3751 Hamilton St, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043 | 410-313-8860



Paint Down Main

paint down main ellicottt citySponsored by Mat About You Gallery & Ellicott City Partnership

Quick Draw Registration Information Saturday, July 8

9-10 am: All artists must have their canvas stamped before painting begins; bring canvas to Mat About You Gallery, before beginning to painting that morning.

10 am to 12:00 pm: Artists will paint within boundaries around Historic Ellicott City.

12:15 pm: Artwork must be at the parking lot adjacent to Howard County Tourism Center, Main Street.

12:30 pm: Judging

1:00 pm: Paint Down Main Prizes announced

About:  Paint Down Main is “Paint It” Ellicott City’s version of a quick draw competition.  Artists paint in historic downtown Ellicott City to complete a painting in two hours.  Paint Down Main jurors will choose winners in the competition for cash prizes.  Patrons can purchase their favorite painting directly off the easel before the paint is even dry or visit the Paint Down Main exhibit at Mat About You Gallery on July 9th.

Boundaries: Artists must paint within the following boundaries:  Main Street in Ellicott City from the west side of Ellicott Mills Drive to the east side of the Patapsco River.   A map of the boundaries will be available when you register.


Registration: The Paint Down Main competition is open to all artists of any skill level.  All artists must register to participate in Paint Down Main.  There is a $10 registration fee, which is separate from the Paint It, Ellicott City open paint.

Artists may register:  By calling Charles at Mat About You Gallery at 410-313-8860, or by email at charles@mataboutyou.com

Check-in/Canvas Stamps: All artists (including juried artists) must have their canvas stamped and pick up their Paint Down Main label at Mat About You Gallery, 3751 Hamilton St, Ellicott City, July 9th between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  The Paint Down Main label will have space on the label for the title of work, medium and price to be entered.  If your canvas does not have a stamp and if you do not have a label attached to your work it will not be exhibited or judged.


Painting: Artists may set up their equipment and choose their sites on Saturday morning but no painting may be started before 10:00 am on Saturday morning.  Artists must begin with nothing prepainted or pre-drawn and must create Paint Down Main artwork between 10 am and 12 pm

Exhibit and Judging: All artwork must be set up on an easel and ready for judging by 12:15 pm at the parking lot adjacent to the Howard County Tourism Center.  Any artwork not in place at 12:15 pm will be ineligible for awards. (Framing for finished artwork at the judging is optional.)

Prizes:  At least $1500 in cash prizes to be awarded.  Winners will be announced between approximately 1:00 and 1:30 pm with cash prizes divided among the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both a Juried and Non-Juried category; people’s choice and top under 18 years of age.  Additional prizes may be added closer to the event.

Sale of Artwork: Each Paint Down Main artwork must be clearly marked with a label provided to registered entrants.  The label must list the price of the artwork.  Mat About You Gallery will provide a representative to process sales of Paint Down Main artwork, including credit card transactions.  Mat About You will retain a 25 percent commission on all sales of the Paint Down Main artwork. Artists’ payments will be processed by Mat About You Gallery and mailed directly to the artist

For more information on Paint It Ellicott City, call 410-313-8860 or email charles@mataboutyou.com.

Contact us for more information and check back for updates throughout the year.