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2021 Artists’ & Collectors’ ULTIMATE GUIDE to PAINTING EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS

GROWING THE PLEIN AIR COMMUNITY


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Laguna Breaker by Don Demers 2020 Best In Show

  22nd ANNUAL LAGUNA BEACH PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL Plein Air Competition October 2 - 8 Quick Draw Competition October 3 Gala & Art Sales October 9 & 10

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Plein Air Painting Is the Largest Movement in Art History … and Growing

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

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BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH PAINTING EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS

A Guide for Artists, Collectors & Organizers

David Diaz draws onlookers at Plein Air Easton. (All PAE 2020 photos by Ted Mueller)

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ith states implementing social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions in response to COVID-19, organizers across the country had to cancel, postpone, or pivot quickly to reimagine their 2020 plein air events. So what can artists, collectors, and organizers expect in 2021? Representatives from three top plein air events share the lessons they learned from this extraordinary year and how you, too, can look ahead to a fun and prosperous plein air season. PleinAir: Why was it important to hold an event (no matter how different) in 2020? Lillian Ansley (Olmsted Plein Air Invitational): As one of the first events of the year, we faced a hard decision even before COVID-19 had a stronghold on our community here in Atlanta. Given that many of our artists on the West Coast had been hit hard, moving on with a virtual event in April just felt like the right thing to do. Marie Nuthall (Plein Air Easton): After talking to our board of directors, sponsors, and friends of UG6 Ultimate Guide 2021/www.pleinairmagazine.com

PAE donors enjoy a special outdoor exhibit.

Plein Air Easton, it became clear that the community knew that, after seeing so many beloved local and national events coming to the conclusion of ‘No,’ the Avalon Foundation [the event organizers] could get to ‘Yes’ safely and creatively in July. Rosemary Swimm (Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational): From the beginning of the pandemic, LPAPA has been determined to push forward and do everything in our power to continue bringing the arts to the world. By moving forward virtually and putting our best efforts into presenting LPAPA’s events, we were able to provide a sense of balance to people’s lives. We were able to continue to support LPAPA’s programs, and, most importantly, we were able to provide our artists an outlet for their work and a source of income that had been taken away from them, cancelled show by cancelled show. We truly believe art heals the soul. PleinAir: How did this year’s event differ from past events? What aspects did you have to eliminate? What new components did you add this year?

Nuthall (Easton): In-person with a small virtual component, this year’s PAE was different in every single way. Marquee events didn’t happen (no Collectors Party, Awards Ceremony, Small Painting Sunday, or Quick Draw), and everything that remained was reimagined. We broke down the festival into its most basic components: competition artists and paint-outs. First and foremost, we decided that no matter what PAE looked like for 2020, the 58 competition artists juried in would be guaranteed spots for 2021. With a prevailing theme of flexibility, the next step was to poll the artists and determine their comfort level for traveling (almost half of the 58 live in Maryland or neighboring states). It was important for us to stress to the artists that their decision to participate did not impact their standing as a competition artist for 2021. We explained that this year’s event wasn’t going to be a competition at all — certainly not like one they would have experienced or heard about in the past. For the artists, it was a chance to attend an organized paint-out, get the lay of the land (if they hadn’t been to Easton before), exhibit their work, and hopefully sell some art. Originally,


A D V I C E F O R 2 0 21 EVENT ORGANIZERS

Tim Beall (PAE)

Be flexible — in the planning of your event and its execution, in your expectations of yourself and others, and in your vision of what a successful event is.

Take time to identify your key stakeholders and focus on serving them the very best you can.

Be clear about your goals. Realize that you will not be able to do it all. Watch out for comments like, “Well, we did it this way in the past.” Everything about your event may (and probably will) be different.

Be prepared for everything you do to take longer — every phone call you make, every element of the event you organize. Factor that extra time and additional expense into your planning, as you will likely have to rethink just about every procedure you’re used to. It’s important, though, to take time to bring stakeholders along. People have been suffering and are scared, but they’re eager for good news and want to be engaged.

Be prepared to amend your plans and go with the flow. Try to laugh as often as you can, and be kind to those around you. They are stressed too.

Be prepared for the joy that will follow and the depths of appreciation for your efforts.

Definitely incorporate a virtual component into your event. The range of exposure is up to you — from simply live-streaming an exhibit to putting dollars behind an online sales catalog, and so many opportunities in between. Why wouldn’t you want a worldwide audience to have the opportunity to see what and who you’re promoting? Art is ultimately healing, and there is a need for that now more than ever.

Kim Hall (PAE)

LPAPA Invitational organizers and artists meet on Zoom before the event kickoff.

— Marie Nuthall (Plein Air Easton)

Kate McGraw (PAE)

Attendees received gift boxes to enjoy during LPAPA’s virtual Gala Celebration.

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Plein Air Kids Camp (PAE)

we didn’t promise awards; however, due to the generosity of Plein Air Easton supporters and avid collectors Hali and Scott Asplundh, $500 awards were given each night for three nights in a row recognizing Best in Show for paintings completed in four separate locations. Ansley (Olmsted): We led the way with an online gallery catalog, which provided an avenue for selling the artists’ work that many other events copied. We also partnered with a local nonprofit that was responding to COVID-19 in our local community. Everything we did was new — and it was entirely virtual. The event kicked off online with a collectors’ preview sale of the 2020 paintings we already had on hand for the scheduled live event. After a period of one week, three additional paintings by each of the 29 participating artists were added to the Invitational gallery, and from that compilation, the Competition gallery was drawn. In addition to the galleries and competition, fans of the Invitational were treated to a variety of unique opportunities to engage with the participating artists and jurors, including Facebook Live demos, podcasts, videos, and articles posted on the event’s website. Swimm (Laguna): Our 22nd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational in October was primarily virtual, with only a small number of local artists able to paint outdoors. We provided all 25 of our artists with more than 700 professionally shot images of our iconic locales to use as reference for their paintings. If they had their own images of the area, they were allowed to use those as well. All of our events were presented to the public virtually, including the Quick Draw, the Artists’ Plein Talks, the Experts’ Plein Talks, the Gala Celebration, and the Sunday Award Winner Plein Talks and Demos. UG8 Ultimate Guide 2021/www.pleinairmagazine.com

Finished PAE paintings are on display in Oxford, Maryland.

We did our best to keep all of our traditional events, but unfortunately, due to our inability to provide what we felt would be a safe environment for those involved, we were unable to present one of our favorite parts of the Invitational — the Kids Paint Out and the Next Generation Paint Out. We are looking forward to being able to hold those events again next year.

Nuthall (Easton): Our collectors and community were incredibly supportive. Everyone who participated was sincerely grateful that we were able to hold an in-person event that was carefully and safely executed. Because of the extent to which we reached out in the months preceding the event, the stakeholders, the community, and the collectors felt more part of the team than ever. 

PleinAir: How did you keep artists, collectors, and the community engaged in this year’s activities?

Ansley (Olmsted): Collectors loved it, and so did non-collectors. We got so many e-mails from the community thanking us for providing beauty, hope, and inspiration during a dark time. We took a very emotional journey with our artists and collectors this year. 

Nuthall (Easton): Beginning in April, in the middle of our tightest lockdown, we started hosting Zoom meetings with various stakeholders, collectors, donors, artists, and volunteers. We brainstormed ideas and spent a lot of time just listening. Throughout our planning process, we made efforts to craft events that served our partnering organizations as well as our vendors, including the caterers and graphic artists, who we knew were being hard hit by the pandemic. We did everything in our power to provide a high level of customer service and safety for our staff, artists, patrons, and volunteers. We pivoted one of our main events to become a drive-through exhibition. We provided special private shopping hours, brought paintings out for people to view from their cars, drove paintings to collectors’ homes for them to view on their walls before purchasing, and also live-streamed events each evening to allow those at home to participate. Swimm (Laguna): We did a great deal of research and on-the-spot learning of various virtual platforms to find those that would work seamlessly for us and be as user-friendly as possible for all involved. PleinAir: What feedback did you receive from collectors and the community about this year’s event?

Swimm (Laguna): We had nothing but wonderful responses from everyone. The community embraced our events, and collectors were delighted to be able to see all of the work. Going virtual allowed LPAPA to reach more than just our local communities; we were able to reach people across the country. We even had individuals watching our events internationally as well. PleinAir: What feedback did you receive from participating artists about the experience? Nuthall (Easton): Artists were overwhelmingly positive and grateful for the experience. Here are a few of the e-mail comments we received from artists: “As an artist who has participated in 14 PAE competitions, I believe this was your finest hour. I thank you for the tremendous amount of work you all undertook to provide an opportunity for us to have a show. The complexity, amount of planning, and effort this year took is staggering to contemplate. You pulled it off magnificently!” — John Brandon Sills


John Brandon Sills demo (PAE)

“I found that, even while social distancing, folks in Talbot County made the time to come over and share positive words of encouragement. The dedication of the Easton group and the volunteers working day and evening, carting our paintings from place to place, was a giant undertaking…. Teamwork and going with the flow were the only ways to approach the scale of this major accomplishment, and I wholeheartedly thank each of you.” — Mary Negron “This year’s event was so uplifting for everyone involved — certainly a highlight in this dim time.” — Mary Viega Swimm (Laguna): When we knew that we were going to have to transition to a virtual event, I called each and every artist and asked if they would stick with us, explaining that no matter what, we would continue our tradition and present the best event, with the best artists. LPAPA was grateful that all of the artists embraced our event and the opportunity to present their works to collectors. We also reached out to our sponsors and supporters and explained our desire to move forward and carry on the tradition. PleinAir: How were sales compared to previous years, or to revised expectations? Nuthall (Easton): We projected that sales would be down 75 percent from our record-breaking 2019 Festival (PAE 2019 had posted total art sales of $416K, with 367 paintings sold). We are proud to report that this year we sold 179 paintings for a total of $238K in art sales, which represents 57 percent of our historical sales volume. With a truncated event and only 58 percent of our total juried artists able to participate, we considered this a great win for everyone. In addition, every artist that participated sold artwork while they were here.

Olena Babak (PAE)

Ansley (Olmsted): In the end, the event hugely exceeded expectations. It wasn’t our top year, but it was close.  Swimm (Laguna): We knew that without a physical event and the energy it creates, sales would be a challenge. We live-streamed our Quick Draw via Zoom and Facebook, and attendance was wonderful, as were sales, which exceeded our goal. For our Gala Celebration, we sent all our attendees Gourmet Gala Boxes to open and enjoy with us from home. Awards were presented and sales conducted via an auction site. These, too, exceeded our goal. Our Sunday event is typically open to the public, enabling them to mix and mingle with the artists as they view the artwork. Unfortunately, we were not able to pull off that format this year, but did offer a fantastic Plein Talk with our award winners, as well as artists’ demos, with sales continuing on the auction site. Sunday sales were a little less than we had hoped for, but still in the acceptable range.  PleinAir: What was the single most important thing you did to pull off this year’s event? Nuthall (Easton): We took the time to really engage our stakeholders. We spent hours on Zoom talking to collectors, donors, and artists, trying to understand what they wanted out of this year’s event, what mattered to them, and what their risk tolerances were. We heard great ideas and we were able to bring everyone along with our new concepts. These conversations allowed us to identify clear goals for this year’s events and made it easier to make difficult decisions about where to focus our attentions and where to let go. Ansley (Olmsted): It was such a chaotic and intense time, with schools being closed and all of us just beginning to comes to grip with COVID-19.

We decided to relinquish all rules and restrictions for the artists. Swimm (Laguna): We knew that this would be a major undertaking, but the fact that we had presented smaller shows and events prior to this helped us prepare better. We also did practice runs with the artists to see how certain elements like the Quick Draw would work and to make sure that each participating artist was comfortable with the video setups they were going to need. Because of all the moving parts involved in the Gala Celebration, we enlisted the services of a production company and worked with them to make sure that we could do everything we wanted to. PleinAir: Are there any lessons you learned or strategies you used this year that you will carry forward into future events (even when things are back to normal)? Nuthall (Easton): This year was a lesson in problemsolving and in creative reinvention. It served as a good reminder that you can explore new things, even after 16 years. We offered a lot of decentralized educational opportunities (meaning smaller demos across the county versus in our downtown). They were well attended and strengthened partnerships. People appreciated the intimacy and the ease of attending. I can see PAE continuing to plan smaller events with this in mind going forward. Swimm (Laguna): We certainly look forward to hosting a physical event, but by affording us amazing outreach, this year’s experience showed us the benefit of having a virtual aspect as well. That’s something we’ll want to incorporate into future events.

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ENJOY THIS TASTE OF THE PHENOMENAL WORK BEING CREATED AT PLEIN AIR EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The Best of the Best

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Best in Show 2020 My Father’s House Tim Kelly 2020, oil, 16 x 20 in. Private collection Plein air

American Impressionist Society Paint Out Best of Show 2020 Snow Canyon Karen Werner 2020, oil, 11 x 14 in. Available from Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, UT Plein air

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Plein Air Roanoke Best of Show 2018 River Morning Hale Trotter 2018, oil, 14 x 18 in. Private collection Plein air

Paint Grand Traverse Best in Show 2019 Cherry, Cherry Robin Roberts 2020, oil, 16 x 20 in. Private collection Plein air


Paint the Point First Place 2020 Light on the Dock Antwan Ramar 2020, oil, 12 x 20 in. Private collection Plein air

Cedarburg Plein Air Best of Show 2019 Photo Symphony Antwan Ramar 2019, oil, 12 x 24 in. Private collection (Cedarburg Art Museum) Plein air

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Best of Show 2020 Toroweap Overlook Elizabeth Black 2020, oil, 20 x 16 in. Available from artist Plein air

Estes Valley Plein Air Best of Show 2019 All in a Day’s Work Lon Brauer 2019, oil, 24 x 20 in. Available from artist Plein air

Highland Lakes Paint the Town Marble Falls Best of Show 2019 Rails End Debra Latham 2019, oil, 16 x 16 in. Private collection Plein air

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EnPleinAirTEXAS Grand Prize Winner 2020 Peace on the River Susan Lynn 2020, watercolor, 12 x 24 in. Private collection Plein air Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Best of Show 2019 Secret Rites of the Atchafalaya Swamp R. Gregory Summer 2019, oil, 12 x 16 in. Available from the Rice Gallery of Fine Art, Overland Park, KS Plein air

Grand Marais Plein Air First Place 2020 Sam’s Dune Buggy Scott Lloyd Anderson 2020, oil, 12 x 16 in. Available from artist Plein air

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Oil Painters of America Wet Paint (Plein Air Division) First Place 2020 Windswept Morning Stephanie Amato 2020, oil, 12 x 9 in. Available from artist Plein air

Plein Air Southwest Best of Show 2019 Tallship Elyssa Robert J. Simone 2019, oil, 16 x 16 in. Private collection Plein air


Kekionga Plein Air Best of Show 2020 St. Mary’s River Dan Woodson 2020, oil, 20 x 24 in. Private collection Plein air

Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Best of Show 2020 Unsung Heroes, Monastery Road Allen B. Brockbank 2020, oil, 15 x 15 in. Private collection Plein air

PAAC 24th National Juried Exhibition and Sale Attendance Jenifer Cline 2019, oil, 12 x 24 in. Available from Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM Private collection

Door County Plein Air Best of Show 2020 Old Barn Richard Boyer 2020, oil, 12 x 12 in. Private collection Plein air

Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air First Place 2020 At the Ranch Richie Vios 2020, watercolor, 11 x 14 in. Private collection Plein air

Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational Best in Show 2020 Laguna Breakers Don Demers 2020, oil, 10 x 16 in. Private collection Studio

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2 021​ ​E VE N T​ ​C ONGOING

May 20–23 Elora Plein Air Festival, ON

January 1–December 31 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Events, NM

May 23–27 9th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, CO

JANUARY January 16 VPA MAP (Venice Plein Air Meet And Paint) Annual, FL FEBRUARY February 6–April 11 Desert X, CA

May 23–30 Cape Ann Plein Air Festival, MA JUNE June 1–September 30 Plein Air in the Berkshires, MA June 5–12 Cedarburg Plein Air Event, WI June 12–19 PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Paint the Adirondacks, NY

MARCH

June 14–19 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition, MD

March 1–28 15th Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, CA

June 15–19 Plein Air West Reading, PA

March 13–19 Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition, LA

June 17–24 Plein Air Glacier Paint Out, MT

March 14–20 8th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival, FL

June 25–July 5 Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, UT

March 25–27 Paint Out Savannah, GA

June 28–July 5 Telluride Plein Air, CO

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JULY

April 9–May 16 30th Anniversary Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibi-

July 10–12 Paint Peggy’s Cove, NS

tion, CA

July 11–18 Plein Air Easton, MD

April 14 Annual Plein Air Competition and Show at The Grand Tradition, CA

July 21–31 Driggs Plein Air Art Festival, ID

April 14–17 22nd First Brush of Spring, IN

July 25–31 Door County Plein Air Festival, WI

April 17–25 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, GA

July 26–August 1 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge, WA

April 21–24 Winter Park Paint Out, FL

July 30–31 Georgetown Plein Air, CO

April 24–May 1 Oceanside Museum of Art 2021 Plein Air Festival, CA April 25 Celebration of the Arts Plein Air Event, PA

AUGUST August 2–7 16th Annual Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout, CA

MAY

August 7–14 Paint Grand Traverse, MI

May 2–8 Paint the Town Streetfest, TX

August 11–14 Paint the Point, WI

May 3–8 Plein Air Southwest, TX

August 11–15 Artists Paint OC, MD

May 17–22 Plein Air Roanoke, VA

August 12–15 De Smet South Dakota Harvey Dunn Plein Air, SD

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T​ ​C ALE N DA R August 13–15 Vermont Plein Air Festival in the Mad River Valley, VT

October 2–10 23rd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, CA

August 14–28 Estes Valley Plein Air, CO

October 3–9 Bluff Strokes Paint Out, IA

August 16–21 Adirondack Plein Air Festival, NY

October 7–9 Siloam Springs Plein Air, AR

August 16–21 Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, MI

October 9–16 Eagle Plein Air Festival, ID

August 17–21 Clayton-1000 Islands Plein Air Artist Competition, NY

October 11–16 Florence Colorado Paint the Town, CO

August 18–21 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival, NC

October 13–16 Tidelands Plein Air Tappahannock, VA

August 20–21 The Bighorn Rendezvous, WY

October 15–16 2Rivers Plein Air Paint Out, TN

August 25–28 Kekionga Plein Air Event, IN

October 15–16 Pike Road Paint Out, AL

SEPTEMBER September 9–12 Plein Air International Paint-Out, GA September 10–17 Plein Air Grand Marais, MN

October 22–24 Palette to Palate — Farm to Table Plein Air, PA October 23–November 8 Brushes by the Beach Plein Air, TX October 24–31 EnPleinAirTEXAS, TX

September 11 Plein Air Event on Chincoteague Island, VA

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September 11–January 17, 2022 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, AZ

November 28–December 21 San Diego Watercolor Society 15th Annual

September 17–18 7th Annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival, MD

Exhibition, CA

September 17–19 Carmel on Canvas, IN September 17–24 Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air, CO

DECEMBER

September 17–26 Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Days, UT September 22–25 Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out, SD September 23–26 Ohio Plein Air Society 18th Annual Plein Air Competition, OH September 26—October 3 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational, CO September 29–October 1 Paint Dover!, DE September 30–October 6 PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Fall Color Week, NY OCTOBER October 2 Northeast Ohio Plein Air Festival (NEOPAF), OH October 2–9 5th Annual Paint the Town Barrington, IL

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ALABAMA

Pike Road Paint Out Dates: October 15–16, 2021 E-mail: patty@pikeroad.us Website: www.pikeroad.us

ALASKA ARIZONA

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Dates: September 11, 2021–January 17, 2022 Entry Deadline: January 15, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Conservancy Venue: Grand Canyon National Park City: Grand Canyon, AZ Format: Combination Contact: Kathy Duley E-mail: kduley@grandcanyon.org Phone: 480.277.0458 Website: www.grandcanyon.org/coa Celebration of Art (CoA) is a wonderful tradition at Grand Canyon National Park, providing a vibrant experience for visitors, a venue for artists inspired by the canyon, and a successful fundraiser to benefit a dedicated art venue and arts programming at the park. Since 2009, CoA has invited participating artists to paint “en plein air” for a week at the Canyon. The works produced are available for purchase online and are on display at historic Kolb Studio for a four-month sale and exhibition.

ARKANSAS

Siloam Springs Plein Air 2021 Dates: October 7–9, 2021 E-mail: info@heartofamericaartists.com Website: www.heartofamericaartists.com

CALIFORNIA

Art by: James McGrew, Peregrine Sunrise, Oil on linen on birch, 20 x 30 inches

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Desert X Dates: February 6–April 11, 2021 Website: www.desertx.org 15th Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational Dates: March 1–28, 2021 Opening Reception: March 6, 2021 Entry Deadline: October 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Borrego Art Institute Venue: BAI Gallery City: Borrego Springs, CA Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Tim Horn Award Total: $2,100 Contact: Kay Levie E-mail: gallery@borregoartinstitute.org Phone: 619.701.8132 Website: www.borregoartinstitute.org The 15th Annual Plein Air Invitational in Borrego Springs, CA, opens on March 1 with a five-day paint-out by 15 invited artists. The artists, who have already been selected, paint until the evening of March 5. Work is judged on the 6th and the reception and awards will occur on that evening. The body of work, which fills the spacious mid-century modern gallery of the Borrego Art Institute, will hang until March 28. 30th Anniversary Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition Dates: April 9–May 16, 2021 Opening Reception: April 9, 2021 Entry Deadline: January 22, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Oil Painters of America Venue: Escondido Center for the Arts City: Escondido, CA

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CALIFORNIA to COLORADO Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Jeffrey Watts OPAM Award Total: $100,000 in cash & merchandise Contact: Rosemary Murray E-mail: mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com Phone: 815.356.5987 Website: www.oilpaintersofamerica.com The Oil Painters of America (OPA) will hold the 30th Anniversary National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils from April 9–May 16, 2021 in Escondido, CA. Master artist Jeffrey Watts will act as Juror of Awards. Artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts will find an unparalleled collection of traditional oil paintings representative of the high quality of work being produced by the nationally acclaimed group of oil painters who are members of OPA. Paintings will be accepted from November 16, 2020–January 22, 2021. Membership applications are accepted beginning November 1, 2020.

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15th ANNUAL PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL 2021 Watercolor, oil, and pastel in an elite Plein air paint-out and exhibition. PAINT-OUT: March 1-5 QUICK DRAW: March 3 AWARDS RECEPTION: March 6 EXHIBIT AND SALE: March 1-28 JUROR OF AWARDS: Tim Horn CURATOR: Kay Levie 2021 ARTISTS

Kadin Goldberg Susie Hyer Ryan Jensen Mark Kerckhoff Thomas Kitts Margaret Larlham Margi Lucena Patty McGeeney Robin Purcell Paul Rickard Clare Scott Stephen Stauffer Barbara Tapp Simon Winegar Jim Wodark Borrego Art Institute 665 Palm Canyon Drive Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Phone 760.767.5152 borregoartinstitute.org

On the island of Alameda in San Francisco Bay

August 2-7, 2021 The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout hosts 40 juried artists for a week of painting tree-lined streets; stately Victorian homes; picturesque marinas; and San Francisco and Oakland skylines.

Annual Plein Air Competition and Show at The Grand Tradition Dates: April 14, 2021 E-mail: rkparker1947@gmail.com Website: www.fallbrookartassn.org Oceanside Museum of Art 2021 Plein Air Festival Dates: April 24–May 1, 2021 Opening Reception: April 24, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Oceanside Museum of Art Venue: Oceanside Museum of Art City: Oceanside, CA Format: Combination Contact: Katie Dolgov E-mail: katie@oma-online.org Phone: 760.435.3731 Website: www.oma-online.org/pleinair Artists are invited to come to the burgeoning coastal city of Oceanside to paint Southern California in the open air. The city offers gorgeous coastlines, charming cityscapes, peaceful lagoons, rolling hills with lush flora and fauna, and the historic Mission San Luis Rey among other visual splendor to capture on canvas or media of your choosing. The festival includes a quick draw and opening reception on April 24, paint-out April 24–29, awards gala and art sale on May 1, and a juried exhibition at the museum May 1–August 22. 16th Annual Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Dates: August 2–7, 2021 Entry Deadline: April 5, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Frank Bette Center for the Arts Venue: Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street City: Alameda, CA Contact: Margaret Fago E-mail: president@frankbettecenter.org Phone: 510.523.6957 or 510.332.6922 cell Website: www.frankbettecenter.org/pleinairpaintout2021 The Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout hosts 40 juried artists for a week of painting tree-lined streets; stately Victorian homes and shops; picturesque marinas; historic naval ships and naval air station; as well as beaches, parks, and San Francisco and Oakland skylines in the island city of Alameda, CA. The week begins with a welcome reception, a luncheon and a quick draw, and an outdoor exhibit and sale of all the paintings on Saturday. A selection of the unsold paintings from the sale are exhibited and for sale in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery through September. 23rd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: October 2–10, 2021

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Sponsoring Organization: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Venue: Festival of Arts City: Laguna Beach, CA Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Multiple Award Total: $40,000+ Contact: Rosemary Swimm E-mail: info@lpapa.org Phone: 949.584.9162 Website: www.lpapa.org 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 high-powered plein air painting events held around the country. In 2021 LPAPA will be presenting its 23rd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. This eight-day event includes an opening-day Quick Draw, public demonstrations and presentations, Collectors Gala, substantial cash prizes, and 100+ original works of art by 35 world-renowned artists.

25th Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition & Sale

San Diego Watercolor Society 15th Annual Exhibition Dates: November 28–December 21, 2021 E-mail: communications@sdws.org Website: www.sdws.org

COLORADO

9th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo Dates: May 23–27, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Location: Colorado Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 or 800.610.5771 Website: www.pleinairconvention.com The Plein Air Convention & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of outdoor artists. With a faculty of over 80 instructors, the event is designed to inspire painters and fine-tune their skills. The convention features indoor painting demonstrations, with big-screen views, in water media, pastel, and oil painting. Daily painting as a group features instructors who offer suggestions as you paint. The giant Expo Hall features art supplies and frames at deep, convention-only discounts. Plus, you can attend our daily Art Marketing Boot Camp sessions with Eric Rhoads. There is also an art show of faculty and attendee artworks that is open to the public. In 2021, Scott L. Christensen will conduct the pre-convention workshop (pre-registration required). To register and learn more, visit pleinairconvention.com. Telluride Plein Air Dates: June 28–July 5, 2021 Opening Reception: October 1, 2020 Entry Deadline: November 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation Venue: Historic Sheridan Opera House City: Telluride, CO Format: Juried Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Ronatta Palamar E-mail: ronnie@sheridanoperahouse.com Phone: 970.728.6363 Website: www.telluridepleinair.com Each summer over the 4th of July, the Sheridan Arts Foundation brings 25 nationally renowned plein air artists to paint the beautiful scenery of Telluride, Colorado. Telluride Plein Air Festival has become an indispensable part of Telluride’s Independence Day festivities, allowing locals, collectors, and tourists alike to observe some of the nation’s top plein air artists at work. The festival concludes in a three-day sale

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where the artists display the work they have created on site in Telluride all week long. This is a benefit for the 107-year-old historic Sheridan Opera House. Georgetown Plein Air 2021 Dates: July 30–31, 2021 Opening Reception: July 31, 2021 Entry Deadline: July 16, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation, Inc. Venue: Georgetown Heritage Center City: Georgetown, CO Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $900 Contact: Ruth Rosenfeld E-mail: artschair@georgetowntrust.org Phone: 303.569.0289 Website: www.georgetownheritagecenter.org Fourth annual Plein Air event in vintage, picturesque Georgetown, Colorado, 45 minutes west of Denver at 8,500 ft. elevation, part of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Landmark Historic District. A charming town of colorful Victorian buildings ringed by mountain views, Georgetown has long been a favorite of artists. Includes Quick Draw in historic downtown. Exhibit and sale through Sunday, August 15. Registration and exhibit at Georgetown Heritage Center, restored 1874 schoolhouse, 809 Taos Street. Join us for this painting event in the summer mountain air! Open to qualified plein air artists. Visit website for application information. Late registrations accepted. Estes Valley Plein Air Dates: August 14–28, 2021 Opening Reception: August 28, 2021 Entry Deadline: April 4, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Art Center of Estes Park Venue: Gallery City: Estes Park, CO Format: Juried Juror of Awards: To be confirmed (Jane Hunt) Award Total: $9,000+ Contact: Lars Sage E-mail: info@artcenterofestes.com Phone: 970.586.5882 Website: www.artcenterofestes.com Estes Valley Plein Air welcomes 36 artists to the stunning beauty of Estes Park for our third annual show. The Art Center of Estes Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will be celebrating its 34th year. Activities include a quick paint/ auction and nocturne painting, as well as a poster/wine label and miniature contests. Enjoy exquisitely beautiful painting opportunities including a fun artist group paint-out and an educational evening in coordination with the Estes Park Museum. Works will hang in the Art Center of Estes Park throughout the month of September. The show benefits the Art Center of Estes Park. Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air 2021 Dates: September 17–24, 2021 Opening Reception: September 24, 2021 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Steamboat Art Museum Venue: Steamboat Art Museum City: Steamboat Springs, CO Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Dottie Zabel E-mail: sam@steamboatartmuseum.org

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COLORADO to FLORIDA Phone: 970.870.1755 Website: www.steamboatartmuseum.org Paint the Steamboat Springs, Routt County, fall splendor offering landmark ranches, alpine vistas, a historic downtown, and plentiful painting opportunities with hosted painting sites. Three sales events: a Kick-Off Quick Draw at the popular Farmers Market on Saturday, September 18; Sunset Preview Reception with artists and patrons on Wednesday, September 22; and the Opening Reception and Awards on Friday. All work on exhibit and for sale through November 6, 2021. Space is limited to 50 artists; early registration and museum membership discounts available. Registration opens January 15, 2021. Visit our website for updated information. Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational Dates: September 26–October 3, 2021 Opening Reception: October 1, 2021 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Colorado National Monument Venue: TBA City: Grand Junction, CO Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: John Lintott E-mail: jlintott@coloradonma.org Phone: 970.858.3617 Website: www.coloradonma.org/plein-air Come paint the most dramatic high desert scenes in western Colorado. The event is based in the incredible setting of Colorado National Monument and the surrounding BLM National Conservation Areas. The 2021 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational will host up to 25 artists if the event is deemed safe to proceed. If there are any health and safety concerns, it will be held virtually, as it was in 2020. This will be the event’s fifth year, and we hope you will see why John Otto, Colorado National Monument’s first park superintendent, called these canyons “the heart of the world.” Florence, Colorado, Paint the Town Dates: October 11–16, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Florence Arts Council Venue: Bell Tower Cultural Center City: Florence, CO Format: Open Award Total: $4,000–$5,000 Contact: Peg Piltingsrud E-mail: pegpilt@gmail.com Phone: 719.429.9579 Website: www.florenceartscouncil.org Join us for our 18th annual “Paint the Town” event in Florence, the “Antique Capital of Colorado.” You will have an opportunity to paint mountains and mesas, buildings and farms, the Arkansas River, and pristine views. Pike’s Peak, the Royal Gorge, a lavender farm, or a pumpkin patch may catch your artistic eye. We are limited to 40 artists [4 pieces/ artist] for the 6-day event, with a separate quick draw on Saturday. In case of inclement weather, inside venues are possible. Accommodations are available in town or 15 minutes away. A reception and awarding of prizes happens on Saturday.

CONNECTICUT

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Paint Dover! Dates: September 29–October 1, 2021 E-mail: diane@downtowndoverpartnership.com Website: www.downtowndoverpartnership.com/ddp/paint-dover

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VPA MAP (Venice Plein Air Meet And Paint) Annual Dates: January 16, 2021 Opening Reception: March 3, 2021 Entry Deadline: February 27, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Venice Plein Air M.A.P. (Meet And Paint) Venue: www.venicepleinair.com City: Venice, FL Format: Combination Juror of Awards: People’s Choice Awards Community Contact: Karen Ann Hitt E-mail: venicepleinair@gmail.com Phone: 941.586.0207 Website: www.venicepleinair.com “The Urban Forest in Paint,” The Urban Forest growing up!, and VPA MAP special annual event, all outdoor painters invited: Meet And Paint; VABI Urban Forest 3rd Saturday January MAP; Venice, Florida; January 16; MAP begins 8:30 a.m. at VABI’s Urban Forest, an oasis coming to life annually recorded in plein air by artists — be a part of history in the making! All outdoor artists welcomed! No e-mails, signups, or fees, just outdoor painting camaraderie! Year’s works culminating in two monetary People’s Choice Awards: Best Urban Forest Painting; Best Venice Plein Air MAP Details follow at FB: https://www.facebook.com/ venicepleinair/ and Instagram: @venicepleinairmap 8th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Dates: March 14–20, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art Venue: 373 Tequesta Drive City: Tequesta, FL Format: Invitational Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Allie Synder E-mail: allie@lighthousearts.org Phone: 561.746.3101 Website: www.lighthousearts.org/pleinair The 8th Annual Plein Air Festival is considered the premier plein air festival in the Southeastern United States. Twenty-five national award-winning artists have been invited to exhibit their fresh works in the gallery and online during this highly anticipated celebration of representational art that captures our environment. The festival will be a combination of virtual and in-person events, with a brick-and-mortar exhibition, a virtual catalog, and an online store. The festival events include virtual and in-person demos, virtual and in-person workshops, an in-person Paint Out Competition, and a live-streamed awards ceremony, wherein winners will receive over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Winter Park Paint Out Dates: April 21–24, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Venue: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens City: Winter Park, FL Format: Combination

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FLORIDA to INDIANA Contact: Emily Coughlan E-mail: curator@polasek.org Phone: 407.647.6294 Website: www.winterparkpaintout.org Our annual Plein Air Festival offers a week of free programming and exciting live arts. The Albin Polasek Museum hosts 25 nationally acclaimed plein air artists who will capture iconic local scenes in fresh paint — LIVE!

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GEORGIA

Paint Out Savannah Dates: March 25–27, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Savannah Art Association Venue: The Gallery on Chippewa Square City: Savannah, GA Format: Open Juror of Awards: Marc Hanson Award Total: Cash awards Contact: Martha Love E-mail: marthalove432@gmail.com Phone: 912.346.8048 Website: www.savart1920.com Paint Out Savannah, March 25–27, 2021, is a wonderful opportunity to paint in the historic setting of Savannah, “America’s first planned city,” rich in architecture dating back to the early 1700s. Find your paintable moment along our marsh, bustling river, tree-lined streets, or parks filled with old oaks, Spanish moss, and springtime azaleas. This plein air event is brought to you by the Savannah Art Association, the oldest association in Georgia, offering a Quick Draw Competition, Paint Out Competition, Art Sale held in a historic home and courtyard (includes an online listing), and awards ceremony with cash prizes.

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Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Dates: April 17–25, 2021 Opening Reception: April 20, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Olmsted Arts, LLC Venue: TBA City: Atlanta, GA Format: Invitational Award Total: $40,000 Contact: Lillian Ansley E-mail: info@olmstedpleinair.com Phone: 404.376.7075 Website: www.olmstedpleinair.com Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is one of the most prestigious plein air painting competitions in the United States. Olmsted Plein Air is at the center of the modern plein air movement. The work produced here has importance beyond the daily joy of seeing original artwork in your home. Thirty master artists will capture the landscapes of the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta. Olmsted Plein Air is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to nurturing the visual and cultural art education and experience through the art of plein air painting.

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City: Driggs, ID Format: Open Juror of Awards: Patrick Saunders, Christine Lashley Award Total: $3,200 Contact: Alison Brush E-mail: alison@downtowndriggs.org Phone: 307.690.2234 Website: www.driggspleinair.org PLEASE JOIN US for the 10th Annual Driggs Plein Air Art Festival, held on the west side of the Tetons in beautiful Driggs, Idaho. Pre-event plein air workshops by Christine Lashley and Patrick Saunders. Open to all levels of experience. Registration opens in January for 70 artists. Artists have plenty of time to paint and participate in the paint-outs and quick draws. Check in July 21–24. Artists and collectors enjoy many activities including the multi-week-long Exhibition & Sale, Opening Reception, Paint-Outs, Quick Draw Competitions, Workshops, Demonstrations, Competition Award Ceremony, and the Closing Reception. Eagle Plein Air Festival Dates: October 9–16, 2021 Opening Reception: October 8, 2021 Entry Deadline: August 31, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Finer Frames Venue: Finer Frames City: Eagle, ID Format: Open Award Total: $2,500 Contact: Meg Glasgow E-mail: meg@finerframes.com Phone: 208.888.9898 Website: www.eaglepleinair.com The 2021 Eagle Plein Air Festival & Competition will be held Saturday, October 9 through Saturday, October 16 in historic Eagle, Idaho. It is a festival, exhibition, and competition open to professional and non-professional artists of all skill levels. At the end of the festival, the public can view and purchase paintings at the Festival Exhibition and Awards Reception. Advance registration is recommended and can be made online beginning February 2021. The first 50 artists to register will receive our legendary Artist Swag Bag at check-in. “Eat, Sleep, Paint, Repeat” all week with us!

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5th Annual Paint the Town — Barrington Dates: October 2–9, 2021 E-mail: k.ritschel@yahoo.com Website: www.barringtonareaartists.org

INDIANA

22nd First Brush of Spring Dates: April 14–17, 2021 Opening Reception: April 14, 2021 Entry Deadline: April 16, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and Hoosier Art Salon New Harmony Gallery Venue: Hoosier Art Salon New Harmony Gallery City: New Harmony, IN Format: Open Juror of Awards: Bradford Ross Award Total: Over $15,000 Contact: Linda Volz E-mail: lvolz@hoosiersalon.org Phone: 812.682.3970 Website: www.inpainters.org

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INDIANA to IOWA The 22nd First Brush of Spring Paint Out is a 10-day art event with pre-paint-out workshops from April 13–14 featuring Wyatt LeGrand. The paint-out kickoff reception is at the Hoosier Art Salon on Wednesday, April 14, with Field to Finish exhibit and awards; April 14-17, paint-out competition with professional, non-professional, and youth divisions totaling over $15,000 in awards; April 17, art sale (pre-registration required); April 19-22, post-paint-out workshops featuring instructors Kathy Anderson, Jeff Legg, Nancie King Mertz, and William Schneider. Visit www.inpainters.org and www.hoosiersalon.org for more information. Kekionga Plein Air Event Dates: August 25–28, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Fort Wayne Artists Guild Venue: Arts Campus, 300 Main Street City: Fort Wayne, IN Format: Open Contact: Sandra McGill E-mail: smcgill1253@gmail.com Phone: 260.437.2187 Website: www.fortwayneartistsguild.org/kekiongapleinair-event The fifth annual Kekionga Plein Air Event invites artists of all levels to enjoy four days of painting that will include cash and purchase awards. A Quick Draw competition will round out the honors. Fort Wayne and surrounding Allen County provide both rural and urban subjects from Amish farmsteads to a revitalized downtown. Three rivers meander through historic neighborhoods and scenic parks. Artists will gather on the Arts Campus to share their paintings during the Taste of the Arts Festival. Join us.

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scenes and interesting barge, rail, and industrial infrastructure. Dubuque County, which bounds the event, is nestled in the Driftless Region, with unique topography and interesting rural scenes. Our sales venue is a beautiful former German Catholic church, now restored as an event center. Visit our website for prior winners and explore our “Paint Dubuque” section painting ideas and opportunities.

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Minnesota’s premier plein air event Be a part of Plein Air Grand Marais on the iconic North Shore. Immerse yourself in the world of plein air with world-class painters, daily activities, presentations, an open Quick Paint and a juried exhibition. Register to participate in Invitational, Juried or Open Class. Sign up for daily mini-workshops. For more information visit : outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org/ plein-air-grand-marais.html

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Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition Dates: March 13–19, 2021 Entry Deadline: November 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Shadows-on-the-Teche Venue: Shadows-on-the-Teche City: New Iberia, LA Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Kenn Backhaus Award Total: $6,500 Contact: Pat Kahle E-mail: pkahle@savingplaces.org Phone: 337.369.6446 Website: www.shadowsontheteche.org Shadows-on-the-Teche, a National Trust Historic Site in New Iberia, Louisiana, will present our seventh annual plein air competition in March 2021, with Kenn Backhaus overseeing artist selection and awarding prizes. Enjoy a unique region enhanced by its architecture, massive moss-draped live oaks, and sugarproducing fields watered by the meandering Bayou Teche. Home to pioneering sugar planters, the oldest operating rice mill in the United States, a 19th-century actor’s hunting estate, and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco, this region offers excellent food, superb original music, and hospitable residents. Please see our website for details.

MAINE MARYLAND

11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition Dates: June 14–19, 2021 E-mail: art@alleganyarts.org Website: www.mmpleinair.org Plein Air Easton Dates: July 11–18, 2021 E-mail: marie@avalonfoundation.org Website: www.pleinaireaston.com Artists Paint OC Dates: August 11–15, 2021 Opening Reception: August 11, 2021 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Art League of Ocean City Venue: Ocean City Center for the Arts City: Ocean City, MD Format: Juried Award Total: $4,500 Contact: Katie Brown E-mail: katie@artleagueofoceancity.org Phone: 410.524.9433 Website: www.artleagueofoceancity.org/pleinair Enjoy five days of painting in the beautiful resort community of Ocean City, Maryland. Scenes include Atlantic beachfront, resort and Boardwalk attractions, marshes and bays, harbors, sunsets and sunrises, Assateague Island National Seashore, and much more. Open painting starts Wednesday and culminates in a Wet Paint Sale at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on Saturday

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night. The Quick Draw competition — which can be entered separately — takes place on Sunday morning on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Our plein air artists enjoy their time here every year, and the sense of community it brings. 7th Annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival Dates: September 17–18, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Center for the Arts Venue: Gallery Sale at Bel Air Armory City: Bel Air, MD Format: Juried Contact: Bob Willenbrink E-mail: bwillenbrink@mdcfa.org Phone: 443.567.5216 Website: www.mdcenterforthearts.org At the Harford Plein Air Painting Festival, you’ll get to meet friendly artists from all over the U.S. and enjoy painting numerous locations throughout Harford County, including expansive farms, historic homes and mansions, beautiful creeks and marinas, and the Susquehanna River from several vantage points. This juried competition includes a quick draw event on Saturday, open to all artists, as well as a collectors’ preview party, award ceremonies, and public gallery sale at the majestic Bel Air Armory in the heart of the county. We have generous host families who accommodate out-of-town artists and lots of social opportunities!

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Cape Ann Plein Air Festival Dates: May 23–30, 2021 Opening Reception: May 23, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Cape Ann Plein Air Venue: Rockport Art Association, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, North Shore Arts Association, Cape Ann Museum, Manchester Historical Museum City: Cape Ann, MA Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Hiu Lai Chong Award Total: $24,000 Contact: Susan Coviello E-mail: susan@capeannpleinair.com Phone: 978.837.8273 Website: www.capeannpleinair.com Held in the birthplace of American plein air; hosted in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea; Cape Ann Plein Air is a juried and judged competition that has become a favorite among artists. A rich art history colors the 400-year-old community and has been the muse for painting greats such as Homer, Lane, Hopper, Wyeth, Sargent, and Davis. Juried artists traveling to participate are provided housing, opportunities to mingle with each other and the public, dinners with organizers, opportunities to engage with local art organizations, and free access to world-class museums and theater. Plein Air in the Berkshires Dates: June 1–September 30, 2021 Opening Reception: July 1, 2021 Entry Deadline: September 28, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Guild of Berkshire Artists Venue: The Mount, Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Berkshire Botanical Garden City: Lenox, MA Format: Combination Contact: Karen Carmean E-mail: berkshireartists@gmail.com Phone: 617.868.7082 Website: www.berkshireartists.org/creating-art-outdoors Create art outdoors in the Berkshires of Western Mass. Every day of the week from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m., weather permitting, June–September. Meet at a beautiful Berkshire location such as

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The Mount, Hancock Shaker Village, Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Work until noon, then positive critique over lunch (bring or buy). Oil, acrylic, photography, watercolors, pastel, drawing, digital painting are encouraged. Bring your own supplies. Open to all levels. Come for a day, a week, or more. We encourage you to join your favorite venue at the NARM level. Stay safe and leave the area pristine. www.berkshireartists.org/ creating-art-outdoors

MICHIGAN

Paint Grand Traverse Dates: August 7–14, 2021 E-mail: pgt@crookedtree.org Website: www.paintgrandtraverse.com Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival Dates: August 16–21, 2021 E-mail: paintdexter@gmail.com Website: www.paintdexter.org

MINNESOTA

Plein Air Grand Marais Dates: September 10–17, 2021 Opening Reception: September 17, 2021 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Venue: Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery City: Grand Marais, MN Format: Combination Contact: Allison Eklund E-mail: allison@outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org Phone: 651.592.7858 Website: www.outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org/ plein-air-grand-marais.html Every September for 18 years, painters from across the country have gathered to paint in Grand Marais, Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior and up the Gunflint Trail to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Daily mini-workshops, paint-outs, artist social events, and a traditional hootenanny with the “Plain Errors” make this a beloved annual tradition. A successful 2020 event during the pandemic, with optional remote participation, has given us the tools and experience to continue planning a flexible and enduring annual festival of plein air painting. Join us in Grand Marais in 2021!

MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI MONTANA

Plein Air Glacier Paint Out Dates: June 17–24, 2021 Opening Reception: June 26, 2021 Entry Deadline: March 19, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Hockaday Museum of Art Venue: Hockaday Museum of Art City: Kalispell, MT Format: Juried Contact: Alyssa Cordova E-mail: director@hockadaymuseum.org Phone: 406.755.5268 Website: www.hockadaymuseum.org Paint the beautiful majestic mountains, meadows,

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MONTANA to NEW YORK and landscapes “en plein air” in Northwest Montana and Glacier National Park! Plein Air Glacier is the Hockaday Museum of Art’s annual plein air paint-out event and sale. The 2021 event includes a weeklong paint-out followed by a public party and exhibition as well as an opportunity to sell works in a month-long online auction and sale. Canvas stamping: June 15-17; paint-out: June 17-24; party: June 26 5–7 p.m.; exhibition and online auction: June 26– August 7. Visit hockadaymuseum.org for more info.

CALL TO ENTER JUNE 14-30TH 2019 Best of Show: Lee McLeod’s “Rim Lit”

Taos and the Enchanted Circle Fall Paint Out and Exhibition Reception and Opening:

Saturday, September 25, 2021 Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Gallery and Couse-Sharp Museum, Taos

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2021 CLAYTON – 1000 ISLANDS PLEIN AIR ARTISTS COMPETITION &

KIM HOERSTER WATERCOLOR PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP Aug 17 – 21 Clayton, NY

Paint the World Famous 1000 Islands!

REGISTRATION OPEN FULL DETAILS VISIT: www.rivermusegallery.com Ph: (315) 285-5162 E-Mail: inforivermusegallery@yahoo.com

NEBRASKA N E VA D A NEW HAMPSHIRE NEW JERSEY NEW MEXICO

Plein Air Painters 2021 Events Dates: January 1–December 31, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Venue: Event venues will vary City: Santa Fe, NM Format: Combination Contact: Elizabeth Cooper E-mail: elizabethcooper@me.com Phone: 720.933.4022 Website: www.papnm.org – Hot Springs, Cool Town Paint Out & Show, Jemez Springs; Jemez Fine Art Gallery, Jemez, New Mexico; Non-Juried Members Event; Opening Reception: Saturday, April 24, 2021 – Show Up and Paint Out: Paint Out and Show, Ruidoso, NM; Gallery: TBD; Non-Juried Members Event; Mid-July – Taos Historic Studios and Enchanted Circle Paint Out and Exhibition; Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico; Juried Members Event; Opening Reception: Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 13th Annual National Juried Members Exhibition; Sorrel Sky Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Juried Members Event; Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 President: Phyllis Gunderson: pagunderson@att.net; Events: Elizabeth Ming Cooper: elizabethcooper@me.com

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PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Paint the Adirondacks Dates: June 12–19, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: Paul Smith’s College City: Paul Smiths, NY Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 or 800.610.5771 Website: www.paintadirondacks.com 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. Adirondack Plein Air Festival Dates: August 16–21, 2021 Opening Reception: August 21, 2021 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Saranac Lake ArtWorks Venue: TBA City: Saranac Lake, NY Format: Juried

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Juror of Awards: Charles Newman Award Total: $6,000 Contact: Susan Whiteman E-mail: info@saranaclakeartworks.org Phone: 518.897.2188 Website: www.saranaclakeartworks.org/pleinair Five days of painting in the glorious Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Inspiration for Hudson River School painters, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, and more. Lakes, rivers, marshes, waterfalls, forest, farms, and mountains in abundance. A historic and friendly community. Quick draw competition, nocturne contest, preview party, and huge show and sale. Registration will open February 1 and close April 1. Juried event. Awards juror Charles Newman will present a two-day workshop prior to the event. In the event of continued COVID-19 restrictions the event will still be held with an online show and sale. 2021 Clayton-1000 Islands Plein Air Artist Competition Dates: August 17–21, 2021 Opening Reception: August 21, 2021 Entry Deadline: August 13, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: River Muse Art Gallery & Studio Venue: River Muse Art Gallery & Studio City: Clayton, NY Format: Open Juror of Awards: Kim Hoerster Award Total: $1,100 Contact: Hope Marshall E-mail: inforivermusegallery@yahoo.com Phone: 315.285.5162 Website: www.rivermusegallery.com Event includes two-day watercolor plein air workshop with instructor Kim Hoerster August 17–18, and Clayton-1000 Islands Plein Air Artist Competition August 18-21. Event limited to first 30 entering artists. Artists after the first 30 will be placed on a waiting list. Reception for entered artists and guests scheduled Friday evening, August 20 at River Muse Art Gallery. Artists may enter three qualifying plein air artworks, due 2 p.m. Saturday, August 21. Awards total has been raised to $1,100 for 2021. Awards and public bidding at 3 p.m. August 21. Workshop fee $225 before July 1, 2021, $250 after. Plein Air Competition fee $30.

September 30 - October 6, 2021 No workshop, no juried entry, no competition, no pressure. Come paint and play with PleinAir magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads.

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PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Fall Color Week Dates: September 30–October 6, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: Young Life Camp City: Saranac, NY Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 or 800.610.5771 Website: www.fallcolorweek.com 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 bed for breakfast, pack a sack lunch for your day of painting, and show up for dinner. Regardless of what level of artist you are, seven days of painting can make a monumental difference in your painting skills and your state of mind. At Fall Color Week, you can come as a beginner or a pro. Either way, you’ll have just as much fun, and you will see progress.

NORTH CAROLINA

Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival Dates: August 18–21, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Venue: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Galleries City: Blowing Rock, NC

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Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $3,500 Contact: Jennifer Garonzik E-mail: jennifer@blowingrockmuseum.org Phone: 828.295.9099 Website: www.blowingrockpleinair.org BRAHM welcomes you to the scenic crown jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. At the 4th annual Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival, be inspired by stunning long-range views, charming small-town scenes, rustic architecture, tranquil lakes and streams. Paint on the grounds of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Cone Manor, from Blowing Rock Attraction, in lush private gardens or rugged mountain trails. Concluding Wet Paint Show and Sale takes place in our spacious galleries, showcasing a variety of motifs and styles of artwork. Private sponsor preview and strong sales history. Proceeds benefit art and cultural outreach in the community.

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Ohio Plein Air Society 18th Annual Plein Air Competition Dates: September 23–26, 2021 Opening Reception: September 26, 2021 Entry Deadline: September 20, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Ohio Plein Air Society Venue: Columbus College of Art & Design City: Columbus, OH Format: Open Award Total: $3,000+ Contact: Jeff Stahler E-mail: competition@ohiopleinairsociety.com Phone: 513.314.3853 Website: www.ohiopleinairsociety.com Franklin County will be our competition location. This county provides artists with a wealth of urban scenes, plenty of beautiful metro parks, river scenes, farms, historical neighborhoods and locations, and college campuses. The event is hosted at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), where we are excited about the possibility of collaboration with CCAD, mentoring opportunities, and student inclusion. The Ohio Plein Air Society, founded in 2002, is a collection of artists and art lovers sharing a common interest in outdoor painting. We are proud to be at the forefront of the plein air movement in the United States. Northeast Ohio Plein Air Festival (NEOPAF) Dates: October 2, 2021 E-mail: themarkdmahoney@gmail.com Website: www.facebook.com/groups/658500458205853

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Celebration of the Arts Plein Air Event Dates: April 25, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Lewisburg Arts Council and Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy Venue: Dale-Engle-Walker Property City: Lewisburg, PA Format: Open Contact: Barbara Baker E-mail: guild@lewisburgartscouncil.com Phone: 570.412.1686

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Website: www.lewisburgartscouncil.com The seventh annual Plein Air Event, sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council and the Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy, is held to preserve, with participants’ artwork, a present moment at Conservancy sites and to build a community of artists and citizens passionate about preserving those sites. The day begins with a free optional workshop presented by a local artist. Participating artists of all ages and skill levels then visit either of two Conservancy sites to paint or draw. Artwork will be displayed at a local Lewisburg gallery in June 2021. Plein Air West Reading 2021 Dates: June 15–19, 2021 Opening Reception: June 18, 2021 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Art Plus Gallery Venue: Art Plus Gallery City: West Reading, PA Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Dan Graziano Award Total: $4,000 Contact: Russell Slocum E-mail: info@artplusgallerypa.com Phone: 610.796.0418 Website: www.pleinairwestreading.com Thirty artists will be selected from entries received by March 1. Finalists will be announced March 15, 2021. Prospectus and guidelines at www.pleinair westreading.com. Qualifying artists will enter up to three pieces in the competition. Conditions permitting, the Friday-night Patrons Preview and awards presentation will be followed on Saturday with the exhibit opening to the public as the keystone event of Art on the Avenue, West Reading’s popular one-day street festival. Regardless, the exhibit will be showcased at Art Plus Gallery through July 4. Two $1,000 first prizes: one for best W. Reading scene, the other best anywhere in Berks County. $30 entry fee. Palette to Palate — Farm to Table Plein Air Dates: October 22–24, 2021 E-mail: deena@landartevents.com Website: www.landartevents.com

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De Smet South Dakota Harvey Dunn Plein Air Dates: August 12–15, 2021 Opening Reception: August 13, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Harvey Dunn Society Venue: Ingalls Homestead; De Smet Event Center City: De Smet, SD Format: Open Award Total: $500 Contact: Rita Anderson E-mail: rita@desmetsouthdakota.org Phone: 605.203.0216 Website: www.desmetsd.com Paint on the prairies of South Dakota where native son Harvey Dunn painted and Laura Ingalls Wilder homesteaded. De Smet 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 registration, demonstrations by well-known artists, children’s workshop, receptions Friday and Saturday, lunches, dinners, fiddlers’ “jam” session, and “wet sale.” Many residents turn out to buy the artwork Sunday. Meet artists attending from many states, and as they report, “This is one of the most fun, wellorganized, and friendliest paint-outs around. You will love it!” Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out Dates: September 22–25, 2021 Opening Reception: September 24, 2021 Entry Deadline: September 13, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Hill City Arts Council/ Artists of the Black Hills Venue: Harley-Davidson building, 261 Main Street City: Hill City, SD Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $2,000+ Contact: Sandra Newman E-mail: sandranewman@live.com Phone: 605.390.2927 Website: www.artistsoftheblackhills.com The fourth annual Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out will be held in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Pristine landscapes, history, wildlife, and iconic landmarks abound. This is an open event based in Hill City, the little town with big art! Custer State Park, the Buffalo Roundup, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, numerous lakes, and quaint towns attract 20,000-plus visitors during the week. Best of Show, Best of Day awards, Best Nocturne, Best Downtown Hill City, and Saturday Quick Draw. Exhibit and wet sale Wednesday to Saturday. Host homes available. Prospectus available January 2021 at artistsoftheblackhills.com.

TENNESSEE

2Rivers Plein Air Paint Out Dates: October 15–16, 2021 E-mail: kanervoe@apsu.edu Website: www.artsandheritage.us

TEXAS

Paint the Town Streetfest Dates: May 2–8, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Highland Lakes Creative Arts Venue: Lakeside Pavilion City: Marble Falls, TX Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Mark Fehlman Award Total: $12,000 Contact: Erin Hinzmann E-mail: paintmarble@gmail.com Phone: 512.970.8087 Website: www.hlcarts.com From May 2–May 8, 2021, 30 plein air artists from across the nation will be working in various mediums to capture outdoor sights and scenes of historic Marble Falls and the Texas Hill Country surrounding it. For the full week, an expansive exhibition, sales gallery, live demonstrations, a Quick Draw, sunrise and nocturne painting, a local student competition, and nationally recognized judge Mark Fehlman choosing the award winners. Ultimate Guide 2021/www.pleinairmagazine.com UG33

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TEXAS to UTAH Plein Air Southwest 2021 Dates: May 3–8, 2021 E-mail: outdoorpainterssociety@gmail.com Website: www.outdoorpainterssociety.com Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Dates: October 23–November 8, 2021 Entry Deadline: November 8, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: G. Lee Gallery Venue: G. Lee Gallery City: Galveston, TX Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Brenda Donaloio E-mail: brendadonaloio@sbcglobal.net Phone: 409.750.8915 Website: www.gleegallery.net/brushes-by-the-beach-pleinair Come to the Island and relax. This open plein air event gives participants 16 wonderful days to paint. Blessed with beautiful weather, landscapes that stretch from beach to bay with historic homes, a thriving port, and diverse neighborhoods in between, Galveston gives artists a myriad of challenging plein air subjects. Need to stay home, stay safe? No problem. Your plein air art created in the U.S. and within the event time frame will be digitally accepted. Brushes by the Beach — small, intimate, and fun — bring your family. Galveston has something for everyone to enjoy. EnPleinAirTEXAS Dates: October 24–31, 2021 Opening Reception: October 29, 2021 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Venue: Fort Concho National Historic Landmark City: San Angelo, TX Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Sara Linda Poly Award Total: $30,000 Contact: Barbara Rallo E-mail: paint@enpleinairtexas.com Phone: 325.656.2500 Website: www.enpleinairtexas.com So much to paint on iconic private ranches while soaking in genuine West Texas culture. Plus an invitation to paint at the top invitational roping in the world! So much inspiration ... an eclectic downtown along the river ... historic Fort Concho ... the International Waterlily Gardens. The nationally acclaimed San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts welcomes you with West Texas hospitality in host homes and a full week of activities that engage our community, culminating with the Art Collectors STAMPEDE & Awards Party! Come experience EnPleinAirTEXAS and see why artists tell us this is their favorite event! Apply today!

UTAH

Wasatch Plein Air Paradise Dates: June 25–July 5, 2021 E-mail: midwayartassociation@gmail.com Website: www.midwayartassociation.org Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Days Dates: September 17–26, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Escalante Canyons Art Festival Venue: Various locations City: Escalante, UT Format: Open Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: Allysia Angus

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UTAH to WISCONSIN E-mail: info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org Website: www.escalantecanyonsartfestival.org Join us in beautiful Escalante, Utah, to celebrate the stunning public lands of southern Utah’s canyon country. We are located along Utah’s only All-American Road — Scenic Byway 12 — between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, in the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Event includes plein air, nocturne, and paint-out competitions, exhibits and art sales, workshops, demonstrations, arts and craft fair, live music, speaker series, film festival, and much more.

VERMONT

Vermont Plein Air Festival in the Mad River Valley Dates: August 13–15, 2021 E-mail: info@valleyartsvt.com Website: www.valleyartsvt.com

VIRGINIA

Celebrating Seventeen Years of Art Inspired by Place

DeLee Grant, Rocky Top, oil on board, 2019 ECAF Award of Excellence

September 17–26, 2021 Plein Air Painting Competition, Sept. 18–23 $10,000+ in Prizes

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Plein Air Roanoke Dates: May 17–22, 2021 Opening Reception: May 21, 2021 Entry Deadline: April 23, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: The Little Gallery Venue: Gallery 202, in Market Square City: Roanoke, VA Format: Open Juror of Awards: Mary Garrish Award Total: $2,000+ Contact: Dana Phillips E-mail: danaphillips@live.com Phone: 540.759.4047 Website: www.pleinairroanoke.com For five days, artists will paint picturesque Roanoke and surrounding areas including the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. Artists will be able to paint mountain vistas, rivers, lakes, and urban and transportation (train) scenes. The event judge is Mary Garrish (marygarrishfineart.com), past president of the American Impressionist Society, nationally exhibited artist, and past faculty of PACE and Plein Air South. Mary will conduct a workshop immediately preceding the event. PAR will include a Gala private sale, a “Wet Room,” a quick paint, artist events, and an open sale during the Saturday Farmer’s Market. This is an artist-focused event. Plein Air Event on Chincoteague Island Dates: September 11, 2021 E-mail: nancyrichardswest1@gmail.com Website: www.chincoteagueca.org Tidelands Plein Air Tappahannock Dates: October 13–16, 2021 Opening Reception: October 13, 2021 Entry Deadline: October 13, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Tappahannock Artists’ Guild Venue: TAG Gallery, 200 Prince Street City: Tappahannock, VA Format: Open Contact: George Jennings E-mail: gbooker@va.metrocast.net Phone: 804.761.7432 Website: www.tapparts.org A relaxed and social plein air event with 40 artists painting in scenic Tappahannock and Essex County, Virginia. Featured is a Wednesday-evening reception, a Friday-evening waterfront picnic, and a Saturday-evening framed wet paint exhibit “in the barn” with the annual TAG Fall Festival of music and food! No competition or expectations. Just come paint with friends in the beautiful Tidelands of Central Virginia. Registration opens 1 p.m. July 30, 2021 and is first come, first served. Follow tapparts.org for the continuing development of this event.

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Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge Dates: July 26–August 1, 2021 E-mail: steve@maryhillmuseum.org Website: www.pleinairhoodriver.blogspot.com

Cedarburg Plein Air Event Dates: June 5–12, 2021 Opening Reception: June 5, 2021 Entry Deadline: May 20, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Cedarburg Artists Guild Venue: Cedarburg Cultural Center City: Cedarburg, WI Format: Open Award Total: $5,000 with additional $3,000 1st place purchase award Contact: Bridget DeLoge E-mail: info@cedarburgartistsguild.com Phone: 734.645.4907 Website: www.cedarburgartistsguild.com/index.html The 20th Anniversary of the Cedarburg Plein Air Event will be memorable for artists, visitors, and buyers alike. Enjoy painting in this historic city and throughout the charming countryside. It begins with Fresh from Cedarburg, a unique event held in the historic district that includes an exhibit and tent sale. Next is a five-day-long painting period, ending with an exhibition and public award ceremony at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. This special event, enjoyed by up to 150 artists, combines social gatherings, workshops, and buyer events. The long-standing event has proven to be a favorite throughout the Midwest.

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WISCONSIN to NOVA SCOTIA Door County Plein Air Festival Dates: July 25–31, 2021 Opening Reception: July 30, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art Venue: Peninsula School of Art City: Fish Creek, WI Format: Invitational Award Total: $18,000 Contact: Chrystal Chesnik E-mail: exhibit@peninsulaschoolofart.org Phone: 920.868.3455 Website: www.peninsulaschoolofart.org/events/dcpaf The Door County Plein Air Festival is presented by the Peninsula School of Art. The week-long event features 40 invited plein air masters from throughout the U.S. and points beyond, and takes place among the diverse natural beauty and quaint harbor towns of the Door Peninsula. Listen and learn from daily artist demonstrations. Tour local partner galleries as artists paint on site. View and purchase fresh paintings at our Collector’s Preview Gala Auction. Even children can try painting en plein air during our Kid’s Paint. Exhibition and sale through July 31, 2021.

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Paint the Point Dates: August 11–14, 2021 Entry Deadline: July 14, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Mineral Point, Inc. Venue: Historic Masonic Lodge City: Mineral Point, WI Format: Open Juror of Awards: Three-person jury of arts industry professionals Award Total: Over $5,000 Contact: Ried Knapp E-mail: contact@artsmp.org Phone: 608.285.2958 Website: www.artsmp.org/paint-the-point The 8th Annual edition of Paint the Point happens Wednesday, August 11 through Saturday, August 14, 2021. The event will feature 45 artists competing in Main Event, Nocturne, and Quick Paint contests worth over $5,000 in cash prizes. Artists may paint throughout Mineral Point and adjacent Dodgeville Townships. Mineral Point is a frontier mining town, founded in 1826, and holds the slogan “Where Wisconsin Began.” It is located in the heart of the Driftless Region — an area noted for beautiful vistas unscathed by the last glacial period. Historic limestone vernacular architecture and surrounding idyllic countryside offer artists tremendous creative options.

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Paint Peggy’s Cove Dates: July 10–12, 2021 Entry Deadline: June 11, 2021 Sponsoring Organization: Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Venue: Coastal Village of Peggy’s Cove City: Halifax, NS Format: Open Contact: Patricia Lindley E-mail: patriciadlindley@gmail.com Phone: +1 902.823.2530 Website: www.peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com Paint Peggy’s Cove provides an opportunity for 42 artists to paint the beautiful maritime scenery surrounding this iconic fishing village, known for its towering lighthouse. Supported by volunteers, artists display their work for sale in a large Mongolian Yurt erected in the heart of the village. Over 2,000 tourists and local residents visit the Yurt and adjacent Children’s Art tent during the event. A limited number of artists can register to display and sell previously completed artworks in addition to their plein air work, on a first come, first served basis. Registration via the website opens April 1, 2021.

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ALABAMA Alabama Plein Air Artists E-mail: alapleinairartist@gmail.com Website: www.alabamapleinairartists.com Pike Road Arts Council E-mail: patty@pikeroad.us Website: www.pikeroad.us ALASKA ARIZONA Grand Canyon Conservancy E-mail: mindy@grandcanyon.org Website: www.grandcanyon.org ARKANSAS CALIFORNIA Borrego Art Institute E-mail: gallery@borregoartinstitute.org Website: www.borregoartinstitute.org California Art Club E-mail: programs@californiaartclub.org Website: www.californiaartclub.org Central Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: mm@mariemassey.com Website: www.facebook.com/ groups/1560732714146381

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each month. Members enjoy Signature artist demonstrations and visiting artist workshops. Membership is open to all artists interested in plein air painting. Signature Member Show July 2–August 26, 2021, Annand Gallery All Member Show September 3–October 28, 2021, Gill Gallery COLORADO Plein Air Artists Colorado Contact: Jennifer Riefenberg E-mail: jennifer@artofsunshine.com Phone: 303.250.2015 Website: www.pleinairartistscolorado.com Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) was created for the love of plein air painting and for members to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors. A founding principle is that PAAC creates opportunities for artists to paint outdoors together on a regular basis. Our annual National juried exhibit offers examples of excellence in painting that can be achieved en plein air — and we have been showing strong for 25 years!

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CONNECTICUT D E L AWA R E F L OR I DA Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: joan@ecpleinair.com Website: www.ecpleinair.com First Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: stephendunnart@att.net Website: www.firstcoastpleinairpainters.org Plein Air Colony of Pinellas (The PAC) E-mail: robertjsimone@gmail.com Website: www.facebook.com/groups/pinellaspac Venice Plein Air M.A.P. (Meet And Paint ) E-mail: venicepleinair@gmail.com Website: www.venicepleinair.com GEORGIA H AWA I I I DA HO ILLINOIS Eagle’s Nest Plein Air Painters E-mail: eaglesnest.cindy@gmail.com Oil Painters of America E-mail: lpusch@oilpaintersofamerica.com Website: www.oilpaintersofamerica.com INDIANA Fort Wayne Artists Guild E-mail: dani.kiefer.art@gmail.com Website: www.fortwayneartistsguild.org Hoosier Art Salon Contact: Linda Volz E-mail: lvolz@hoosiersalon.org Phone: 812.618.5710

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MAINE MARYLAND Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association Contact: Bruno Baran E-mail: bruno.baran@mac.com Phone: 410.529.0545 Website: www.mapapa.org Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) Honoring the tradition of fine art that finds beauty in the truth of nature. Through exhibitions, workshops, and other special events, MAPAPA promotes participation and appreciation focused on the art of outdoor painting. BOARD OF DIRECTORS — Chairman of the Board: Bruno Baran; President: Michael Skalka; Treasurer: Lissa Abrams; Secretary: Beth Brownlee Bath BOARD MEMBERS ON COMMITTEES OR AT LARGE — David Diaz: Exhibitions; Jill Glassman: Paintouts (Primary Contact); Hai-ou Hou; Tim Kelly: Paintouts; Linda McNamara: Membership; Alison Menke: Paintouts; Lynn Mehta; Crystal Moll; Tom Ritchie: Newsletter; Desiree Scherini: Volunteers

Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay E-mail: unepainter@earthlink.net Website: www.facebook.com/ groups/330471910801289 M ASSACHUSET TS MICHIGAN Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association E-mail: mandykae10@gmail.com Website: www.glpapa.com Krasl Art Center E-mail: marketing@krasl.org Website: www.krasl.org MINNESOTA Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Contact: Allison Eklund E-mail: allison@outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org Phone: 651.592.7858 Website: www.outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org OPM is a thriving nonprofit plein air painting organization with 150 members ranging from beginners to advanced amateur and professional painters. Your $40 annual calendar-year membership fee includes participation in paint-outs, quarterly workshops, juried and open exhibits and plein air demonstrations coordinated with community partners and other arts organizations, affordable painting retreats and expeditions, and volunteer opportunities to plan and organize new plein air events around Minnesota. Join now to participate in the exciting events we have planned in 2021! MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI MONTANA NEBRASKA American Impressionist Society, Inc. Contact: Liz Ahrens E-mail: aisdirector1@gmail.com Phone: 231.881.7685 Website: www.americanimpressionistsociety.org The American Impressionist Society provides arts opportunities to artists working in the style of Impressionism. Each year AIS presents three juried exhibits along with numerous panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, critiques, professional development, on location painting competitions, and educational programs. The exhibits and events are open to the public. AIS partners with galleries and arts organizations to present our National and Small Works Showcase each year. AIS has grown to be one of the most respected national art organizations in the country, with over 1,800 members nationwide. Founded in 1998 by four Florida artists in honor of their mentor, William Schultz.

N E VA D A NEW HAMPSHIRE New Hampshire Art Association E-mail: nhaa.maryannd@gmail.com Website: www.nhartassociation.org NEW JERSEY NEW MEXICO Plein Air Painters of New Mexico E-mail: pagunderson@att.net Website: www.papnm.org N EW YOR K Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, Inc. Contact: Barbara Jablonski E-mail: paint@gvpap.com Phone: 585.381.3980 Website: www.gvpap.com Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, Inc. is a not-for-profit artist association that promotes and inspires quality plein air painting while providing socially pleasant painting opportunities for its membership throughout the year. Located in Western New York State, serving the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes areas, GVPAP offers numerous home and away group paint-outs and trips. Also, we hold competitive judged art shows for members. For more information, see our website: www. gvpap.com, e-mail: paint@gvpap.com, and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/gvpap. Saranac Lake ArtWorks E-mail: swhitemanpastels@aol.com Website: www.saranaclakeartworks.org Zane Grey Plein Air E-mail: info@zanegreypleinair.com Website: www.zanegreypleinair.com NORTH CAROLINA NORT H DA KOTA OHIO Central Ohio Plein Air E-mail: justincollamore@gmail.com Website: www.pleinair-art.com Ohio Plein Air Society E-mail: president@ohiopleinairsociety.com Website: www.ohiopleinairsociety.com OKLAHOMA OREGON P E N N S Y LVA N I A LandArt Events E-mail: deena@landartevents.com Website: www.landartevents.com Plein Air Painters of Central PA E-mail: snicholasart@gmail.com Website: www.snicholasart.com/hameau-artist-retreat

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TEXAS Outdoor Painters Society Contact: Tina Bohlman E-mail: outdoorpainterssociety@gmail.com Phone: 972.741.6154 Website: www.outdoorpainterssociety.com Outdoor Painters Society was formed to create incentive for artists of all skill levels to come together and paint “en plein air.” Texas-based, OPS is “without borders,” with over 300 members throughout the United States and Canada. We organize eight to 10 group paint-outs per year plus an Associate Member salon exhibition providing opportunity for sales, media exposure, and awards. Plein Air SouthWest is Outdoor Painters Society’s seven-day juried paint-out competition — a premier annual event with over $20,000 in cash and merchandise awards attracting national attention and featured in PleinAir Magazine and other major art publications.

Plein Air Washington Artists Contact: Jane Wallis E-mail: president@pleinairwashingtonartists.com Phone: 360.509.5443 Website: www.pleinairwashingtonartists.com PAWA offers organized paint-outs throughout the beautiful state of Washington and beyond. During the pandemic, we not only have maintained a connection with members, but have grown our online resources, including adding our two annual shows to our website, conducting Zoom interviews, demos, and member meet-ups. We will continue to be innovative in safely offering our plein air artists the best experiences and information possible. To learn more and to join, just go to our website, pleinairwashingtonartists.com. Happy Painting! WEST VIRGINIA WISCONSIN Cedarburg Artists Guild E-mail: info@cedarburgartistsguild.com Website: www.cedarburgartistsguild.com Northwoods Outdoor Artists E-mail: fzenders@gmail.com Website: www.northwoodsoutdoorartists.weebly.com W YOMI NG National Museum of Wildlife Art Contact: Allie Tscheulin E-mail: allie@wildlifeart.org Phone: 307.733.5771 Website: www.wildlifeart.org The National Museum of Wildlife Art, a nonprofit founded in 1987, is a world-class art museum holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Carl Rungius, the museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C. to the present. Built into a hillside, the museum boasts a museum shop, interactive children’s gallery, restaurant, and outdoor sculpture trail.

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Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Valley Plein Air 20

Hoosier Salon Gallery 27

Art League of Ocean City 28

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Maryland Center for the Arts 28

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Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) 43

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Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association 40

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) 47

Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational 20

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National Museum of Wildlife Art 44

Borrego Art Institute 18

New Iberia Parish, Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition 28

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Oceanside Museum of Art 17

Cape Ann Plein Air, Inc. 29

Ohio Plein Air Society 33

Cedarburg Artists Guild 37

Oil Painters of America 18

Celebration of the Arts Plein Air Event/Lewisburg Arts Council 33

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational 24

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Door County Plein Air Festival see Peninsula School of Art 38

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River Muse Art Gallery & Studio 30

Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition 22

Savannah Art Association Plein Air Festival 24

Fort Wayne Artists Guild - Kekionga Plein Air 24

Steamboat Art Museum 21

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Tidelands Plein Air Tappahannock/Tappahannok Artists’ Guild 37

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