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Plein​ ​Air​ ​Painting​ ​Is​ ​the​ ​ Largest​ ​Movement​ ​in​ ​Art​ ​ History ...​a​ nd​ ​Growing


f​ ​you​ ​study​ ​art​ ​history,​ ​as​ ​I​ ​have,​ ​you’ll​ ​learn​ ​that​ ​evidence​ ​of​ ​plein​ ​air​ ​painting​ ​goes​ ​ back​ ​a​ ​few hundred​ ​years.​ ​Over​ ​time,​ ​painters​ ​have​ ​been​ ​inspired​ ​to​ ​take​ ​brush​ ​and​ ​ canvas​ ​outside.​ ​As​ ​a result,​ ​small​ ​plein​ ​air​ ​movements​ ​have​ ​arisen.​ ​The​ ​best​ ​known​ ​were​ ​ Impressionism, Post-Impressionism,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Barbizon​ ​School.​ ​But​ ​each​ ​of​ ​these​ ​involved​ ​just​ ​ a​ ​handful​ ​of artists. Of​ ​course,​ ​America​ ​has​ ​its​ ​own​ ​rich​ ​history​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Hudson​ ​River​ ​School,​ ​which​ ​ involved sketching,​ ​oil​ ​sketching,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​some​ ​rare​ ​cases,​ ​full​ ​paintings​ ​on​ ​location.​ ​Later,​ ​ artists​ ​like Theodore​ ​Robinson,​ ​J.​ ​Alden​ ​Weir,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​small​ ​number​ ​of​ ​others​ ​who​ ​had​ ​lived​ ​ and​ ​studied​ ​in Paris​ ​brought​ ​their​ ​impressionist​ ​styles​ ​back​ ​to​ ​America.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​plein​ ​air​ ​ movements​ ​grew up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​East​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the​ ​West. But​ ​nothing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​art​ ​has​ ​ever​ ​seen​ ​a​ ​movement​ ​this​ ​large,​ ​a​ ​movement​ ​that​ ​ has become​ ​a​ ​lifestyle.​ ​I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​say​ ​it’s​ ​the​ ​new​ ​golf.​ ​Whether​ ​amateurs,​ ​hobbyists,​ ​or​ ​professionals, thousands​ ​of​ ​artists​ ​are​ ​living​ ​the​ ​lifestyle​ ​of​ ​outdoor​ ​painting.​ ​Like​ ​golf,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​mentally​ ​ challenging and​ ​stimulating,​ ​it’s​ ​social,​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​relaxing​ ​and​ ​allows​ ​you​ ​to​ ​forget​ ​everything​ ​ else​ ​for​ ​a​ ​while. It​ ​involves​ ​being​ ​outdoors​ ​in​ ​beautiful​ ​places,​ ​provides​ ​some​ ​exercise,​ ​and​ ​can​ ​ even​ ​lead​ ​to world​ ​travel.​ ​But​ ​unlike​ ​golf,​ ​it​ ​means​ ​using​ ​your​ ​creative​ ​brain​ ​and​ ​is​ ​an​ ​outlet​ ​ for​ ​developing your​ ​artistic​ ​ability.​ ​And​ ​for​ ​some​ ​it​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​an​ ​income,​ ​or​ ​at​ ​least​ ​the​ ​ gratification​ ​of​ ​being occasionally​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​shows​ ​or​ ​sales. We​ ​are​ ​seeing​ ​thousands​ ​adopt​ ​this​ ​lifestyle,​ ​which​ ​means​ ​more​ ​painters’​ ​groups,​ ​more​ ​ events and​ ​shows,​ ​and​ ​more​ ​people​ ​being​ ​exposed​ ​to​ ​original​ ​art​ ​and​ ​collecting​ ​it.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​ also joining​ ​the​ ​exotic​ ​trips​ ​​PleinAir​​ ​magazine​ ​has​ ​created​ ​(Cuba,​ ​Africa,​ ​New​ ​Zealand),​ ​and attending​ ​retreats​ ​that​ ​are​ ​all​ ​painting​ ​and​ ​not​ ​workshops,​ ​like​ ​my​ ​Adirondack​ ​and​ ​Fall​ ​Color Week​ ​events.​ ​Of​ ​course​ ​they​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​community​ ​and​ ​want​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​grow,​ ​ which is​ ​why​ ​the​ ​Plein​ ​Air​ ​Convention​ ​&​ ​Expo​ ​is​ ​now​ ​attracting​ ​about​ ​a​ ​thousand​ ​people​ ​ each​ ​year. Our​ ​​PleinAir​ ​Podcast​​ ​has​ ​also​ ​been​ ​bringing​ ​more​ ​people​ ​into​ ​painting.​ ​Like​ ​last​ ​time,​ ​ we expect​ ​a​ ​hundred​ ​or​ ​so​ ​people​ ​to​ ​show​ ​up​ ​at​ ​our​ ​next​ ​convention​ ​who​ ​have​ ​never​ ​painted before​ ​and​ ​who’ll​ ​buy​ ​all​ ​their​ ​supplies​ ​at​ ​the​ ​event.​ ​And​ ​we’re​ ​seeing​ ​more​ ​young​ ​people coming​ ​into​ ​the​ ​plein​ ​air​ ​lifestyle. Our​ ​role​ ​is​ ​to​ ​not​ ​only​ ​create​ ​experiences​ ​that​ ​scratch​ ​their​ ​itch​ ​to​ ​participate,​ ​but​ ​to​ ​ hold​ ​up​ ​the best​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​quality​ ​and​ ​encourage​ ​growth​ ​and​ ​high​ ​standards. This​ ​annual​ ​guide​ ​is​ ​evidence​ ​of​ ​the​ ​growth​ ​and​ ​success​ ​of​ ​this​ ​movement.​ ​We​ ​all​ ​play​ ​a​ ​ role​ ​in keeping​ ​it​ ​moving​ ​forward,​ ​helping​ ​it​ ​grow,​ while ​keeping​ ​standards​ ​high​ ​so​ ​that​ ​plein​ ​ air​ ​does​ ​not become​ ​known​ ​for​ ​low-quality​ ​artwork,​ ​but​ ​for​ ​high-quality​ ​paintings,​ ​often​ ​ created​ ​after​ ​years​ ​or decades​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​growth. We​ ​can​ ​keep​ ​this​ ​movement​ ​growing​ ​and​ ​alive​ ​for​ ​generations​ ​to​ ​come​ ​by​ ​helping​ ​others​ ​ paint — reinforcing​ ​my​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​helping​ ​1​ ​million​ ​people​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​paint,​ ​because​ ​it​ ​changes​ ​ lives.​ ​Most will​ ​never​ ​go​ ​pro,​ ​will​ ​never​ ​do​ ​shows​ ​or​ ​even​ ​show​ ​their​ ​work,​ ​yet​ ​with​ ​our​ ​help​ ​ they​ ​will​ ​be introduced​ ​to​ ​a​ ​life​ ​as​ ​an​ ​artist,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​rich​ ​and​ ​rewarding.​ ​Thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​the​ ​ role​ ​you​ ​play.

Eric Rhoads Publisher PleinAir Magazine


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WELCOME! To the 4th Annual Ultimate Artists’ & Collectors’ Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations


s president of the Exhibitionist Council of the Laguna Art Museum in 1991-92, I became aware of a group of painters who gathered in the town of Avalon, on the island of Catalina off the Southern California coast. They called themselves the Plein Air Painters of America, a name borrowed (with her blessing) from the author Ruth Lilly Westphal, who had penned two books with similar titles. The group was founded by Catalina resident painter Denise Burns, with the purpose of “seeing” color, to “capture the light.” She and Jane Shuss invited fellow artists to paint Avalon and the interior of the island, sometimes chased by island buffalo (and fascinated tourists). They assembled the first adventurous painters to paint “en plein air” and show their work in 1986. Their exhibition included Denise, Jane, Lynn Gertenbach, Louise DeMore, Dan Peterson, Stanley Sampson, and Betty Billups. The next year Linda Tippetts, Joan M. LaRue, Jack Hines, Jessica Zemsky, Raleigh Kinney, Mary Deloyht-Arendt, and Bill Perkins joined the group. By year three, Kevin Macpherson and Jean Perry were among the growing roster of artists. Denise’s vision of educating and establishing plein air painting as a valid genre was being wholeheartedly embraced. By the 1990s, the group had become well known among painters who enjoyed painting outdoors, and more amazing artists joined: Kenn Backhaus, John Budicin, Gay Faulkenberry, Jean LeGassick, Joseph Mendez, Ned Mueller, Ralph Oberg, Ron Rencher, Matt Smith, Brian Stewart, George Strickland, Frank LaLumia, and Peter Adams. Ten years after PAPA’s founding, a Laguna Beach and Catalina art patron by the name of Roy Rose formed the Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painters, or SAPAP. Rose not only brought his collector friends to purchase art from PAPA artists, he sponsored elegant openings of many PAPA exhibitions to follow. The Casino Ballroom at the luxurious Avalon Theatre included a red carpet entrance and the first framed wet paint sale. This hugely successful sale saw the vision Denise had gambled on years before come to full fruition. The 25 artists, in more than 100 paintings, captured on canvas the island’s beauty, its people, boats, and architecture. I was lucky enough to attend the 13th Annual PAPA show and sale in November of 1998. There were artists I’d heard of, and some I knew, but what

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was really evident was the camaraderie of those who loved to paint on location. They swapped paintings for golf carts and lodging and had so many stories to tell … helping each other late into the night, and critiquing one another’s paintings from the day as artists gathered at the Atwater Hotel in the evenings. The “losers” were scraped off to present a fresh canvas for the next day’s challenge. When you meet a painter out on the road or in a field or standing on a sandy beach, make sure you engage them in conversation. Ask them for a painting story. One artist might tell you about the time she was painting on a secluded beach when a man pulled his Zodiac up on the beach, stripped down to his swim trunks, and watched her paint. After a few hours, he swam back to his sailboat and brought her back a check in a plastic bag to purchase the finished piece. If only there were room here to tell all their stories — trips to Venice, gypsy camps in Portugal, so many of the national parks. It’s an extended family who to this day enjoy the life of “schlepping canvases, paints, frames” so we have the opportunity to see what they see. This legacy is alive today. Alive in the many plein air painting groups around the world, small and large groups who meet in Ireland, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Nova Scotia, Vancouver, and every point in between. All because they love to share the camaraderie of painting in every medium, in early morning light, in the dark by flashlight, and even in the rain. Not only is PAPA going strong at 31 years old, with workshops, paintouts, and exhibitions, so are the many listed in this 2018 Ultimate Artists’ & Collectors’ Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations. Whether you are a painter just starting out or a patron who loves to watch a painting being created before your eyes, we hope you enjoy this year’s guide. Keep on painting, and keep on collecting great plein air paintings!

ANNE WEILER BROWN Art Division Director Streamline Publishing, Inc.

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A Guide for Artists, Collectors & Organizers By M. Stephen Doherty

An artist participates in the annual invitational event organized by the Laguna (CA) Plein Air Painters Association.


mong the driving forces behind the growth of interest in plein air painting are the numerous outdoor painting festivals launched within the past 15 years. As artists or collectors are trying to determine whether to get involved with one of these plein air events, they first need to understand how festivals are organized, promoted, and supported. Typically, events involve artists painting on weekdays in designated areas and then submitting their completed works for an exhibition and sale over the weekend. The organizers invite or jury top artists; offer opportunities to learn about materials, equipment, and techniques; encourage collectors to buy plein air paintings; and cele4

brate the idea of painting specific locations. They are “win-win” opportunities for the organizers, patrons, cities, and artists. The easiest events to participate in are those that don’t require advance registration and are open to anyone who shows up and pays a nominal fee. These community-oriented events are often fundraisers, and the artists donate all or a large percentage of the money they receive from selling their paintings. These events offer artists an opportunity to test their level of interest in timed plein air events. Even at invitational or juried events, there is often an opportunity for amateur or semi-professional artists to paint and compete in the two-hour quick draw events.

Member & Invitational Events These events can be as casual as a “paint-out” of artists who belong to a plein air group and just need someone to pick a location and date, or they can be as high-powered as the Laguna Plein Air Painters’ Invitational event in California. The artists that participate in this event are selected by committee and sent invitations to participate. Another type of invitational is organized by an art school, commercial gallery, or civic group that wants to hand-pick the participating artists. Most of the participants are connected to the host organization, but others submit examples of their work and ask to be invited. One of the largest of these invitationals is the Door County Plein Air

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Michael Godfrey paints during an event organized by the Rocky Mountain (CO) Plein Air Painters.

Crowds of people participate in a live auction of plein air paintings near Philadelphia.

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A group of people watch Tom Nachreiner during the annual Door County Plein Air Festival in Wisconsin.

Festival in Wisconsin, which, according to the group’s bylaws, must invite a significant number of artists who did not participate in the previous year’s event.

Juried Shows This is the most common type of plein air festival. The organizers put out a call for applications, artists submit digital images through an online jury system, and an outside person or persons selects artists up to the number that can be accommodated. There is almost always a fee to apply, and it is usual for an artist to submit digital photographs of three paintings. Most artists submit their best plein air paintings, especially those that have won awards in previous events, but others make sure to enter paintings that will catch a juror’s eye and are easy to understand and appreciate in a split second. Plein air events of these types are almost always fundraisers for the host organization or some designated charity like a school, art center, or foundation. Commercial galleries will also host events as a way to make money, bring attention to their regular stable of artists, or bring out collectors who might become clients of the gallery.

Publicity Events: Quick Draws, Nocturnes, Landmarks One of the best ways to build an audience for a plein air event is to schedule timed activities and have them take place in a specified location. That makes it easier for people to find and observe a group of artists working on location, and these events are perfect material for a local newspaper to feature. Two-hour quick draw and nighttime (nocturne) painting events help to bring attention to artists and the event in which they are participating, and they offer another opportunity to sell paintings, since most of these timed competitions end with completed work being displayed and offered for sale. 6

In another variation of these competitions, plein air artists are expected to spend a day painting in a specific town, a historic district, or near a historic landmark. The motivation is essentially the same: the scheduled events encourage people to travel to that designated location, get to know the artists, and purchase paintings. When time is limited by the rules of a quick draw competition or by the disappearing light at dusk, artists tend to paint on smaller panels and quickly block in the important pattern of light and shadows. It helps to identify a good location in advance of the event, perhaps even checking out locations after sunset a day or two before so the artist will know where the interior and exterior lights might work well in a nocturne.

Sales & Awards Buying art is a very personal and individual decision that is hard to analyze. The final selection is influenced by individual taste, interest in the subject, ability to pay the asking price, and the level of energy during the opening of an exhibition. Likewise, the decision made by an awards judge (or jury committee) is just as personal and subject to the taste, standards, and — yes — personal relationships between the judge and the competing artists. Perhaps the most common issue about plein air awards is that sense that the judge has rewarded his or her close friends, former students, or gallery associates. No judge will ever deliberately play favorites or pay more attention to signatures than painted images, but human nature and personal taste will always influence their final decision. The staff of Plein Air Easton (MD) conducted research and found that many folks who buy competition paintings were as interested in learning how to paint on location as they were in building a collection of plein air paintings. In particular, men and women who knew exactly when they would retire used the event in Mary-

land to explore the idea of becoming visual artists after they concluded their professional careers. The festival provided the perfect opportunity to see paintings develop from start to finish, ask questions about the decisions made by the artists, and buy the paintings that could remind them of the lessons offered by the painter. One of the conclusions to be drawn from Plein Air Easton’s research is that education is one of the ways artists can attract interest in their paintings. There are other ways to identify and motivate people who have the means to buy paintings, and the next section offers some proven methods of reaching that level of success.

Intangible Benefits There are many positive aspects to being a participant, volunteer, or supporter of plein air events, both on a personal and a professional level. One has the chance to talk with other artists, learn about materials and techniques, support the non-profit partner of the festival, buy or sell paintings of hometown scenes, make progress in one’s skills and style of painting, and establish friendships with creative people. Volunteers and staff members spend months in advance of an event trying to increase award purses, smooth the daily procedures, prepare for the exhibition, promote participation and sales, and offer every comfort possible to the artists. Families open their homes and provide accommodations, meals, snacks, and warm hospitality to the participating artists. Those volunteers and staff members offer a valuable service to artists, collectors, and community members. M. STEPHEN DOHERTY is editor-in-chief of PleinAir magazine.

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Timothy Horn stands near a display of his paintings in Sonoma, California.

James Gurney paints during an annual spring event at the New York Botanical Gardens in New York.

Thomas Jefferson Kitts paints a shoreline scene.

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2018​ ​EVENT​ ​CALENDAR MON T H LY November​​through​A​ pril,​1​ st​​&​​3rd​S​ aturday​o​ f​e​ ach​​month​: Venice​​Plein​​Air/VPA​​M.A.P​​ Meet​​And​​Paint,​​FL January​​27-October​​27​​4th​S​ aturday​​Monthly​P​ lein​​Air​​Paint​​Outs,​​CO JA N UA RY January​​26-28​​Plein​​Air​​Palm​​Beach​​—​​Plein​F​ un​F​ est,​​FL F E BRUA RY February​​17-25​​Maui​​Plein​​Air​​Painting​​Invitational,​​HI MARCH March​​3-11​​Lighthouse​​ArtCenter​​Plein​A​ ir​​Festival,​​FL March​​5-April​2​ ​​Borrego​​Art​​Institute​​Plein​​Air​​Invitational,​​CA March​​5-August​​31​​Farm​​to​​Table​P​ lein​​Air​​—​​Bringing​​Art​​to​​the​​Table,​​PA March​​10-16​​Shadows-on-the-Teche​​Plein​​Air,​​LA March​​29-30​​11th​​Annual​N​ ew​V​ isions​​Art​S​ how,​​UT APRIL April​​9-14​​The​K​ ern​​County​​Plein​A​ ir​​Festival,​​CA April​​11-15​​Santa​​Fe​​Springs​​Plein​​Air​​Paintout,​​FL April​​16-20​​7th​​Annual​P​ lein​​Air​​Convention​​&​​Expo,​​NM April​​17-22​​Queen​​City​​Plein​​Air​F​ estival,​V​ A April​​18-21​​First​​Brush​​of​​Spring​​Paint​​Out,​​IN April​​18-29​​Augusta​​Plein​​Air​​Art​​Festival,​​MO April​​19-22​​Paint​S​ now​​Hill,​​MD April​​20​​Paint​S​ taunton​A​ rt​​Competition​&​ ​​Pop-Up​​Show​​and​​Sale,​​VA April​​21-29​​Olmsted​​Plein​​Air​​Invitational,​​GA April​​22​​Fresh​​Paint,​​MA April​​22-28​​Winter​​Park​​Paint​O​ ut,​F​ L April​​22-29​​St.​​Augustine​​Plein​​Air​​Paint​​Out​​&​J​ uried​​Exhibition,​F​ L April​​23-28​​Artists​​on​​Location,​​TN April​​27-May​​4​​Sante​​Fe​​Plein​​Air​​Fiesta,​​NM April​​27-May​​11​​Prairie​​Plein​​Air​​Competition​​and​​Show,​​IL April​​28​​Paint​​Out​​Lynchburg,​​VA April​​29​​Celebration​​of​​the​​Arts​​Plein​​Air​​Event,​P​ A April​​29-May​5​ ​​Paint​​the​​Town,​T​ X


M AY May​​4-12​​Plein​​Air​K​ C,​​MO May​​5​​Paint​​the​​Town​A​ rt​A​ uction​​and​​Gala,​​NC May​​5-13​​Forgotten​​Coast​​en​​Plein​​Air,​​FL May​​6-12​​Wayne​​Art​C​ enter​​Plein​A​ ir​​Festival,​​PA May​​14-17​​Plein​​Air​​South,​​FL May​​17-20​​Elora​​Plein​​Air​​Festival​​ON,​​CAN May​​18-20​​Carmel​​Art​​Festival,​​CA May​​18-20​​Paint​​St.​​Louis​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​MO May​​18-31​​Stems​​Plein​​Air​​Paint​​2018,​​KS May​​20-26​​Plein​​Air​S​ outhwest,​​TX May​​21-24​​Eureka​​Springs​​Plein​​Air​​Festival​​(ESPAfest),​A​ R May​​22-June​​30​​Eccles​​Community​A​ rt​​Center​​Plein​​Air​Competition,​​UT May​​29-September​​3​​Oil​​Painters​​of​​America​​National​​Exhibition​&​ ​​Convention,​​CO JUNE June​​1-3​​ON​​LOCATION:​​Artists​​at​​Brandywine,​​PA June​​1-11​​Annapolis​​Arts​​Week,​​MD June​​3-10​​Paint​​Annapolis,​​MD June​​4-9​​Steelville​​Plein​​Air,​​MO June​​4-9​​Bucks​​County​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​PA June​​5-10​​Finger​​Lakes​​Plein​​Air​​Competition​​&​​Festival,​​NY June​​6-July​​11​​Where​​in​​the​​World​​Is​​Plein​​Air,​​online​​worldwide June​​8-13​​Summerfest​​Arts​​Faire,​​UT June​​9-10​​Ogden​​Arts​​Festival​​Plein​​Air​​Quick​​Draw,​U​ T June​​10-16​​Plein​A​ ir​​West​​Reading,​​PA June​​10-17​​PleinAir​​​Magazine​​Publisher​​Eric​​Rhoads’​​Publisher’s​​ Invitational​​Paint​​the​​Adirondacks,​​NY June​​12-17​​Plein​​Air​​Nantucket,​M ​ A June​​14-17​​Parrsboro​​International​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​NS,​​CAN June 16 Plein Air Fest, ETC at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, WY June​​16-22​​Plein​​Air​​Paint​O​ ut:​​Glacier,​​MT June​​17-24​​Plein​A​ ir​​Richmond,​​VA June​​18-July​​8​​Plein​​Air​​Meeker,​​CO June​​22-24​​Fresh!​​Plein​​Air​​Milford,​​MI June​​22-24​​Paint​​the​​Past:​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​NB,​​CAN June​​27-July​​1​​Jefferson​​Plein​​Air,​​WI June​​27-July​​15​​Oregon/Willamette​​Valley​​ Lavender​​Paint​​Out​​&​​Art​​Show,​O​ R June 29-July 5 Telluride Plein Air, CO

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J U LY July​​1-August​​31​​Plein​​Air​P​ lus,​N​ J July​​5-9​​Paint​​It!​E​ llicott​C​ ity,​​MD July​​13-15​​Paint​​Peggy’s​​Cove,​​NS,​​CAN July​​13-22​​Plein​A​ ir​​Easton,​​MD July​​14-20​​Historic​​Third​​Ward​​Plein​​Air​​Painting​​Competition,​​WI July​​17-22​​Wild​​Rivers​P​ lein​​Air​P​ aint​​Out:​​Places​​ We​​Love​​in​​the​​Questa​A​ rea,​​NM July​​17-October​​22​​Montrose​​Plein​​Air​F​ estival,​​CO July​​18-22​​Plein​​Air​​for​​the​​Park,​​WY July​​19-21​​Castine​P​ lein​A​ ir​​Festival,​​ME July​​20-22​​Lakeside​​Chautauqua​​Plein​​Air​​Art​​Festival,​​OH July​​22-28​​Door​C​ ounty​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​WI July​​28-August​​4​​Driggs​​Digs​​Plein​A​ ir​​Festival,​I​ D July​​29​​Waters​​Edge​​Artists​​at​​West​S​ hore​​Fishing​​Museum,​​MI July​​29-August​​6​​Art​​in​​the​​Open​P​ lein​​Air​F​ estival,​​IRE July​​30-August​​4​​Frank​​Bette​​Plein​​Air​​Paintout,​​CA July​​30-August​​19​​Just​​Plein​​Fun,​C​ A July​​30-August​​26​​Pacific​N​ orthwest​P​ lein​​Air​​in​​the ​Columbia​​River​​Gorge,​​WA AUGUST August​​2-5​​Morristown​​Public​L​ ibrary​P​ lein​​Air​​Festival,​​NY August​​8-12​​Artists​​Paint​O​ .C.,​​MD August​​10-12​​De​​Smet​​SD​​Plein​​Air​​“Paint​O​ ut,”​​SD August 11 A Timeless Legacy: Peace Park at the Hockaday Museum of Art, MT August 13-18 Paint Grand Traverse, MI August​​13-19​​Paint​​Dexter​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​MI August​​13-18​​Adirondack​​Plein​​Air​F​ estival,​N​ Y August​​17-19​​Plein​​Air​​Hudson,​​WI August​​17-18​​Great​​Vermont​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​VE August​​18-26​​Paint​​the​​Great​​South​​Bay,​​NY August​​18-27​​Paint​​the​​Peninsula,​W ​ A August​​18-31​​Estes​P​ ark​​Plein​​Air,​​CO August​​25​​Benicia​​Plein​​Air​​Paint​​Out,​C​ A SEPTEMBER Fall​​2018​​TBA​​Paint​​Out​​Norwich,​​ENG September​​1-30​​Yaquina​​Plein​​Air​​Competition​​and​​Sale,​​CA September​​4-8​​South​P​ ark​​Plein​A​ ir​​Arts​​Celebration,​​CO September​​4-8​​Chincoteague​​Island​P​ lein​​Air​E​ vent,​​VA September​​7-15​​Plein​A​ ir​​Grand​M ​ arais,​​MN September​​7-22​​Plein​​Air​​Between​​the​​Bluffs,​​WI September​​8-January​​14,​​2019​​Grand​​Canyon​​ Celebration​​of​​the​​Arts,​​AZ

September​​10-15​​Sonoma​​Plein​A​ ir​​Festival,​​CA September​​14-16​​Brush​​Creek​​Art​​Walk,​​MO September​​15-16​​Riverside​​Festival​​of​​the​​Arts,​​PA September​​17-23​​Mendocino​O​ pen​​Paint​​Out,​​CA September​​19-22​​Paint​​Berlin​​—​​Plein​​Air,​M ​ D September​​20-23​​Outdoor​​Painting​​Festival​​Cavan/Millbrook,​​ON,​​CAN September​​20-27​​Paint​​the​​Towns​​en​​Plein​​Air,​​WI September​​21-23​​Adirondack​​Harvest​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​NY September​​21-30​​Escalante​​Canyons​​Art​​Festival,​U​ T September​​22-29​​Steamboat​​Art​​Museum​​Plein​​Air​​Event,​C​ O September​​24-29​​Mountain​​Maryland​P​ lein​​Air,​​MD September​​26-30​​Ste.​​Genevieve​​Plein​​Air​​Competition,​​MO September​​26-29​​Plein​​Air​​@​​Washington​​County,​​OR September​​27-30​​Ohio​​Plein​A​ ir​​Society​​Annual​​Competition,​​OH September​​27-October​2​ 7​​American​​Impressionist ​Society​​National​J​ uried​​Exhibition,​​WI OCTOBER October​​1-31​​Plein​​Air​A​ rtists​​Colorado​​National​​Juried​​ Exhibition​​and​​Sale,​​CO October​​3-6​​Kerrville​​Outdoor​​Painting​​Event,​​TX October​​5-8​​Sound​​to​​Sea​​Paint​​Out​​and​​Art​​Show​​and​​Sale,​​NC October​​5-11​​PleinAir​​​Magazine​​Publisher​E​ ric​​Rhoads’​​Fall​​Color​​Week​​Publisher’s​​ Invitational,​​TBA October​​6-13​​Red​​Rock​​Arts​​Festival​— ​ ​​Plein​​Air​​Moab,​​UT October​​6-14​​Laguna​​Beach​​Plein​​Air​​Painting​​Invitational,​​CA October​​7-13​​Bluff​S​ trokes,​​IA October​​7-14​​Cape​​Ann​​Plein​​Air,​​MA October​​9-14​​Bisbee​​Plein​​Air​​Festival,​​AZ October​​12-14​​Plein​​Air​​Roanoke,​​VA October​​13-20​​Sedona​P​ lein​​Air​​Festival,​​AZ October​​19-20​​2Rivers​​Plein​​Air​​Paint-Out,​​TN October​​19-21​​Plein​​Air​​Tulsa!​​Painting​​in​​the​​Osage,​O​ K October​​21​​“Catalina:​​The​W ​ ild​​Side”​​Art​​Show,​​CA October​​21-28​​EnPleinAirTEXAS,​​TX NOV EMBER November​​1-4​​Capitola​​Plein​​Air,​​CA November​​2-3​​Plein​​Air​​on​​the​​Square,​T​ X November​​5-11​​Zion​​National​​Park​​Plein​​Air​​Art​​Invitational,​​UT November​​10-17​​Brushes​​by​​the​​Beach​​Plein​​Air​​Event,​​TX DECEMBER

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2018 Image Award: Qiang Huang

Alabama Alaska Arizona

14th Annual

Sedona Plein Air Festival October 13–20, 2018

Sedona Plein Air Festival is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 13 to 20, 2018. Sedona Arts Center invites you along to become inspired and experience over two dozen master painters in action, making their art on location in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece!


Grand Canyon Celebration of the Arts Dates: September 8, 2018-January 14, 2019 Opening Reception: September 16, 2018 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Association Venue: Kolb Studio, South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park City: Grand Canyon Format: Combination Contact: Kathy Duley E-mail: Phone: 480.277.0458 Website: The Grand Canyon Association is pleased to present the 10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park. The event features artists from around the country who will paint plein air during the week of September 8-14. A Quick Draw and Auction will take place the morning of Saturday, September 15. The Grand Opening Reception on Sunday, September 16 is free and open to the public. The exhibit and sale will continue through January 14, 2019. Proceeds from this event will support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. 2018 Bisbee Plein Air Festival Dates: October 9-14, 2018 E-mail: Sedona Plein Air Festival Dates: October 13-20, 2018 Opening Reception: October 13, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Sedona Arts Center Venue: Sedona Arts Center City: Sedona Format: Invitational Contact: Kelli Klymenko E-mail: Phone: 928.282.3809 Website: Our community’s iconic creative event — Sedona Plein Air Festival — is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 13 to 20, 2018. Sedona Arts Center invites you along to get creative and experience over two dozen master painters in action — making their art on location in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Celebrate the arts with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival!

Arkansas Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival (ESPAfest) Dates: May 21-24, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Eureka Springs School of the Arts Venue: Historic Eureka Springs & Beautiful Ozark Mountain Country City: Eureka Springs Format: Open Award Total: $2500+ cash & prizes Contact: Kelly McDonough E-mail: Phone: 479.253.5384 Website: The Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) is pleased to present the 3rd Annual Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival. Artists are invited to come and paint historic, architecturally preserved downtown Eureka Springs and the surrounding breathtaking views of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas. Events include paint-outs, a quick-draw event, and juried competition with prizes awarded during a public art exhibit and art sale. May 21-24, 2018. Contact ESSA for more information at 479.253.5384. Visit online:

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California Borrego Art Institute Plein Air Invitational 2018 Dates: March 5-April 2, 2018 Opening Reception: March 10, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Borrego Art Institute Venue: Borrego Art Institute Gallery City: Borrego Springs Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Richard Lindenberg Award Total: $1500 Contact: Shannon O’Dunn E-mail: Phone: 619.251.8074 Website: Twelfth annual Borrego Art Institute Plein Air paint-out, awards event, and month-long exhibition. Fifteen artists selected by curator Shannon O’Dunn and juried by Richard Lindenberg will display their works in the new BAI gallery, built in 2013. Founded in 2006 by BAI, with jurying by Jean Stern, this event draws accomplished artists from California and across the U.S. The BAI gallery and adjacent restaurant are located at the gateway to California’s largest state park, Anza-Borrego. BAI welcomes tourists and seasonal residents every March for the height of wildflower blooms, glorious spring weather, and desert plein air painting at its best. The Kern County Plein Air Festival Dates: April 9-14, 2018 Opening Reception: April 14, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: The Arts Council of Kern Venue: BMW of Bakersfield City: Bakersfield Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Frank Serrano Award Total: $7000 Contact: David Gordon E-mail: Phone: 661.330.7541 Website: This spring, the best painters from around California return, for the fourth time, to descend upon Kern County to capture what our unique landscape has to offer. Over the course of five days, they will travel to and paint the wildflowers of Tejon Ranch, Red Rock Canyon, and the Kern River. The 16 artists will complete three paintings of Kern County for the Gala’s juried competition and sale. Join the Arts Council of Kern at BMW of Bakersfield for the Awards and Sales Gala celebrating the beautiful work of these 16 extraordinary artists. 25th Annual Carmel Art Festival Dates: May 18-20, 2018 E-mail: Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Dates: July 30-August 4, 2018 Opening Reception: July 30, 2018 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Frank Bette Center for the Arts Venue: Frank Bette Center for the Arts City: Alameda Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Genie Scott E-mail: Phone: 510.523.6957 Website: July 30-August 4, 2018, 40 juried artists will paint tree-lined streets, stately Victorian homes and shops, marinas, historic naval ships and naval air station during the Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout in the island city of Alameda, California. There will be a quick draw on Wednesday and an exhibit and sale of all

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the paintings on Saturday, August 4 at South Shore Center. August 10-September 29, unsold paintings from August 4 are exhibited and for sale in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery. Apply Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout at online Just Plein Fun Dates: July 30-August 19, 2018 E-mail: Benicia Plein Air Third Annual Plein Air Paint Out Dates: August 25, 2018 E-mail: Sonoma Plein Air Festival Dates: September 10-15, 2018 E-mail: Mendocino Open Paint Out Dates: September 17-23, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Mendocino Art Center Venue: Mendocino Art Center City: Mendocino Format: Open Award Total: $8000+ cash & prizes Contact: Michael McDonald E-mail: Phone: 707.937.5818 Website: A week-long plein air festival held in a spectacular setting along the Northern California Coast. Artists claim the light is unlike anywhere else in the





April 9-14, 2018



BROUGHT TO YOU BY David Dibble Best of Show, 2017

Featured Artist Anette Power Brandon Gonzales Carolyn Hesse-Low Dan Schultz Danny Griego David Dibble Jim Wodark Kim VanDerHoek Libby Tolley Lindsey Kustusch Nate Ross Patricia McGeeney Paul Kratter Rita Pacheco Scott Prior Wendy Brayton

April 9 - 14, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. For Information & Tickets tel: tel: 661-324-9000 661-324-9000

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Estes Park Plein Air (formally Plein Air Rockies)

August 18 - September 1, 2018

“Meeker and Longs Peak from Fish Creek” by Jenifer Cline

OPA’s 27th National Exhibition & Convention

Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, CO Art Center of Estes Park

Steamboat Springs, CO

517 Big Thompson Ave. 970-586-5882

Call for Artists! Steamboat Art Museum – Entry deadline:

January 26, 2018

Exhibition dates:

Convention dates:

4th Saturday Monthly Plein Air Paint Outs Dates: Every 4th Saturday of the month, January 27-October 27, 2018 E-mail:

Wet Paint Competition & Sale 2 Categories: Plein Air & Studio Cash & Merchandise awards in BOTH categories Demos, Interviews & Round-table Discussions with some of today’s top artists Exhibitors, critiques, networking and so much more

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8th Annual “Catalina: The Wild Side” Art Show Dates: October 21, 2018 E-mail:


May 29 – June 3

For information on membership or registration: (815) 356-5987

20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: October 6-14, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Venue: Festival of Arts City: Laguna Beach Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Multiple jurors Award Total: $30,000+ 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. This year, LPAPA celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. This eight-day event includes an opening-day Quick Draw, public demonstrations and presentations, Collectors Gala, substantial cash prizes, and 100+ original works of art for sale.

Capitola Plein Air Dates: November 1-4, 2018 E-mail:

June 1 – September 3

Events open to public; registration required

world. From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, abundant creative inspiration is sure to be found amid the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy daily plein air painting, wet paint sales in a professional gallery, daily demonstrations by featured plein air artists, a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, and a celebratory awards presentation, among other activities.

July 17 – 22, 2018 Montrose Center for the Arts montrose, Colorado

Oil Painters of America 27th Annual National Exhibition & Convention Dates: May 29-September 3, 2018 Opening Reception: June 1, 2018 Entry Deadline: January 26, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Oil Painters of America Venue: Steamboat Art Museum City: Steamboat Springs Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Craig Tennant OPAM Award Total: $100,000 in cash & merchandise Contact: Liz Pusch E-mail: Phone: 224.634.6720 Website: Join us in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, May 29-June 3 for the 27th Annual National Convention. We’ve added cash awards and an extra day to paint at this year’s wet paint competition. The awards, for both the plein air and studio divisions, will be announced during the National Exhibition Award Ceremony on June 1. Demos, speakers, round-table discussions, exhibitors, and more will occur June 1-3, 2018. Through our national and regional shows, educational programs, scholarships and marketing efforts, OPA has become a leader in the art community and a driving force in the new Renaissance.

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Plein Air Meeker 2018 Dates: June 18-July 8, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Meeker Chamber of Commerce Venue: Meeker Public Library City: Meeker Format: Open Award Total: TBD Contact: JoAnn Goss-Gardner E-mail: Phone: 970.878.5510 Website: The 7th Annual Plein Air event welcomes painters to Northwest Colorado to capture the beauty and hospitality of the Flat Tops Wilderness area, Rio Blanco County, and historic downtown Meeker. The public art show and auction is held in conjunction with the town’s annual 4th of July celebration and Range Call event. Meeker is full of energy and the perfect place to paint! Awards include Best of Show and People’s Choice. Telluride Plein Air Dates: June 29-July 5, 2018 Opening Reception: July 2, 2018 Entry Deadline: January 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation Venue: Sheridan Opera House City: Telluride Format: Juried Award Total: $3800 Contact: Ronnie Palamar E-mail: Phone: 970.728.6363 Website: Each summer the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts nationally renowned plein air artists in beautiful Telluride for a week of outdoor art. The Telluride Plein Air Festival has become an indispensable part of Telluride’s Independence Day festivities, allowing attendees to observe some of the nation’s top artists at work. This event is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Historic Sheridan Opera House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The sale takes place outside the Sheridan Opera House and in Elks Park. Each year we invite back the top five selling artists from the previous year. Montrose Plein Air Festival Dates: July 17-October 22, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Montrose Center for the Arts Venue: Ute Indian Museum City: Montrose Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Jodine Broscovak E-mail: Phone: 970.249.5645 Plein Air Festival open to all artists. Registration begins on July 17 at 9 Completed, framed paintings are due Friday, July 20 by 3 p.m. Invitational reception, awards, and sale begin Friday, July 20. Exhibit and sale opens to the public Saturday, July 21 through Sunday, July 22. Show ends Sunday, July 22, 3 p.m. In planning stage, a possible addition to the festival will be a quick draw event and auction on Saturday, July 21; however, unconfirmed at this date. A one-day plein air workshop will precede the Festival on Monday, July 16. Estes Park Plein Air Dates: August 18-31, 2018 Opening Reception: September 1, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: The Art Center of Estes Park

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Venue: Gallery City: Estes Park Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Lenny Grant & 2nd juror TBD Award Total: ~$11,000 cash & gift certificates Contact: Vickie Mastron E-mail: Phone: 970.586.5882 Website: Estes Park Plein Air is a revival of Plein Air Rockies, formerly sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park. The Art Center of Estes Park is a non-profit arts organization, celebrating its 30th year. Appreciating the value of having a plein air event, the Art Center decided to continue the tradition. Lars Sage, formerly with the Cultural Arts Council, is developing this program based on his three years of experience. Activities include Quick Draw, Nocturne, and Paint Our Town events, as well as Poster and Miniature contests. Come “Rediscover the Art of Plein Air in the Rockies.” South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration Dates: September 4-8, 2018 Opening Reception: September 7, 2018 Entry Deadline: August 21, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Town of Fairplay, Coyote Creek Studio Arts Venue: Coyote Creek Studio Arts City: Fairplay Format: Open Award Total: $2000+ Contact: Julie Bullock E-mail: Phone: 719.836.2622 Website: This one-of-a-kind plein air adventure in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado features historic mines, working ranches, and wide-open vistas. Celebrate our 9th annual plein air event with our small-town arts community. Our artists continue to tell us this is one of their favorite plein air shows! This event is a fundraiser for local non-profit organizations. We accept up to 35 artists per day during this four-day event. Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air Event 2018 Dates: September 22-29, 2018 Opening Reception: September 28, 2018 Entry Deadline: September 7, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Steamboat Art Museum Venue: Steamboat Art Museum City: Steamboat Springs Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Contact: Dottie Zabel E-mail: Phone: 970.870.1755 Website: Paint scenic Steamboat Springs and the surrounding country at the peak of fall splendor. Subjects abound, with mountains, rivers, urban sites, and beautiful agricultural settings. Enjoy exclusive painting locations and special artist social gatherings. Opening reception, awards party, and sale is a popular event for collectors and locals who have enjoyed a week of artists in their community. Quick draw, BBQ, and silent auction is at a spectacular local ranch on September 29. Works will hang in the newly renovated Steamboat Art Museum through October 2018. Please visit our website for information.

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COLORADO to FLORIDA 15th annual




a celebration of outdoor painting

2017 Best of Show winner, Carol Jenkins, “Summer Sunshine”

Plein Air Artists Colorado

22nd National Juried Exhibition & Sale

“Alpenglow” Suzie Baker

October 1-31, 2018

June 29-July 5, 2018

Durango, Colorado

Entry & Exhibition Dates, Full Show Details, and Membership Information at

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In beautiful Telluride, Colorado Deadline to apply for this prestigious show: Jan. 1, 2018 Visit for more info & to apply Benefitting Telluride’s historic 10/19/17 Sheridan 11:14 AM Opera House

the 10th annual

April 22 - 28, 2018 “Washington Bikers”, Morgan Samuel Price

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Plein Air Artists Colorado 22nd National Juried Exhibition and Sale Dates: October 1-31, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Artists Colorado Venue: Sorrel Sky Gallery City: Durango Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: ~$20,000 Contact: Jennifer Riefenberg E-mail: Phone: 303.250.2015 Website: Colorado attracts some of the top plein air artists from across the country with its inspiring scenery and wonderful climate. Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) showcases this talent in its annual national juried show and sale. In 2017 nearly $20,000 in cash and merchandise were awarded. 2018 will be our 22nd anniversary of the show. Check out our website for the entry and exhibition dates along with full details on the show. PAAC was created for the love of plein air painting and for members to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors. Visit our website to join today!

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Connecticut Delaware Florida Venice Plein Air/VPA M.A.P Meet And Paint Dates: November through April, 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month E-mail: Plein Air Palm Beach — Plein Fun Fest Dates: January 26-28, 2018 Opening Reception: January 27, 2018 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Palm Beach Venue: Old School Square City: Delray Beach Format: Juried Award Total: $2000+ Contact: Lorrie Turner E-mail: Phone: 561.632.3914 Website: Paint the “Most Fun Small Town,” Delray Beach, Florida, at our Third Annual Plein Fun Fest. This is a three-day event. Friday, January 26 is a paint-out with critique and without competition, but with luncheon and lots of friends and fun. Saturday’s competition ends in a Collectors’ Reception and Sale at Old School Square in the middle of downtown Delray Beach. The sale will include Friday paintings. Up to 50 artists will be selected to compete in this event in and around the beautiful seaside city of Delray Beach and its surrounding areas. Sunday is wind-down with beachside painting. 5th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Dates: March 3-11, 2018 Opening Reception: March 9, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art Venue: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery City: Tequesta Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Nancy Tankersley Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Jennifer Chaparro E-mail: Phone: 561.746.3101 Website: Thirty-five of the top award-winning artists in the country

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COAST en plein air America’s Great Paint-Out

Nationally acclaimed artists capture natural beauty, character and local culture in the Plein Air tradition

MAY 5-13


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 13 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.


will paint the beautiful South Florida landscape, from Sunday through noon on Friday. This is the fifth year for the largest plein air festival in South Florida. Nancy Tankersley, last year’s Grand Prize winner, will serve as judge. Included in the participants are PleinAir magazine Salon winners Kathleen Hudson and Carl Bretzke, along with nationally acclaimed artists from throughout the United States and Italy. A Quick Draw competition, artists’ demonstrations and workshops, receptions, and a VIP Collectors Party will round out the week, along with wet painting sales in the Gallery. 3rd Annual Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout Dates: April 11-15, 2018 Opening Reception: April 15, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies Venue: 22645 W U.S. Highway 27 City: High Springs Format: Invitational Contact: Tina Corbett E-mail: Phone: 386.588.4163 Website: Local and out-of-town emerging and professional artists will be painting throughout the amazing North Florida Springs area. Follow the artists during the public days at gorgeous Blue Springs Park and Ginnie Springs. Some parks are free and some have entrance fees. Artists’ locations will also include Poe Springs and Rum Island. Maps and information available during the event at Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies, located in downtown High Springs. Store hours: Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday noon-6 p.m.. Gallery will open for reception Sunday. See last year’s entries and follow us on 10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out Dates: April 22-28, 2018 Opening Reception: April 23, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Venue: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens City: Winter Park Format: Invitational Contact: Marnie Vanture E-mail: Phone: 407.647.6294 Website: The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens will host its 10th Annual Win­ter Park Paint Out dur­ing the last full week of April 2018. Twenty-five pro­fes­sion­ally acclaimed plein air artists will roam across our charm­ing city cap­tur­ing many of your favorite land­scapes and land­marks with oils, water­col­ors, and pas­tels. The museum, sculp­ture gar­dens, and gallery will be open FREE to the pub­lic through this excit­ing week-long event. Com­pleted paint­ings will be hung in the gallery’s “Wet Room” imme­di­ ately — watch as the week pro­gresses and the gallery fills with plein air art­work. St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out & Juried Exhibition Dates: April 22-29, 2018 Opening Reception: May 4, 2018 Entry Deadline: April 13, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: St. Augustine Art Association Venue: St. Augustine Art Association Art Gallery City: St. Augustine Format: Open Award Total: $2500 Contact: Elyse Brady E-mail: Phone: 904.824.2310 Website: The St. Augustine Art Association presents the 2018 St. Augustine

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beauty of Georgia from the c o a s t to the mountains then will culminate in Atlanta for festivities , educational offerings , paint quick and collectors awards soirée .

Judges Kenn Backhaus Seth Hopkins Tim Newton Competing Artists

April 21 - 29, 2018

Stephanie Amato Suzie Baker Jill Basham Zufar Bikbov David Boyd Michelle Byrne Hui Lai Chong Aimee Erickson Ginny Fergus Scott Gellatly John Guernsey Josepf Gyurcsak Russell Jewell Shanna Kunz Hernandez Sergio Lopez

Andre Lucero Chuck Marshall Jonathan McPhillips Nikolay Mikushkin Kathie Odom Kendall Portis Jim Richards Mario Robinson Cynthia Rosen John Brandon Sills Daly Smith Jill Steenhuis Bill Suys Yer Za Vue Vladislav Yeliseyev

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Plein Air Paint Out, April 22-29. The citywide event in historic St. Augustine, Florida, offers rich imagery, such as Spanish/Colonial architecture, gardens, coastal vistas, harbors, quaint streets, and more. Artists from all regions and backgrounds may participate. Selected works from the Paint Out will be featured in a juried exhibition, “Where Art Meets History,” May 4-27, 2018, at the St. Augustine Art Association’s landmark art gallery. Over $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. For info about events and registration, visit or call 904.824.2310. Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Dates: May 4-14, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition Opening Reception: May 11, 2018 Venue: 201 Reid St. City: Florida’s Forgotten Coast Format: Juried Contact: Joe Taylor E-mail: Phone: 800.378.8419 Website: Celebrating 13 years of documenting the landscapes 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 is limited to 20 of the most accomplished international artists accompanied by six featured “Florida Finest en Plein Air” painters who are honored as Plein Air Ambassadors. Seven plein air exhibits, an expansive Wet Room, demonstrations, receptions, Painting Stations, and a VIP Collectors’ Forum — an array of opportunities that is unmatched. Plein Air South Dates: May 14-17, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition Opening Reception: May 14, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Franklin’s Promise Coalition Venue: St. Joe Arts City: Port St. Joe Contact: Denise Rose E-mail: Phone: 901.489.9412 Website: Now in the third awesome year, Plein Air South has another lineup of stellar artists who will host four days of presentations, demonstrations, instructional sessions, and of course, painting outdoors! Past attendees return for the intimate faculty interaction, the chance to paint with the South’s premier painters, and exciting painting locations in Historic Port St. Joe, Florida. This gathering of the Southeastern plein air community highlights the artistic talent and resources of the American South. It is like a huge workshop, symposium, paint-out, and reunion, with no pressure. You will gain a ton of information, and meet great friends!

Georgia Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Dates: April 21-29, 2018 Opening Reception: April 24, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Olmsted Arts Venue: TBD City: Atlanta Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Tim Newton, Seth Hopkins, and Kenn Backhaus Award Total: $30,000+ Contact: Lillian Ansley E-mail: Phone: 404.376.7075 Website:

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The fourth annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational runs April 21-29, 2018 and features 30 of the world’s greatest artists. Expanding across Georgia this year, artists will capture the natural beauty of coast and mountains in addition to Atlanta’s urban cityscapes and parks. The expert panel of Awards Judges includes Tim Newton, Chairman and CEO of the Salmagundi Club; Seth Hopkins, Executive Director of Booth Western Museum; and Kenn Backhaus, nationally accredited Impressionist artist. Artist-watching is free to the public. Ticketed evening events offer meet-the-artists and painting purchase opportunities. The Awards & Collectors’ Soirée is Saturday, April 28. Visit

The Life & Colors of Aloha!

Hawaii Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: February 17-25, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Maui Arts League Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort, Pioneer Inn & Montage Kapalua Bay City: Lahaina Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Jean Stern of The Irvine Collection of the University of California-Irvine Award Total: $6500 Contact: Katherine Smith E-mail: Phone: 808.268.0787 Website: Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Feb. 17-25, 2018. Maui Arts League selects 25 artists to interpret the tropical ocean cliffs, cobalt seas, and sunny beaches of Paradise. Besides embedding themselves in the beauty and culture of Hawaii, collectors and art enthusiasts connect with artists at 3 PaintOuts, 6 Art Sales, 1 Art Lecture, 2 Artist Group Discussions, 1 Youth Paint-Out, and 2 Master Workshops. This prestigious, juried plein air event celebrates 13 years of Aloha for fine arts, and support from a community of volunteers, donors, sponsors, collectors, and visitors.

Idaho Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival Dates: July 28-August 4, 2018 Opening Reception: July 29, 2018 Entry Deadline: June 30, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Driggs Community Association Venue: Teton Arts Gallery in Driggs City Center City: Driggs Format: Open Award Total: $3600 Contact: Alison Brush E-mail: Phone: 307.690.2234 Website: 7th Annual Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival on the west side of the Tetons in beautiful Teton Valley, Idaho. Registered artists and spectators are treated to free gatherings, including the week-long exhibition & sale of over 300 plein air paintings of the area, opening reception, paint-outs, quick draw competitions, artist demonstrations, competition award ceremony, and closing reception. A two-day pre-event workshop is offered.

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October 7th-13th, 2018 Dubuque, Iowa Paint the Bluffs and Historic Buildings along the Mighty Mississippi Bluffstrokes

Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Juried Competition with Erik Koeppel, Judge

March 10-16, 2018

“Painting Acadiana” New Iberia, Louisiana Erik Koeppel Workshop March 17-19, 2018

20th Annual First Brush of Spring Paint Out Dates: April 18-21, 2018 Opening Reception: April 18, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery & Indiana Plein Air Painters Association Venue: Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery City: New Harmony Format: Open Juror of Awards: Kathleen Newman Award Total: $20,000 Contact: Linda Volz E-mail: Phone: 812.682.3970 Website: The 20th Annual First Brush of Spring Paint Out is a nine-day art event with a kickoff reception at the Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery on Wednesday, April 18, with Field to Finish and Awards; April 18-21 — paint-out, which includes quick draw and paint-out competition with professional, non-professional, and youth divisions totaling over $20,000 in awards; April 21, art sale (pre-registration is required); April 23-26 post-paint-out workshops featuring instructors Carolyn Anderson, Tina Garrett, Dennis Perrin, Laura Robb, Elizabeth Robbins, Marc Hanson, and Roger Dale Brown. Judge of Awards: Kathleen Newman. Visit and for more information.

Iowa Bluff Strokes Dates: October 7-13, 2018 Opening Reception: October 12, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Mississippi River Art Workshops Venue: Steeple Square City: Dubuque Format: Open Juror of Awards: Nancie King Mertz Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Wes Heitzman E-mail: Phone: 563.845.7274 Website: Painters will explore the scenery and architecture of Dubuque, Iowa. Dubuque was founded in the early 1800s and boasts historic buildings and neighborhoods, Mississippi overlooks, and riverfront scenes ranging from marshland to interesting barge, rail, and industrial structures. The surrounding county features Grant Wood rural landscapes. Inexpensive housing options are available, including an ex-convent and college dorm rooms. Sixty-artist limit. We work hard on behalf of our artist visitors to make a fun event and to maximize sales, and are making inroads in developing young buyers. For visuals and maps of painting site options, view

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Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Dates: March 10-16, 2018 Opening Reception: March 16, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: National Trust for Historic Preservation Venue: Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitor Center City: New Iberia Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Erik Koeppel Award Total: $6000 Contact: Pat Kahle E-mail: Phone: 337.369.6446 Website: Shadows-on-the-Teche, a National Trust Historic Site in New Iberia, Louisiana, will present our fourth annual plein air competition in March 2018, with Erik Koeppel overseeing artist selection and awarding prizes. Enjoy a unique region enhanced by its architecture, massive moss-draped live oaks, and sugar-producing fields watered by the meandering Bayou Teche. Home to pioneering sugar planters, the oldest operating rice mill in the United States, a 19th-century actor’s hunting estate, and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco, this region offers excellent food, superb original music, and hospitable residents. Please see our website for details.






Maine Castine Plein Air Festival Dates: July 19-21, 2018 E-mail:


Maryland Paint Snow Hill Dates: April 19-22, 2018 Opening Reception: April 21, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Snow Hill Arts on the River Venue: Old Firehouse City: Snow Hill Format: Open Juror of Awards: Artists’ Choice Award Award Total: $1000 Contact: Ann Coates E-mail: Phone: 410.632.3555 Website: Paint Snow Hill was started as the first plein air event on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This year will be the 15th year attracting artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic. This is a non-competitive event that allows artists to enjoy the pleasure of painting where spring beauty opens the door for experienced and novice painters. The quality of work by participating artists is outstanding and should not be missed. Saturday, April 21, the “Wet Paint” Show & Sale opens with a preview from 6-8 p.m. with a $30 fee applied to purchases. The show continues Sunday, April 22 from 12-4 p.m. with no fee charges. Annapolis Arts Week Dates: June 1-10, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Visit Annapolis Venue: City of Annapolis City: Annapolis Format: Open Contact: Darin Gilliam E-mail: Phone: 410.268.8687 Website: Each year, the first week of June is dedicated to the rich and diverse art communities in Annapolis. Join us for the second annual Annapolis Arts Week on June 1 through the 10th. The week was created in partnership with Paint Annapolis — now celebrating its 16th year — to celebrate the flourishing art groups found throughout Annapolis.






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Annapolis Arts Week works in conjunction with Paint Annapolis’ week-long schedule, incorporating art festivals, gallery exhibits, live music, performing arts, and block parties happening all week long. Don’t miss this 10-day celebration of the arts in Historic Annapolis. Paint Annapolis Dates: June 3-10, 2018 Opening Reception: June 8, 2018 Entry Deadline: January 18, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Federation of Art Venue: Circle Gallery City: Annapolis Format: Juried Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Joann Vaughan E-mail: Phone: 410.268.4566 Website: Paint Annapolis is a week-long, juried plein air painting competition held in June that brings to Annapolis painters from around the world. For 15 years it has been a premier event, joining artists and patrons of the arts together to share in the vibrancy of outdoor painting. Hundreds of residents and visitors come out to watch the artists explore, in paint, the special colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy of Maryland’s capital city. Paint It! Ellicott City Dates: July 5-9, 2018 Opening Reception: July 9, 2018 Entry Deadline: April 27, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Howard County Arts Council Venue: Howard County Center for the Arts City: Ellicott City Format: Combination Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $3000+ Contact: Katie Wofford E-mail: Phone: 410.313.2787 Website: Quirky architecture, steep hillsides, a beautiful river, historic landmarks — Ellicott City, Maryland, has a trove of paintable treasures. Capture the old mill town’s unique charm during Paint It! Ellicott City, a three-day plein-air paint-out. July 5: Orientation and kick-off reception. July 6-8: Paint-out. July 9: Exhibit reception featuring presentation of awards. July 9-August 17: Exhibit of artwork. Additional information available in 2018 at


FIRST ON THE SHORE To celebrate our 10th year of successful shows we are moving Mountain Maryland Plein Air to the fall. Please join us to capture our beautiful peak foliage and enjoy our hospitality.

Juror: VLADISLAV YELISEYEV Location: Cumberland, Md.

Dates: Sept. 24-29, 2018 Call for entry is open now. Deadline for entries: Feb. 15, 2018 Enter through

Over $11,000 in prizes! Painting courtesy of Christine Lashley

APRIL 19-22 70 ARTISTS “Wet Paint” Show & Sale Preview April 21 from 6-8, $30 admission applies to the purchase of a painting. Show & Sale April 22 from noon-4, no fee. Old Firehouse on Green Street 410.632.3555

Plein Air Easton Dates: July 13-22, 2018 E-mail: Artists Paint O.C. Dates: August 8-12, 2018 Opening Reception: August 11, 2018 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Art League of Ocean City Venue: Ocean City Center for the Arts City: Ocean City Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Kirk McBride Award Total: $2650 Contact: Rina Thaler E-mail: Phone: 410.524.9433 Website: Come paint the beautiful beaches and bays of Ocean City, Maryland! The bustling boardwalk, harbor area, and marshes

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Howard County arts CounCil

Paint It! Ellicott City

July 5 - 9, 2018


OCTOBER 7-14, 2018

Deadline for Entries: April 27, 2018 Prospectus available at

Come paint in the Birthplace of American plein air!


Six-day painting festival on Nantucket Island

June 12 – 17

Picture the fall season in this idyllic setting boasting both an historic art heritage and active cultural energy, then imagine yourself participating in CAPA 2018! Over $25K in prizes and awards. Free host housing for artists. Endlessly engaging, inspiring subject matter. Extensive regional and national multi-platform marketing.

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provide endless painting opportunities. Begin Wednesday a.m., then end the day at a complimentary dinner reception where you can meet fellow artists. Continue painting until midday Saturday. Optional evening crab feast on Friday. Saturday-evening awards presentation and a huge wet-paint sale of all artwork continues through the weekend. Up to 50 pieces will be selected to hang in the gallery for the month. Sunday’s quick draw on the boardwalk caps off the event. Cash prizes both days. Some housing available. Paint Berlin — Plein Air Dates: September 19-22, 2018 E-mail: Mountain Maryland Plein Air Dates: September 24-29, 2018 Opening Reception: September 28, 2018 Entry Deadline: February 15, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Allegany Arts Council Venue: Saville and Schwab Mountain Maryland galleries City: Cumberland Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Vladislav Yeliseyev Award Total: $11,000 Contact: Heidi Custer E-mail: Phone: 301.777.2787 Website: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Mountain Maryland Plein Air is moving to the fall to take advantage of peak foliage. Set in the rolling hills and winding rivers of Western Maryland, this event provides artists with great natural landscapes as well as farms, post-industrial scenes, and the best vintage architecture in Maryland. Cumberland is just two hours away from Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Pittsburgh. Vladislav Yeliseyev, this year’s juror and two-time Best of Show winner, will select 30 artists to compete in painting Maryland’s westernmost counties — Allegany and Garrett. Please join us this year and enjoy our wonderful small-town hospitality.

Massachusetts Fresh Paint Dates: April 22, 2018 E-mail: Plein Air Nantucket Dates: June 12-17, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Artists Association of Nantucket Venue: Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery City: Nantucket Format: Open Contact: Bobby Frazier E-mail: Phone: 505.228.0294 Website: 7th annual six-day painting festival open to all artists. Works are hung on our gallery Wet Walls each day for sale. The Frank Swift Chase Awards for excellence in plein air painting are juried for presentation at the Closing Reception on June 17 (no cash awards). Festival includes our annual Paint Out at Brant Point Lighthouse on June 13 and a Quick Paint Event along Nantucket Harbor on June 15. Cape Ann Plein Air Dates: October 7-14, 2018 Opening Reception: October 12, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Cape Ann Community Foundation Venue: TBD City: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD

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Award Total: $25,000 in prizes, awards, and sponsorships Contact: Karen Ristuben E-mail: Phone: 978.758.1210 Website: New England’s premier plein air competition, Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA), returns to Massachusetts’ stunning north shore, 25 coastal miles up from Boston. For centuries artists including Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper painted their masterpieces here. America’s birthplace of plein air painting, Cape Ann offers unique light and compelling subjects: rustic farms, tidal marshes, historic homes, rugged beaches, rocky shores, working harbors, and magnificent fishing fleets. Follow our updates throughout 2018 on Facebook and Instagram. See beautiful art as it is created and becomes available. CAPA2017 painting sales exceeded $120k. Please consider applying to CAPA2018.

Michigan Fresh! Plein Air Milford Dates: June 22-24, 2018 E-mail: Waters Edge Artists at West Shore Fishing Museum Dates: July 29, 2018 E-mail: Paint Grand Traverse Dates: August 13-18, 2018 Opening Reception: August 14, 2018 Entry Deadline: February 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Crooked Tree Arts Center Venue: Crooked Tree Arts Center — Traverse City City: Traverse City Format: Invitational Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Megan Kelto E-mail: Phone: 231.937.2377 Website: Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair is a new, annual plein air painting invitational in northwestern lower Michigan, and is presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center. From our gallery in a historic Carnegie library building located just steps from downtown Traverse City, artists are within easy reach of stunning Lake Michigan shoreline, scenic orchards and vineyards, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Paint Grand Traverse will include soirees and sales throughout the week, a quick draw competition, a pint-sized paint-out for kids and families, lectures and demos, and other educational opportunities for artists and spectators alike. Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival Dates: August 13-19, 2018 E-mail:

Minnesota Plein Air Grand Marais Dates: September 7-15, 2018 E-mail:

Mississippi Missouri Augusta Plein Air Art Festival Dates: April 18-29, 2018

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Opening Reception: April 18, 2018 Entry Deadline: April 27, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce Venue: Harmonie-Verein Cultural Center/American Legion Hall City: Augusta Format: Open Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: Kathleen Turner E-mail: Phone: 636.228.4005 Website: Escape to Missouri wine country to experience the funfilled events of the festival. Join us along with an anticipated 130-plus artists to enjoy small-town hospitality and the beauty of spring in Missouri during the 16th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival. Art completed during the festival will be on display and available for sale each day of the festival at the Harmonie-Verein Cultural Center in the heart of Augusta. More than 20 events with daily $500 purchase prizes, plus a final judging/awards, and the sale will take place at Mount Pleasant Estates on April 29, 2018. Plein Air KC Dates: May 4-12, 2018 Opening Reception: May 12, 2018 Entry Deadline: May 12, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Penn Valley Park Conservancy Venue: Penn Valley Park and Buttonwood Art Space City: Kansas City Format: Open Juror of Awards: Patrick Saunders Award Total: $5000 Contact: Kirk Peterson E-mail: Phone: 816.931.8147 Website: Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, Plein Air KC is a unique artists’ competition that showcases the exceptional beauty of Penn Valley Park’s 175 acres to help the Penn Valley Park Conservancy raise funds to preserve and promote Penn Valley Park as a vital, urban green space in Kansas City. Join artists from across the country competing for over $5,000 in prizes in a week-long Paint-Off. This year’s competition will be judged by nationally recognized plein air artist Patrick Saunders. Artists’ works will be exhibited at Buttonwood Art Space until June 22, 2018. Paint St. Louis Plein Air Festival Dates: May 18-20, 2018 Opening Reception: May 18, 2018 Entry Deadline: April 30, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Academy of Nature and Wildlife Arts Venue: St. Louis County Parks, Missouri Botanical Garden, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and OA Gallery City: St. Louis Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Billyo O’Donnell Award Total: TBA Contact: Sandy Brooks E-mail: Phone: 314.965.4975 Website: The St. Louis County Plein Air Festival celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting, combining art and science in its most natural format. Watch artists create in front of you at selected parks all weekend. Parks will feature

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MISSOURI to NEW JERSEY prairie, farm, river bluffs, wildlife, gardens, and historical buildings. Friday-evening reception with artists and samples of their work at Laumeier Sculpture Park. View paintings at our Sunday Show and Sale. Children can paint plein air during our Explore the Arts Festival, Sunday, May 20. Vote for your favorite artists at our Open Door Reception. Take home an original piece of fine art!

PAINT ST. LOUIS PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL MAY 18-20, 2018 Join Us at the Paint St Louis Plein Air Festival celebrating Art and Nature in the Parks May 18-20, 2018. May 16-17 Pre Event Workshop with oil painter Marty Coulter FRIDAY MORNING FRIDAY EVENING

Preview Reception at the Laumeier Sculpture Park featuring work by participating artists. Featured Parks include prairies in bloom, working farm, wetlands, historical buildings in natural settings, and rivers.



Quick Paint Sunset over the River Bluffs. SUNDAY

Family Explore the Arts Event followed by the Awards Show and Sale. Show and Sale will be available in person and online.

VISIT for calendar of events and additional details.


Brush Creek Art Walk 2018 Dates: September 14-16, 2018 E-mail: 14th Annual Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Competition Dates: September 26-30, 2018 E-mail:

Montana Plein Air Paint Out 2018: Glacier Dates: June 16-22, 2018 Opening Reception: June 23, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 12, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Hockaday Museum of Art Venue: Hockaday Museum of Art City: Kalispell Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Artists’ Choice Award Total: Half-page ad in PleinAir magazine ($2150 value) Contact: Sharon Staso E-mail: Phone: 406.755.5268 Website: Hockaday Museum of Art’s Plein Air Paint Out 2018: Glacier. Explore Glacier National Park’s trails and waterways this June and paint one of America’s most iconic landscapes.

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Special access to the Missouri Botanical Garden.


Steelville Plein Air 2018 Dates: June 4-9, 2018 E-mail:

Plein Air Plus — Long Beach Island NJ Dates: July 1-August 31, 2018 Opening Reception: September 23, 2018 Entry Deadline: May 11, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences Venue: Long Beach Island City: Loveladies Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Valerie Craig Award Total: $1250 Contact: Daniella Kerner E-mail: Phone: 215.635.1663 Website: CALL TO ENTER Competition Exhibition. Third Annual National Juried Competition “Plein Air Plus” 2018 at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, New Jersey. Juror Valerie Craig will select 35 artists to paint the unique seashore environment of Long Beach Island during a two-month paint-out, allowing artists the freedom to participate at any time. Culminating in the “Island Life” exhibition and gallery sale in September, 135 paintings will feature these selected artists’ plein air works and larger studio paintings developed from their plein air studies. Prizes will be awarded for both classical “plein air” and “plein air plus” paintings.

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Plein Air 2018


Established 1948

Linda Tippetts

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Picture yourself this summer in one of New Jersey’s most beautiful coastal areas.

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30 juried artists explore Glacier National Park’s trails and waterways this June and paint one of America’s most iconic landscapes.

Entry deadline: May 11th Paint out: July 1st-August 31st Quick draws: July 13th & August 10th. Island Life Exhibition: Sept 7- Nov 1st Juror: Valerie Craig Apply @ unique_info.php?ID=4799


EXHIBITION June 26 – July 28, 2018

Apply Online by March 12, 2018 at under Artist Opportunities.

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Join us in Santa Fe for the world’s largest plein air event — demonstrations by many of the world’s top artists, four stages featuring instruction in oil, watercolor, pastel, and acrylic, daily painting, and much more. SANTA FE • APRIL 16 -20, 2018 REGISTER AT PLEINAIRCONVENTION.COM OR CALL 561.655.8778 93% SOLD OUT. REGISTER NOW WHILE SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

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New Mexico 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo Dates: April 16-20, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir magazine City: Santa Fe Contact: PleinAir magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: The Plein Air Convention & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of outdoor artists. With a faculty of over 80 instructors, the event is designed to inspire painters and fine-tune their skills. The convention features indoor painting demonstrations, 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 Art Marketing Boot Camp sessions with Eric Rhoads. There is also an art show of faculty and attendee artworks that is open to the public. In 2018, Kevin Macpherson will conduct the pre-convention workshop (pre-registration required). To register and learn more, visit Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Dates: April 27-May 4, 2018 Opening Reception: May 4, 2018 Entry Deadline: January 14, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Venue: Sorrel Sky Gallery City: Santa Fe Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Stephen Day Award Total: $20,000 cash and merchandise Contact: Alma Rosa Delgado E-mail: Phone: 505.604.1713 Website: Experience the unparalleled light of New Mexico. The Southwest is known for its rock formations, cobalt skies, and adobe structures. Join us and you will understand why it is considered a legendary art mecca. The Fiesta kicks off with 50 juried artists exploring Northern New Mexico and painting for five days. The nights will be spent enjoying the camaraderie of local plein air artists, and Southwestern food and culture. PAPNM will host the Fiesta every two years, so don’t miss it! Workshop: May 4-6, offered by Stephanie Hartshorn. Host housing will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint Out: Places We Love in the Questa Area Dates: July 17-22, 2018 E-mail:

N e w Yo r k Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival Dates: June 5-10, 2018 Opening Reception: June 9, 2018 Entry Deadline: January 31, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Ontario County Arts Council Venue: Historic Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion City: Canandaigua Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Ken DeWaard Award Total: $8000 Contact: Pat Rini Rohrer E-mail: Phone: 585.394.0030 Website: The 7th annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival

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NEW YORK to OREGON will run from June 5-10, 2018. Up to 40 juried-in artists will paint the beauty of Canandaigua Lake and surrounding communities located in Ontario County. The competition brings in art lovers and collectors, as well as those who want to participate in events planned for the festival. Final exhibition is at the historic site of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua; awards are presented during Reception/Preview Party; Exhibit & Sale (ticketed event) on Saturday. The Exhibit & Sale on Sunday is free and open to the public. PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads’ Publisher’s Invitational: Paint the Adirondacks Dates: June 10-17, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir magazine Venue: Paul Smith’s College City: Paul Smiths Contact: PleinAir magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: PleinAir magazine’s Eric Rhoads started the Publisher’s Invitational for busy painters who need a break, a chance to slow down, reconnect with friends, and paint beautiful places where the masters before us have painted. We make it effortless. You roll out of your dorm bed for breakfast, pack your sack lunch for your day of painting, and show up for dinner. Our days are filled with painting the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State and the surrounding area. Morristown Public Library Plein Air Festival Dates: August 2-5, 2018 E-mail: 2018 Adirondack Plein Air Festival Dates: August 13-18, 2018 Opening Reception: August 17, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 15, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Saranac Lake ArtWorks Venue: Harrietstown Town Hall City: Saranac Lake Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $6000 Contact: Sandra Hildreth E-mail: Phone: 518.891.1388 Website: www.saranaclakeartworks/pleinair 10th year! Five days of painting in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, inspiration for the Hudson River School painters. Mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, farms, waterfalls, wetlands, and the historic villages of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Nocturne Contest, “Paint the Town” Silent Auction, Quick Draw Competition, Special Preview Party on Friday, August 17, with awards announced. Major Show & Sale on Saturday, August 18 from 12-5 p.m. Juried acceptance for 50 artists. Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake, is event headquarters. Plein air workshop by Juror of Awards (TBD) August 12-13. Paint the Great South Bay Dates: August 18-26, 2018 E-mail: Adirondack Harvest Plein Air Festival Dates: September 21-23, 2018 E-mail:

North Carolina Paint the Town Art Auction and Gala Dates: May 5, 2018 E-mail:


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Sound to Sea Paint Out and Art Show and Sale Dates: October 5-7, 2018 E-mail:

North Dakota Ohio Lakeside Chautauqua Plein Air Art Festival Dates: July 20-22, 2018 E-mail: Ohio Plein Air Society 15th Annual Competition Dates: September 27-30, 2018 Opening Reception: September 30, 2018 Entry Deadline: September 24, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Ohio Plein Air Society Venue: The Art Barn, Women’s Art Club Cultural Center City: Cincinnati Format: Open Juror of Awards: Michael Chesley Johnson Award Total: $5000+ Contact: Robin Roberts E-mail: Phone: 419.606.1620 Website: Come and experience the beauty of Southern Ohio for the Ohio Plein Air Society’s 15th Annual Competition. While the painting borders are not set yet, it will definitely include the greater Cincinnati area, including a section of the Ohio River. There is a wide variety of sites to paint, including farms, the city, rivers, and beautiful vistas. Our competition chair for this event is Ray Hassard. He has a great team behind him, and we are excited for what they put together. More details will be posted to our website as they are available. Sign up early.

Oklahoma Plein Air Tulsa! Painting in the Osage Dates: October 19-21, 2018 E-mail:

Oregon Oregon/Willamette Valley Lavender Paint Out & Art Show Dates: June 27-July 15, 2018 E-mail: 5th Annual Yaquina Plein Air Competition and Sale Dates: September 1-30, 2018 E-mail: Plein Air @ Washington County Dates: September 26-29, 2018 Opening Reception: September 29, 2018 Entry Deadline: September 29, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Sequoia Gallery + Studios Venue: Sequoia Gallery + Studios City: Hillsboro Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $2500+ Contact: Barbara Mason E-mail: Phone: 503.539.3519 Website: Sequoia Gallery + Studios proudly hosts this annual community arts event as a splendid segue into autumn in October, which happens to be Hillsboro Arts Month! This art event has been a community tradition for a decade thanks to the support of the

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OREGON to TENNESSEE Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, local businesses, dedicated volunteers, and amazing visual artists. From fields to mountains to urban settings, this event continues to give artists the opportunity to experience and capture the beauty that is Washington County, Oregon. Early-bird registration opens March 5, 2018.

Third annual BUCKS COUNTY


June 4 – 9, 2018


10th Annual Plein Air @ Washington County Oregon September 26-29, 2018 Early bird registration open March 5, 2018

$15,000 in prizes, including a $5,000 first prize For details and registration, visit

Artist entry deadline: March 4, 2018 Preview Collectors Gala, Quick Draw Competition, Public Exhibition & Sale


RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS EASTON Urban chic meets natural beauty!

September 15 -16, 2018 Easton, PA

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Farm to Table Plein Air — Bringing Art to the Table Dates: March 5-August 31, 2018 Entry Deadline: February 5, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: LandArtEvents and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Venue: Brandywine Conservancy property in Chester County City: Chadds Ford Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Ron Donoughe Award Total: TBD Contact: Deena Ball E-mail: Phone: 412.606.8808 Website: Invited and juried artists will be painting properties under conservation easements from the Brandywine Conservancy. These properties offer the artists the opportunity to record their impressions of this valuable land. The properties include working produce farms, horse farms, preserves, marshlands, and farmers’ markets. Juried artists will paint from March to August on assigned painting days. There will be at least four painting days at various locations per month, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. A culminating art sale, farm-to-table dinner event will be held in the fall of 2018 — sales will benefit the Brandywine River Museum and Conservancy. Celebration of the Arts Plein Air Event Dates: April 29, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Lewisburg Arts Council and Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy Venue: Dale/Engle/Walker Property City: Lewisburg Format: Open Contact: Barbara Baker E-mail: Phone: 570.412.1686 Website: The fifth annual Plein Air Day sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council and the Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy is held to preserve, with our artwork, a present moment at various Linn Conservancy sites and to build a community of artists and citizens passionate about the preservation of these sites. The day begins with a free optional workshop presented by a local artist, followed by artists of all ages and skill levels visiting three different conservancy sites, and ends with a reception. Artwork will be on display at the public library for Union County in June 2018. 12th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2018 Dates: May 6-12, 2018 Opening Reception: May 12, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Wayne Art Center City: Wayne Format: Combination Juror of Awards: John Cosby Award Total: $18,000+ Contact: Karen Louise Fay E-mail: Phone: 610.688.3553 Website: Juror John Cosby, Signature Member PAPA, will jury 32 nationally recognized plein air artists to participate in Wayne

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Art Center’s 12th Annual Plein Air Festival. Lush landscapes and foliage in peak bloom, pastoral farms, historic architecture, quaint towns, and city/urban landscapes are abundant in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Delaware Valley. $18,000+ cash awards. Over 250 paintings for sale and on exhibition for seven weeks. Welcome Dinner, inviting accommodations, paint-out, intake receptions, and Collectors’ Gala offered to artists during the festival. John Cosby will present an artist demo and three-day Plein Air Painting Workshop, May 14-16, 2018. Please visit for WAC overview. ON LOCATION: Artists at Brandywine Dates: June 1-3, 2018 E-mail: Bucks County Plein Air Festival Dates: June 4-9, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 4, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Bucks County Community College, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, and Alan Fetterman Fine Arts Venue: Bucks County Community College City: Newtown Format: Juried Award Total: $15,000 including $5000 First Prize Contact: Susanne Ritchie E-mail: Phone: 215.968.8097 Website: Be part of the arts in Bucks County, Pennsylvania! Bucks is a place of natural beauty and rich history, where George Washington crossed the Delaware, covered bridges still stand, and the roots of America’s impressionist movement began. Artists are invited to enter the 3rd Annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival competition, to be held June 4–June 9. Submissions accepted from November 17 through March 4; visit bucks Paint history, grow your business, and win! ($15,000 in prizes, Alan Fetterman Fine Arts Medal, and more!) Plein Air West Reading Dates: June 10-16, 2018 Entry Deadline: May 31, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Art Plus Gallery and West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation Venue: Art on the Avenue City: West Reading Format: Open Contact: Russell Slocum E-mail: Phone: 610.796.0418 Website: The 3rd Annual Plein Air West Reading (PAWR) exhibition and competition will be the keystone event of Art on the Avenue, West Reading’s popular one-day art, craft, and food festival, usually drawing 15,000-plus visitors. The large PAWR tent will include an exhibit of scenes done primarily en plein air anywhere in Berks County, any time during 2018. Show up to three pieces. Registration $40. Number of artists accepted may be limited. There will also be a judged competition among registered artists of local scenes completed en plein air that week. Cash and purchase awards. Coordinated by Art Plus Gallery and WRCRF. Riverside Festival of the Arts Dates: September 15-16, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Community of Easton Venue: Riverside and Scott Parks City: Easton Format: Juried Award Total: $2000 Contact: Lady Heller

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E-mail: Phone: 631.455.2195 Website: 9th Annual two-day event. Easton PA 18042 is located at the edge of NJ/PA where the Lehigh and Delaware rivers meet. This scenic town was one of three sites where the Declaration of Independence was first read. Easton has gorgeous historic architecture, diversity, and personality, just 70 miles from NYC and Philly. Urban chic meets natural beauty; plenty of lovely vistas to paint! Plein air art contest is open to all; $40 to enter. Awards of $1,000 1st/$300 2nd/$200 3rd with paint-offs totaling $200. Follow #EastonRiversideFest and #EastonPleinAir — details on eastonriversiderest. org: September 15 &16, 2018, times 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Judging Sunday, September 16, 4 p.m.

Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota De Smet SD 10th Annual Plein Air “Paint Out” Dates: August 10-12, 2018 Opening Reception: August 10, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Harvey Dunn Society Venue: Laura Ingalls Wilder Society & Ingalls Homestead City: De Smet Format: Open Contact: Rita Anderson E-mail: Phone: 605.203.0216 Website: Capture the light and natural beauty of the prairies as you paint out in historic Harvey Dunn and Laura Ingalls Wilder country. Special 10th Anniversary Celebration. Three days of fun and painting extravaganza. Bring the family to enjoy “The Little Town on the Prairie” of TV fame. Longest-running plein air event in South Dakota. Everything FREE, including registration, workshops, receptions, live music, meals, “wet sale.” Many residents attend Sunday to buy artwork. Cash prizes given. Artists attend from many states and say, “This is one of the most fun, best organized, and friendliest paint-outs I have attended! You will love it!”

Te n n e s s e e Artists on Location Dates: April 23-28, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 15, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art Venue: Knoxville Museum of Art City: Knoxville Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Entry juror David Boyd, Jr.; Event judge Jason Saunders Award Total: $1000 Contact: Julia Connor E-mail: Phone: 865.254.8257 Website: Approximately 30 juried artists will paint in and around Knoxville, Tennessee, during the Knoxville Museum of Art’s annual Artists on Location event. Artists will have four days to paint Knoxville and its surroundings (including adjacent Smoky Mountains) while the area is in full bloom. Awards

wayne art center

Call for Entries

PleinAir Festival 2018

Patrick Lee, Cruisers, Best in Show 2017

Online Entries: December 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018

Juror: John Cosby, Signature Member, PAPA Festival: May 6 – 12, 2018 Collectors’ Gala: May 12, 2018 Exhibition: May 13 – June 30 Awards: $18,000+ in cash More Information: Wayne Art Center 413 Maplewood Ave. Wayne, PA 19087 610-688-3553

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TENNESSEE to TEXAS reception and art sale will be held on April 28 at the museum. Other events include a cocktail supper at a private home and a demonstration by featured artist Jason Saunders. Apply online at under “Artists on Location.” 2Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out Dates: October 19-20, 2018 E-mail:

Te x a s Paint The Town Dates: April 29-May 5, 2018 Opening Reception: April 29, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Highland Lakes Creative Arts Venue: Lakeside Pavilion City: Marble Falls Format: Juried Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Betsy Walker E-mail: Phone: 830.598.6461 Website: From April 29–May 5, 2018, 40 plein air artists from across the nation will be working in various mediums to capture the outdoor sights and scenes of historic Marble Falls and the panoramic Texas Hill Country that surrounds it. For a week, with thousands of visitors, there will be an expansive exhibiting/sales gallery, live demonstrations, a Quick Draw downtown, sunrise and nocturne painting, a student competition, and a nationally recognized judge presenting the award winners. Plein Air Southwest 2018 Dates: May 20-26, 2018 Opening Reception: May 26, 2018 Entry Deadline: January 7, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Outdoor Painters Society Venue: Rockport Center for the Arts City: Rockport Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Joshua Been Award Total: $25,000 Contact: Tina Bohlman E-mail: Phone: 972.741.6154 Website: Plein Air Southwest Salon is a juried plein air competition, exhibition, and sale presented by the Outdoor Painters Society and hosted by the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas. The competition artists are members of the Outdoor Painters Society and considered some of the “best of the best” plein air painters working today. Plein Air Southwest Salon has earned the reputation as one of the premier events of spring. The Outdoor Painters Society sponsors the event to showcase the incredible talent within our membership and to promote an appreciation for the process of painting “en plein air.” Kerrville Outdoor Painting Event Dates: October 3-6, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Venue: Kerr Arts and Cultural Center City: Kerrville Format: Juried Contact: Kim Ort E-mail: Phone: 830.895.2911 Website: Artists from across the U.S. come together in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas for four days of plein air painting. The event will kick off with a Quick Draw Event and end with a Wet Paint Show and Sale Reception.


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EnPleinAirTEXAS Dates: October 21-28, 2018 Opening Reception: October 26, 2018 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Venue: Fort Concho Quartermaster Building City: San Angelo, Texas Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $17,000 Contact: Barbara Rallo E-mail: Phone: 325-656-2500 Website: Unleash your creativity in genuine West Texas culture and scenery with iconic private ranches and an invitation to paint at the top invitational roping in the world. So much inspiration — an eclectic downtown along the river … historic Fort Concho … the International Water Lily Gardens. Nationally acclaimed San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts welcomes you with West Texas hospitality in host homes and a full week of activities that engage our community, culminating with the Art Collectors STAMPEDE & Awards Party! Come experience EnPleinAirTEXAS and see why artists tell us this is their favorite event. Record-breaking sales beckon. Apply today! Plein Air on the Square Dates: November 2-3, 2018 E-mail:

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Celebrating Fifteen Years of Art Inspired by Place

Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Event Dates: November 10-17, 2018 Opening Reception: November 19, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: G. Lee Gallery Venue: G. Lee Gallery City: Galveston Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: George Douglas Lee E-mail: Phone: 409.370.7350 Website: Come to the Island and relax. This open plein air event gives attendees seven beautiful days to paint Galveston Island. From beach to bay, beautiful historic neighborhoods, an idyllic shrimp fleet, and working port, Galveston affords artists a myriad of challenging subjects.

Utah 11th Annual New Visions Art Show Dates: March 29-30, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Authentique Gallery Venue: Authentique Gallery Format: Invitational Contact: Jane Bell Meyer E-mail: Phone: 435.688.7278 Website: The 11th Annual New Visions Art Show is a wonderful time to watch 45 artists paint in the historic Ancestor Square area of St. George, Utah. New this year, artists will be giving talks about their art the evening of Thursday, March 29. There will be a silent auction on Friday, March 30, for the framed wet paint pieces created during the two-day event. Eccles Community Art Center Plein Air Competition Dates: May 22-June 30, 2018 E-mail:

September 21–30, 2018 Plein Air Painting Competition Two Paint-out Events SEPT 21–26

Demonstrations & Workshops

Plein Air Exhibit and Sale

Arts & Crafts Fair

SEPT 28–29

SEPT 28–29

Lewis Williams, Just Leave it Alone (detail), 2017

Escalante, Utah Escalante is located in the heart of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.


Where in the World Is Plein Air Dates: June 6-July 11, 2018 Opening Reception: July 11, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Illume Gallery of Fine Art Venue: Online & Illume Gallery of Fine Art City: St. George Format: Invitational Contact: Jane Bell Meyer E-mail: Phone: 801.210.2853 Website: Where in the World Is Plein Air is a worldwide, LIVE, one-day event hosted on From Australia’s beaches to the mountains of Wyoming to the bright lights of Chicago and all points in between, 85 artists will complete a painting with three live videos of their progress. Each painting is for sale at any point of completion and will be shown at the Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah, beginning on July 11, 2018. Summerfest Arts Faire Dates: June 8-13, 2018 Opening Reception: June 13, 2018 Entry Deadline: June 13, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Summerfest Arts Faire Venue: Tabernacle Square City: Logan Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $3080 Contact: Elaine Thatcher

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E-mail: Phone: 435.213.3858 Website: summerfest-contests This is a painting and photography plein air contest. We have professional and amateur divisions, with cash prizes for all. All work must be created between June 9 and June 13, 2018, in Cache Valley, Utah. Canvases/paper will be stamped starting June 8 at 5 p.m. Photographers must supply EXIF data as proof of creation date. Ogden Arts Festival Plein Air Quick Draw Dates: June 9-10, 2018 E-mail:


+Plein Air Moab celebrating land-inspired art

Escalante Canyons Art Festival Dates: September 21-30, 2018 Opening Reception: September 22, 2018 Entry Deadline: September 25, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Envision Escalante Venue: Various locations City: Escalante Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Allysia Angus E-mail: Phone: 435.616.4480 Website: Love Utah’s canyon country and supporting working artists and artisans? Make plans now to attend the premier art event of the Colorado Plateau — the 15th Annual Escalante Canyons Art Festival-Everett Ruess Days in late September 2018 in Escalante, Utah! Escalante is off the beaten path — along Utah’s only All American Road, Scenic Byway 12 — between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, in the heart of Grand Staircase — Escalante National Monument. The plein air competition is open to artists of all skill levels. Red Rock Arts Festival — Plein Air Moab Dates: October 6-13, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: City of Moab Venue: Moab Arts 111 East 100 North City: Moab Format: Open Contact: Meg Stewart E-mail: Phone: 703.863.2300 Website: Red Rock Arts Festival Plein Air competition celebrates open-air painting in breathtaking Moab environments. The colorful, week-long gathering of artists and art lovers features workshops, competitions, awards, and public art sales, and culminates with a street festival celebration. Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational Dates: November 5-11, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Zion National Park Forever Project Venue: Zion National Park City: Springdale Format: Invitational Contact: Wade Wixom E-mail: Phone: 435.772.3264 Website: The 10th annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational brings together 24 nationally known landscape painters for a week of painting and celebration in Zion Canyon. The event is sponsored by the Zion Forever Project and Zion National Park. Proceeds benefit youth and education programs in the park.

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Ve r m o n t Great Vermont Plein Air Festival Dates: August 17-18, 2018 E-mail:

Virginia Queen City Plein Air Festival Dates: April 17-22, 2018 E-mail: Paint Staunton Art Competition & Pop-Up Show and Sale Dates: April 20, 2018 E-mail: Paint Out Lynchburg Dates: April 28, 2018 Opening Reception: May 4, 2018 Entry Deadline: April 22, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Lynchburg Art Club & Gallery Venue: Lynchburg Art Club & Gallery City: Lynchburg Format: Open Juror of Awards: Rosalie Day White Award Total: $1000 Contact: Kelly Mattox E-mail: Phone: 434.841.6831 Website: The 3rd Annual Paint Out Lynchburg offers artists a chance to paint for one day in the historic downtown Lynchburg Arts & Cultural District, along the James River, Old City Cemetery, and our beautiful neighborhoods. Saturday, April 28 — demos by award-winning plein air artists John Hancock and Joli Ayn Wood. Also Saturday, an evening get-together at Lynchburg Art Club. Drop off finished paintings, gallery-ready from 5-6 p.m. Exhibition dates May 4-27, 2018, paint-out awards announced May 4 at First Friday opening reception. Visit our website for more details. Plein Air Richmond Dates: June 17-24, 2018 Opening Reception: June 17, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Brazier Gallery Venue: Brazier Gallery City: Richmond Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Duane Keiser Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Loryn Brazier E-mail: Phone: 804.358.2771 Website: Join us for Richmond, Virginia’s original outdoor painting event June 17-24, 2018! Come paint everything from historic landmarks to the beautiful James River. Duane Keiser, founder of the Painting a Day Movement, will award over $15,000 in cash and merchandise prizes. Love animals? This event benefits the Richmond SPCA, which is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that saves the lives of more than 3,600 homeless animals each year. Apply online at Chincoteague Island 15th Annual Plein Air Event Dates: September 4-8, 2018 E-mail: Plein Air Roanoke Dates: October 12-14, 2018 E-mail:


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Wa s h i ng ton


Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge 2018 Dates: July 30-August 26, 2018 E-mail:


Paint the Peninsula — 6th Annual Dates: August 18-27, 2018 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Venue: Olympic Peninsula City: Port Angeles Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Eric Jacobson Award Total: $12,000 Contact: Jessica Elliott E-mail: Phone: 360.457.3532 Website: From sailboats to harbors to vintage working farms, from rainforest waterfalls to a Victorian seaport town, villages and cityscapes, the varied and beautiful locations on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State have it all to paint. Now in its sixth 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 online.

Prospectus available online December 1, 2017

August 18 - 27, 2018 On Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula

“Jardin du Soleil”

We s t V i r g i n i a Wisconsin

Rachel Pettit

$12,000 in Awards Proceeds benefit Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

Jefferson Plein Air Dates: June 27-July 1, 2018 E-mail:

Historic Third Ward Plein Air Painting Competition Dates: July 14-20, 2018 E-mail: Door County Plein Air Festival Dates: July 22-28, 2018 Opening Reception: July 27, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art Venue: Peninsula School of Art City: Fish Creek Format: Invitational Award Total: $12,000 Contact: Ginny Sowinski E-mail: Phone: 920.868.3455 Website: Join us for our 12th annual Door County Plein Air Festival, hosted by the Peninsula School of Art. The week-long event features 40 invited plein air masters from throughout the U.S. and points beyond, and takes place among the diverse natural beauty and quaint harbor towns of the Door Peninsula. Listen and learn from daily artist demonstrations. Tour local partner galleries as artists paint on site. Relax with great music and food at our sunset concert and paint-out. View presentations by the festival judge, award-winning artists, and knowledgeable collectors. View and purchase fresh paintings at our Collectors’ Preview Gala Auction. Even children can try painting en plein air during our Kids’ Paint. Exhibition and sale through August 11, 2018. Paint the Point Dates: August 8-11, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Mineral Point, Inc. Venue: Various City: Mineral Point

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19th Annual

National Juried Exhibition

September 27 - October 27, 2018

Photo: Andre Lucero and Olena Babak on the James River

Peninsula School of Art-Guenzel Gallery Fish Creek (Door County), Wisconsin

2017 Best of Show Award Winner Jason Sacran “Beaver Lake Revisited” 22x28 oil

Entry Deadline mid-June 2018 Visit the AIS website for prospectus (available in April 2018). Must be a current, paid AIS member and a legal US resident to be eligible to enter.

Hosted by:

Benefiting: AIS is a 501(c)3 non profit organization

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WISCONSIN to WYOMING Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Ried Knapp E-mail: Phone: 608.285.2958 Website: Join us for the 5th Annual Paint the Point. Mineral Point, a frontier mining town, was founded in 1826 and holds the slogan “Where Wisconsin Began.” It is located in the heart of the Driftless region, an area noted for rolling hills unscathed by the last glacial period. Historic limestone, vernacular architecture, and surrounding idyllic countryside offer artists tremendous creative options.

The Midwest’s Premier Outdoor Painting Event PRESENTED BY PENINSULA SCHOOL OF ART

Image © Andy Evansen

Door County Plein Air

Events: July 22 - 28 Exhibition: July 28-Aug 11 Known for our dramatic sunsets over water, our outstanding diverse scenery, and for being one of the top three plein air festivals in the U.S. for both artists and collectors.

• 38 invited plein air masters from across the country • • Unparalled access to our featured artists • • Unique events for all ages • • A welcoming arts-centered community • • Relaxed, fun and lots of Midwestern hospitality •

Complete schedule of events and tickets online. Door County, WI 920.868.3455


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Plein Air Hudson Dates: August 17-19, 2018 Opening Reception: August 20, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery Venue: 401 Second Street City: Hudson Format: Invitational Contact: Ruth Misenko E-mail: Phone: 715.381.2906 Website: Plein Air Hudson 2018 is an invitational event that lures approximately 25 local, regional, and national plein air painters to the beauty of the St. Croix River and the charming historic community of Hudson. This 5-year-old event has become a favorite art happening in the Twin Cities metro area. Plein Air Between the Bluffs Dates: September 7-22, 2018 E-mail: Paint the Towns en Plein Air Dates: September 20-27, 2018 Opening Reception: September 28, 2018 Entry Deadline: September 27, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Plymouth Arts Center Venue: 520 East Mill Street City: Plymouth Format: Open Juror of Awards: Dan Rizzi Award Total: $3000 Contact: Donna Hahn E-mail: Phone: 920.892.8409 Website: Plymouth Arts Center and Event Coordinator/Artist Dan Rizzi invite Midwest artists to participate in a plein air painting competition in Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Enjoy capturing the beauty of two historic communities and the surrounding picturesque countryside with rolling hills and farmland. Both communities are proud to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Plymouth borders the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest, while the winding Sheboygan River runs through Sheboygan Falls. Online pre-registration is encouraged by September 13, although artists may register each morning of the event. Prospectus will be available on the PAC website January 1. American Impressionist Society 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition Dates: September 27-October 27, 2018 E-mail:

Wyoming Plein Air Fest Dates: June 16, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir magazine

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Venue: National Museum of Wildlife Art City: Jackson Hole Format: Invitational Contact: Amy Goicoechea E-mail: Phone: 307.732.5412 Website: This year will be the 7th Annual Plein Air Fest, held at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. At the Plein Air Fest, more than 50 invited artists are given one day to create new masterpieces en plein air. They paint from the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s sculpture trail with stupendous views overlooking the National Elk Refuge. Collectors are invited to browse and bid on the fresh artworks, which will be sold by silent bid. Admission is FREE. Proceeds benefit the National Museum of Wildlife Art. 7th Annual Plein Air for the Park Dates: July 18-22, 2018 Opening Reception: July 18, 2018 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Venue: Craig Thompson Discovery & Visitor Center City: Moose Format: Combination Contact: Jake Gaedtke E-mail: Phone: 303.775.7928 Website: The Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, the Grand Teton Association, and Grand Teton National Park are proud to present this exclusive show and sale, now in its seventh year. Participating artists will paint on location in the park and Jackson Hole area, displaying the new works at the impressive Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. Artist demonstrations

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C A NA DA Province : New Brunswick Paint the Past: 2018 Plein Air Festival Dates: June 22-24, 2018 Opening Reception: June 22, 2018 Entry Deadline: May 26, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Kings Landing Corporation Venue: Kings Landing City: Prince William Format: Juried Award Total: $1750 Contact: Ruth Murgatroyd E-mail: Phone: 506.363.4952 Website: Paint the Past is an annual plein air festival hosted at Kings Landing, one of Canada’s landmark historical experiences. By attending Paint the Past, you’ll make personal connections with world-class artists, attend engaging workshops and presentations, and be transported back in time to 19th-century New Brunswick to capture moments rich in history. The grand prize is $1,000 and the title of Kings Landing Artist-in-Residence for 12 consecutive months. The event takes place just outside of Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 22-24, 2018. To learn more, visit Kings Landing’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence was awarded to Poppy Balser (

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Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival Dates: June 14-17, 2018 Opening Reception: June 16, 2018 Entry Deadline: February 23, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Municipality of The County of Cumberland Venue: The Hall Cultural Centre City: Parrsboro Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $7000+ Contact: Robert More E-mail: Phone: 902.728.2007 The Bay of Fundy. Some of the most stunning sea/landscapes in the world. The power of the tides is mythic, the light is superb. It’s perfect for plein air, and it’s the inspirational setting for the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, a juried event with 35 top artists competing for more than $7,000 in cash prizes. The Collectors Preview Gala takes place on Saturday, June 16, with the Quick Draw on Sunday, June 17. Nestled on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Parrsboro is a creative community that embraces the artist with a hospitality second to none. Paint Peggy’s Cove Dates: July 13-15, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Venue: Coastal village of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia City: Halifax Format: Open Contact: Pat Lindley E-mail: Phone: 902.823.2530 Website: This open annual event provides an opportunity for artists to paint outdoors in the iconic seaside village of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia,

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and display their works for sale in the Festival Yurt situated in the center of the village. Each artist may also hang a few pieces of studio work for sale. The event runs from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 inclusive, the peak time for visitors and tours visiting the village and surrounding scenic views. Registration is limited to 34 artists and opens in April 2018 on the festival website:

Province : Ontario Elora Plein Air Festival Dates: May 17-20, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Elora Arts Council Venue: Elora Centre for the Arts City: Elora Format: Open Contact: Dick Marvin E-mail: Phone: 519.856.2594 Elora is a heritage village overlooking the spectacular gorges of the Grand and Irvine Rivers. The historic town of Fergus is just upriver and the entire area is surrounded by a rural landscape. With its heritage buildings, breathtaking river and gorge vistas, rolling hillsides, and farms, this beautiful region was made for plein air. The four-day festival includes three days of painting, a juried competition with prizes, and a show and sale. Join us. Paint in our landscape, then take in a club-style concert, an arts-inspired film, and a Sunday breakfast social. Register early and save. Outdoor Painting Festival Cavan/Millbrook, Canada Dates: September 20-23, 2018 Opening Reception: September 20, 2018 Entry Deadline: August 31, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Galerie Q, Cavan Art Gallery & Millbrook Art Gallery Venue: Galerie Q, Cavan Art Gallery & Millbrook Art Gallery City: Cavan and Millbrook Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA — minimum $3500 Contact: Valerie Kent E-mail: Phone: 705.944.9444 Website: The “Outdoor Painting Festival” in Cavan and Millbrook is sponsored by three art galleries:,, and in Ontario, Canada. Venues are charming rolling hills, pond, farm, and field, and the two-century-old quaint village of Millbrook. Free music, reception, awards celebration, Fresh off the Easel Sale, exhibition for winners of juried works, Quick Paint competition. Minimum total awards: $3,500. Pre-register for plein air workshops held September 19. Free children’s activities. OPAS-endorsed. See last year’s photos on site www.outdoor Info: 705.944.9444. Register online; registration fee: $50 CDN



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Montague Plein Air Festival Dates: July 4-8, 2018 E-mail:

INTER NATIONAL Country: England Paint Out Norwich Dates: Fall 2018 TBA Sponsoring Organization: Paint Out™ City: Norwich

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INTERNATIONAL Format: Juried Contact: James Colman E-mail: Website: Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st-century en plein air art practice. Our core event, now in its fifth year, is the UK’s premier and only fully juried en plein air art competition, celebrating the talents of national and international artists before a wide and growing audience in the heart of medieval and iconic Norwich, and giving the public an opportunity to “Experience Art. Live!” Paint Out™ is a multifaceted arts event that aims to attract national and international talent by its annual events that focus on the challenges imposed by creating work “on the spot” in the urban environment. Our expanding events have included schools, public, and professional art competitions, artwork exhibitions and auctions, talks, “Artist’s Question Time,” and open-air art workshops.

Country: Ireland

SAVE THE DATE FOR SPECTACULAR PAINTING: 10.5.2018 - 10.11.2018 A new Fall Color Week Publisher’s Invitational painters’ retreat to be announced...

Art in the Open 2018 Plein Air Festival Dates: July 29-August 6, 2018 Opening Reception: July 29, 2018 Entry Deadline: June 20, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: Art in the Open Festival Venue: Greenacres Gallery City: Wexford Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: €5000 Contact: Tony Robinson E-mail: Phone: 00353.53.9122019 Website: Art in the Open in Ireland is Europe’s largest annual plein air painting festival. Join up to 200 artists from countries across Europe and from the U.S.A. Challenge yourself during seven days of painting in different venues featuring ancient castles, quiet villages, stately gardens, fishing harbors, rural landscapes, and market towns. All are within an hour’s journey from our base in Wexford. Drive or take the festival bus daily. There are evening social events, music, BBQ, lectures, workshops, nocturne, and a quick draw followed by a two-day exhibition with 10 awards plus Artists’ and People’s Choice prizes. Dublin Airport 2.5 hours direct by bus.

LOCATION TO BE ANNOU NCED PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads’ Fall Color Week Publisher’s Invitational Dates: October 5-11, 2018 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir magazine Venue: TBA City: TBA Contact: PleinAir magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: PleinAir magazine’s Eric Rhoads started the Publisher’s Invitational for busy painters who need a break, a chance to slow down, reconnect with friends, and paint beautiful places where the masters before us have painted. We make it effortless. You roll out of your dorm bed for breakfast, pack your sack lunch for your day of painting, and show up for dinner. Our days are filled with painting. New location for 2018 to be announced!


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ALABAMA Alabama Plein Air Artists E-mail:

ALASKA ARIZONA Plein Air Painters of America Contact: Matt Smith E-mail: Website: Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA), established in 1986 on Catalina Island, is the original society of outdoor painters. PAPA is proud to have inspired hundreds of like-minded groups around the world. Currently, PAPA is made up of 40 signature members who meet once or twice a year to exhibit work, teach, or paint. Our 2018 workshop will take place at the Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Georgia, March 26-30. For more information, please visit PAPA’s website. Plein Air Painters of Sedona and the Verde Valley E-mail: Sonoran Plein Air Painters E-mail: Tucson Pastel Society E-mail:

ARKANSAS Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs (P.A.P.E.S.) E-mail:

CALIFORNIA Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore E-mail: BayWood Artists E-mail: California Art Club E-mail: California Plein Air Painters E-mail: Carmel Visual Arts E-mail: Catalina Island Conservancy E-mail: Central Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Contact: Rosemary Swimm E-mail: Phone: 949.376.3635 Website: In 1996 Saim Caglayan, Ken Auster, Jacobus Baas, Cynthia Britain, and John Cosby banded together to form the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Their dream, “to preserve the history of the plein air movement of 19th century California, to support the tradition as it exists today, and to foster a network among plein air painters nationwide.” We continue that dream through our “Plein Air Project,” a program encompassing “The Younger Generation” (4th grade students and up), “The Next Generation” (college-level students), and ‘The Now Generation” (adult mentor programs, plein talks, and paint-outs). We celebrate the legacy and are proud to be part of the tradition!

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Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association

Contact: Julia Seelos

E-mail: Phone: 831.596.3950 Website:

MBPAPA works to foster the appreciation of plein air painting and its history. Meeting twice a month for paint-outs around Monterey Bay, members bring a contemporary approach to the challenges of painting in the open air. Paint-outs are listed on our website and are open to all. MBPAPA helps to distinguish member artists by hosting several juried exhibitions each year. Our quarterly newsletter highlights major museum and gallery shows and celebrates our member career successes. PAC6 Painters E-mail: Sacramento Plein Air Painters E-mail: Sacramento Sketchers E-mail: San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment E-mail: Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) Contact: Linda Collins E-mail: Phone: 805.881.2472 Website: Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) was founded in 2002 in Santa Barbara, California, and has grown to over 200 members, a diverse group including national and local artists, students, patrons, and even gallery owners. Membership is open to everyone who wants to participate. Our goals are to have exhibitions to help raise money to protect open spaces, to increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues, and to promote camaraderie and provide education for artists. Our juried exhibitions have raised over $160,000 for environmental groups. We have monthly paint-outs and occasional workshops. And we have fun! Thousand Oaks Plein Air Watercolorists (TOPAW) E-mail:

COLORADO Pastel Society of Colorado E-mail: Plein Air Artists Colorado E-mail: Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters E-mail:

CONNECTICUT Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society E-mail: Pomperaug Outdoor Painters E-mail:

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D E L AWA R E F L OR I DA Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: The Florida Painters E-mail: Mount Dora Plein Air Painters E-mail: Plein Air Palm Beach Contact: Lorrie B. Turner E-mail: Phone: 561.632.3914 Website: Plein Air Palm Beach was formed in 2013 by two local plein air groups combining memberships, and now has 75-plus members and over 650 painting members. Anyone who wishes to join us at a paint-out can find our calendar at our Meetup site. Plein Air Palm Beach’s vision is to work with plein air painters, local art groups, cultural centers, and the public to support and enhance plein air painting education, events, and exhibits. We welcome support and sponsorship from the cultural community to advance our mission and vision. SRQ Plein Air Painters E-mail: Venice Plein Air/VPA M.A.P Meet And Paint Contact: Karen Ann Hitt E-mail: Phone: 941.586.0207 Website: OPEN TO ALL OUTDOOR PAINTERS: Preserving Venice in plein air, one MAP (Meet And Paint) at a time. First Monday and third Saturday EACH month, November through April. For Venice Plein Air: No fees, just outdoor camaraderie! Caspersen’s — first Monday MAP (meet in last parking, end of Boardwalk 9). Farmers Market & Historic Downtown — third Saturday MAP (meet at Gazebo 9).

Facilitator: Karen Ann Hitt. Co-facilitator: Susie Covert. See our Facebook page: @venicepleinair. Founded in 2003 to serve our Venice, Florida, area. Artists supporting our local arts and historic scenic communities.


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KENTUCKY Kentucky Outdoor Painters Society E-mail:

LOUISIANA MAINE Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy E-mail:

MARYLAND Washington Society of Landscape Painters Contact: Brenda Kidera E-mail: Phone: 410.489.0431 Website: The Washington Society of Landscape Painters was founded in 1913 by a fortuitous chance encounter between two plein air painters in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is the nation’s oldest continuously active landscape painting organization. Initially known as the Ramblers, their handwritten and delightfully illustrated Log Book began a century-long detailed record of the club’s activities and adventures. While these archives now reside in the Smithsonian Institution, WSLP members today are still actively painting the landscape together around D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, holding exhibits, and, most importantly, enjoying the camaraderie of their shared passion.

M ASSACHUSET TS Creative Arts Center in Chatham E-mail:

MICHIGAN Michigan Plein Air Painters E-mail:

MINNESOTA Grand Marais Art Colony E-mail: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota E-mail:

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American Impressionist Society Contact: Debra Groesser E-mail: Phone: 402.592.3399 Website: The American Impressionist Society (AIS) was founded in 1998 by Florida artists Charlotte Dickinson, Marjorie Bradley, and Pauline Ney in honor of their mentor, William J. (Bill) Shultz. AIS has become one of the most respected national art organizations in the country.

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NEBRASKA to CANADA The goal of AIS, a 501(c)3 organization, is to promote the appreciation of Impressionism through workshops, exhibitions, and educational events. We hold two exhibitions each year: our annual National Juried Exhibition in the fall and our “AIS Impressions: Small Works Showcase” in the spring. Please visit our website for membership information and for more details about our exhibitions.

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Education: The Chestnut Group provides learning resources for every artistic level: instructional sessions for beginning painters, member/mentor partnerships, and workshops led by accomplished visiting artists. Community: With core values of volunteerism, conservation, preservation, and awareness, the Chestnut Group members are a collection of like-minded artists, volunteers, and conservationists working together to make a difference in Middle Tennessee.



Outdoor Painters Society E-mail:

International Plein Air Painters E-mail:

Eccles Community Art Center E-mail:

PALS Plein Air Limner Society E-mail:


Plein Air Adirondack E-mail:

Beverley Street Studio School E-mail:

Saranac Lake ArtWorks E-mail:

Blue Ridge Plein Air Painters E-mail:


Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge E-mail:

Ohio Plein Air Society E-mail:

OKLAHOMA OREGON Plein Air Painters of Lane County E-mail:

P E N N S Y LVA N I A Plein Air Painters of Central PA E-mail: LandArtEvents E-mail: Philadelphia Water Color Society E-mail:

RHODE ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA S OU T H DA KOTA TENNESSEE Just Plein Nuts of North East Tennessee E-mail:

The Chestnut Group Contact: Rachel Blair E-mail:


Phone: 615.504.7201 Website: Conservation: Chestnut Group members are passionate about protecting the natural and historic landscapes of Middle Tennessee. Working with nonprofit partners to host art events, a generous portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork is donated to those groups.


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WA S H I N G T O N Plein Air Washington Artists Contact: Jane Wallis E-mail: Phone: 360.697.6607 Website: Plein Air Washington Artists are gifted with the Pacific Northwest’s amazing landscapes — cityscapes to farmland, islands, a rainforest, the Cascade Mountains, an arid desert to the east, with geographical wonders throughout. Washington State boasts unparalleled national and state parks, all within a day’s drive. PAWA members have celebrated painting in this beautiful state since 2000. We have several planned paint-outs (and paint-ins) per year, summer and winter juried shows, and more! Most of all, there is camaraderie, with the nicest people you’ll ever meet — Plein Air Washington Artists! To learn more and to join, go to

WEST VIRGINIA WISCONSIN Northwoods Outdoor Artists E-mail: Plymouth Arts Center E-mail: Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association (WIPAPA) E-mail:

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