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Live auction of paintings during En Plein Air Texas in San Angelo, Texas


PUBLISHER B. Eric Rhoads • Twitter: @ericrhoads • Facebook: /ericrhoads

The Plein Air Movement Is Booming


rom sea to shining sea, and ports across the seas, the plein air movement is booming as never before. In fact, this is probably the largest, most significant movement in the history of art, in terms of the numbers of participating artists, collectors, and event organizers. When this magazine started, I don’t think there were more than a dozen — maybe even a half dozen — plein air events, but today there are countless events involving both artists and collectors. These events have fueled charities through art sales and have played a major role in increasing awareness of this massive and historic movement. Of course, at the center of it all is the largest plein air event in the world, the Plein Air Convention & Expo, the training ground and inspiration for over 1,000 artists who gather there each year. This edition of our Ultimate Guide is also our biggest ever, highlighting more events than ever before. This is an exciting time to be part of the world of plein air painting. But with growth and excitement comes responsibility. It is imperative that the words “plein air” do not take on a connotation of “poor quality” or “rushed.” For that reason, it’s critical to always maintain high standards at events, starting with juried entries and quality judges. There is nothing quite like having plein air paintings hanging in your home or office, and collectors deserve the best possible paintings. Although plein air artists may execute paintings rapidly amid changing light and weather, they’ve often devoted decades to learning how to do it so well; it is a special and entirely different skill set from that of studio painting. We’re honored to be a part of this movement and to continue to inspire collectors and artists alike. We hope you’ll enjoy our Ultimate Guide, and participate in events around the world, where there are amazing paintings to be acquired.

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WELCOME! To the 3rd Annual Ultimate Artists’ & Collectors’ Guide To Plein Air Events & Organizations

California Landscape With Flowers Granville Redmond c. 1925, oil on canvas, 32 x 80 in. Courtesy of The Irvine Museum


rom our beautiful national parks to the countryside of Ireland, generations of artists have expressed the bounty of our landscapes and human history on canvas. Exposed in the mid-’90s to the Laguna Plein Air Painters, I longed to see an artist painting in the crevasse of a rock on the beach, and spent hours at Joan Irvine Smith’s historic gallery learning about the early California plein air painters. For those of you eager to learn and meet artists as they paint outdoors, we have assembled two sets of listings in this guide: the names and contact information for ORGANIZATIONS of plein air painters by state, and outdoor painting EVENTS by state, with appropriate contact information. We’ve tried to include every organization and event around the globe, but we know we missed a few. If you are part of an organization or you know about an event we missed, please let me know directly or ask a representative of the group to send us information. We want to include every group and event that spreads the joy of outdoor painting, whether they are small or large, new or well established. Everyone on the PleinAir team is deeply involved in the arts, as participating artists, event organizers, appreciative collectors, or willing supporters, so we do our work out of a sense of passion and service. Our publisher, editors, marketing managers, and support staff are eager to help you succeed as an artist or a collector, and we are always available to lend a hand to organizations and events. As part of our service we offer an informative website, www.outdoorpaint, and on a weekly basis, the free PleinAir Today newsletter. Artists

submit work to the bi-monthly PleinAir Salon,, with well known judges choosing the best in more than a dozen categories for cash awards and international recognition. For collectors, these award winners are announced in the newsletter, and the grand prize winner is announced at the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo. The 6th Annual Plein Air Convention will give you, as either collector or artist, an opportunity to meet friends, artist legends, and suppliers of the best and newest products; hear incredible talks and artists’ stories about growing their art; hands-on painting in the field with the best painters; and fabulous demos. Join us in San Diego from April 23-28, 2017; visit www.pleinair to sign up and view podcasts with the convention faculty. Thank you for your continued support of the most interesting art community, one started generations ago that remains equally enthusiastic today. Now it’s just more mobile, and mobile-friendly, so you may access it all on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Keep on painting, ANNE WEILER-BROWN Art Division Director Streamline Publishing, Inc.

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What Collectors, Artists, & Organizers Gain Through Plein Air Events

A group of artists that includes Susiehyer, Raj Chaudhuri, Heather Burton, Dave Santillanes, Stacey Peterson, Kirsten Savage, Josh Been, Chula Beauregard, and Greg Barnes paints in Colorado.


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

Love of the Outdoors

Many of the artists and collectors profiled in PleinAir magazine indicate they have a lifelong love of hiking, camping, fishing, walking, biking, gardening, and other activities that allow them to exercise and enjoy the glory of nature, and they also enjoy creating art or appreciate what others create. The logical way to combine those interests is by becoming a plein air painter, or by following artists who are professionals in the field. The key to maximizing one’s enjoyment of these activities is to learn what equipment is appropriate, which techniques are effective, what groups are open to new members, who teaches classes and workshops, where the events take place, and how to build a collection of paintings that relate to one’s personal interests. PleinAir magazine covers all 4

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Members of the Ohio Plein Air Society painting at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio

those activities six times a year with both a print and a digital edition, and this special annual supplement is an indispensable tool for preparing for a new year of outdoor painting events.

Paintings of Favorite Locations Another common thread that connects outdoor painting enthusiasts is a desire to either paint or collect paintings of favorite locations. For example, people who love the open spaces and majestic mountains of the West seek out opportunities to pursue that love, while those who have long associations with the South, the Northeast, Midwestern, or foreign locations go in search of those paintings. The art world didn’t always recognize this motivation for painting and collecting. Previously, museums and art magazines were preoccupied with artwork that may have had meaningful content, but made it difficult for most people to understand or appreciate that content. There may have been good reasons to call a slab of rusting metal or a canvas full of paint drips a masterpiece, but those reasons eluded most people who visited museums and art galleries. Plein air painting celebrates the connections between painting and nature, between the general public and depictions of hometown scenes, and between skillfully executed artwork and discerning collectors. It is a positive, joyful activity that can be just as profound as any other form of artistic expression.

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

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

Exploring an Interest in Painting One of the major festival organizers surveyed patrons who bought paintings during its annual event and discovered that many of those people harbor a desire to become artists — or at least to

Vermont artist Mark Boedges painting during the Door County (WI) Plein Air Festival

George Handrahan shares his painting process with onlookers during the Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational in Utah.

Marc Hanson creates a quick draw painting during the Door County Plein Air Festival organized by the Peninsula School of Art (WI).

Some plein air festivals end with artists displaying their work outdoors on panels.

increase their understanding and appreciation of the work created during the festival. The outdoor painting events allowed those curious folks to watch, ask questions, and show their support without paying admission, buying a ticket, giving up an e-mail address, or filling out a questionnaire. One of the great things about plein air events is that they make artists, their paintings, and the creative process completely accessible to the general public. Unlike many galleries and museums, these events are not set up to intimidate people or prequalify collectors. They are opportunities for people of all ages, income levels, and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the creative process.

Richard Sneary (left) and Paul Kratter admiring quick draw paintings during the EnPleinAirTEXAS event in San Angelo, TX

Jim Wodark painting during the Sonoma (CA) Plein Air Festival

A display of just some of the paintings created during the PleinAir magazine Fall Color Week Publisher’s Invitational event

Supporting Worthwhile Causes

Having Fun

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

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

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ALABAMA Pike Road Paint Out Date: September TBD, 2017 E-mail:

Apr 3-8 2017

ALASKA ARIZONA Bisbee Plein Air Festival Dates: May 9-14, 2017 E-mail:

Clark Mitchell

Artists showcasing the best that Kern County has to offer. April 3-7 Plein air painting April 7 Paint out and live Auction Metro Galleries, Bakersfield, CA April 8 Awards and sales Gala, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

Micheal Obermeyer 2017 Participating Artists Patricia McGeeney, Bryan Mark Taylor, Elizabeth Tolley, Clark Mitchell, Michael Obermeyer, Paul Kratter, Robin Purcell, Tim Wodark, Sergio Lopez, Carolyn Hess-Low, Dan Schultz, Debra Huse, Aaron Schuerr, Wendy Brayton, and Rita Pacheco

The Arts Council of Kern County


Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Dates: September 9, 2017-January 15, 2018 Opening Reception: September 17, 2017 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Association Venue: Kolb Studio City: South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park Format: Combination Contact: Kathy Duley E-mail: Phone: 480.277.0458 Website: The Grand Canyon Association is pleased to present the 9th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park. This event features artists from around the country who will paint plein air during the week of September 9-15. A quick draw and auction will take place on Saturday, September 16, and the Grand Opening Reception on Sunday, September 17, is free and open to the public. The exhibit and sale will continue through January 15, 2018. Proceeds from this event will support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. ARKANSAS Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival (ESPAfest) Dates: May 21-25, 2017 Opening Reception: May 21, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Eureka Springs School of the Arts City: Eureka Springs Format: Open Award Total: $5,000+ Contact: Peggy Kjelgaard E-mail: Phone: 479.253.5384 Website: plein-air-festival

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Over $5,000 in prize money at the 2nd Annual Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival, sponsored by the Eureka Springs School of the Arts and located in the heart of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas. Artist events include paint-outs of the historic, architecturally preserved downtown Eureka Springs and the surrounding breathtaking views of the Ozarks. Come paint for four days, or pick a day and plan to participate in the final art exhibit and show. May 21-25, 2017. Contact ESSA for information at 479.253.5384. Visit online: CALIFORNIA 11th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational Dates: March 5-11, 2017 Opening Reception: March 11, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Borrego Art Institute Venue: Gallery City: Borrego Springs Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Gil Dellinger Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Barbara Nickerson E-mail: Phone: 760.767.5152 Website: Artists: Martin Arriola, Susan Elwart Hall, Phil Starke, Judith Doxey, Rose Irelan, Barbara Tapp, Mark Fehlman, Thomas Kitts, Mary Ann Warner, Joe Forkan, Michelle Kondos, Andy Williams, Danny Griego, Susan Lynn, Jim Wodark. Artists arrive in Borrego Springs March 5 and begin painting. On March 8, the public is invited to watch a “paint-out� at Rams Hill Golf Club, 3-5 p.m. Gala reception/awards, Saturday, March 11, 5-8 p.m. Paintings will hang in the gallery until March 26. Plein Air Artists of Riverside 9-Day Paint Out Dates: April 1-9, 2017 E-mail: Kern County Plein Air Dates: April 3-8, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: The Arts Council of Kern City: Bakersfield Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Patricia Chidlaw Award Total: $7,000 Contact: David Gordon E-mail: Phone: 661.229.9855 Website: This spring, 15 of the best painters from around California descend upon Kern County to capture our unique landscape. Over five days, they will paint the wildflowers of Tejon Ranch, Red Rock Canyon, the Kern River, Tehachapi Mountains, vistas from the National Cemetery, and the agriculture land that feeds our world.

Watch as the artists paint the streets of Bakersfield, followed by a live auction April 7 at Metro Galleries. Attend the private awards and sales gala hosted by the Arts Council of Kern at the beautiful Bakersfield Museum of Art the evening of April 8, 2017. 6th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo Dates: April 24-28, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir magazine City: San Diego Contact: PleinAir magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: The Plein Air Convention 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. The 2017 faculty includes Quang Ho, James Gurney, Jeremy Lipking, Thomas Kegler, Michael Godfrey, and many more. To register or learn more, visit

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“All Bundled Up” by Greg LaRock

Accepting Applications Oct. 15, 2016 Entry Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017 Artists’ Welcome: June 13, 2017 VIP Exhibit: June 16, 2017 Public Art Sale: June 17, 2017 Los Gatos Morning Rotary

Carmel Art Festival Dates: May 17-21, 2016 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Carmel Art Festival Venue: Outdoors — closed city street City: Carmel Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Pamela Crabtree E-mail: Phone: 831.624.2280 Website: 24th annual Carmel Art Festival, May 17-21, 2017, plein air painting competition is now open for entries. Sixty artists will be juried in for the competition. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2016. The Carmel Art Festival is always the weekend after Mother’s Day. The call for entries for the 2018 Festival opens September 1, 2017. For more information, photos of past winners, or entry forms, visit our website. PASO ARTSFEST Date: May 27, 2017 E-mail: Los Gatos Plein Air Dates: June 13-17, 2017

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Best of the West Coast Plein Air Events Suzie Baker





October 7 - 15, 2017

Painter Painting Painters Painting

Artists across the nation consistently agree that the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association has become the premiere plein air painting organization on the West Coast. Established in 1996, LPAPA continues to build upon the renowned landscape painting heritage of Laguna Beach and the surrounding area by serving its members through a multitude of events and educatronal programs. ln October of 2017, we will be proud to continue that tradition with the 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting lnvitational. Please visit us at for additional information.

LPAPA in Residence Forest & Ocean Gallery


480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA

A new opportunity for LPAPA members to showcase their works. Please visit for additional information


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Opening Reception: June 13, 2017 Entry Deadline: January 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Los Gatos Morning Rotary Venue: Los Gatos Town Plaza City: Los Gatos Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $3,200 Contact: Carol Waitte E-mail: Phone: 408.205.8668 Website: Los Gatos Plein Air invites artists to come and paint its unique vistas. From historic downtown buildings to redwood forests, hillside wineries, and ocean views, Los Gatos Plein Air has something for every artist and style. Presented by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary and benefiting youth arts and science, Los Gatos Plein Air has become a community favorite, attended by over 1,000 Bay Area residents each year. Two events showcase the art, and multiple artist awards are given by distinguished jurors. Complimentary housing is provided, and the event takes place in mid-June, typically perfect Northern California temperatures. Info at: Paint San Clemente Dates: June 17-25, 2017 Opening Reception: June 17, 2017 Entry Deadline: May 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: San Clemente Art Association Venue: San Clemente Art Gallery City: San Clemente Format: Invitational Award Total: $13,000 Contact: Pam Hill E-mail: Phone: 949.369.0260 Website: 16th Annual Paint San Clemente. “The Spanish Village by the Sea,” San Clemente, will graciously again play host to the 16th Annual Paint San Clemente. Locally and nationally recognized plein air artists will offer up their unique views of the historic city while competing for $13,000 in prize money. First look at the award-winning paintings comes at the Collectors’ Evening Gala on June 24, 6-8:30 p.m., held in the San Clemente Community Auditorium. As a reminder, proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the San Clemente Art Association’s “Art Reach Program,” benefiting San Clemente Public School Art Program. Frank Bette Plein Air Dates: July 31-August 5, 2017 Opening Reception: August 5, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 23, 2017

Sponsoring Organization: Frank Bette Center for the Arts Venue: South Shore Center City: Alameda Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Camilla Scott E-mail: Phone: 510.523.6957 Website: July 31-August 5, 2017, 40 juried artists will paint tree-lined streets, stately Victorian homes and shops, marinas, historic naval ships and naval air station, and views of San Francisco 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 the paintings on Saturday, August 5, at South Shore Center. August 11-September 30, unsold paintings from August 5 are exhibited and for sale in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery. Apply for Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout at 12th Annual Just Plein Fun Dates: July 31-August 6, 2017 E-mail:


16th Annual


$13,000. in Prizes June 17 - Check In And Quick Draw June 17 - 23 - Paint, Paint, Paint June 24 - Gala & Awards June 24 & 25 - 2 Day Art Show

North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open 2017 PSC PleinAir Ad.indd 1 10/10/16 Dates: September 5-10, 2017 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: North Tahoe Arts Venue: Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Shelter Cove & Southern Humboldt County, CA Festival City: Tahoe City Format: Open “Capture the Magic” Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $1,000-$2,000 in prizes Contact: Kellie Cutler Oct. 4 - Oct. 8, 2017 E-mail: $5,000 in prizes Phone: 530.581.2787 Website: The North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open invites artists of all abilities to spend a week painting the majestic and world-famous scenery of Lake Tahoe. Events during the NLTPAO will include organized paint-outs, painting demonstration, the popular Farmer’s Market Quick-Draw Competition, artist social, and juried competition with prizes awarded during a two-day public exhibit at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California Resort.

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Mendocino Open Paint Out Dates: September 18-24, 2017 Opening Reception: September 18, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Mendocino Art (707) 986-7120

Sponsored By: Shelter Cove Arts & Recreation Foundation • Bureau of Land Management • Humboldt Lodging Alliance • North Coast Journal

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Center Venue: Mendocino Art Center City: Mendocino Format: Open Award Total: $8,000 Contact: Michael McDonald E-mail: Phone: 707.937.5818 Website: A weeklong plein air festival held in a spectacular setting along the Northern California Coast. Artists claim the light is unlike anywhere else in the world. From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers of the town, abundant creative inspiration is sure to be found amid the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy daily plein air painting, wet-paint sales in a professional gallery space, daily demonstrations by featured plein air artists, a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, and a celebratory awards presentation, among other activities.

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a celebration of outdoor painting

June 28-July 4, 2017 In beautiful Telluride, Colorado Deadline to apply for this prestigious show: Jan. 2, 2017 Visit for more info & to apply Benefitting Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House


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Plein Air at the Lost Coast 2017 Dates: October 4-8, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Shelter Cove Arts & Recreation Foundation Venue: Community Clubhouse City: Shelter Cove Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $5,000 Contact: Nancy Mitchell E-mail: Phone: 707.986.7120 Website: Please join us at Plein Air at the Lost Coast in beautiful Humboldt County, where the mountains meet the sea, and “Capture the Magic” of Shelter Cove, California, known as the Lost Coast. This is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s wilderness area. Our event includes welcome dinner, three free breakfasts, demonstrations, workshops, guided nature hikes, two quick draws, and a community who welcomes artists with open arms. In addition, there is $5,000 in prize money. SAVE THE DATE October 4-8, 2017! Our website is, or call 707.986.7120. Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: October 7-15, 2017 Opening Reception: October 13, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Venue: TBD City: Laguna Beach Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Multiple Jurors Award Total: $20,000+

Contact: Rosemary Swimm E-mail: Phone: 949.376.3635 Website: When a group of local artists decided to band together to paint the coastline and canyons of Laguna Beach, none of them could have foreseen how that simple get-together back in 1996 would evolve into one of the most prestigious plein air painting events held around the country. In 2017, LPAPA celebrates the 19th anniversary of its Annual Invitational event, including a Collectors’ Gala, substantial cash prizes, and 100+ original works of art for sale. 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Date: October 22, 2017 E-mail: COLORADO 3rd Annual Littleton Plein Air Paintout Dates: May 31-June 3, 2017 E-mail: Plein Air Meeker 2017 Dates: June 15-July 4, 2017 Opening Reception: June 30, 2017 Entry Deadline: June 29, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Meeker, CO, Chamber of Commerce Venue: Meeker, CO, Public Library City: Meeker Format: Open Award Total: $2,500 Contact: JoAnn Goss-Gardner E-mail: Phone: 970.878.5510 Website: Join us for our 6th Annual Plein Air event! Meeker is known for its wide-ranging landscapes, from high mountain to low desert with rivers and rocks, all easily accessible, within 30 minutes of town. Capture the beauty and hospitality of the Flat Tops Wilderness area, Rio Blanco County, and our historic downtown. Painters will have 15 days to paint, culminating in a public art show and auction during the annual 4th of July celebration and Range Call event. Awards include a “Best of Show” $1,000 prize. Telluride Plein Air Dates: June 28-July 4, 2017 Opening Reception: July 1, 2017 Entry Deadline: January 2, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation

Venue: Sheridan Opera House City: Telluride Format: Juried Award Total: $3,500 Contact: Ronnie Palamar E-mail: Phone: 970.728.6363 Website: Each summer the Sheridan Arts Foundation welcomes 25-30 nationally recognized plein air artists to beautiful Telluride, Colorado, for a week of painting en plein air. The event culminates in a three-day sale during Telluride’s beloved Fourth of July festivities, Artist Choice Reception, and a Quick Draw Competition. Red Brick Center for the Arts Dates: August 6-13, 2017 Opening Reception: August 10, 2017 Entry Deadline: March 15, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Red Brick Center for the Arts Venue: Limelight Hotel City: Aspen Format: Juried Award Total: $2,400 Contact: Angie Callen E-mail: Phone: 970.429.2777 Website: The Red Brick Plein Air Festival in Aspen exclusively features artists who call Colorado home. The artists spend five full days painting Aspen’s iconic vistas before assembling the work in an exhibition and sale hosted by event partner the Limelight Hotel. This event is a benefit for the Red Brick, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, where all proceeds go toward arts education and outreach programming. South Park Plein Air Dates: September 5-9, 2017 Opening Reception: September 8, 2017 Entry Deadline: August 23, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Town of Fairplay & Coyote Creek Studio Arts Venue: Coyote Creek Studio Arts City: Fairplay Format: Open Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Julie Bullock E-mail: Phone: 719.836.2622 Website: Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind plein air adventure in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, featuring historic mines, working ranches, and wide-open vistas over three days

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of paint-outs. Our small-town hospitality and our committed arts community will warm their way into your hearts during our Saturday quick draw and live auction as well as our gallery opening on Friday night. Our artists tell us this is one of their favorite plein air shows, and it must be true because we sell out artist spaces very early in the year! Steamboat Art Museum’s 2017 Plein Air Dates: September 23-30, 2017 Opening Reception: September 29, 2017 Entry Deadline: September 11, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Steamboat Art Museum Venue: Steamboat Art Museum City: Steamboat Springs Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Dottie Jones-Zabel E-mail: Phone: 970.870.1755 Website: The Steamboat Art Museum invites artists to paint the scenic Yampa Valley during the peak of the fall season. Week of paint-out includes access to exclusive painting locations and artists’ social gatherings. Opening Reception and Awards Party on Friday, Septenber 29. A Quick Draw with Silent Auction and Barbeque on Saturday, September 30. Works will hang in the museum until November 4, 2017. Please visit us online at for more info and registration. Alla Prima Westcliffe Dates: September 27-30, 2017 E-mail: Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Venice Plein Air / VPA M.A.P.’s / Meet And Paint Dates: November 7, 2016-April 3, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Venice Plein Air Venue: MAP Critiques at an Original Hitt Fine Art & Atelier City: Venice Contact: Karen Ann Hitt E-mail: Phone: 941.586.0207 Website: Where M.A.P. equals Meet And Paint. First Monday & third Saturday EACH month, November to April. For a Venice Plein Air: No fees, just outdoor painters’


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4th Annual

Lighthouse ArtCenter

Gallery & School of Art

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Sheila Wolff Watching the River Flow Oil on linen panel/11”x14”

Delray Beach Florida


January 28, 2017 Paint Out/Critique January 27, 2017

Contact: Steve Nash Path to the Beach

Lorrie B. Turner Hogfish Marina Acrylic/16”x20” Pastel/18”X24”

Sponsored by: 14

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Pati Maguire Candy’s Wildflowers Oil on panel/12”x16”


camaraderie! • Caspersen’s — First Monday MAP (meet last parking, end of Boardwalk 9 ) • Farmers Market & Historic Downtown — Third Saturday MAP (meet at Gazebo 9). OPEN TO ALL OUTDOOR PAINTERS: preserving Venice in plain air, one MAP at a time. Facilitator: Karen Ann Hitt; co-facilitator: Susie Covert. See our Facebook page: @venicepleinair. Founded 2003 to serve our Venice, Florida, area. Artists supporting our local arts & historic scenic communities. Plein Air Palm Beach Fun Fest Dates: January 27-29, 2017 Opening Reception: January 28, 2017 Entry Deadline: January 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Palm Beach Venue: Old School Square City: Delray Beach Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Violeta de la Serna Award Total: More than $2,000 cash plus merchandise awards Contact: Lorrie B. Turner E-mail: Phone: 561.632.3914 Website: Three-day event: January 27, a paint-out/critique & luncheon; Saturday, January 28, competition day; Sunday, January 29, we paint the beach and have a fun day. The painting venue is all of Delray, including downtown restaurants, shops, the beach, parks, lakes, and historic cottages, including Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve. Awards reception and exhibit is at Old School Square, open to the public with paintings available for sale. Following the Fest, for those wishing to participate, we are holding an exhibit at the Delray Beach Library until March 4, which gives further exposure and opportunity for sales. Prospectus available at website: www. Myakka River Paint Out Date: February 18, 2017 E-mail: Lighthouse ArtCenter Annual Plein Air Festival Dates: March 8-12, 2017 Opening Reception: March 11, 2017 Entry Deadline: July 22, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art Venue: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery City: Tequesta Format: Combination Juror of Awards: George Van Hook Award Total: $10,000

Contact: Jennifer Chaparro E-mail: Phone: 561.746.3101 Website: Forty-one national, award-winning plein air artists from across the country compete for awards totaling $10,000. After four days and nights of paint-outs, the Festival culminates with the Collectors’ Preview Party on Saturday evening, March 11, 2017, when guests have the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase art created during the event. An open “Quick Draw” paint-out takes place on Sunday morning. The judge for the Festival is George Van Hook, 2016 Grand Prize Winner. Light Chasers’ Annual Show, Paint Out & Featured Artist Shows Dates: March 17-20, 2017 E-mail: Paint & Photo Tarpon Springs Dates: April 18-22, 2017 Opening Reception: April 22, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Tarpon Springs Art Association Venue: Heritage Museum City: Tarpon Springs Format: Open Award Total: $2,800 Contact: Heather Risley E-mail: Phone: 727.744.3323 Website: Paint or photograph the Gulf Coast city of Tarpon Springs, Florida, with views as varied as the famous Sponge Docks, our two beaches, a Victorian downtown area, parks, and lakes, as well as our Brooker Creek Preserve. This is open to all, with a fee of $35 to register. The work will remain up at the Heritage Museum for one full week following the main reception at the museum on April 22. We will have $2,800 in prize money and will also sponsor a quick-draw event. 9th Annual Winter Park Paint Out Dates: April 23-29, 2017 E-mail: Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Dates: May 5-14, 2017 Opening Reception: May 6, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition Venue: Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art City: Florida’s Forgotten Coast Format: Invitational


2017 Eighth annual plein air festival in Fort Myers Beach, Florida November 6-12, 2017 Paint the beaches & byways of Fort Myers Beach National competition cash & prizes over $6000. Non-refundable entry $50. Two divisions. Registration opens July 15. Deadline Sept. 30, 2017

See for entry information Limited to 60 artists. First come. Reception Nov. 10. Quick Draw Nov. 11. Sponsors: Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, Fish-Tale Marina, Santini Marina Plaza, and the Town of Fort Myers Beach

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Perry Plein Air Paint Out


26 Artists 3 Paintouts Over 180 Original Paintings

Historic Perry, Georgia April 13-15, 2017

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Contact: Joe Taylor E-mail: Phone: 800.378.8419 Website: Documenting the landscapes and culture of the last vestige of “Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is among the world’s most prestigious events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality art, coupled with unsurpassed community support and participant engagement, are trademarks of the 10-day festival. Honing in on what makes plein air painting significant, this year’s event will focus on “Storytelling through the plein air process.” The invitational features 21 internationally acclaimed artists, six Florida Plein Air Ambassadors, and special guests ensured to inspire. Look for expanded exhibits, artists’ demonstrations, the Collector’s Forum, the Quick Draw, and introductory Painting Stations.

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Paint the Beach Dates: November 6-12, 2017 Opening Reception: November 10, 2017 Entry Deadline: September 30, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Fort Myers Beach Art Association

Venue: Festival tent at Santini Marina Plaza City: Fort Myers Beach Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $6,000 Contact: Marie Crist E-mail: Phone: 239.463.3909 Website: Sixty artists will be painting the funky town of Fort Myers Beach for three days, culminating in an awards reception and preview of the artwork on Friday. The reception includes refreshments, music, and a cash bar and is a ticketed event. The Sundowner event on the beach mid-week and a Quick Draw at the pier on Saturday, each with its own awards, add to the excitement. This is an open event with two divisions to include all qualified artists. Generous sponsors provide cash and in-kind awards for all facets of the event. Art will be on sale until Sunday afternoon. GEORGIA Albert Fendig-Hofwyl Plantation Plein Air Paintout Date: March 25, 2017 E-mail: Olmsted Plein Air Dates: April 2-9, 2017 Opening Reception: April 2, 2017 Entry Deadline: October 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Venue: Atlanta, GA, Decatur, GA & Druid Hills Golf Club City: Atlanta Format: Invitational Jurors of Awards: Dan Amos, Clyde Aspevig & West Fraser Award Total: Nearly $30,000 Contact: Lillian Ansley E-mail: Phone: 404.376.7075 Website: Cognoscenti agree, Atlanta is taking its place as one of the largest and most prestigious juried plein air painting competitions in the U.S. The third annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational runs April 2-9, 2017 and features 30 of the world’s greatest collectible artists. An expert panel of awards judges awards the prestigious Olmsted Cup and cash purse. Olmsted Plein Air provides scholarships for 25 high school art students to compete in Paint Quick to further its public education mission. Complimentary tours, lectures, and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout

the event. Schoolchildren and university students are invited to attend. Perry Plein Air Paint Out Dates: April 13-15, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: JMA Architecture Venue: JMA Architecture City: Perry Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Jim Mehserle, AIA Contact: Meg Mehserle E-mail: Phone: 478.987.1814 Website: America’s Artists paint “en plein air” — outdoors and on location! Scenes and landscapes from historic Perry downtown to rural Houston County, Georgia — come join other artists and portray your own interpretation of the incomparable Southern spirit! Fall Plein Air International Paint-Out Dates: September 7-10, 2017 Opening Reception: September 12, 2017 Entry Deadline: August 25, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Venue: The Art Center City: Blue Ridge Format: Open Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Nichole Potzauf E-mail: Phone: 706.632.2144 Website: Fannin County provides the perfect setting for the combination of nature and art to meet. With a multitude of opportunities to capture the spirit of plein air art, we celebrate the natural beauty of our area with the Fall Plein Air Paint Out. We invite artists from all over the country to enjoy the countywide paint-out, take part in a workshop, sign up for the quick draw event, and enjoy networking with fellow plein air artists. Prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded. H AWA I I 2017 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: February 18-26, 2017 Opening Reception: February 24, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Maui Arts League Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort Ballroom City: Lahaina Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Jean Stern, Exec. Dir., The Irvine Museum Award Total: $1,000+

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Call for Artist Entries

7th ANNUAL PRAIRIE PLEIN AIR COMPETITION AND SHOW Sponsored by the Village of Schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials

Schaumburg, Illinois

April 28 - May 12, 2017 Art will be displayed in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Prairie Center for the Arts and will coincide with the 30th annual Prairie Arts Festival

May 17-June 30, 2017

Cash prizes and no commission on sales. Deadline: April 14, 2017. Entry fee is $30. Prospectus and registration form:

Contact: or 847-923-3605

Contact: Lois Reiswig E-mail: Phone: 808.665.1491 Website: The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is a weeklong art event. The 12th annual event will be held Saturday, February 18, through Sunday, February 26, 2017. Watch 26 artists create inspiring paintings at the Lahaina Harbor Kick Off, Kapalua Bay Sunset Paint Out, and the Canoe Beach Quick Draw. Seven opportunities to purchase original paintings. The week culminates with the “Art in Your Heart” Gala, the Artists’ Aloha Reception, and the “Color Me Happy” Youths’ Art Event — all held at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali. I DA HO Eagle Plein Air Festival Dates: June 8-10, 2017 Opening Reception: June 8, 2017 Entry Deadline: May 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Finer Frames Venue: The Gallery at Finer Frames City: Eagle Format: Combination 18

Award Total: $3,000 Contact: Meg Glasgow E-mail: Phone: 208.888.9898 Website: The 2017 Eagle Plein Air Festival & Competition will be held Thursday, June 8, through Saturday, June 10, in historic Eagle, Idaho, along the scenic Boise River. It is a festival, exhibition, and competition open to professional and nonprofessional artists seeking cash awards and ribbons. The first 50 registered artists will receive a Festival Swag Bag. All artists who register and participate are eligible to win valuable prizes in competition, and to exhibit and sell their artwork at the festival. Register at www. before May 31. Driggs Digs Plein Air Dates: July 23-29, 2017 E-mail: Kneeland Gallery Annual Plein Air Exhibition Dates: August 2-4, 2017 E-mail: ILLINOIS 7th Annual Prairie Plein Air Competition & Show Dates: April 28-May 12, 2017 Opening Reception: May 25, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 14, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Village of Schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials Venue: Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Prairie Center for the Arts City: Schaumburg Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $750 Contact: Roxane Benvenuti E-mail: rbenvenuti@villageofschaumburg. com Phone: 847.923.3605 Website: Call for artist entries for the 7th ANNUAL PRAIRIE PLEIN AIR COMPETITION AND SHOW. Sponsored by the Village of Schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials, Schaumburg, Illinois, April 28-May 12, 2017. Art will be displayed in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Prairie

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Center for the Arts May 17-June 30, and will coincide with the 30th annual Prairie Arts Festival. Cash prizes and no commission on sales. Deadline: April 14, 2017. Entry fee is $30. Prospectus and registration form: Contact: rbenvenuti or 847.923.3605. Art Fair at the Dole Dates: September 1-3, 2017 E-mail: Art in Nature Date: September 10, 2017 E-mail: INDIANA 19th Annual First Brush of Spring Paint Out Dates: April 20-22, 2017 Opening Reception: April 19, 2017 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: Bob Beck Award Total: $13,000 Contact: Maggie Rapp E-mail: Phone: 812.459.9851 Website: The 19th Annual First Brush of Spring Paint Out. Judge of Awards: Bob Beck. Kickoff reception at the Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery, Wednesday, April 19, with the Field to Finish Exhibit and Awards; paint-out, April 20-22, including quick draw and paint-out competition that includes professional, nonprofessional, and youth divisions with over $13,000 in total awards; art sale (pre-registration required), April 22; post-paint-out workshops, April 24-27 (instructors C.W. Mundy, Carolyn Anderson, Laura Robb, Marc Hanson, John Michael Carter, Elizabeth Robbins, and Daniel Gerhartz). Visit www.inpainters. org and for more info. Contact person: Maggie Rapp ( Dubois County Plein Air Event/Jasper Community Arts Dates: May 12-13, 2017 Opening Reception: May 12, 2017 Entry Deadline: May 12, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Jasper Community Arts Venue: Schaeffer Barn / River Walk City: Jasper Format: Open Contact: Emily Peak E-mail: Phone: 812.482.3070

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Website: Enjoy painting the charms of Southern Indiana — hills, rivers, fields, quaint villages, and more! Jasper Community Arts is sponsoring this two-day event. Quick draw, Friday, May 12, at Schaeffer Barn, 4-6 p.m. Live music, snacks, and cash bar. Judging, prizes, and auction follow event. Plein air painting, both days. Canvases stamped at 8 a.m. and artists may scatter throughout the area to paint. Saturday, May 13, an evening gathering at the beautiful River Walk will feature a public showing and prizes. Separate prizes both days. Visit our website, or call 812.482.3070 for more information. Carmel on Canvas Dates: September 15-17, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: City of Carmel, Indiana Venue: Carmel Arts & Design District City: Carmel Format: Combination Award Total: $13,000+ Contact: Kelli Prader E-mail: Phone: 317.571.2474 Website: Come to Carmel, Indiana, to experience the 4th annual Carmel on Canvas plein air event. Artists ranging from professionals to amateurs, including a teen division, will participate in the plein air event all day Friday and Saturday at the Carmel Arts & Design District. There will also be two quick paints, one on Saturday morning at the Carmel Farmers Market and one on Sunday. The Best in Show professional division will be awarded a $5,000 grand prize, with a total of more than $13,000 in prize money. For more information, please visit our website at Hamilton County Artists’ Association’s “Local Color” Plein Air Painting Dates: September 15-16, 2017 E-mail: I O WA Bluff Strokes/Mississippi River Arts Dates: October 8-14, 2017 Opening Reception: October 13, 2017 Entry Deadline: September 30, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Mississippi River Art Workshops Venue: TBD City: Dubuque Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD

Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Wes Heitzman E-mail: Phone: 563.845.7274 Website: Painters will explore the architecture and scenery of Dubuque, Iowa, on the Mississippi River. Dubuque was founded in the early 1800s and boasts many historic residences and buildings, as well as scenic riverfront scenes and Mississippi overlooks. It is a hub for rail and barge traffic and has many accessible older manufacturing sites. The surrounding county has many picturesque rural scenes. Fifty-artist limit. For painting opportunities, view http://bluffstrokes. org/paintDBQ.cfm. KANSAS

October 8th-14th, 2017 Dubuque, Iowa Paint the Bluffs and Historic Architecture of Dubuque!

KENTUCKY LOUISIANA Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Dates: March 11-18, 2017 Opening Reception: March 17, 2017 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Shadows-on-theTeche Venue: Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitor Center City: New Iberia Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Eric Koeppel Award Total: $2,500 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 third annual plein air event in March 2017, with Erik Koeppel overseeing artist selection and awarding prizes. Enjoy a unique region enhanced by its architecture, massive moss-covered 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 at for details. Abita Springs En Plein Air Dates: April 7-23, 2017 E-mail:

MAINE Castine Plein Air Festival Dates: July 20-22, 2017 E-mail: PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads’ Fall Color Week Publisher’s Invitational Dates: October 6-13, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir magazine City: Acadia National Park 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 Acadia National Park and the sur-

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rounding area during peak Fall Color Week (if weather cooperates), including colorful local harbors. MARYLAND Paint Snow Hill Dates: April 13-16, 2017 Opening Reception: April 15, 2017 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Snow Hill Arts on the River Venue: Old Firehouse City: Snow Hill Format: Open Juror of Awards: Best Body of Work Judged by Participating Artists Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Ann Coates E-mail: Phone: 410.632.3555 Website: Snow Hill, Maryland, a lovely historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will host the 14th Annual Paint Snow Hill. This, the first plein air event on the Eastern Shore, continues to be popular with many talented artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. It is a non-juried, non-competitive paint-out that gives artists the flexibility to select locations and subjects. Registration is open to 70 artists. The “Wet Paint” Show and Sale provides an opportunity for collectors to find great paintings at a ticketed preview on Saturday, April 15, that continues with free admission on April 16. Paint Annapolis Dates: June 4-11, 2017 Opening Reception: June 9, 2017 Entry Deadline: February 2, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Federation of Art Venue: Circle Gallery City: Annapolis Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Richard Sneary Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Joann Vaughan E-mail: Phone: 410.268.4566 Website: Celebrate Paint Annapolis’ 15th year and paint this historic city on the Chesapeake Bay. Event features painting the farmlands and boatyards surrounding Annapolis as well as along the waterfront in the historic district, with buildings dating from pre-Revolutionary War. Event features a nocturne and a quick draw, both held during a major local arts festival. First prize: $5,000. Mountain Maryland Plein Air Dates: June 19-24, 2017 Opening Reception: June 23, 2017

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An Open Air Painting Extravaganza!

APRIL 15-16 70 ARTISTS “Wet Paint” Show & Sale Preview April 15 from 6-8, $30 admission applies to the purchase of a painting. Show & Sale April 16 from noon-4, no fee. Old Firehouse on Green Street 410.632.3555

Juror Jason Sacran


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fun-filled week of art, music, dance, food, and festivities! Paint It! Ellicott City Dates: July 6-10, 2017 Opening Reception: July 10, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 28, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Howard County Arts Council Venue: Howard County Center for the Arts City: Ellicott City Format: Combination Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $3,000+ 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 charms during Paint It! Ellicott City, a three-day plein air paint-out. July 6: Orientation, juror talk, and kick-off reception. July 7-9: Paint-out. July 8: Quick draw competition. July 10: Exhibit reception featuring presentation of awards. July 10-August 11: Exhibit of artwork. Additional information available in 2017 at

Join us for 9th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air June 19th-24th, 2017

Juror: Barbara Jaenicke Over $11,000 in prizes

Call for entries is NOW OPEN.

Enter through Deadline for entry: February 12 Barbara Jaenicke 1 Day Workshop Sunday, June 25 $150 “Capture On Location What Your Camera Leaves Out”

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Entry Deadline: February 12, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Allegany Arts Council Venue: Saville and Schwab Mountain Maryland galleries City: Cumberland Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Barbara Jaenicke Award Total: $11,000 Contact: Chris Sloan E-mail: Phone: 301.777.2787 Website: We invite you to enjoy the Allegany Arts Council’s 9th annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air event. Set in the rolling hills and winding rivers of Western Maryland, this event provides painters with great landscapes, farms, vintage architecture, and wonderful small-town hospitality. It couldn’t be easier to get there, since Cumberland is just two hours away from Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Pittsburgh. Barbara Jaenicke, this year’s juror, will select 30 nationally known artists to paint in Maryland’s westernmost counties — Allegany and Garrett. Come join us for a spectacular,

Plein Air Easton Dates: July 17-23, 2017 Opening Reception: July 21, 2017 Entry Deadline: January 27, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: The Avalon Foundation Venue: Maryland, Delmarva Peninsula City: Easton Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Jill Carver Award Total: TBD Contact: Marie Pierre Nuthall E-mail: Phone: 410.822.7297 Website: Celebrating its 13th year in 2017, Plein Air Easton continues to set the bar for outdoor painting competitions. With 58 artists selected from applications submitted from the world over, the competition is intense as they set out across the beautiful Eastern Shore landscape in search of the one location that will produce a winning canvas. The competition culminates in the excitement of the Collector’s Party, where the final winners are announced.

Artists Paint O.C. Dates: August 9-13, 2017 Opening Reception: August 12, 2017 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Art League of Ocean City Venue: Ocean City Center for the Arts City: Ocean City Format: Combination Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $2,500+ Contact: Emily Schwab E-mail: Phone: 410.524.9433 Website: Looking for beautiful beaches, a lively boardwalk and amusement parks, picturesque farms, and working harbors to paint within a few minutes’ drive? Begin Wednesday a.m., end the day at a cocktail reception/dinner where you can meet fellow artists and interesting locals. Continue painting until midday Saturday, when the competition culminates with delivery of your work. Relax a little and return Saturday evening to the wet-paint sale. Up to 50 pieces will be selected to hang for the month. Sunday’s quick draw ends the event. Cash awards at both. Some housing available. More at


6-day painting festival on Nantucket Island

June 13 – 18

Artwork by Dennis Childs 508-228-0294 artists association of nantucket

Solomons Plein Air Dates: September 18-24, 2017 Opening Reception: September 18, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Carmen’s Gallery Venue: Holiday Inn Solomons & Town of Solomons City: Solomons Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Jason Sacran Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Carmen Gambrill E-mail: Phone: 410.326.2549 Website: Ask any artist who’s participated in Solomons Plein Air: This is a magical plein air competition! Solomons offers artists such diversity in subjects to paint. The historic fishing village is now a picturesque mix of work boats, pleasure boats, marinas, old fishermen’s cottages, rural farmland, and quaint architecture along an historic waterfront with a scenic Riverwalk. But the best part is the hospitality! Artists leave this competition with a smile on their faces because of the warm reception they receive from the locals. And Solomons has such beautiful weather that we can usually squeeze in an artists’ boat ride!

Paint Berlin Plein Air Dates: September 20-23, 2017 E-mail: anna@worcestercountyartscouncil. org M ASSACHUSET TS Fresh Paint 2017 Dates: April 23-May 4, 2017 Opening Reception: May 4, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Copley Society of Art Venue: Copley Society of Art City: Boston Format: Invitational Contact: Suzan Redgate E-mail: Phone: 617.536.5049 Website: On Sunday, April 23, over 70 artists from the Copley Society of Art will set up their easels in and around Boston to participate in the Fresh Paint Auction 2017. When Fresh Paint was established in 1988, the Copley Society of Art was one of the first to host such an event. Fresh Paint is the gallery’s biggest and

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most important fundraiser of the year, bringing in funds to support innovative exhibitions of emerging and established artists, lectures, scholarships, residencies, and outreach programs. Works will be available for auction on Thursday, May 4, at the Fresh Paint Gala. Plein Air Nantucket Dates: June 13-18, 2017 Opening Reception: June 17, 2017 Entry Deadline: June 12, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Artists Association of Nantucket Venue: Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery City: Nantucket Format: Open Contact: Bobby Frazier E-mail: Phone: 508.228.0294 Website: Plein Air Nantucket: Six-day painting festival on Nantucket Island, June 1318. Visit or call 508.228.0294. Cape Ann Plein Air Dates: October 7-15, 2017 Opening Reception: October 15, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Cape Ann Community Foundation Venue: TBD City: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $25,000 in prizes, awards, and sponsorships Contact: Karen Ristuben E-mail: Phone: 978.758.1210 Website: The Cape Ann Community Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Cape Ann Plein Competition and Festival, to be held October 7 to October 25, 2017. The first ever national competition in the region, Cape Ann 2016 juried 40 artists from Maine to Hawaii who for six days competed for over $20,000 in prizes to paint the same stunningly beautiful, diverse subjects as were painted by Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Hopper, Sloan, Davis, and others. More details will be announced soon, so please visit our website at www.capeannplein. com. Also friend us on Facebook or call 978.758.1210. 26

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MICHIGAN Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival Dates: August 14-19, 2017 E-mail: MINNESOTA Winter Plein Air Painting & Dog Sledding Retreat Dates: January 22-27, 2017 E-mail: Plein Air Duluth: Paint Du Nord Dates: July 9-14, 2017 E-mail: Plein Air Grand Marais Dates: September 8-15, 2017 E-mail: MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI Augusta Plein Air Festival Dates: April 20-30, 2017 Opening Reception: April 19, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 27, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce Venue: Augusta, MO, and neighboring communities City: Augusta Format: Open Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Kathleen Turner E-mail: Phone: 636.228.4005 Website: Augusta, Missouri, celebrates 15 years of plein air art, with 10 days of painting sponsored by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce, along with wineries and local merchants. Fifteen $500 purchase awards throughout the festival, with $10,000 in cash and prizes for the artists. The public and artists are invited to events throughout the festival, including paint-outs at wineries, neighboring small towns, historic locations, plus artists’ workshops. Art for sale daily from the easel at events and in our “Pop-Up Art Gallery.” Final sale, judging, and awards on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Mount Pleasant Estates. Penn Valley Park Plein Air Dates: May 5-13, 2017 Opening Reception: May 5, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Penn Valley Park Conservancy Venue: Penn Valley Park

City: Kansas City Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Dona Boley E-mail: Phone: 816.93.8147 Website: Penn Valley Park is one of the natural jewels of Kansas City’s 220 parks. Its 175 beautiful acres were “intended by nature for park purposes,” and as an urban park it offer views of Kansas City’s most iconic scenes and landmarks. In its fourth year, the Plein Air Fest has become a signature art event in Kansas City, helping the Conservancy preserve and protect Penn Valley Park. The event includes three quick paint competitions, four overall competition prize winners, and a patrons purchase award competition. Artists’ works will be exhibited at Buttonwood Art Space until June 23, 2017. Brush Creek Art Walk 2017 Dates: September 15-17, 2017 E-mail: 13th Annual Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Competition Dates: September 20-24, 2017 E-mail: MONTANA Plein Air Paint Out 2017 Dates: September 22-29, 2017 Opening Reception: September 30, 2017 Entry Deadline: June 3, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Hockaday Museum of Art Venue: Hockaday Museum of Art City: Kalispell Format: Combination Contact: Sharon Staso E-mail: Phone: 406.755.5268 Website: Artists will be painting in Glacier National Park, Flathead Valley, and Swan Valley, September 22-29. Each artist will be responsible for bringing two to four pieces of their choice on Friday, September 29; the party and sale will be held on September 30 inside the Museum. Artwork will be installed for the event and remain on display for the exhibition (October 3-December 2). All works created during the event will be offered for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Hockaday Museum of Art.

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Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival & Competition Dates: June 6-11, 2017 Opening Reception: June 6, 2017 Entry Deadline: January 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Ontario County Arts Council Venue: Historic Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion City: Canandaigua Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Sara Linda Poly Award Total: Over $7,000 Contact: Pat Rini Rohrer E-mail: Phone: 585.394.0030 Website: The 6th Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival will run from June 6-11, 2017. Up to 40 juried-in artists will paint the beauty of the Finger Lakes and our surrounding rolling countryside full of pastoral farmlands and gardens. The event brings in art lovers and collectors, as well as those who want to participate in the community-centered events planned for downtown Canandaigua. Final events are at the historic site of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua. Awards presented during reception/preview party, exhibit & sale (ticketed event) on Saturday, June 10; public exhibit & sale on Sunday.

NEW HAMPSHIRE NEW JERSEY Hammonton’s 9th Annual Plein Air Date: May 6, 2017 Opening Reception: May 6, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 15, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: The Noyes Museum of Art Venue: The Noyes Museum of Art: Kramer Hall City: Hammonton Format: Juried Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Michael Cagno E-mail: Phone: 609.626.3420 Website: The Hammonton Art District is excited to announce we are now accepting applications for the 9th Annual Plein Air Event! This year, the event takes place on May 6, beginning at 9 a.m., when painters set up their easels at locations of their choice — quickly painting a scene before it’s gone. Over $2,000 in cash awards will be given out, and all of the paintings done during the event will be on exhibit that evening through July 30 at the Noyes Gallery at Stockton University’s Kramer Hall building in Downtown Hammonton Arts District. Registration fee is $30. Plein Air Plus Dates: July 1-August 31, 2017 E-mail: NEW MEXICO Plein Air Here and There Dates: May 1-30, 2017 E-mail: Santa Fe Plein Air Festival Date: Early June, TBD E-mail: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members’ Show Dates: November 3-5, 2017 E-mail:


PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads’ Publisher’s Invitational Paint the Adirondacks Dates: June 11-18, 2017 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.

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Morristown Public Library Plein Air Festival Date: August 3-6, 2017 E-mail: Adirondack Plein Air Festival Dates: August 14-19, 2017 E-mail: NORTH CAROLINA Paint the Town, Art Auction, & Gala ­— Town of Cary Date: May 6, 2017 E-mail: Seaside Arts Council From Sound to Sea Paint Out Date: Fall 2017 TBD E-mail: NORT H DA KOTA OHIO Oil Painters of America’s 26th National Juried Exhibition Dates: May 12-June 10, 2017 Opening Reception: May 12, 2017 Entry Deadline: January 27, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Oil Painters of America Venue: Eisele Gallery of Fine Art City: Cincinnati Format: Juried Juror of Awards: William Whitaker OPAM Award Total: $80,000 in cash & merchandise Contact: Liz Pusch E-mail: Phone: 630.352.6554 Website: Dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art, Oil Painters of America’s primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, color, composition, and the appreciation of light. 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. Lakeside Chautauqua Plein Air Art Festival Dates: July 14-16, 2017 E-mail: Ohio Plein Air Society 14th Annual Competition Date: September 29-October 1, 2017 E-mail: OKLAHOMA

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OREGON Plein Air & More Dates: June 23-25, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: The Cannon Beach Gallery Group Venue: Downtown Cannon Beach and the beach City: Cannon Beach Format: Invitational Contact: Bonnie Gilchrist E-mail: Phone: 503.635.5100 Website: Cannon Beach has been named “One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World” by National Geographic and “One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.” So it’s not a surprise that this spectacular natural beauty has beckoned artists from around the world to participate in the 9th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival. Many will be painting, but you’ll also find sculptors working in stone, or creating the clay forms that will be cast in bronze; jewelers; ceramic artists; basket weavers; and metal workers. A series of workshops will lead up to the festival. Yaquina 4th Annual Plein Air Competition & Show Dates: September 2-4, 2017 E-mail: Umpqua Plein Air/Umpqua Valley Arts Association Dates: September 13-16, 2017 Opening Reception: September 16, 2017 Entry Deadline: September 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: The City of Roseburg and the Oregon Arts Commission Venue: Umpqua Valley Arts Association City: Roseburg Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $1,400 Contact: Sandee McGee E-mail: Phone: 541.672.2532 Website: The Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s Umpqua Plein Air Event is a three-


day annual competition for artists working en plein air. During the event, artists will capture Douglas County’s wild and stunning landscapes, including the breathtaking emerald waters of the North Umpqua River and the peaceful golden hills at Doc Bailey’s Century Farm. Come and experience the camaraderie of our artist community here in Roseburg and capture a piece of the spectacular Land of the Umpqua. Event dates: September 13-16, 2017. Opening Reception: September 16, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. Registration begins: May 1, 2017. Registration ends: September 1, 2017. Plein Air @ Washington County Dates: September 27-October 1, 2017 E-mail: P E N N S Y LVA N I A Wayne Art Center Plein Air Dates: May 7-13, 2017 Opening Reception: May 13, 2017 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Wayne Art Center Venue: Wayne Art Center City: Wayne, PA, and Delaware Valley Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Don Demurs Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Karen Louise Fay E-mail: Phone: 610.688.3553 Website: Spend a week in eastern Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley, abundant with verdant and colorful fauna and foliage, lush landscapes, rolling hills, pastoral farms, historic architecture, quaint towns, and urban cityscapes. Artist events include private Artist and Patron Welcome Dinner, Artist Housing, In-Take Receptions, Paint-Out, Preview Party, Awards Ceremony, Juror Lecture & Demo, Workshops, and Exhibition. Contact: 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA 19087, 610.688.3553. Hameau Farm Plein Air Painting Event and Gala Art Reception Dates: May 15-21, 2017 E-mail: Bucks County Plein Air Dates: June 5-11, 2017 Opening Reception: June 6, 2017 Entry Deadline: March 8, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Bucks County Community College & Alan Fetterman

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Venue: Bucks County Community College City: Newtown Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Lisa Tremper Hanover, Andy Evansen & Alan Fetterman Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Linda Lee E-mail: Phone: 215.968.8223 Website: pleinairfestival/ Paint out in historic Pennsylvania’s Bucks County! Capture the light and natural beauty in the footsteps of history where Indians met on Council Rock, fieldstone farmhouses and covered bridges still stand, and the roots of America’s impressionist movement began. Artists are invited to enter the 2nd Annual Bucks County Plein Air Festival competition, to be held June 5-June 11. Submissions accepted from November 23-March 8; visit So come ye all to paint history, grow your business, win ($15,000 prizes, Alan Fetterman Fine Arts Medal, and more), and to support the arts in Bucks County! 2nd Annual Plein Air West Reading Dates: June 14-16, 2017 E-mail: Riverside Festival of the Arts Plein Air Contest Dates: September 16-17, 2017 Entry Deadline: September 16, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: ACE: Arts Community of Easton City: Easton Format: Open Juror of Awards: Three regional expert art judges Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Ellen Shaughnessy E-mail: Phone: 610.252.2552 Website: Easton, Pennsylvania, is located at the very edge of New Jersey, where the Lehigh River meets the Delaware. 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, $30 to enter. Awards of $1,000 1st, $500 2nd, $300 3rd, $200 honorable. Follow #EastonPleinAir; find details on September 16-17, 2016. RHODE ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA

2nd Annual

wayne art center

CALL FOR ENTRIES June 5 – 11, 2017

PleinAir Festival 2017

$15,000 in prizes, including a $5,000 first prize Artist entry opens November 18 Collectors’ Preview Party, Quick Draw Competition, Public Exhibition & Sale


August 20 - 27, 2017 PROSPECTUS available online December 1, 2016

Jurors: Andy Evansen

Board President Plein Air Painters of America

Tim Kelly, Sproul Rd. Beneath 476, Best of Show 2016


Alan Fetterman

November 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017

Lisa Tremper Hanover

Bucks County Fine Artist

President/CEO James A. Michener Museum

Presenting Sponsor:

On Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula

FESTIVAL: May 7 - 13, 2017 PREVIEW PARTY: May 13, 6 -10pm EXHIBITION: May 15 - June 25, 2017 AWARDS: $15,000+


“The Shi Shi Lights”

$12,000 in Awards

Bruce Gomez 215-968-8224

Wayne Art Center 413 Maplewood Ave. Wayne, PA 19087 610-688-3553

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Burnet Art Festival October 12-14, 2017

best organized, and friendliest paint-outs around! You will love it!” TENNESSEE 2Rivers Plein Air Paint Out Dates: October 20-21, 2017 E-mail: TEXAS

Plein Air Competition Quick Draw Contest Wet Paint Sale Artist Reception Art Gallery and Auction Guest Artist Demos

March 29-April 1, 2017 Limited to 50 juried artists, enter at

Come enjoy our Central Texas hospitality and small town charm.

Juror of Awards: PleinAir’s Eric Rhoads S OU T H DA KOTA De Smet SD 8th Annual Plein Air “PaintOut” Dates: August 11-13, 2017 Opening Reception: August 11, 2017 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: Paint on the prairies of South Dakota as native son Harvey Dunn did and where Laura Ingalls Wilder homesteaded. DeSmet is the “Little Town on the Prairie,” well known for its historic legacy. The longest-running plein air event in South Dakota. Everything is free, including demonstrations by well-known artists; reception Friday evening; lunch, dinner, reception, live music on Saturday; and “wet sale” Sunday. Many residents turn out to buy the artwork Sunday. Artists attend from many states and they say, “This is one of the most fun,


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Paint the Town Dates: March 29-April 1, 2017 Opening Reception: March 31, 2017 Entry Deadline: February 24, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Highland Lakes Creative Arts “The Arts” Venue: Lakeside Pavilion City: Marble Falls Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Eric Rhoads Award Total: $3,500 Contact: Carolyn Bates E-mail: Phone: 512.567.8614 Website: Maximum 50 plein air juried artists painting in historic Marble Falls, along the waterfront and on private countryside properties. Four days of activities centered at Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion. Art demonstrations, extensive exhibiting/sales galleries. Artists submit their top three pieces for plein air judging gallery/sales. Each artist will have two standing panels for the main exhibit/sales gallery to show other works. $3,000 in total prizes and a live auction of award winners. Friday Night Artist Reception & “Paint Out,” Saturday Night Artist/Collector Reception. All four days open to the public, live music, food, and wine. Plein Air Southwest Salon Dates: April 8-May 15, 2017 E-mail: Paint Historic Terrell Dates: April 20-29, 2017 E-mail: Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event Dates: October 4-7, 2017 E-mail: Burnet Art Festival Dates: October 12-14, 2017 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Burnet Association of Merchants Venue: Burnet Historic Square City: Burnet Format: Juried

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Celebrating Fourteen Years of Art Inspired by Place



FESTIVAL e v e r e t t r u e s s d ay s

September 22–October 1, 2017 Peggy Trigg, The Fallow Field (detail), 12 x 36 in., acrylic, 2016 Artistic Excellence Award winner

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Plein Air Painting Competition SEPT 22–27 Art Sale & Auction SEPT 29–30 $10,000 in Awards Paint-out Events, Demonstrations, Workshops, & Speaker Series

Escalante, Utah

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


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Award Total: $2,500 Contact: Nena Hoover E-mail: Phone: 512.636.3524 Website: Plein air competition, quick draw contest, wet-paint sale, artist reception, art gallery and auction, artisan booths, live music, guest artist demos. EnPleinAirTEXAS Dates: October 22-29, 2017 Opening Reception: October 27, 2017 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Venue: Fort Concho Quartermaster Building City: San Angelo Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Roger Dale Brown Award Total: $16,000 Contact: Barbara Rallo E-mail: Phone: 325.656.2500 Website: Everything is bigger in Texas — and so is our plein air event! 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 where you are the celebrities! From exotic private ranches to an eclectic downtown along the river… historic Fort Concho to the International Water Lily Gardens. Opportunities to meet new patrons culminating with the Art Collectors Stampede & Awards Party! We invite you to experience EnPleinAirTEXAS. Record-breaking sales beckon. Come see why our artists love this event. Come paint with us! Plein Air on the Square — Snyder, TX Date: November 4, 2017 E-mail: Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Contest Dates: November 11-18, 2017 Opening Reception: November 18, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: G. Lee Gallery Venue: G. Lee Gallery City: Galveston Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: George D. Lee E-mail: Phone: 409.370.7350 Website: Looking for warmer weather to paint plein air? This open plein air event gives attendees seven beautiful

18th Annual

National Juried Exhibition

September 28 - October 29, 2017 Montgomery-Lee Fine Art Park City, Utah

2016 Best of Show Award Winner Adam Clague “Knitters Gift� 30x30 oil

Entry Deadline mid-June 2017 Visit the AIS website for complete information. Must be an AIS member and a legal US resident to be eligible to enter. AIS is a 501(c)3 non profit organization

days to paint Galveston Island. From beach to the bay, beautiful historic neighborhoods, and a working port, Galveston affords artists a myriad of challenging subjects. Closing awards reception and art sale. UTAH 10th Annual New Visions Art Show Dates: April 13-14, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Authentique Gallery and the Mission Gallery Venue: Authentique Gallery and the Mission Gallery City: St. George Format: Invitational Contact: Jane Bell Meyer E-mail: Phone: 435.313.5008 Website: & The 10th Annual New Visions Art Show is a wonderful time to meet and speak with the incredible gallery artists. There will also be a silent auction on the second day for wet pieces painted that day.

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Eccles Community Arts Center’s Plein Air Competition and Exhibition Dates: June 2-17, 2017 E-mail:

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Where In the World Is Plein Air Dates: June 7-9, 2017 Opening Reception: July 7, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Illume Gallery of Fine Art Venue: Artist choice location, throughout the world and online City: Salt Lake City Format: Combination Contact: Jane Bell Meyer E-mail: Phone: 435.313.5008 Website: Where in the World Is Plein Air is a worldwide, live, three-day event that is hosted on whereintheworldis From the UK to Australia, to the mountains and plains of the United States, 85 artists paint en plein air for three days. Each artist will complete a piece a day and take three live videos of their progress. Each painting is for sale at any point of completion. Summerfest Arts Faire Plein Air Paint Out and Photography Contest Dates: June 9-17, 2017 E-mail: Eccles Community Arts Center’s Plein Air Quick Draw Competition Date: June 10, 2017 E-mail:

Spend a week painting with friends in a spectacular setting . . . no stress, no competition. Learn more at


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Escalante Canyons Dates: September 22-October 1, 2017 Entry Deadline: September 22, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Escalante Canyons Art Festival Venue: Escalante City Center City: Escalante Format: Open Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Allysia Angus E-mail: Phone: 435.616.4480 Website: The Escalante Canyons Art Festival is a premier art event in southern Utah hosted by the community of Escalante. It’s held in late September each year to take advantage of the stunning fall colors in canyon country. Artists of all skill levels gather in Escalante to compete in this open event for more than $10,000 in awards. The plein air aspects of the festival include the main competition, two paint-out events (one nocturne), exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, recep-

tions, and several options for selling art. Other festival activities include entertainment, an arts/crafts fair, a speaker series, and creative activities for all ages. AIS National Juried Exhibition Dates: September 28-October 29, 2017 E-mail: Spring City Plein Air Painting Competition Dates: September 29-October 2, 2017 E-mail: 2017 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational Dates: November 6-12, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Zion National Park Foundation Venue: Zion National Park City: Springdale Format: Invitational Contact: Jill Burt E-mail: Phone: 435.772.3264 Website: This is the 9th annual Zion Plein Air Art Invitational. Twenty-four invited artists will paint in Zion Canyon during the week of November 6-12, 2017. Each artist will present a free one-hour demonstration and be available to interact with guests throughout the week. Artwork will be sold to raise money for various art programs and youth education in Zion National Park. VERMONT Westmore 3rd Annual Paint-Out Dates: July 29-20, 2017 E-mail: VIRGINIA Falls Church Arts Dates: April 9-June 10, 2017 Entry Deadline: June 9, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Falls Church Arts City: Falls Church Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $4,500 Contact: Barbara Cram E-mail: Phone: 703.679.7881 Website: Falls Church Arts 8th Annual “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival welcomes artists from all over and has the unique possibility of painting within an eight-week period to capture early spring in April through the beginning of summer in mid-June. The city is home to many historic buildings and over 100 historic homes, as well as beautiful parks and streets, music and art festivals, theater,

Center FloydArts for the

Floyd Plein Air Festival August 14 -19, 2017 Artist Demos Farm to table Dinner Quick Paint Challenge Awards Reception Art sale

Paint Southwest Virginia’s most picturesque attractions!

540.745.2784 historic and cultural events, and an iconic Farmer’s Market. Plein air entry information and more including historic maps can be found on the Falls Church Arts website Queen City Plein Air Paint Staunton Day Date: April 22, 2017 E-mail: Paint Out Lynchburg Dates: April 28-30, 2017 Opening Reception: April 28, 2017 Entry Deadline: April 21, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Lynchburg Art Club & Gallery Venue: Lynchburg Art Club & Gallery City: Lynchburg Format: Open Juror of Awards: Priscilla Whitlock, Jim & Kathy Muehlemann Award Total: $1,600 Contact: Kelly Mattox E-mail: kmattox555@comcast.ent Phone: 434.841.6831 Website: The 2nd Annual Paint Out Lynchburg offers artists the opportunity to paint

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Contact: Loryn Brazier E-mail: Phone: 804.358.2771 Website: Come paint the beautiful and historic Richmond, Virginia, June 18-25, 2017! There are over $15,000 in cash and merchandise prizes for artists to win. This year’s judge is Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur. This event also benefits the Richmond S.P.C.A., which is a non-profit, no-kill, humane organization that saves the lives of more than 3,600 homeless animals each year. Apply online at onlinejuriedshows. com.

PLEIN AIR COMPETITION August 9–12, 2017 Mineral Point, Wisconsin

for three days in the historic downtown Lynchburg Arts & Cultural District. Friday, April 28 — demos by local artists Purnell Pettyjohn and David Eakin. Evening “meet and greet” reception for artists, sponsors & art club members. Saturday, April 29 — evening artist reception at the Maier Museum at Randolph College, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 30 – Quick Draw with awards at Randolph College. Exhibit dates — May 5-28, 2017, paint-out awards announced May 5 at opening reception. Visit our website for more details. Plein Air Gloucester Dates: May 24-27, 2017 E-mail: Plein Air Richmond Dates: June 18-25, 2017 Opening Reception: June 18, 2017 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Brazier Gallery Venue: Brazier Gallery City: Richmond Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Peter Trippi Award Total: $15,000


Floyd Plein Air Festival Dates: August 14-19, 2017 Opening Reception: August 19, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: The Floyd Center for the Arts Venue: The Floyd Center for the Arts City: Floyd Format: Combination Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Jeff Liverman E-mail: Phone: 540.745.2784 Website: Paint Southwest Virginia’s most picturesque attractions! Artists will enjoy discovering the mountains, hills, streams, and fields of beautiful Floyd County, Virginia. Painting venues include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Winery, Riverstone Organic Farm, the Town of Floyd, and the Floyd Country Store. Events include artist demos, wine tastings, farm-to-table dinner, Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree, Night Paint, Quick Draw Contest, gala reception, and art sale! Complete schedule and application at 14th Annual Plein Air Event on Chincoteague Island Dates: September 4-9, 2017 E-mail: Bath County Plein Air Festival Dates: October 2-8, 2017 E-mail: WA S H I N G T O N Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint Out Date: August 19, 2017 E-mail:

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5th Annual Paint the Peninsula Dates: August 20-27, 2017 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Venue: Olympic Peninsula City: Port Angeles Format: Juried Award Total: $12,000 Contact: Anne Dalton E-mail: Phone: 360.457.7782 Website: From sailboats to harbors to vintage working farms, from rainforest waterfalls to villages and cityscapes, the varied and beautiful locations on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State have it all to paint. Now in its fifth year, artists and collectors alike rave about the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience. Paint the Peninsula is at the entrance to Olympic National Park, giving artists access to amazing opportunities from the sea to the mountains. Prospectus and more information available online. WEST VIRGINIA WISCONSIN Plein Air MKE 2017 Dates: May 11-21, 2017 Entry Deadline: TBD Sponsoring Organization: Milwaukee Museum Mile Venue: St. John’s On The Lake City: Milwaukee Format: Juried Award Total: $5,000 Contact: John Sterr E-mail: Phone: 414.278.8295 Website: Door County Plein Air Festival Dates: July 23-29, 2017 Opening Reception: July 28, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art Venue: Peninsula School of Art City: Fish Creek Format: Invitational Contact: Ginny Sowinski E-mail: Phone: 920.868.3455 Website: Join us for our 11th annual Door County Plein Air Festival hosted by the Peninsula School of Art. The weeklong event features 38 invited plein air masters from the U.S. and points beyond, and takes place among the diverse natural beauty and quaint harbor towns of the Door Peninsula. Learn from artist

Milwaukee Museum Mile presents the 2nd annual

July 23 - 29 PLEIN AIR MKE


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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 •

MAY 11-21 Experience architecture, culture and history in a unique urban setting on Milwaukee’s East Side.

• Featuring over 70 acclaimed artists

• Over $5,000 in prizes • Quick paint competition • Awards soirée and art sale

For event details

and registration:

pleinairmke .org

Complete schedule of events and tickets online.


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demonstrations. Tour local galleries as artists paint on site. View presentations by the festival judge, award-winning artists, and knowledgeable collectors. View and purchase fresh paintings at our Collector’s Preview Gala Auction. Children can paint “en plein air” during our Kids’ Paint. Exhibition and sale through August 12, 2017.

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.

Paint the Point Dates: August 9-12, 2017 Entry Deadline: July 30, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Mineral Point, Inc. Venue: Various City: Mineral Point Format: Open Juror of Awards: A committee of three arts professionals TBD Award Total: Around $5,000 Contact: Ried Knapp E-mail: Phone: 608.285.2958 Website: The 4th annual “Paint the Point” will feature artists competing in main event, nocturne, and quick paint contests worth around $5,000 in cash and prizes. 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.

6th Annual Plein Air for the Park Dates: July 12-16, 2017 Opening Reception: July 12, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Venue: Grand Teton National Park City: Moose Format: Invitational 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 sixth year. Participating artists will paint on location in the park and Jackson Hole area, culminating in an exhibition of the new works at the impressive Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose. Artist demonstrations and a quick draw will also take place. Please visit for more information. Thirty-nine percent of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Grand Teton Association and support their ongoing educational, interpretive, and scientific programs in GTNP.

Plein Air Hudson 2017 Dates: August 18-20, 2017 E-mail:


Plein Air Between the Bluffs Dates: September 9-23, 2017 E-mail: W YOMI NG National Museum of Wildlife Art Date: June 17, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: National Museum of Wildlife Art Venue: Sculpture Trail City: Jackson Hole Contact: Jennifer Weydeveld E-mail: Phone: 307.732.5450 Website: 40

Province: Nova Scotia PCAFA Paint Peggys Cove Dates: July 8-10, 2017 E-mail: Province: Ontario Elora Plein Air Festival Dates: May 18-21, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: Elora Arts Council Venue: Elora Centre for the Arts City: Elora Format: Open Contact: Dick Marvin E-mail: Phone: 519.856.2594 Website:

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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. Space is limited — register early. INTER NATIONAL Country: Bermuda The Bermuda Plein Air Festival and Exhibition Dates: November 11-18, 2017 E-mail: Country: Curacao Plein Air Curacao Dates: March 9-18, 2017 E-mail: Country: Ireland Art In the Open, Ireland Dates: July 30-August 7, 2017 Opening Reception: July 30, 2017 Entry Deadline: June 30, 2017 Sponsoring Organization: South East Plein Air, Ireland Venue: Old Library Building, Wexford, Ireland City: Wexford, County Wexford Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: €4,700 Contact: Tony Robinson E-mail: Phone: 353.539.1220 Website: Art in the Open is Ireland’s largest annual plein air event. Join us to celebrate our 10th-anniversary festival with seven days of painting in beautiful Irish countryside. Based in Wexford town, each day Art in the Open visits a different venue, including stately homes, fishing villages, castles, and Europe’s oldest working lighthouse. All are a short drive, or take our festival bus. This open event is famously friendly and relaxed. Meet fellow artists from all over the world over coffee or a Guinness. Take a workshop with master artists. Quick draw, BBQ, gala dinner. Exhibition and awards.



May 18-21, 2017

Elora, Ontario Breathtaking river and gorge vistas, rolling hillsides and farms, this beautiful region was made for plein air! Space is limited–register early!

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ALABAMA ALASKA ARIZONA Plein Air Painters of Sedona and the Verde Valley E-mail:

ARKANSAS CALIFORNIA Catalina Island Conservancy E-mail: Central Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: Fremont Art Association Plein Air Painters/East Bay Outdoor Painters E-mail: High Desert Plein Air Artists E-mail: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 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. In 2017, LPAPA celebrates the 19th anniversary of its Annual Invitational event, including a Collectors’ Gala, substantial cash prizes, and 100+ original works of art for sale. Nevada County Plein Air Painters E-mail: Online Juried Shows Contact: Erich Neubert E-mail: Phone: 949.287.8645 Website: We handle the entry process for your juried show. Start to finish, you’re taken care of. We also host your online gallery and provide the selling platform for your artists, including marketing and promotional e-mails and postcards. PAC6 Painters E-mail: Plein Air Liaison Contact: Carole Gray-Weihman E-mail: Phone: 707.291.7756 Website: We are creative individuals united by a profound respect and enthusiasm for the beauty of self-expression and study in the field of plein air painting. We’re committed to exploring new ways to help preserve our land and promote education in the arts via our events and connections across the globe. We are also on a mission to unite those who are dedicated to learning and teaching en plein air so that we can provide exciting and challenging plein air workshops and events locally and abroad.


San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) E-mail: Thousand Oaks Plein Air Watercolorists (TOPAW) E-mail: Valley Sun Catchers E-mail:

COLORADO Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) Contact: Jennifer Riefenberg E-mail: Phone: 303.250.2015 Website: Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) was created for the love of painting and to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors. PAAC creates opportunities for artists to paint outdoors together on a regular basis. Our annual national juried exhibit has showcased, for over 20 years, painting excellence that can be achieved en plein air. PAAC is proud to count among its more than 300 members: Quang Ho, Albert Handell, Kim English, Jeff Legg, Joe Anna Arnett, Doug Dawson, Don Sahli, Karen Vance, William Scott Jennings, and Lorenzo Chavez. These artists have helped PAAC grow into the national organization it is today. Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) Contact: Rose Fredrick E-mail: Phone: 303.733.4755 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 a year to paint together and exhibit their work in museum settings. The 2017 Paint-out will take place in Duluth, Minnesota, along with an accompanying exhibition titled “Industrial America,” which features both plein air and larger studio works calling attention to the often overlooked blue-collar, industrial aspects of our country. The Red Brick Center for the Arts E-mail: Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters E-mail: Sangres Art Guild E-mail:

CONNECTICUT D E L AWA R E DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA F L OR I DA Light Chasers: Plein Air Painters of the Sun Coast E-mail: Plein Air Pensacola E-mail: Plein Air South Contact: Joe Taylor E-mail: Phone: 850.323.0176 Website: Back by artist demand! Plein Air South members are planning for their second annual meeting in Historic Apalachicola, Florida,

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May 15-18, 2017. They are hoping you will join them. Members raved over the success of the inaugural event — intimate, laid-back, and full of accomplished artists. Plein Air South brings outdoor painters, regional groups and organizations, master artists, and industry experts together for four packed days of presentations, demonstrations, instructional sessions, and, of course, painting outdoors. Come celebrate the wealth of plein air talent and the beautiful landscapes of America’s South. Watch for early registration discounts and returning member perks. SRQ Plein Air Painters E-mail:

GEORGIA H AWA I I Plein Air Painters of Hawaii (PAPOH) E-mail:

I DA HO Plein Air Painters of Idaho E-mail:

ILLINOIS Eagle’s Nest Art Group E-mail:

INDIANA Hamilton County Artists’ Association E-mail:

Arts Rockford E-mail: Water’s Edge Artists E-mail:




Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners E-mail:


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The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences E-mail:


Art League of Ocean City E-mail:

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Plein Air Painters of New Mexico E-mail:


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AIS Contact: Debra Joy Groesser E-mail: Phone: 402.592.6552 Website: The American Impressionist Society Inc is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization. We hold two juried exhibitions per year: our national juried exhibition in the fall and, new in 2017, a small-works juried exhibition in the spring. Membership in AIS is required to be eligible to enter our exhibitions. Our 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition will be held September 28-October 29, 2017, at Montgomery-Lee Fine Art in Park City, Utah. Entry deadline will be mid-June 2017. The prospectus and complete entry information will be available on the AIS website, www.

Jasper Community Arts E-mail:

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

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NORTH CAROLINA NORT H DA KOTA OHIO Ohio Plein Air Society Contact: Robin Roberts E-mail: Phone: 419.606.1620 Website: The Ohio Plein Air Society is a collection of artists sharing a common interest in outdoor painting. As a group we focus on painting on site, from direct observation, and outdoors. Our admiration for the world around us gives us reason to explore through art the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s landscapes, cityscapes, lakes, rivers, and streams, and beyond. We come together to paint and learn, to work in a supportive atmosphere, and to encourage each other by scheduling paint-outs, workshops, competitions, critiques, and group exhibitions. Each member may be as active as he or she chooses to be.


OREGON Plein Air Painters of Oregon Contact: Daniel O’Neil E-mail: Phone: 541.213.9901 Website: Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) is a regional artists’ organization with its roots in Bend. Founded by a group of local outdoor painting enthusiasts in 2003, it provides scheduled opportunities for artists to gather at various locations between March and November. Often the sites are within an hour’s drive of Bend. Most weeks there are at least two events scheduled to choose from. We also have sponsored out-of-town paint-outs around the state as well as workshops. In the off-season, we encourage members to gather for “draw-ins” at local coffeehouses and pubs.

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Plein Air Painters of Central PA E-mail:


A gathering of the Southeastern plein air community featuring four days of painting inspiration

Highland Lakes Creative Arts “The Arts” E-mail:

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Outdoor Painters Society Contact: Tina Bohlman E-mail: Phone: 972.741.6154 Website: Plein Air Southwest Salon is a juried competition, show, and sale sponsored by the Outdoor Painters Society, showcased each April at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The Outdoor Painters Society sponsors the event to promote an appreciation for the process of painting en plein air. All works are painted outdoors on location and are characterized by the bold use of color, design, and the freshness of paint application. A “Texas-sized” show with over 200 paintings from the best plein air painters working today. The show is hosted by Southwest Gallery, one of Dallas’ oldest and largest art galleries.


Plein Air Painters of El Paso E-mail: South Texas Plein Air E-mail:

UTAH Eccles Community Arts Center E-mail:








Blue Ridge Plein Air Painters E-mail:

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Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA) E-mail: Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge E-mail:

WA S H I N G T O N WEST VIRGINIA WISCONSIN Northwoods Outdoor Artists E-mail: Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association Contact: Wendie Thompson E-mail: Website:


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Teton Plein Air Painters E-mail:

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C A NA DA Province: Nova Scotia Peggys Cove Area Festival of the Arts Society E-mail: Province: Ontario Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists E-mail:

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“Italian Quarter, Gloucester”” (detail) Joseph Paquet 2014, 8”x12” oil. From Jan/2015 PleinAir cover

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The Ultimate Guide also appears in PleinAir December 2016-January 2017 issue.

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