Thirty artists from across the U.S. and Ireland are competing for a $3,000 prize this week in an Annapolis open-air painting contest. Organized by the Maryland Federation of Art, an arts nonprofit in Annapolis, the competition celebrates "plein air" painting — the creation of outdoor scenes and landscapes.

The competition, now in its 12th year, includes several events that are open to the public, including the Paint Annapolis Exhibition Public reception at Circle Gallery and a "Dueling Brushes" two-hour "quick draw" event open to artists of all ages and abilities.

Artists competing in the plein air event began scouting out locations to paint in Anne Arundel County on Monday, and they have until Friday afternoon to complete their works. The judging and awards ceremony will take place Friday evening at a "patrons party" Circle Gallery and Gallery 14 in Annapolis.

The works will also be on display at Circle Gallery on Saturday and Sunday.

For more details and the full schedule of events, go to the Maryland Federation of Art website at mdfedart.com/pages/paint_annapolis.php.