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THE ULTIMATE 2015 Artists’ & Collectors’ Guide to PLEIN AIR EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS


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PUBLISHER B. Eric Rhoads Twitter: @ericrhoads • Facebook: /ericrhoads EDITOR IN CHIEF M. Stephen Doherty


MANAGING EDITOR Brida Connolly • 702.299.0417 PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Nicolynn Kuper • 561.767.8562

To the Second Annual Ultimate Artists’ & Collectors’ Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations


VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER Carolyn “Charlie” Bogusz • 970.266.9986

fter the overwhelming success of our first guide for artists and collectors, we were encouraged to put together another helpful supplement that includes two different sets of listings. One assembles the names and contact information for ORGANIZATIONS of plein air painters, by state; and the other lists outdoor painting EVENTS, by state, with appropriate contact information. Organizations and events that bought display advertising were entitled to longer listings. We worked hard to include every organization and event we could find, but we know we missed a few, especially those just getting started. If you are part of an organization or you know about an event we missed, please let us know directly or ask a representative of the group to send us information. We want to include everyone in the Guide who is spreading the joy of outdoor painting, whether they are small or large, new or well established. Everyone on the PleinAir team is deeply involved in the community as participating artists, event organizers, appreciative collectors, and/or willing supporters, so we do our work out of a sense of passion and service. Our publisher, editors, sales managers, and support staff are eager to help you succeed, and we are always available to lend a hand to your organizations and events. That help might include recommending judges, offering prizes, suggesting promotions, sending issues, or publicizing your activities in the magazine (print and digital) and the PleinAir Today weekly e-newsletter. As part of our passion and service, we offer a series of bimonthly PleinAir Salon competitions to recognize some of the best artists and give them cash and international recognition (www.pleinairsalon. com). We also stage the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, where artists, collectors, and suppliers can meet their friends and heroes face-to-face. The 4th annual convention is schedule for April 13-17, 2015 in Monterey, California ( Finally, we encourage artists who are joining our community by offering instruction through our expanding DVD program ( It’s all available to help you enjoy outdoor painting. Happy painting! CAROLYN “CHARLIE” BOGUSZ VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER 970.266.9986

NATIONAL SALES MANAGER, SUPPLIERS Richard Lindenberg • 415.948.6142 REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHEASTERN U.S. Krystal Allen • 415.669.7006 REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, FLORIDA AND THE NORTHEAST Violeta de la Serna • 786.899.0935 REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, MIDWEST AND CENTRAL U.S. Gina Ward • 920.743.2405 REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, WESTERN U.S. Anne Weiler-Brown • 435.772.0504 DIGITAL AD MANAGER Kari Stober 970.631.3637 • PleinAir Today Bob Bahr, Editor Jeffrey Carlson, Contributing Editor Subscriptions: 561.655.8778 or WEBSITES for artists for collectors Copyright ©2014 Streamline Publishing, Inc. PleinAir is a trademark of Streamline Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Any reproduction of this publication, whole or in part, is prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. Contact Streamline Publishing, Inc., at address below. 1901 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 118, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. Copying done for other than personal or internal reference without the express permission of PleinAir Magazine is prohibited. Address requests for special permission to the Managing Editor. Reprints and back issues available upon request. Printed in the United States. Canada returns to be sent to Bleuchip International, P.O. Box 25542, London, ON, N6C 6B2.

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What Explains the Growth of Outdoor Painting?

James Richards painting in Wisconsin

One question we are often asked is why there is such great enthusiasm for painting outdoors. That inquiry comes from collectors, who want to understand why so many of their friends are traveling to plein air festivals and returning home with freshly painted images of those locations. It is also posed by artists who are eager to know how they might join in the fun and accept the challenge of working directly from nature. Here are just a few of the explanations offered by those who are already active members of the growing community of plein air enthusiasts. 1. LOVE OF THE OUTDOORS

Many of the artists and collectors profiled in PleinAir magazine indicate they’d had a lifelong love of hiking, camping, fishing, walking, biking, gardening, and other activities that allow them to exercise and enjoy the glory of nature, and they also enjoy creating art, or appreciate what others create. The logical way to combine those interests is by becoming a plein air painter, or to follow artists who are professionals in the field. The key to maximizing one’s enjoyment of these activities is to learn what equipment is appropriate, which techniques are effective, what groups are open 4

Tennessee artist Lori Putnam in Richmond, VA

to new members, who teaches classes and workshops, where the events take place, and how to build a collection of paintings that relate to one’s interests. PleinAir magazine covers all those activities, six times a year, with both print and digital editions. This special annual supplement is an indispensable tool to prepare for a new year of outdoor painting events.

drips a masterpiece, but those reasons eluded most people who visited museums and art galleries. Plein air painting celebrates the connections between painting and nature, between the general public and depictions of hometown scenes, and between skillfully executed artwork and discerning collectors. It is a positive, joyful activity that can be just as profound as any other form of artistic expression.


Another common thread that connects outdoorpainting enthusiasts is a desire to either paint or collect paintings of favorite locations. For example, people who love the open spaces and majestic mountains of the West seek out opportunities to pursue that, while those who have long associations with the South, the Northeast, the Midwest, or foreign locations go in search of paintings of the regions they’re so fond of. The art world didn’t always recognize this motivation for painting and collecting. Museums and art magazines have been preoccupied with artwork that had meaningful content, but often made it difficult for most people to understand or appreciate that content. There may have been good reasons to call a slab of rusting metal or a canvas covered in paint


Since the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, there has been greater recognition of the fact that we are all stewards of the environment and of the history of our communities. That awareness influences plein air enthusiasts, and their efforts as painters and collectors demonstrate their efforts to be responsible and concerned citizens. The artists paint as a way of calling attention to what might be lost to future generations, whether that be an aging barn, a wildlife habitat, or a sailing vessel, and collectors influence those artists by purchasing paintings that reflect their concerns and appreciations.

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A display of outdoor paintings in Cumberland, MD



Plein air painting is obviously a more social activity than studio painting, and while it doesn’t replace or supersede the thoughtful and solitary activity of the studio, it offers artists and patrons a greater opportunity to share creative activities. That’s why artists join art organizations, Facebook community pages, scheduled festivals, and educational workshops, and it’s why collectors watch artists at work, listen to panel discussions, and question awards jurors.

A percentage of sales from many plein air events is given to nonprofit environmental groups, educational programs, art centers, community centers, or charitable foundations. By purchasing paintings, patrons help support their own communities and the worthwhile services provided to residents and visitors. Many artists who participate in these events find it easier to engage potential buyers in a conversation about the organizations benefiting from festivals. Once that conversation is underway, it becomes easier for observers to ask questions of the artists and for the painters to share information about their work.


A major festival organizer surveyed patrons who bought paintings during an annual event and discovered that many of those people harbor a desire to become artists — or, at least, to increase their understanding and appreciation of the work created during the festival. Outdoor painting events allow those curious folks to watch, ask questions, and show their support without buying a ticket, giving up an e-mail address, or filling out a questionnaire. One of the great things about plein air events is that they make artists, their paintings, and the creative process completely accessible to the general public.

7. HAVING FUN A young artist painting in Easton, MD

Unlike many galleries and museums, these events are not set up to intimidate people or pre-qualify collectors. They are opportunities for people of all ages, income levels, and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the creative process.

Perhaps the best reason for the growth of interest in plein air painting is that it is a proud and joyous celebration of art and communities. It’s a positive experience that brings attention to hometowns, regional scenery, seasonal changes, local industries, community groups, and talented artists. No wonder so many people are willing to volunteer to manage these events and so many artist are eager to participate. Ultimate Guide 2015/



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ALABAMA Selma Pilgrimage Paint the Town Dates: March 20-21, 2015 E-mail:

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Southeastern Plein Air Invitational Dates: April 6-12, 2015 E-mail:


Amery Bohling painting at the 2013 Sedona Main St Paint-Out Photo by Kelli Klymenko

Grand Canyon 7th Annual Celebration of Art Dates: September 12, 2015-January 18, 2016 E-mail:

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Sedona Plein Air Festival Dates: October 17-24, 2015 Opening Reception: October 17, 2015 Entry Deadline: December 30, 2014 Sponsoring Organization: Sedona Arts Center City: Sedona Format: Invitational Contact: Kelli Klymenko E-mail: Phone: 928.282.3809 Website: Sedona Plein Air Festival pays homage to the spirit and innovation of the great French Impressionists whose paintings were based on the belief that “you should trust your eyes” to capture the beauty that surrounds you. There is no setting more perfect than Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in late October to find vibrant, unexpected scenic beauty. It is truly an artist’s paradise. Thirty award-winning artists, selected from among the best of the best, have accepted invitations to participate in this showcase. They spend eight days painting en plein air, and sharing with observers their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.

ARKANSAS 7th Annual Plein Air on the White River Dates: April 29-May 2, 2015 E-mail:

CALIFORNIA Desert Art Center of the Coachella Valley Paint Outs Dates: January 8-May 7, 2015 E-mail: Plein-Air Painters of America: Legacy of the Land Dates: March 21-May 3, 2015 Opening Reception: March 21, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Venue: California Center for the Arts City: Escondido Format: Invitational Contact: Susan Hallsten McGarry E-mail: Phone: 505.982.6379 Website: PAPA joins the Art in Nature Alliance to mount an exhibition and sale of plein air and studio paintings of northern San Diego County landscapes and seascapes by Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, Lorenzo Chavez, Gil Dellinger, Kathleen Dunphy, Gay Faulkenberry, Lynn Gertenbach, Raleigh Kinney, Jean LeGassick, Robert Lemler, Joseph McGurl, Ned Mueller, Ralph Oberg, Ron Rencher, Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Matt Smith, Kate Starling, Brian Stewart. A portion of the proceeds benefits the non-profit San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. The opening night gala includes a lecture on collecting art by Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum.

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A Day of Nature and Art Date: March 29, 2015 E-mail:


Plein Air Artists of Riverside 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Paint Out Dates: April 10-19, 2015 E-mail: 4th Annual Plein Air Convention Dates: April 13-17, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: Monterey Convention Center and Portola Hotel City: Monterey Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: http://www.pleinairconvention. The Plein Air Convention is the world’s largest gathering of outdoor artists. With a faculty of over 70 instructors, the event is designed to inspire painters and fine-tune their skills. The convention features indoor painting demonstrations on stage with big screen views, in watercolor, pastel, and oil painting. Daily painting as a group features instructors who walk around to offer suggestions as you paint. The giant Expo Hall features art supplies and frames at deep discounts. Plus you can attend our daily sessions of Art Marketing Boot Camp with Eric Rhoads. There is also an art show of faculty and attendee artworks that is open to the public. Two optional events include a one-and-a-half day intensive workshop (April 12-13) with C.W. Mundy and an optional Basics course (April 13) for beginners. The 2015 faculty includes George Carlson, Len Chmiel, T. Allen Lawson, Quang Ho, Cathy Anderson, Michael Reardon, Albert Handel, Roger Dale Brown, Jean Haines, and many more. To register or learn more, visit Sierra Pastel Society 3rd Annual Spring Paint Out Date: April 18, 2015 E-mail: PASO ARTSFEST Dates: May 22-24, 2015 E-mail:

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Join Us For The 7th Annual Plein Air Fine Art Exhibit & Sale Enjoy the unique charm and beauty of Los Gatos - situated at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The event showcases 34 of the nation’s most prestigious plein air artists. Early registration guarantees a ticket to Friday’s VIP Artists’ Choice Reception & Silent Auction. The culmination of more than 100 original oils, watercolors and pastels go on display Saturday, June 20th at the Los Gatos Town Plaza - 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Hundreds of art lovers attend with the goal to own an original work of art.

March 22 to May 3, 2015 California Center for the Arts, Escondido Opening Gala: March 21, 2015 Tickets: Presented by: Los Gatos Morning Rotary

14th Annual Paint San Clemente Plein Air Competition

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Paint San Clemente Dates: June 13-21, 2015 Opening Reception: June 20, 2015 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: San Clemente Art Association Venue: San Clemente Art Gallery City: San Clemente Format: Open Award Total: $13,000 Contact: Pam Hill E-mail: Phone: 949.369.0260 Website: “The Spanish Village by the Sea,” San Clemente, will again graciously play host to the 14th Annual Paint San Clemente. Locally and nationally recognized plein air artists will offer up their unique views of the historic city while competing for $13,000 in prize money. First look at the award-winning paintings comes at the Collectors’ Evening Gala on June 20, 6:00-8:30 p.m., and is held in the San Clemente Community Auditorium. As a reminder, proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the San Clemente Art Association’s “Art Reach Program,” benefiting San Clemente Public School Art Programs. Los Gatos Plein Air Dates: June 16-20, 2015 Opening Reception: June 19, 2015 Entry Deadline: February 1, 2015

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CALIFORNIA to COLORADO Sponsoring Organization: Los Gatos Morning Rotary Venue: Los Gatos Town Plaza City: Los Gatos Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Paul Kratter Award Total: $3,100 Contact: Carol Waitte E-mail: Phone: 408.205.8668 Website: The 7th Annual Los Gatos Plein Air Fine Art Exhibit and Sale is an opportunity for plein air artists to demonstrate their artistry in capturing the magnificent scenic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, vineyards, and Pacific Ocean on canvas. Sponsored by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club, this event benefits art and science education for youth. We invite you to register today and enjoy the warm Los Gatos hospitality as hundreds come out to view and to purchase an array of fine art. For more information please visit the website. Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out Dates: July 27-August 1, 2015 Opening Reception: July 27, 2015 Entry Deadline: April 6, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Frank Bette Center for the Arts Venue: Alameda City: Alameda Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Genie Scott E-mail: Phone: 510.523.6957 Website: Enjoy our cool foggy mornings and sunny afternoons — perfect summer painting weather! Our San Francisco Bay Island offers a wide variety of subjects to paint; historic Victorian homes and business districts; beaches with San Francisco views; the industrial port of Oakland on the estuary; ships including the Hornet at the Naval Air Station, marinas, and boat yards; bridges; beautiful city and regional parks, all in a very compact space that is easy to get around. Napa Valley Art Festival Date: August 15, 2015 E-mail: Mendocino Open Paint Out Dates: September 14-19, 2015 Opening Reception: September 13, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Mendocino Art Center Venue: 45200 Little Lake Street City: Mendocino Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $5,000 Contact: Celia Shelden E-mail: Phone: 707.937.5818 Website: A plein air festival held in a spectacular setting along the Northern California Coast. Artists claim the light is unlike anywhere else in the world. From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers of the town, abundant creative inspiration is sure to be found amid the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy five days of plein air painting, and daily wet

paint sales, demonstrations, and presentations. The festival culminates September 19 with a Quick Draw competition and sale, a celebratory reception, and awards presentation.

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Plein Air at the Lost Coast Dates: September 30-October 4, 2015 Opening Reception: September 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation Venue: Shelter Cove & Southern Humboldt County City: Shelter Cove Format: Open Award Total: $5,000 Contact: Nancy Mitchell E-mail: Phone: 707.986.7120 Website: This will be our 2nd Annual Plein Air at the Lost Coast. If you missed our inaugural, you won’t want to miss this one. Come to Shelter Cove and “Capture the Magic” of majestic mountains standing against wild seas, prehistoric pelicans, migrating whales, and playful sea lions. The community of Shelter Cove welcomes artists to come and enjoy our beautiful coastline and awesome scenery. Hope to see you here! 5th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale Date: October TBD 2015 E-mail: 17th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: October TBD Opening Reception: TBD Sponsoring Organization: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Venue: TBD City: Laguna Beach Format: Invitational Jurors of Awards: Multiple Jurors Award Total: $20,000+ Contact: Rosemary Swimm E-mail: Phone: 949.376.3635 Website: When a group of local artists decided to band together to paint the coastline and canyons of Laguna Beach, none of them could have foreseen how that simple get-together back in 1996 would evolve into one of the most prestigious plein air painting events held around the country. LPAPA celebrates the 17th anniversary of its Annual Invitational event, including a Collectors’ Soiree, substantial cash prizes, and 100+ original works of art for sale.

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COLORADO Plein Air Meeker 2015 Dates: June 18-July 4, 2015 E-mail: Telluride Plein Air Dates: June 29-July 5, 2015 Opening Reception: July 2, 2015 Entry Deadline: January 2, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation Venue: Sheridan Opera House City: Telluride Contact: Ronnie Palamar E-mail: Phone: 970.728.6363, ext. 1 Website: Each year the Sheridan Arts Foundation welcomes 2530 nationally recognized artists to beautiful Telluride, Colorado, for a week-long celebration of outdoor

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COLORADO painting. The event is a benefit for the SAF and this year will feature a quick draw, artist choice reception and gala, and a three-day exhibition and sale. Wild About Colorado Art & Outdoor Festival Dates: July 21-25, 2015 E-mail:

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National Juried Exhibition August 2015 Entry deadline mid-April 2015 Visit the PAAC website for complete information. Must be a PAAC member to enter. PAAC is a national organization dedicated to creating year-round painting opportunities for artists. Join PAAC today!

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Plein Air Artists Colorado 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition Dates: July 30-August 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Artists Colorado Venue: Mary Williams Fine Art City: Boulder Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: Over $15,000 in awards Contact: Jennifer Riefenberg E-mail: Phone: 303.470.5770 Website: Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) was created for the love of plein air painting and to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors. With over 250 paint outs per year, PAAC provides myriad opportunities; also offering destination paint outs to places like Taos, NM; Fredericksburg, TX; Crested Butte and Grand Junction, CO; as well as our annual Marathon — painting from sunrise to the sunset. From around the country, members enjoy many benefits including eligibility to enter our Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition with over $15,000 in awards. Over 300 days of sunshine — paint with PAAC in unrivaled Colorado! Colorado Plein Air Arts Fest 2015 Dates: Painting is August 1-September 30, 2015 Opening Reception: November 17, 2015 Entry Deadline: October 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Golden Triangle Museum District Venue: Various locations throughout Colorado City: Denver Format: Juried Jurors of Awards: Rose Fredrick, Kimberly Moore, Dean Sobel, Lisa Gedgaudas Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: Christine Serr E-mail: Phone: 720.404.5074 Website: The Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival kicks off its 9th year in 2015, and artists working in all mediums are invited to take part in this year’s festival. Artists will have access to locations across the state from August through September to create works “en plein air” during special events, as well as independently anywhere within the state of Colorado. Following the festival, artists have the option of entering one or more pieces into the CPA’s juried competition under “Professional,” “Emerging,” or “Youth” categories. Accepted works will be exhibited at the Denver Public Library from November 17-December 31, 2015. South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration Dates: September 8-12, 2015 Opening Reception: September 11, 2015 Entry Deadline: August 28, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Town of Fairplay, Coyote Creek Art Studio Venue: Coyote Creek Studio Arts Gallery City: Fairplay Format: Open Award Total: $3,500+ Contact: Julie Bullock E-mail: Phone: 719.836.2622

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2nd Annual Plein Air Event in Jupiter, Florida Feb. 7, 2015 This event is open to all registrants on a first-come first-serve basis, limited to 75 total artists. Plein Air Jupiter is a one day juried event beginning with a Welcome Reception and Registration on Friday, February 6, 2015. Artists will “Paint Jupiter” on Saturday, February 7th from 8:30-4:30pm followed by a juried exhibition (Judge is Hugh O’Neill, AIS, OPA) and art sale to collections beginning at 5:30pm. Entry Fee: $45

2 Day Workshop with Hugh O’Neil Feb. 5 & 6 DESIGNED FOR BEGINNERS TO ADVANCED

LEARN AND RECEIVE Painting lessons lasting a lifetime of artistic endeavours Daily painting demonstrations by O’Neill illustrating key points Non stop information and essential learning tools including: 1. Authentic Impressionists and expressionists palette 2. Clear informed thinking Members: $160 3. Passionate expression Non-Members: $180 4. Seeing with a more refined eye 5. Looser flowing brush work 6. Powerful colour mixing Hugh O’Neill is returning from Ireland to teach this exclusive and powerful workshop. His acclaimed style has earned him a worldwide reputation as one of the best en Plein Air painters of all time. This is an outdoors event with Hugh taking participants to exciting and comfortable local coastal locations where he first started and pioneered painting on location 25 years ago. This workshop has limited space so booking early is highly recommended.

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Website: This year marks the 6th Annual South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration, a one-of-a-kind plein air adventure in the High Rockies of Colorado. We will feature historic mines and buildings, working ranches and breathtaking vistas while enjoying small-town hospitality in a community with a deep love and appreciation for the arts. We are limiting entries this year to 30 competitive artists per day and our artists tell us this is one of their favorite plein air shows, so don’t miss out on this Rocky Mountain adventure! Alla Prima Westcliffe Dates: September 30-October 3, 2015 E-mail: Steamboat Art Museum Fall Plein Air Paintout Dates: September 19-26, 2015 Opening Reception: September 25, 2015 Entry Deadline: September 1, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Steamboat Art Museum Venue: Steamboat Art Museum City: Steamboat Springs Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Dottie Jones-Zabel E-mail: Phone: 970.870.1755 Website: Steamboat Art Museum will host a week-long paint out during the peak of the Fall Colors. Events include Artists’ Reception, Opening Reception, and Quick Draw and silent auction. Works will hang in the Museum until October 17. For more info and entry form, visit the website. Rims to Ruins Art Sale & Exhibition Dates: November 5, 2014-January 5, 2015 E-mail:

CONNECTICUT D E L AWA R E F L OR I DA Marco Island Wednesday Paint Outs Dates: October 1, 2014-May 27, 2015 E-mail: 2015 Paradise Paint Out Dates: January 12-16, 2015 Opening Reception: January 12, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Venue: Various from Islamorada to Ocean Reef City: Islamorada Format: Invitational Contact: Betsy Keteltas E-mail: Phone: 305.923.8097 Website: Paradise Paint Out is an invitational plein air celebration where 25 artists create a body of work reflecting Islamorada & the Florida Keys “in the open air.” This inaugural week-long event combines the stunning and vibrant colors of island living with talented artists from across the country. Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, presenting organization, exists for the creation of a community inspired by sustainable and thriving arts and cultural offerings. Paradise Paint Out is made possible by Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay, Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

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Artists Association of Jupiter 2nd Annual Plein Air Event Dates: February 5-7, 2015 Opening Reception: February 6, 2015 Entry Deadline: January 25, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Artists Association of Jupiter/A Unique Art Gallery Venue: 226 Center St., Suite 8 City: Jupiter Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Hugh O’Neill Award Total: Over $2,500 in cash and prizes Contact: Denise LeClair-Robbins E-mail: Phone: 772.579.1500 Website: Delray Beach Plein Air Competition Date: February 26, 2015 E-mail:



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Light Chasers Masters Show, Member Show & Paint Out Dates: February 27-March 1, 2015 E-mail: 2nd Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Dates: March 12-15, 2015 Opening Reception: March 12, 2015 Entry Deadline: February 4, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum Venue: Multiple locations City: Palm Beach and surrounding seaside area Format: Juried Invitational Jurors of Awards: Morgan Samuel Price, Marisa Pascucci, Glenn Tomlinson Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Barbra Broidy E-mail: Phone: 561.746.3101 Website: php?content=event_info&event_id=845 Official end date is March 15, 2015; however, art may remain on display until March 28 as we continue to promote sales of the Plein Air Festival work. 7th Annual Plein Air Key West Dates: March 13-15, 2015 E-mail: Winter Park Paint Out Dates: April 19-25, 2015 Opening Reception: April 20, 2015 Entry Deadline: November 1, 2014 Sponsoring Organization: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Venue: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens City: Winter Park Format: Juried Contact: Rachel Frisby E-mail: Phone: 407.647.6294 Website: Join us for the 2015 Winter Park Paint Out. If you’re an art lover, a patron, or just curious to see what the buzz is about, stop by the lovely Polasek Museum to see the latest from the 25 artists in action! The museum, sculpture gardens, and gallery will be open FREE to the public throughout this exciting week-long event. Events include FREE painting demonstrations and other activities. Completed paintings will be hung in the gallery’s “Wet Room” for immediate viewing.

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A10-day event featuring on-site viewing of artists at work, a public wet room and opportunities to purchase original works of art.

For more information, visit or call 800-378-8419

Join America’s plein air community this spring on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Celebrate 10 years of artistic excellence as many of America’s finest plein air artists gather to honor and preserve this last vestige of “Old Florida.” Presented by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, organizing regional cultural events to benefit local communities.

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April 22-26, 2015 In Atlanta

Central Florida’s premier plein air festival

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25 acclaimed artists artist demonstrations free museum admission Steve Andrews, Walking Iris Dance

30 of America’s great outdoor painters will compete for $10,000 in prizes and the prestige of winning “The Olmsted”.

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Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Dates: May 1-11, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition Venue: Florida’s Forgotten Coast Format: Invitational Contact: Joe Taylor E-mail: Phone: 800.378.8419 Website: Celebrating 10 years of documenting the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. Focusing on artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality art is the trademark of the 10-day event. The invitational features 21 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as six featured “Florida’s Finest en Plein Air” artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, two Plein Air Portrait experts, and the Plein Air Academy’s Master Artists Faculty. Look for expanded exhibits, a Collector’s Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and new opportunities to paint! Diggin’ the Arts Quick Draw Competition Date: May 3, 2015 E-mail: 16th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition Dates: October TBD Entry Deadline: Mid-June 2015 Sponsoring Organization: American Impressionist Society, Inc. Venue: TBD City: TBD Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: Over $50,000

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Contact: Debra Joy Groesser E-mail: Phone: 772.569.0597 Website: Location and exact dates are to be determined. Please check the AIS website for location, dates, and complete information, which will be posted as soon as available. Entry deadline will be mid-June with the exhibition to be held in October 2015. The American Impressionist Society, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of American Impressionism through workshops, exhibitions, and other media. Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out Dates: October 5-10, 2015 E-mail:

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Bagdad and Milton Plein Air Paint Out Date: October 10, 2015 E-mail: Paint the Beach, A Plein Air Competition Dates: November 2-8, 2015 Opening Reception: November 6, 2015 Entry Deadline: October 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Santini Marina Plaza, Fish-Tale Marina, Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts Venue: Various locations City: Fort Myers Beach Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $3,000 Contact: Michele Buelow E-mail: Phone: 239.463.3909 Website: Paint the beautiful beaches and byways of the town for three days during the 6th annual event, culminating in a collectors preview and awards party on Friday. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes awarded to participating artists. Quick Draw and sales tent. Limited to 60 artists. Information available mid-July on our website.

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Venice Plein Air (VPA) Paint Outs Dates: 1st & 3rd Saturdays E-mail:

GEORGIA Olmsted Plein Air Dates: April 22-26, 2015 Opening Reception: April 22, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Venue: Atlanta Olmsted Linear Park City: Atlanta Format: Invitational/Juried Jurors of Awards: Steve Doherty, Anne Blair Brown, TBD Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: Lillian Ansley E-mail: Phone: 404.376.7075 Website: Blue Ridge Mountains Fall Plein Air Event Dates: September 10-13, 2015 E-mail: Marietta/Cobb Museum Plein Air Paint Out Dates: September 11-16, 2015 E-mail:

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Experience Maui as captured on canvas by 25 premier artists 3 Paintouts 6 Event Activities 25 Mini-Paintings 25 Kick-Off Paintings 100 Paintings Gala Reception at the Village Galleries, Lahaina Together it totals . . . art in paradise.


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GEORGIA to INDIANA Savannah Plein Air Festival Dates: November 11-14, 2015 E-mail:

H AWA I I 10th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: February 14-22, 2015 Opening Reception: February 20, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: West Maui Cultural Council Venue: Maui City: Lahaina/Kapalua Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Jean Stern Award Total: $1,000 (Plus $4,500 In-Kind) Contact: Lois Reiswig E-mail: Phone: 808.665.1491 Website: The event showcases 25 premier outdoor painters from Hawaii and across the U.S. The week-long event includes a variety of beachfront and historical Maui venues to watch and mingle with professional plein air artists in action. Images captured on canvas during the event will capture the essence of Hawaiian culture, Maui’s plantation history, mountain vistas, beautiful beaches, and, of course, spectacular sunsets. Workshops for plein air enthusiasts will happen before and after the event. Come, enjoy Maui, the artists, embrace art, and return home with the spirit of Aloha.

I DA HO Driggs Digs Plein Air Dates: July 25-August 1, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Driggs Community Association Venue: Driggs City Gallery City: Driggs Format: Open Award Total: $8,000 Contact: Julie Robinson E-mail: Phone: 208.313.7715 Website: Join us this summer in Driggs, Idaho, on the west side of Grand Teton National Park, for an exciting and inspiring plein air painting festival. This will be our fourth year! Come to paint or browse the ongoing gallery. Only 32 miles from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Driggs is the hub of the Yellowstone Teton Scenic Loop drive and one of the top 10 scenic drives in the northern Rockies, with the first-ever GeoTourism Center with interactive exhibits of the area’s unique places, activities, and histories. Wrap your summer vacation around this celebration of plein air painting! Kneeland Gallery 23rd Annual Plein Air Exhibition Dates: August 5-7, 2015 E-mail: Sawtooth Valley Plein Air Paint Out Dates: September 1-4, 2015 Opening Reception: September 4, 2015 Entry Deadline: July 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of Idaho Venue: Redfish Lodge City: Stanley Format: Open Award Total: $250 Contact: Karen Jacobsen E-mail:

Phone: 208.412.9444 One of the major events for PAPI is our Sawtooth Valley paint out in the first week in September. This event takes place among mountains, pine trees, cobalt skies, clear lakes and streams. It is the perfect place to paint and enjoy four fun-filled days, which culminate in displaying your art on Friday outside the beautiful Redfish Lake Lodge. The Lake lies a few miles from Stanley and 60 miles from Sun Valley. We look forward to seeing you there with paintbrush in hand, or just to see our PAPI participants capturing the tranquility of the Valley!


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ILLINOIS 5th Annual Prairie Plein Air Competition & Show Dates: April 24-May 8, 2015 Opening Reception: May 15, 2015 Entry Deadline: April 10, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Village of Schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials Venue: Prairie Center for the Arts City: Schaumburg Format: Open Juror of Awards: Ratindra Das Award Total: $600 Contact: Roxane Benvenuti E-mail: Phone: 847.923.3605 Website: The Prairie Center Arts Foundation invites plein air artists to participate in the 2015 Plein Air Competition and Show by creating an original plein air painting or drawing of any location within the Village of Schaumburg, Ilinois. Submitted works will be exhibited at the Prairie Center for the Arts in conjunction with Schaumburg’s Prairie Arts Festival through June 30. This event is open to all plein air artists (artists do not need to be participants in the Prairie Arts Festival to register). Entry fee is $25.

Sponsored by village of schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials SChAumburg, IllInoIS

APril 24 through MAy 8, 2015 Art will be displayed at The Prairie Center for the Arts May 11 through June 30, and will coincide with the 28th AnnuAl PrAirie ArTs FesTivAl.

Cash prizes and no commission on sales. DeADline: APril 10, 2015 PAinT ouT: MAy 2, 2015 Prospectus and registration form: Contact: | 847-923-3605

Art in Nature Date: September 20, 2015 E-mail:

INDIANA 17th Annual First Brush of Spring Paint Out Dates: April 15-18, 2015 Opening Reception: April 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Hoosier Salon and Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA) Venue: Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery City: New Harmony Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $7,500 Contact: Maggie Rapp E-mail: Phone: 812.459.9851 Website: This event includes the “Field to Finish” Opening Reception featuring a study from last year’s paint out along with a completed studio painting ($1,000 in prizes awarded), a Quick Draw Competition and Awards Reception, an artist picnic, a public Art Sale (no charge, but pre-registration is required), a children’s plein air mini-workshop, a professional, non-professional, and youth competition and an Awards Ceremony with over $7,500 in cash prizes, including a $2,500 Best of Show Award.

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INDIANA to MARYLAND Dubois County Open Quick Draw and Plein Air Event Dates: July 10-11, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Jasper Community Arts/Runaway Artists Venue: Jasper Riverwalk and Schaeffer Barn City: Jasper Format: Open Contact: Emily Colucci E-mail: Phone: 812.482.3070 Website: Jasper Arts Department, in partnership with Runaway Artists, is sponsoring a two-day plein air event. A Quick Draw event will be held at the Schaeffer Barn near the beautiful Jasper Riverwalk on Friday, July 10. A wine-tasting and auction will follow. On Saturday, July 11, artists will check in at the beautiful Jasper Riverwalk before scattering throughout the area to paint. An evening gathering will feature a public showing and prizes. Enjoy painting the charms of southern Indiana — hills, rivers, fields, quaint villages, and more. Visit our website or call for more information.

I O WA Fresh Paint Iowa Dates: September 4-6, 2015 E-mail:

First Brush of Spring 17th Annual Paint Out

April 15-18, 2015 Historic New Harmony, Indiana On the banks of the Wabash

Open Registration: Scheduled Events April 15 Field to Finish Exhibit & Awards at the Hoosier Salon Gallery April 16 Quick Draw Competition & Awards Reception April 18 Art Sale (pre-registration required) April 18 Awards Ceremony with $7,500 in awards Art Workshops April 20-23 with C.W. Mundy, Scott Christensen, Carolyn Anderson, Laura Robb, Kenn Backhaus, and Daniel Gerhartz

Contact, Maggie Rapp at Cell (812) 459-9851


KANSAS KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MAINE Katahdin Plein Air Festival Dates: September 24-27, 2015 E-mail:

MARYLAND Paint Snow Hill Dates: April 16-19, 2015 Opening Reception: April 18, 2015 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Arts on the River Venue: Old Firehouse City: Snow Hill Format: Open Award Total: $500 Contact: Ann Coates E-mail: Phone: 410.632.3555 Website: Snow Hill, Maryland, is a lovely historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that will host the 12th Annual Paint Snow Hill. This, the first plein air event on the Eastern Shore, continues to be very popular with many of the most talented artists from the Mid-Atlantic area. It is a non-juried, non-competitive paint out that gives the artists the flexibility to select locations and subjects. Registration is open to 70 artists. The “Wet Paint” Show and Sale, sponsored by Arts on the River, opens with a ticketed preview on Saturday, April 18, and continues with free admission on Sunday, April 19. Saturdays en Plein Air Dates: April 25-October 31, 2015 E-mail: Mountain Maryland Plein Air Dates: June 2-June 6, 2015 Opening Reception: June 6, 2015

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Entry Deadline: February 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Allegany Arts Council Venue: Saville Gallery City: Cumberland Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Stewart White Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Chris Sloan E-mail: Phone: 301.777.2787 Website: The 7th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air offers magnificent mountain vistas, pristine state forests/parks, historic architecture, a variety of industrial settings, and Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Thirty artists will be selected to participate. Events include Quick Draw, optional demonstrations, Collector’s Reception, and Public Opening. Entry: Three digital images of plein air artwork, photo of yourself, brief bio, through www. (CaFÉ™), entry fee $40. Deadline for application: February 15, 2015; Notification: March 2, 2015. Paint Annapolis Dates: June 8-June 14, 2015 Opening Reception: June 13, 2015 Entry Deadline: February 25, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Federation of Art Venue: Circle Gallery City: Annapolis Format: Juried Jurors of Awards: Billyo O’Donnell (Selection Juror)/Awards Juror TBD Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Joann Vaughan E-mail: Phone: 410.268.4566 Website: Annapolis was once the capital of the United States, is home to the U.S. Naval Academy, and hosts Paint Annapolis. Come paint in a historic waterfront town with expansive water views, historic buildings, unique architecture, and pastoral fields. Events include painting throughout the county, nocturne, quick draw, and more. Housing provided. Entry opens December 10, closes February 25. Thirty painters will be selected by Billyo O’Donnell. $10,000 in prize money. Easels in Frederick Dates: June 15-20, 2015 Opening Reception: June 19, 2015 Entry Deadline: January 31, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Easels in Frederick, Inc. Venue: Talley Center City: Frederick Format: Juried Jurors of Awards: Juror Kathleen Dunphy; judge TBD Award Total: $16,000 Contact: Vicki Glenn E-mail: Phone: 301.514.6263 Website: The 2014 event hosted 30 juried artists from 15 states and Canada. The 2015 competition will again welcome 30 finalists for 4+ days of painting, a Collectors Preview on Friday night, a Quick Draw contest and public exhibit on Saturday afternoon, plus special artist activities all week. Prizes will total $16,000 or more. Easels in Frederick opens the entire county — 664 square miles — to the artists, providing diverse subject matter in settings from rural to suburban to urban. Past artists have stated this is one of the best organized, friendliest paint-outs they’ve attended. Don’t miss this opportunity to show, win, and sell.





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aint amid centuries of history and rural beauty. Be inspired by rolling fields, historic architecture and colorful streetscapes. And enjoy the welcoming, well-organized experience that past artists say sets this event apart from the rest.


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July 9–13, 2015 Historic Ellicott City, Maryland

Deadline for Entries: April 30, 2015 Prospectus available at Peter Emerson at United States Naval Academy


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Paint it! Ellicott City Juried Plein Air Paint-Out & Exhibition Dates: July 9-13, 2015 Opening Reception: July 13, 2015 Entry Deadline: April 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Howard County Arts Council and Howard County Tourism & Promotion Venue: Howard County Center for the Arts City: Ellicott City Format: Juried Contact: Beth Forbes E-mail: Phone: 410.313.2787 Website: Quirky architecture, steep hillsides, historic landmarks ... Ellicott City, Maryland, has all that and more! Come capture the old mill town’s unique charms during Paint It! Ellicott City 2015, a threeday plein air paint-out. July 9: Orientation and kick-off. July 1012: Paint-out. July 13: Reception, featuring presentation of juror awards. July 13-August 21: Exhibit of juried artists’ work. Plein Air Easton Dates: July 11-19, 2015 Opening Reception: July 10, 2015 Entry Deadline: March 13, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Avalon Foundation, Inc. Venue: Throughout Easton City: Easton Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Kip Forbes Award Total: $25,000+ Contact: Jess Rogers E-mail: Phone: 410.822.7297 Website: Plein Air Easton has been a juried competition since its inception, and every year artists who are new to plein air competition have gained entry and national recognition through their participation in this event. Paint alongside some of the best plein air painters in the country. Define the modern plein air movement. Don’t miss the largest, most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the United States. The way to get in is to apply! Artists Paint O.C. — A Plein Air Event Dates: August 7-9, 2015 Opening Reception: August 6, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: The Art League of Ocean City City: Ocean City Format: Open Juror of Awards: Laura Era of Troika Gallery, Easton, Maryland Award Total: $2,325 Contact: Emily Schwab E-mail: Phone: 410.524.9433 Website: Ocean City, Maryland’s 11th Annual Plein Air Event opens Thursday, August 6, with registration, reception, and an Eastern Shore dinner. The event runs through August 9, during the height of Ocean City’s busiest tourist and buying season. Paint Friday and Saturday. Judging and cash prize awards Saturday evening. Wet paint sale Saturday and Sunday, at which point the artists’ chosen piece will remain hung as the featured exhibit for the rest of August at Worcester County’s #1 rated gallery, The Ocean City Center for the Arts. Quick draw contest with awards Sunday morning, August 9. Additional information available at Solomons Plein Air Festival Dates: September 15-20, 2015 Opening Reception: TBD

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Plein Air Easton has been a juried competition since its inception and every year artists who are new to plein air competitions have gained entry and national recognition through their participation in this event. Paint alongside the some of the best plein air painters in the country. largest most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the United States. The way to get in is to apply!

July 11-19, 2015

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 13, 2015 For the prospectus and to apply online visit

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MARYLAND to NEW YORK Entry Deadline: June TBD Sponsoring Organization: Carmen’s Gallery Venue: Carmen’s Gallery City: Solomons Island Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: Carmen Gambrill E-mail: Phone: 410.326.2549 Website: Ask any artist who’s participated in a Solomons Plein Air: This is a great plein air competition! Solomons Island offers the artist such diversity in painting matter. The historic fishing village is now a picturesque mix of work boats, pleasure boats, marinas, old fishermen’s cottages, rural farmland, and quaint architecture with a few shops scattered amongst historic waterfront buildings. Stand in one spot on Solomons Riverwalk and you can paint any of these things and more. But the best part is the hospitality! The artists rave about the events planned for them and the warm reception they receive from the town.

M ASSACHUSET TS Plein-Air Painters of America: Looking East Dates: June 6-August 30, 2015 Opening Reception: June 6, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Plein-Air Painters of America Venue: Cape Cod Museum of Art City: Dennis Format: Invitational Contact: Susan Hallsten McGarry E-mail: Phone: 505.982.6379 Website: PAPA members “look east” in this museum exhibition of plein air and studio paintings by Signature Members: Kenn Backhaus, Christopher Blossom, John Budicin, Jill Carver, Lorenzo Chavez, John Cosby, Gil Dellinger, Don Demers, Louise DeMore, Kathleen Dunphy, Andy Evansen, Gay Faulkenberry, West Fraser, Gerald Fritzler, Lynn Gertenbach, Raleigh Kinney, Frank LaLumia, Joan M. LaRue, Jean LeGassick, Joseph McGurl, Ned Mueller, Billyo O’Donnell, Joe Paquet, Jean Perry, Ron Rencher, Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Jane Shuss, Brian Stewart, George Strickland, Skip Whitcomb, and Honorary Member Clyde Aspevig.

MICHIGAN Glen Arbor Paint Out Weekend Dates: July 31-August 1, 2015 E-mail: Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival Dates: August 17-22, 2015 E-mail:

MINNESOTA Plein Air Art and Music Festival Dates: June 22-27, 2015 E-mail: Plein Air — Aitkin Dates: July 15-18, 2015 E-mail: Plein Air Grand Marais Dates: September 11-18, 2015 E-mail:


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Augusta Plein Air Festival Dates: April 23-May 3, 2015 Opening Reception: April 22, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce Venue: Augusta Visitor Center City: Augusta Format: Open Award Total: $7,500+ Contact: Kathleen Turner E-mail: Phone: 636.228.4005 Website: Ten days of painting at wineries and local merchants with $500 purchase award each day. The public and artists are invited to special events throughout the festival featuring the local small towns with two private estates with limited space, paint outs at wineries, historic Daniel Boone Home, a day in Defiance, a day in New Melle, a day in Augusta, and a night in Washington, Missouri. Art for sale daily at these events. Final judging, awards for the top four paintings in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media; with final sale Sunday, May 3, at Mount Pleasant Estates.

Passport to the Arts Dates: May 8-10, 2015 E-mail:

Brush Creek Art Walk: Plein Air Competition Dates: September 11-13, 2015 E-mail: Golden Hills of Louisiana Missouri Plein Air Date: September 12, 2015 E-mail:

MONTANA Plein Air Glacier — Exploring the Timeless Legacy of Painting the Park Dates: June 17-20, 2015 Opening Reception: June 20, 2015 Entry Deadline: April 4, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Hockaday Museum of Art Venue: 302 Second Avenue East City: Kalispell Format: Combination Juror of Awards: HMA Standards Committee Contact: Liz Moss E-mail: Phone: 406.755.5268 Website: Plein Air Glacier — Exploring the Timeless Legacy of Painting the Park. Plein Air Paint Out in Glacier National Park — June 17, 18, 19, June 20 reception. Artists spend three days in Glacier National Park. Enjoy painting the Crown of the Continent with spectacular views of mountains, streams, and forest. Exhibit follows paint out, June 25-July 25. See website for complete information.

NEBR ASKA N E VA D A Nevada Northern Railway Annual Plein Air Outdoor Arts Festival Dates: September 5-7, 2015 E-mail:

NEW HAMPSHIRE NEW JERSEY High Bridge Paint Out Date: October 3, 2015 E-mail:

Plein Air Santa Fe 2015 Dates: June 6-12, 2015 Opening Reception: June 12, 2015 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Venue: InArt Gallery City: Santa Fe Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Jill Carver Award Total: Over $10,000 Contact: Alma Rosa Delgado E-mail: Phone: 505.604.1713 Website: Paint in the culturally rich, legendary art mecca of the Southwest. The Santa Fe area offers unparalleled highaltitude light, cobalt blue skies, Neapolitan colored desertscapes, and unique adobe architecture. Be inspired by the landscapes that drew artists Georgia O’Keeffe, Wilson Hurley, and Gustave Baumann to New Mexico. Forty-nine artists will paint for four days. Optional quick draw event will follow. The exhibition at InArt Gallery, located in the world-renowned Canyon Road art corridor, will run for three weeks at the height of summer’s tourist season. Judge Jill Carver will offer a three-day workshop after the event. 3rd Annual Starry Night Plein Air Paint Out Dates: August 22-29, 2015 E-mail:


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4th Annual Las Vegas, New Mexico Plein Air Paint Out Dates: October 8-11, 2015 E-mail: Historic Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out Dates: October 16-17, 2015 E-mail:

N EW YOR K Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival & Competition Dates: June 10-14, 2015 Opening Reception: June 10, 2015 Entry Deadline: January 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Ontario County Arts Council Venue: Historic Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion City: Canandaigua Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Nancy Tankersley Award Total: Over $7,000 Contact: Pat Rini Rohrer E-mail: Phone: 585.394.0030 Website: The 4th annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival will run June 10-14, 2015. Up to 45 juried-in artists will paint the beauty of the Finger Lakes and our surrounding rolling countryside full of pastoral farmlands and gardens. The event brings in art lovers and collectors, as well as those who want to participate in the communitycentered events planned for downtown Canandaigua. Final events at the historic site of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua: Awards presented during Reception Gala/ Preview Exhibit & Sale (ticketed event) on Saturday; Public Exhibit & Sale in Sunday.

Ohio PLEIN AIR Society

12th Annual Plein Air Competition Sponsored by

Ohio PLEIN AIR Society

Alexandria (Licking County), Ohio

September 25-27, 2015 OPEN CLASS Deadine to enter September 15, 2015

OVER $5000 IN PRIZES! Email:

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NEW YORK to OREGON close after 50 artists register. New expanded format this year, Monday-Saturday. Separate “Paint the Town” competition and silent auction. Preview reception. Saturday Show & Sale. Further details on the website. 7th Annual Plein Air Paint Out and Art Auction Dates: September 3-5, 2015 E-mail: Adirondack Harvest Plein Air Festival Dates: September 24-27, 2015 E-mail: Seneca Lake Plein Air Painting Festival Dates: September 29-October 4, 2015 E-mail:

NORTH CAROLINA 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint the Town: Historic Downtown Cary Date: May 2, 2015 E-mail: Town of Cary 2nd Annual Plein Air Art Auction & Gala Date: May 29, 2015 E-mail: Cashiers Plein Air Festival Dates: July 10-16, 2015 E-mail:

PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads’ Publisher’s Invitational Paint the Adirondacks Dates: June 14-21, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: Paul Smith College City: Paul Smith Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: The Morristown Public Library Plein Air Event Dates: July 30-August 2, 2015 E-mail: Adirondack Plein Air Festival Dates: August 17-22, 2015 Opening Reception: August 21, 2015 Entry Deadline: August 1, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Saranac Lake ArtWorks Venue: Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery & Town Hall City: Saranac Lake Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $6,000 Contact: Sandra Hildreth E-mail: Phone: 518.891.1388 Website: Paint in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where Hudson River School painters worked. Open registration, but it may


NC Open Plein Air Dates: August 14-15, 2015 Opening Reception: August 15, 2015 Entry Deadline: August 14, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Varied Venue: Waterworks Visual Arts Center City: Salisbury Format: Open Juror of Awards: John Ebersberger Award Total: $1,750 Contact: Phyllis Steimel E-mail: Phone: 704.637.0874 Website: Piedmont Plein Air Paintout Dates: September 17-20, 2015 E-mail:

NORT H DA KO TA OHIO Art & About in Waterville: A Plein Air Event Dates: June 4-6, 2015 E-mail: 12th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society’s Plein Air Competition Dates: September 25-27, 2015 Entry Deadline: September 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Ohio Plein Air Society Venue: Licking County, OH Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: Over $5,000 total E-mail: Phone: 419.606.1620 Website: Come to beautiful Licking County, Ohio, for the Ohio Plein Air Society’s 12th Annual Plein Air Competition! Licking

County is located in the middle of the state, about 30 minutes from Columbus. There are a wide variety of beautiful sites to paint, including rural farms, historic buildings, forested ravines, and beautiful vistas! This is our 3rd year in Licking County and we have great local support for this event. More details will be posted on our website soon!

OKLAHOMA Plein Air Oklahoma Dates: November 4-7, 2015 E-mail:

OREGON 7th Annual Plein Air & More Dates: June 26-28, 2015 E-mail: Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event Dates: August 3-30, 2015 Opening Reception: August 7, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Columbia Center for the Arts Venue: 215 Cascade Ave. City: Hood River Format: Juried Contact: Cathleen Rehfeld E-mail: Phone: 541.490.0711 Website: The Columbia River Gorge is a Plein Air Painter’s Paradise. Each year, artists gather to take in the stunning beauty of its black basalt cliffs, ribbon-like waterfalls, and lush fir forests. In November 1986, Congress recognized the unique beauty of the Gorge when it made it the nation’s first National Scenic Area. During our exhibition, plein air painters create works of art, seeking inspiration in the great outdoors. The show begins with a paint-out and culminates in a month-long exhibition during the month of August at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon. Thirty-40 artists are selected by committee each year. Create! Eugene 3rd Annual Plein Air Competition, Exhibit & Sale Dates: August 21-23, 2015 Opening Reception: August 21, 2015 Entry Deadline: August 7, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene and Plein Air Painters of Lane County Venue: Lane County City: Eugene Format: Open Award Total: $3,000+ Contact: Karen Rainsong E-mail: Phone: 541.242.2364 Website: Paint in Oregon’s dynamic Eugene, Cascades, and Coast region. From the Pacific Ocean to the crest of the Cascade Mountains, Eugene is surrounded by spectacular landscapes. Set up your easel along the Willamette River that winds through town. Perch on a hilltop vineyard or sit in a glorious rose garden. Unique architecture provides plenty of city scene inspiration too, from sidewalk cafes to the University of Oregon’s historic halls of learning. Meet fellow artists, learn from expert painters, compete in a friendly atmosphere, and showcase and sell your art. Awards breakfast and juror talk completes the perfect plein air weekend!

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P E N N S Y LVA N I A Paint the Town-West Chester Dates: April 28-May 1, 2015 E-mail: Wayne Plein Air Dates: May 12-16, 2015 E-mail: Plein Air Camp Hill Dates: May 27-May 31, 2015 E-mail:



Celebration of Art, Beauty & Culture Dates: March 30-April 3, 2015 Opening Reception: March 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Au Coeur Academy Venue: Isle of Palms City: Charleston Format: Invitational Contact: Sheryll Reichwein E-mail: Phone: 508.221.0064 Website: When we were considering where to hold our book launch, we immediately thought of Charleston, a city devoted to art, beauty, and culture. We’re pleased to return to Charleston for our 2015 event. This time our base will be in Palm Isles, a barrier beach peninsula that offers easy access to beaches, harbors, historic plantations, and Downtown Charleston. And much more.... We hope you’ll join us!


S OU T H DA KOTA Urban Plein Air Date: October 3, 2015 E-mail:

$2500 IN CASH PRIZES TO WINNING ARTISTS Juried ar tists will set up their easels and p aint Frid a y an d S a t urd a y. Co ll e c t o rs are invited to at tend and watch the ar tists as they create their pieces. Ar t will be of fered for sale at the auction on Saturday. Additional pieces w il l be a vail a b l e t h ro u g h o u t t h e weekend in the Paint The Town Galler y.

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Paint the Town-Marble Falls Dates: April 9-11, 2015 Opening Reception: April 10, 2015 Entry Deadline: March 6, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Marble Falls Community Arts Program Venue: Old Oak Square City: Marble Falls Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $2,500 Contact: Bill Rives E-mail: Phone: 830.639.2815 Website: Join us for the 10th Annual Paint the Town in beautiful Marble Falls, Texas. Nestled beside Lake Marble Falls in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, artists will find an abundance of subject matter from which to draw inspiration. Paint Historic Terrell Dates: April 11-19, 2015 E-mail:

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Plein Air Southwest 2015 Dates: April 11-May 15, 2015 Opening Reception: April 11, 2015 Entry Deadline: January 5, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Outdoor Painters Society Venue: Southwest Gallery City: Dallas Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Phil Starke Award Total: $15,000+ Cash & Merchandise Contact: Tina Bohlman E-mail: Phone: 972.741.6154 Website: Now in its ninth year, PASW has become one of the premier events of the spring. The Outdoor Painters’ Society sponsors the event to promote an appreciation for the process of painting “en plein air.” PASW is a juried plein air competition, show and sale, and the salon features plein air paintings from many of the best painters working today, and features a quick draw competition. The Outdoor Painters’ Society is a Texas-based group formed to create opportunities and incentives for artists of like mind to come together and paint en plein air. Visit our website to learn more. Plein Air: Big Bend Dates: June 1-August 30, 2015 Opening Reception: June 5, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners Venue: Gallery at Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross University City: Alpine Format: Juried Contact: Stephen Unger E-mail: Phone: 505.360.0734 Website: Membership show by Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners of plein air paintings of the Big Bend area of Texas. Paint Rowlett Texas Plein Air Juried Show Dates: September 19-October 31, 2015 E-mail: Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event Dates: September 30-October 3, 2015 Opening Reception: October 3, 2015 Entry Deadline: September 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, and others Venue: 228 Earl Garret City: Kerrville Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Debbie Minns E-mail: Phone: 830.895.2911 Website: Painting on location in the Texas Hill Country. Prizes and sponsors yet to be determined — but always generous. Discount on entry fees if entered by July 31, 2015. Please see KACC Blog on for 2014 Plein Air show winners and for more info on 2015 Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event for all other KACC shows. EnPleinAir TEXAS Dates: October 26-November 1, 2015 Opening Reception: October 30, 2015 Entry Deadline: May 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Venue: Fort Concho Quartermaster Building City: San Angelo

Format: Juried/Invitational Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $13,000 Contact: Barbara Rallo E-mail: Phone: 325.656.2500 Website: San Angelo is proud to welcome competition artists back to this major plein air festival in Texas. Enjoy our West Texas hospitality in host homes and be inspired at painting sites you could not imagine in your wildest dreams! From the Historic Fort Concho to the International Water Lily Gardens ... exotic ranches and MORE! A week of activities that engages our community, and brings new patrons to our artists — climaxing with the Awards Preview Party and weekend exhibit hosted by our nationally acclaimed museum, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Come PAINT with us! Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Event Dates: November 7-14, 2015 Entry Deadline: November 14, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: G. Lee Gallery Venue: G. Lee Gallery, 2215 Post Office Street City: Galveston Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $850 Contact: Brenda Lee E-mail: Phone: 409.370.7350 Website: Looking for warmer weather to paint plein air? This open plein air event gives attendees seven beautiful days to paint Galveston Island. From beach to the bay, beautiful historic neighborhoods, and a working port, Galveston affords artists with a myriad of challenging subjects. Plein air painting by kayak; oil, acrylic and pastel plein air workshops will be offered. Cash prizes for best in show, second and third place.

UTAH Arts to Zion Studio Tour Dates: January 15-19, 2015 Opening Reception: January 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Southern Utah Arts Guild Venue: Washington County, Utah Format: Open Contact: Bobbi Wan-kier E-mail: Phone: 435.216.2651 Website: “Arts to Zion” Art and Studio Tour is a self-guided art adventure through Southern Utah, held MLK Jr. weekend, January 15-19, 2015. This year’s tour includes: “Parade of Home Studios” — Visit more than 50 artists in their workspaces and see what inspires their imagination. “After-Hours” — Watch artists create to live music each evening at select galleries! Silent Auction at the historic St George Courthouse. For more info and tickets ($10), visit! 8th Annual New Vision Art Show Dates: April 2-3, 2015 Opening Reception: All Day

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Art & Studio Tour Visit So. Utahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest Artists in their studios & galleries.

Martin Luther King weekend, Jan. 15th-19th, 2015 70+ participating artists, 20+ galleries, Silent Auction, maps &VIP After-Hours events. With Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

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Sponsoring Organization: The Mission Gallery & Authentique Gallery Venue: The Mission Gallery, Ancestor Square City: St. George Format: Invitational Contact: Jane Bell Meyer E-mail: Phone: 435.688.7278 Website: The New Visions Plein Air Art Show is celebrating its 8th year. It comes alive in the spring of St. George Utah. Our 34 artists from Authentique Gallery and The Mission Gallery are all present creating their beautiful pieces amid a fun, congenial atmosphere. They are spread throughout Ancestor Square painting whatever piques their interest from the surrounding red cliffs or historic buildings, all while chatting with eager collectors. The second day includes an animated silent auction of the wet paintings created that day. This is a show that collectors and our artists alike, look forward to throughout the year! Ogden Arts Festival Dates: June 5-13, 2015 E-mail: Where In The World Is Plein Air 2015 Dates: June 10-12, 2015 Opening Reception: July 2, 2015 Entry Deadline: October 2014 Sponsoring Organization: Illume Gallery of Fine Art Venue: Illume Gallery of Fine Art City: Salt Lake City Format: Juried Contact: Jane Bell Meyer E-mail:

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Phone: 801.201.2853 Website: ‘Where in the World Is Plein Air 2015” is in its second year. This cutting-edge online show takes you “virtually” to over 100 juried artists as they paint in locations across the world. During this three-day show, you watch artists as they paint plein air. Oceans, deserts, mountains, cityscapes; Europe, North America, and Australia come to life. Throughout the process, videos from each stage of a piece’s creation are made available for collectors to watch online ... purchases may be made at any point through the website. Experience the completed pieces — July 2-31, 2015, Illume Gallery of Fine Art. Wasatch Plein Air Paradise Dates: June 27-July 5, 2015 E-mail:

Escalante Canyons ART FESTIVAL * Everett Ruess Days *

Millions of Acres of Inspiration: Escalante is located in the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.

Utah Plein Air Dates: August TBD E-mail: Spring City Arts Plein Air Painting Competition Dates: September 2-5, 2015 Opening Reception: September 4, 2015 Entry Deadline: September 2, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Spring City Arts Venue: Spring City Arts Gallery on Main Street City: Spring City Format: Combination Award Total: $3,000 in cash and more than $15,000 in purchase awards Contact: Chris Anderson E-mail: Phone: 801.598.5864 Website: This will be the ninth annual plein air painting competition, set in Spring City, a bucolic rural town in Central Utah, a designated historic district and the best-preserved example of the Mormon Pioneer Village. Spring City has been designated by Forbes Magazine as one of the prettiest small towns in America. Come see why. Enjoy up to three days of plein air painting, to be followed by a Friday-evening reception and a Saturday exhibition and sale. A tour of local artist studios will also be held. Check our website and Facebook page for details. Escalante Canyons Art Festival — Everett Ruess Days Dates: September 18-27, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Envision Escalante Venue: Escalante City Center City: Escalante Format: Open Contact: Allysia Angus E-mail: Phone: 433.826.5615 Website: http:/// Make your plans now to attend the premier art event of the Colorado Plateau! Events include a plein air painting competition, demonstrations, workshops, an arts and crafts sale, speaker series, exhibits, and live music. Plein air competition runs September 18 to 24 and paint-out competition is scheduled for September 23. Escalante is located along Scenic Byway 12, Utah’s only All-American Road, surrounded by Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area and Dixie National Forest. Plein Air Moab 2015 Dates: October 2-10, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: City of Moab Venue: Moab Arts & Recreation Center City: Moab

SEPTEMBER 18-27, 2015 $8,000 in Prizes - Open to Artists of All Levels

Plein Air Competition Sept 18-24

Paint Out Sept 23

Art Sale & Auction Sept 25-26

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UTAH to WISCONSIN Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: Over $6,000 Contact: Laurie Collins E-mail: Phone: 435.686.2454 or 435.259.6272 Website: PleinAir Moab celebrates open air painting in breathtaking environments. The area has breathtaking views of red rock, river, desert, and mountainous environments and takes place during the height of fall leaf change. The colorful, week-long gathering of artists and art lovers in Moab, Utah, culminates in artist competitions & awards, public art sales, and fun with friends. Most events are free. Plein Air Moab attracts amateur and professional artists from all over the U.S. The eight-day festival begins with a one-day painting workshop and offers artists two quick-draw opportunities through the week. Artists may sell their work in a three-day art sale and/or enter their art into the Main Competition. First place prizes in three categories are $1,350 each.

But wait, there’s more ... Known for our dramatic sunsets over water, our outstanding diverse scenery, and for being one of the top three plein air festivals in the United States, when it comes to the Door County Plein Air Festival, there’s always more. Here you’ll find more access to the featured artists. More unique events. More community ownership. More fun due to our Midwestern hospitality - just ask our artists. In our ninth year, we’ll be hosting 40 plein air masters from across the country and points beyond. Why don’t you join us July 19-25, 2015? There’s always room for one more. Jason Sacran, 2014 Gamblin Best of Show

Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational Dates: November 2-8, 2015 Opening Reception: November 6, 2015 Entry Deadline: February 14, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Zion National Park Foundation Venue: Zion National Park City: Springdale Format: Invitational Contact: Jill Burt E-mail: Phone: 435.772.3264 Website: Zion National Park Foundation hosts the 7th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art invitational, November 2-8, 2015. The event celebrates the role art played in the creation and history of Zion by hosting 24 fine landscape artists for a week of painting and teaching in the park. Invited artists paint plein air throughout the week as park visitors watch and interact. Daily demonstrations and lectures, as well as a paint-out and auction on Saturday, cap the week of celebration. More than 150 paintings go on sale at the Zion Nature Center Saturday through Sunday. For details go to

VERMONT VIRGINIA Falls Church 7th Annual Plein Air Festival Dates: April 16-June 21, 2015 E-mail: Art Guild of Clifton Plein Air Festival Dates: May 15-17, 2015 E-mail: Plein Air Richmond Dates: June 21-28, 2015 E-mail: Bath County Plein Air Festival Dates: September 28-October 4, 2015 E-mail:

WA S H I N G T O N Mark Boedges, Sartori Artists’ Choice/ Guerilla Painter Third Place Presented by Peninsula School of Art, Door County, WI 920.868.3455


Painting Tulips Dates: April 20-October 22, 2015 E-mail: Paint Out Winslow Dates: August 15-16, 2015 E-mail:

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Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint-Out Date: August 15, 2015 E-mail: Paint the Peninsula Dates: September 6-13, 2015 Opening Reception: September 6, 2015 Entry Deadline: April 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Venue: Olympic Peninsula City: Port Angeles Format: Juried Award Total: $4,000+ Contact: Anne Dalton E-mail: Phone: 360.457.7782 Website: From sailboats to harbors to vintage working farms, from rainforest waterfalls to villages and cityscapes, the varied and beautiful locations of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State have it all to paint. Now in its third year, artists and collectors alike rave about the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience. Paint the Peninsula is at the entrance to Olympic National Park, giving artists access to amazing opportunities from the sea to the mountains. Prospectus and more information available online.


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WISCONSIN GoPaint! aka Fresh Paint! Dates: May 17-23, 2015 E-mail: 9th Annual Edge of the Rock Plein Air Dates: June 3-12, 2015 E-mail: Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Event Dates: June 17-June 28, 2015 E-mail: Door County Plein Air Festival Dates: July 19-25, 2015 Opening Reception: July 24, 2015 Entry Deadline: August 15, 2014 Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art Venue: 3900 County Road F, Fish Creek, Door County City: Fish Creek Format: Invitational: Award Total: $12,000 Contact: Kay McKinley E-mail: Phone: 920.868.3455 Website: Join us for our ninth annual Door County Plein air Festival, located among the diverse, natural beauty and quaint harbor towns of the Door Peninsula. Forty plein air masters from throughout the US and points beyond participate in the largest plein air festival in the Midwest which is also rated as one of the top three in the country. Paint the Point Dates: August 5-8, 2015 Entry Deadline: July 5, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Mineral Point Venue: Sponsoring Galleries City: Mineral Point Format: Open Jurors of Awards: Committee of four jurors Award Total: $4,500 Contact: Ried Knapp E-mail: Phone: 608.284.5927 Website:


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Mineral Point is a historic mining town settled by Cornish miners in the 1830s. It is nestled in the scenic driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin, 35 miles NE of Dubuque, Iowa and 45 miles SW of Madison. A historic district filled with limestone Greek revival buildings, is surrounded by rolling pastures and woodlands, affording endless artistic opportunity. Plein Air Hudson Dates: August 14-16, 2015 Opening Reception: August 17, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery Venue: 401 Second Street City: Hudson Format: Invitational Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $800 Contact: Ruth Misenko E-mail: Phone: 715.381.2906 Website: The year 2015 will mark our second annual Plein Air Hudson. Our charming community is nestled along the lovely St. Croix Rover, a National Scenic Waterway that is just 20 minutes east of downtown St. Paul. The vistas overlooking the river, the parks, the architecture, the water, and the boats all create lovely images for artist to ponder and interpret. Our goal for 2015 is to have 20 plein air painters participating in the event. The Opening Receptions/ Awards Ceremonies were well attended in 2014 with Purchase Awards adding to the excitement.

Plein Air Competition August 5–8, 2015 Mineral Point, Wisconsin

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WISCONSIN to INTERNATIONAL Plein Air Between the Bluffs Dates: September 12-26, 2015 E-mail:

Feb. 26 thru March 7, 2015 International Plein Air Festival

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Paint the Town En Plein Air in Plymouth, WI Dates: September 24-30, 2015 E-mail:

Province: Prince Edward Island Montague Plein Air Festival Dates: June 26-July 1, 2015 E-mail:



National Museum of Wildlife Art Plein Air Fest Date: June 20, 2015 Entry Deadline: February 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: National Museum of Wildlife Art Venue: Museum Sculpture Trail City: Jackson Format: Combination Jurors of Awards: Museum Representatives Award Total: Value of full ad, recognition and sale of art Contact: Becky Kimmel E-mail: Phone: 307.732.5424 Website: Plein Air Quick Draw 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Plein Air Magazine Best of Show Award Announced at 1:15 p.m.; Silent Auction – 1:15 – 2 p.m. Over 50 artists creating new works with just four hours to complete their masterpieces “en plein air.” Browse and bid on the fresh artworks! Artworks sold by “silent bid.” We want to encourage cycling to the event, so the first 200 cyclists will receive a free drink ticket, or you can ride the START Bus’s free shuttle directly to the Museum. Enjoy live music by PTO and food for purchase from the Rising Sage Café while interacting with artists.

Country: Curacao Plein Air Curacao Dates: February 26-March 7, 2015 Opening Reception: March 3, 2015 Entry Deadline: January 26, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Art Foundation Curacao Venue: Curacao City: Curacao Format: Combination Contact: Hellen Chirino E-mail: Phone: 202.241.8958 Website: Plein Air Curacao is a one-of-a-kind international festival on Curacao, the unique Dutch Caribbean island on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Artists paint plein air, plein aerial, and plein eau. Diver-artists come from all over the world to paint together underwater in the crystal clear sea. There’s moonlight painting, Sunset Cruise, picnic paint-outs, workshops, and a competition. With no participation fees, slashed hotel prices, and host family stays, you too can enjoy this wonderful, happy Caribbean getaway in the height of winter. Visit, our FB page, and YouTube for more info or call. Bon Bini!

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Province: British Columbia Gibsons Landing PAINT OUT 2015 Dates: September 11-13, 2015 Opening Reception: September 11, 2015 Entry Deadline: August 31, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Poynter Studio & Town of Gibsons Venue: Arts Building 464 S. Fletcher Gibsons BC City: Gibsons Landing Format: Open Juror of Awards: People’s Choice & Artist’s Choice Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Jan Poynter E-mail: Phone: 604.886.8918 Website: A 40 minute ferry from Vancouver, British Columbia. Enjoy the best scenery in the Northwest from Gibsons Landing wharf, seawalk, and seaside village. Coastal mountains are a dramatic backdrop to rugged islands, vintage boats and working harbor. Heritage buildings, colorful florals and views throughout this friendly, walkable town. Three days of painting in various locations, artist demos, displays and social gatherings for participating artists. Poynter Studio and Town of Gibsons host a welcome BBQ, studio hub & activities for painters. Art enthusiasts can visit the daily wet-paint display and final exhibition with quick draw, people’s choice, and sponsored awards. IPAP worldwide PaintOut listing. Province: Ontario Belleville Plein Air Festival

Country: Wexford, Ireland Art in the Open 2015 Plein Air Painting Festival Dates: July 26-August 4, 2015 E-mail: Country: Worldwide 13th International Plein Air Worldwide Paint Out Dates: September 11-13, 2015 E-mail: Country: Norfolk, United Kingdom A Brush with the Broads Dates: September 24-28, 2015 E-mail: Country: Bermuda Bermuda Plein Air Festival Dates: October 10-17, 2015 Opening Reception: October 10, 2015 Entry Deadline: September 21, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Bermuda Tourism Authority and others Venue: Bermuda-wide City: Hamilton Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Heidi Cowen E-mail: Phone: 441.234.2809 Website: Come and enjoy plein air painting on an island that is tailormade for it — the island that inspired Wyeth, O’Keefe, and Pleisner; which Mark Twain famously considered preferable to heaven; and where John Lennon composed his album Double Jeopardy.

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ALABAMA Alabama Plein Air Artists E-mail:

ARIZONA Plein Air Painters of Sedona and the Verde Valley E-mail: Tucson Pastel Society E-mail:

ARKANSAS Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Searcy E-mail: White River Artists E-mail:

CALIFORNIA California Plein Air Painters E-mail: Carmel Visual Arts E-mail: Central Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: Desert Art Center of the Coachella Valley E-mail: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association E-mail:

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Marin Open Studios Plein Air Art Group (MOSPAG) E-mail: Mendocino Art Center E-mail: Monday Morning Painters E-mail:

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Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association Contact: Murray Wagnon E-mail: Phone: 408.440.9762 Website: Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association, MBPAPA, promotes plein air painting depicting the region around Monterey Bay. An important part of our mission is to provide our members with opportunities to grow creatively and professionally. Membership in MBPAPA distinguishes local plein air artists as dedicated regional artists. MBPAPA was founded in 2005 by plein air artists from the Carmel area. Striving to capture timeless scenes transformed by fleeting qualities of atmosphere and light, we both celebrate and expand the rich heritage of California impressionists and post-impressionists who have been drawn to the Monterey region since the 1870s. Nevada County Plein Air Painters E-mail: North Tahoe Arts E-mail:

PAC6 Painters E-mail: Plein Air Artists of Riverside E-mail: Plein Air Artists of the Central Coast E-mail: Sacramento Plein Air Painters - Meetup Group E-mail: Sacramento Sketchers E-mail: San Clemente Art Association E-mail: San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) E-mail: Sierra Pastel Society E-mail: Studio 7 Gallery Plein Air Painters E-mail: Tahoe Art League Plein Air Painters E-mail:

COLORADO Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park E-mail: Pikes Peak Plein Air Painters E-mail: Plein Air Artists Colorado E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Estes Park E-mail: Sangres Art Guild E-mail: Sheridan Arts Foundation: E-mail:

CONNECTICUT D E L AWA R E DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA F L OR I DA American Impressionist Society, Inc. E-mail: Artists Association of Jupiter E-mail: Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition E-mail: Fort Myers Beach Art Association E-mail:

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Key West Art Center E-mail:

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Morada Way Arts & Cultural District E-mail: Mount Dora Plein Air Painters E-mail: Naples Art Association, The E-mail: Plein Air Colony of Pinellas (The PAC) E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Coconut Creek E-mail:

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LOUISIANA MAINE Castine Arts Association E-mail: Katahdin Plein Air Painters E-mail:


Plein Air Painters of Pensacola E-mail:

Academy Art Museum E-mail:

Plein Air Palm Beach E-mail:

Allegany Arts Council E-mail:

Tarpon Springs Art Association E-mail:

Art League of Ocean City E-mail:

Venice Plein Air (VPA) E-mail:

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Maryland Federation of Art E-mail:

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association E-mail:

H AWA I I Meetup Plein Aire Painting, Kauai E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Hawaii E-mail:

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Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association E-mail: Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay E-mail: Plein Air Painters of the Eastern Shore E-mail:

M ASSACHUSET TS Au Coeur Academy E-mail:


Etruscan Places E-mail:

Indiana Plein Air Painters Association E-mail:


Jasper Community Arts E-mail:

I O WA Iowa Plein Air Painters E-mail:

KANSAS Missouri Valley Impressionists Society E-mail:

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MISSISSIPPI Plein Air South America E-mail:

MISSOURI National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) E-mail: Springfield Plein Air E-mail:

MONTANA Hockaday Museum of Art E-mail:

NEBR ASKA N E VA D A Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters E-mail:

NEW HAMPSHIRE NHPleinAir Artists E-mail:

NEW JERSEY Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast E-mail:

NEW MEXICO Plein Air Painters of New Mexico E-mail: Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners E-mail: Plein-Air Painters of America Contact: Susan Hallsten McGarry E-mail: Phone: 505.982.6379 Website: PAPA, founded in 1986, comprises professional artists renowned for plein-air and studio paintings. Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, Christopher Blossom, John Budicin, Jill Carver, Lorenzo Chavez, John Cosby, Gil Dellinger, Don Demers, Louise DeMore, Kathleen Dunphy, Andy Evansen, Gay Faulkenberry, West Fraser, Gerald Fritzler, Lynn Gertenbach, Raleigh Kinney, Frank LaLumia, Joan M. LaRue, Jean LeGassick, Robert Lemler, Michael Lynch, Joseph McGurl, Joseph Mendez, Ned Mueller, Billyo O’Donnell, Ralph Oberg, Joe Paquet, Jean Perry, Ron Rencher, Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Jane Shuss, Matt Smith, Kate Starling, Brian Stewart, George Strickland, Linda Tippetts, Skip Whitcomb. HONORARY MEMBERS: Clyde Aspevig, John Stobart.

N EW YOR K Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters E-mail: Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters E-mail: Ontario County Arts Council E-mail:


PALS Plein Air E-mail: Plein Air Adirondack E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Thousand Islands Region E-mail: Saranac Lake ArtWorks E-mail:

NORTH CAROLINA Fellowship of Plein Air Painters E-mail: Outer Banks Outdoor Painters Society E-mail: PAINT North Carolina E-mail: Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society E-mail: Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE) E-mail: Triad Outdoor Painters E-mail:

NORT H DA KO TA OHIO Cuyahoga Valley Art Center E-mail: Ohio Pastel Artists League E-mail: Ohio Plein Air Society E-mail: Waterville Area Arts Council E-mail:

OKLAHOMA Arts Council of Tahlequah E-mail:

OREGON Columbia Center for the Arts E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Lane County E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Southern Oregon E-mail:

P E N N S Y LVA N I A Glar-Art Studio Plein Air Painting Group E-mail: Plein Air Painters of Central PA E-mail: Wayne Art Center E-mail:

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Port Angeles Fine Art Center E-mail:

Appalachian Pastel Society E-mail:


Midlands Outdoor Painting Society (MOPS) E-mail:

Arts Mineral Point E-mail:


Cedarburg Artists Guild E-mail:

Chestnut Group, The E-mail:

Friends of Riverfront E-mail:

Plein Air Memphis E-mail:

Peninsula School of Art E-mail:


Water’s Edge Artists E-mail:

EnPleinAirTEXAS E-mail: Kerr Arts & Cultural Center E-mail: Outdoor Painters Society E-mail: South Texas Plein Air E-mail:


Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association (WIPAPA) E-mail:

W YOMI NG National Museum of Wildlife Art E-mail: Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters E-mail:

Envision Escalante/Escalante Canyons Art Festival E-mail:

Teton Plein Air Painters E-mail:

Midway Art Association E-mail:

C A NA DA Province : British Columbia

Spring City Arts E-mail: Zion National Park Foundation E-mail:

VERMONT VIRGINIA Art Guild of Clifton E-mail: Ridge and Valley Plein Air Painters E-mail:

WA S H I N G T O N Peninsula Art League E-mail: Plein Air Washington Artists Spring/Fall Paint Outs Contact: Jane Wallis E-mail: Phone: 360.697.6607 Website: Plein Air Washington Artists’ mission statement is, “To promote plein air painting in the state of Washington by providing painting, learning and showing opportunities.”

Plein Air BC E-mail:

Province : Ontario Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Society E-mail:

Province : New Brunswick Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy E-mail:

INTER NATIONA L Country: Ireland Plein Eire, Ireland Plein Air Network E-mail:

Country: Mexico South of the Border Plein Air (S.O.B. Mx) E-mail:

C o u n t r y : Wo r l d w i d e International Plein Air Painters Worldwide E-mail:




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