystic Depot Roasters and Sysco on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 8 am at the Mystic Museum of Art. The winners are as follows:


Best in Show (The Arling Family): Sam Austin

Robert Brackman Award (Celia Gallup): Joseph Grieco

Beonne Beronda Award (Grover Insurance): Dora Szekely

Marion Tetlow Award (Block, Janney, Sisley, LLC): Tim Cromarty

Milton Baline Award (Hilton Mystic): Roxane Chardon

Del-Bouree Bach Working Artist Award (Del-Bouree Bach): Jeff Pender

Emerging Artist Achievement Award (Mystic Chamber Foundation): Kayla Lei

Best of Oil Paintings (Abbott's Lobster in the Rough): Stephen Previte

Best of Acrylics (Costello's Clam Shack): John Mansueto

Best of Mixed Media (The Irons): Hiroko Shikashio

Best of Illustration/Graphics R&B Apparel Plus): Leo Donahue

Best of Pastels (Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce): Jennifer Gardner

Best of Photography (Foxwoods Resort Casino): Larry Chapman

Best of Sculpture (Sticky Situations): Rommel Ricaurte

Best of Watercolor (Simply Majestic): Tracey Lizotte

Fine Crafts (Sponsored by the Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation)

Teddy Goberis Award for Excellence in Ceramics: Naomi Centeno

Louise Forest Gibson Prize: Thomas Gasho

Mabel Kingsbury Fentress Prize: Janey Harrington

Joseph Gualtieri Prize: Virginia Stevens

Alice Clark Hubbard Prize: Frank Skully

The 61st Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival took place on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, 2018 along the streets of Historic Downtown Mystic. Over 250 artists participated in this annual event showcasing over 100,000 pieces of artwork.

The show would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. The major sponsors for this year’s event were: The Whaler's Inn, GEICO, StoneRidge, Gold Peak Tea, Foxwoods Resort Casino, They Day, Mystic River Yacht Club, Capitol Equipment & Marine, A Thyme to Cook, Navy Federal Credit Union, Nutmeg Building & Remodeling, LLC, Renewal by Andersen of Southern Connecticut, Silver Oak, and Sift Bake Shop.

For more information, contact Peggy Roberts, president of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival contact the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at (860) 572-9578

Saturday, August 10, 2019: 10am - 6pm

Sunday, August 11, 2019: 10am - 5pm

Planned and executed by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is the oldest of its kind in the Northeast region, and draws more than 85,000 people from around New England and beyond during this two day event. As a juried art show, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival serves an audience of discriminating art enthusiasts, as well as weekend visitors and residents from surrounding communities including Groton, New London, Waterford, and southern Rhode Island.

The festival showcases over 230 artists from around the United States, with more than two miles of arts and crafts including oils, watercolors, photographs, pastels, sculpture, woodwork, comics, acrylics, and more. The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival (MOAF) is free of charge, and features activities and artwork for all ages to enjoy, including a Children's Art Park.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

Children's Art Park

During the festival, visit the Children's Art Park in Mystic River Park! Local businesses & nonprofits contribute entertainment and various arts & crafts projects for children throughout the day. Children of all ages can participate in these free hands-on activities and become their own artist for the day! This year's Children's Art Park is sponsored by GASP.

Thank You to our Paint Your Palate restaurants & cafes who offered art-inspired specials for MOAF 2018!

Emerging Student Artists

This year, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the launch of our “Emerging Artists” initiative. With the addition of the “Emerging Artist” category to the 61st Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, we are creating a unique opportunity for student artists to gain experience and exposure in one of the country’s largest juried art shows.

The GMCC recognizes that art shows of this caliber can by a costly and time consuming commitment, making it difficult for young, up & coming artists to participate. Through the “Emerging Artist” initiative, the application fee will be waived for student artists participating either solo or in conjunction with their school or university. While students will not be eligible to submit their artwork for jury review in the traditional award categories, students will be eligible to submit their work in the “Emerging Artist” Achievement Award.

With over 85,000 visitors attending this two day event, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is an incredible opportunity for young and aspiring artists to showcase and sell their work at a premiere event, meet and network with other artists, and gain both experience and exposure, while enjoying everything that downtown Mystic, CT has to offer.