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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 PLEIN AIR EVENTS

A Guide for Artists, Collectors & Organizers

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lein Air Easton, the largest and one of the most prestigious juried plein air painting competitions in the United States, celebrated its 15th anniversary this summer. President/ CEO Al Bond and CFO/COO Jessica Bellis of event organizer the Avalon Foundation spoke to PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads recently to share their experience and best advice for artists, collectors, and fellow event coordinators. Eric Rhoads: To start, what is the Avalon Foundation? Al Bond: The Avalon Foundation is the largest arts organization on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We put on about 160 live music performances a year, an annual Fourth of July celebration, a farmers’ market, and a number of other outdoor events, as well as Plein Air Easton. Rhoads: What makes Easton a good place to hold a plein air festival? Bond: We certainly live in an area that has the elements necessary for a successful event. We have 6

Aimee Erickson adds strokes of color to her Grand Prize-winning painting.

great geography, and our demographic has a level of affluence that can afford to buy art. Jessica Bellis: We’re also about an hour and 15 minutes from D.C. and Baltimore, two hours from Philly, and three from New York City. So we’re a really beautiful, commutable place from a lot of metropolitan areas. Rhoads: How many people does it take to put on the event? Bellis: We have 13 employees who work for our non-profit organization, and basically for the month of July, their main focus shifts from concert promotion and some of the other communityfocused activities that they work on the other 11 months of the year to the plein air event. On top of that, we have a community of close to 250 volunteers who step up and work at the actual festival, and 25 to 30 committee chairs and event heads who work all year round to make sure that the festival happens. And that doesn’t even count our host families and the local businesses that participate

in the festival, so it really is a full community lift. The differentiating factor is that some of that lift is orchestrated by paid employees, which I think gives us a huge edge. Bond: Unlike the small art clubs, galleries, or groups of volunteers who form a lot of other plein air festivals, the Avalon Foundation fundamentally is in the events business. We have the bench in our human resources to organize a really large and complicated event. As a start-up, most organizations don’t have that. Rhoads: Why do a plein air event? Is it a fundraiser for the Avalon Foundation or just a cool thing to do for your community? Bond: Part of the mission of the Avalon Foundation is to create a vibrant community, and we use arts and culture in order to do that. Certainly, there are plein air events out there that are intended to raise money for some cause. Plein air is the cause for us, and we essentially re-invest the dollars that come in through art sales and contributions from

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B E S T P R AC T I C E S F O R A R T I S T S 1. “Have a positive, public-facing attitude,” says Bellis. “And that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t provide criticism or complaints to the people who organize these events — especially constructive feedback (some of our best ideas have come from artists) — but I think you praise in public and criticize in private. So my advice if you’re choosing to enter the competition circuit, and the weather’s lousy or you’re having a bad day or you feel like the event is disorganized, standing around and griping about it is a really terrible way to encourage people to buy your artwork. The consumer feels that energy and they don’t want to bring it in and hang it up on their walls.” Artists paint on location.

Collectors take in the paintings for sale.

2. “If you’re interested in getting into highquality competitions, make sure that the images you send in represent your best work and have been photographed by a professional; it makes such a difference,” says Bond. “Let’s face it, there are more than 58 really talented painters who apply to our event each year, and when I go back and look at the entries that the juror had to review, I’m sometimes astonished at how the images don’t reflect what I know to be the caliber of the artist’s work.” Bellis adds, “Read the instructions, and upload images of the right size, with the proper dpi. These are what the juror looks at, and you need to put your best foot forward every time.” 3. “Use your gallery pricing when you’re at these events,” says Bellis. “If you have prices listed on any of your work online, collectors are looking it up and they’re fact-checking what you’re putting in front of them. If you are pricing below your gallery pricing, you’re just offending your collectors and the organizations at that are running these events.” “Sales are so high at Easton, we’ve had the opposite happen, too, where artists raise the prices on their work — and that’s equally offensive to your collectors,” says Bond. “Over time, you should work on making your prices higher. Just don’t ever take a step back on your pricing.” 4. “Yes, stay true to your gallery pricing,” says Bellis. “At Easton, we don’t allow any negotiating or discounting — I think that’s a really bad idea for a festival or an artist. If on the closing Sunday, people know that prices get slashed on the inventory, or if you’re trying to run back deals out of your car on the way out of town, you train your buyers not to value the artwork that you are creating.”

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BEST PRACTICES FOR EVENTS 1. “The quality of the entire experience is critically important to elevating the artwork,” says Bond. “That is to say, where do you show the artwork? Is the lighting high quality? Are the events well-run, allowing the public to access them in ways that are enjoyable — no lines, for example?” 2. “Make sure that the artists are happy,” he adds. “We believe that if we do that, two things are going to be true. First, they are going to tell their collecting public that it’s a great event and they should be part of it. Second, they’re going to tell their artist friends that it’s a great event and they should be part of it. That loop brings more quality artists to the event and brings in collectors.” 3. “Keep your partners happy,” says Bond. “The scale of our event takes not only our 13 employees, and all the volunteers we mentioned, but also 30 or so other organizations or businesses within the community. Those partnerships add content to the event. The thing to remember about your partners is that every single one of them, whether it be a volunteer or another arts organization, wants to get something out of their participation. You better know what that is and you better deliver it. Having engaged and happy partners keeps the content rich.” Bellis adds, “We need to make sure that those educational opportunities are there because there are a lot of people who want to pick up a paintbrush and also hang a painting in their house.”

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the public into the festival. So we’re capitalizing this event in a way that’s unusual. Bellis: This model has also led to sustainability. So, while it’s a profitable event for the Avalon Foundation as a whole, it’s designed to cover its own costs. When we’re successful, we’re able to re-invest in the event, which is how we’ve been able to sustain interest for such a long period of time. We’re always adding new activities, new concepts, new events, new parties, new gallery events, and new partnerships. Rhoads: So how did it all begin? Bond: It happened in stages for me. The owner of the South Street Gallery at the time, a woman named Patricia Spitaleri, made a meeting with me. At that point, I was the economic development director for the town of Easton, and she introduced me to the chief conservator for the National Gallery and an avid plein air painter, Ross Merrill. They made the case that Easton would be a great place for a plein air festival. While I really didn’t know much about plein air at that time, I was looking for an event that was representational-art-related because we have a lot of resources in the community. The thing that grabbed my attention was the notion that plein air is experienced by the public not just as a finished painting on the wall, but also as the artistic and creative process unfolding in real time. You can see what the artist is seeing; you can see the decisions they’re making with their brush; you can ask them questions as long as you’re not stopping the process too much. It is a much more immersive way of experiencing two-dimensional art than is true in most cases. It occurred to me that baby boomers, in particular, want to engage in their leisure activities in a way that allows them to be much more a part of it, not just act as observers.

It wasn’t until Nancy Tankersley bought the South Street Gallery from Patricia about a year later, and brought real concrete experience from participating in the big California events, that we really got things going. That was 2005. We had our first meeting in January and held our first event in July. Rhoads: How many people do you draw to the festival now? Bond: As you know, when running an outdoor activity that is free and open to the public, exact counts are difficult, but we estimate between 6,000 and 8,000 people participate in the event in some way each year — whether they attend the Quick Draw or one of the many other smaller events that take place over the course of about a week and a half. Rhoads: How much money do you generate in sales? Bond: Last year, we hit a new benchmark. We exceeded $400,000 in art sales. Rhoads: What percentage of that do the artists get to keep? Bellis: It depends on the event where the art is produced. The 58 juried artists make a deal with us for a traditional 60-40 split that you may get at a gallery, but we also have a lot of opportunities for other people to register and paint out at our event. If you participate in the Quick Draw, for example, then it’s a 75-25 split. Rhoads: So if I’m a painter, but I’m not one of the juried artists, I can still come and paint at Easton? Bellis: Everybody says it feels like summer camp. We have a lot of structured events — a nocturne paint-out, a Quick Draw. We’ve also got two days of a rehearsed Quick Draw competition, where

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Educational opportunities enrich the event.

you can come and practice and then have your Quick Draw work critiqued by other plein air painters. There are opportunities to paint and sell even if you’re not one of the 58 juried artists, and there are certainly opportunities to connect with a lot of people who are enthusiastic about plein air painting. Rhoads: How do you feel about having artists who are not professionals participating in your event? Do you worry that makes a statement about the quality of the event? Bond: There are two pieces to that. One, we are a juried competition, as it relates to the main competition, not an invitational, so we welcome everybody to apply. We put a lot of attention on who we select as our juror so that we get a really qualified look at the images that are put forth; we want to see the cream rise to the top. Certainly many of the same artists get into Plein Air Easton year after year, even though we have a different juror every year, but we also get those new people who have the capacity, but perhaps aren’t well known on the scene — the breakout artists who wow everybody. We think of our competition as a meritocracy. A lot of those new faces end up being nationally recognized as a result of getting their first chance at Plein Air Easton. The other piece of it, though, is our Quick Draw, where all you need is $10 and ambition to participate. Our notion really is that when you see what the best plein air painters in the nation are capable of doing in two hours, and then when you look at what that new painter who is just getting their feet under them can do in the same time period, it is apparent where the talent is. I don’t think it pulls the top people down at all to be compared to people that they’re better than.

Local collectors and art enthusiasts celebrate with juried artists.

“There are a lot of people who want to pick up a paintbrush and also hang a painting in their house.” — Jessica Bellis

Bellis: I would say this — and it relates to marketing — if you are out there as a professional painter and you are participating in events where amateur or pro-am painters are involved, you are really acting as an example and an ambassador, but you are also creating a group of fans and collectors who will likely follow you. And the more engaged you can be with people who are interested in art and having art in their lives by being a teacher and a mentor, the more popular your art can become. So many of our collectors who support those nearly half a million dollars in art sales from last year are trying to be some level of artist themselves; they’re trying to re-connect with a passion that maybe they had in college and let go. Being open to having amateurs paint alongside you can really bolster and build your career.

Rhoads: The people who are plein air painters are collectors, and vice versa. It’s one big community — the artist and the collector are one. Bond: That person who is just getting started in plein air is really looking to the competition artists, particularly those with established brands — rock star artists, we’ll call them — as their inspiration. Nobody wants to go out and not be in the same league as their peers, so mixing it up with some of the top people actually makes for better plein air painters across the board. Bellis: Being a collector of plein air paintings is an active, immersive experience. You want to be able to sit in your dining room and talk to the people you have over about the where, the when, the how, and the who of the art that is on your wall. It is an active collecting experience, not a passive one, where you might stumble into a gallery and feel moved by a particular artist or piece of work. I think a lot of people who collect plein air paintings are both connecting to the artists and the subjects themselves, and are often present at some point in the creation of the paintings. So, again, it’s about the active connection and the love of that immersive experience that have made plein air painting so exciting. In the end, we’re all in this together, and we’re in it because we love art and we love community, and we have built relationships with one another. I feel like it’s our responsibility to work together to create more opportunities to cultivate these relationships and grow the modern plein air movement. It’s how we’ll all continue to be sustainable and continue to enjoy the healthy community of artists that has been established. Find the full interview on the PleinAir Podcast at outdoorpainter.com/best-practices-plein-air-festival.

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2020 EVE NT C ONGOING 1st Mondays & 3rd Saturdays November 4, 2019–April 18, 2020 Venice Plein Air M.A.P. (Meet And Paint), FL JA N UA RY January 31–February 2 Plein Air Palm Beach — Plein Fun Fest, FL F E BRUA RY February 6–8 Paint Out Chadds Ford, PA February 15–23 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, HI February 18–28 Tarpon Springs Plein Air Event “A Town for All Seasons,” FL MARCH March 2–29 Borrego Art Institute Plein Air Invitational, CA March 6–13 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta, NM March 7–15 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival, FL March 14–21 Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air, LA March 15–September 30 Farm to Table Plein Air, PA March 17 Pastel Society of San Diego Paint Out, CA March 19–21 Paint Out Savannah, GA March 20–29 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, FL March 29–April 4 Paint The Town, TX March 30–April 3 Plein Air South, FL APRIL April 1–4 Tidelands Plein Air Tappahannock, VA April 1–5 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival, CA April 14–18 Open Air Meriwether, GA April 15–18 First Brush of Spring, IN April 18–26 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, GA April 18–June 13 Falls Church “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival, VA April 19–25 Winter Park Paint Out, FL April 20–25 Artists on Location, TN April 20–25 The Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival, CA April 20–26 St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out, FL April 22 Fallbrook Art Association Plein Air Competition and Show, CA April 22–26 Coastal VA Plein Air, VA April 22–May 3 Augusta Plein Air Art Festival, MO April 23–25 Plein Air Red Fern, OK April 23–26 Paint the Town, MD April 24–26 Bluffton Paint Out, SC

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April 24–May 8 Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show, IL April 26 Celebration of the Arts Plein Air Event, PA April 29–May 2 Plein Air on the White River, AR April 30–May 2 Paint the Town, Art Auction and Reception, NC M AY May 1–October 31 Plein Air and Paint Out in the Berkshires, MA May 2–6 Plein Air Convention & Expo, CO May 3–9 Plein Air Southwest, TX May 11–16 Plein Air Roanoke, VA May 11–June 27 Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival, PA May 12–17 OPA National Convention & Wet Paint Competition, TX May 14–17 Elora Plein Air Festival, ON May 29–June 3 Yellowstone National Park Retreat, MT May 29–June 6 Plein Air Emery County, UT JUNE June 6–13 Paint Cedarburg: A Plein Air Painting Event, WI June 7–13 Eagle Plein Air Festival, ID June 7–14 Paint Annapolis, MD June 7-14 PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Paint the Adirondacks, NY June 12–14 FRESH! Plein Air Milford, MI June 12–20 Summerfest Arts Faire Plein Air Contest, UT June 13–20 Alla Prima Westcliffe, CO June 15–20 Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition, MD June 16–21 Paint Nantucket Plein Air Festival, MA June 17–20 Plein Air West Reading, PA June 17–21 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, NS June 19–27 Plein Air Glacier: Paint Out, MT June 20 Plein Air Fest, WY June 20–July 24 Paint San Clemente, CA June 23–27 North Lake Tahoe-Plein Air Festival, CA June 25–28 Plein Air Festival, Oshkosh, WI June 25–29 Paint It! Ellicott City, MD June 25–July 4 Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, UT June 26–27 Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival, MI June 29–July 5 Telluride Plein Air, CO J U LY July 1–5 Points East Plein Air Festival, PEI July 11–13 Paint Peggy’s Cove, NS

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T CALENDAR July 12–19 Plein Air Easton, MD July 14–19 Wild Rivers Plein Air & Taos Historic Studios Event, NM July 15–19 Cashiers Plein Air Festival, NC July 17–18 Vermont Plein Air Festival in the Mad River Valley, VT July 17–19 Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival, OH July 18–19 PAINT LUNENBURG (formerly PSOS), NS July 19–25 Door County Plein Air Festival, WI July 23–August 1 Driggs Plein Air Festival, ID July 26–August 3 Art in the Open, Ireland July 27–August 1 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout, CA July 27–August 22 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge, WA July 30–August 2 Morristown Public Library Plein Air Festival, NY July 31–August 1 Georgetown Plein Air, CO AUGUST August 3–7 Just Plein Fun, CA August 5–8 Paint the Point, WI August 6–9 De Smet SD Plein Air “Paint Out,” SD August 8–15 Paint Grand Traverse, MI August 11–October 2 Summer Plein Air Show, MD August 12–16 Artists Paint OC Plein Air Event, MD August 15–29 Estes Valley Plein Air, CO August 17–22 Adirondack Plein Air Festival, NY August 17–22 Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, MI August 19–22 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival August 22 Benicia Plein Air Paint-Out, CA August 27–29 Fort Wayne Artists Guild Kekionga Plein Air Event, IN SEPTEMBER September 7–12 Sonoma Plein Air Festival, CA September 7–12 South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration, CO September 9–12 Plein Air Event on Chincoteague Island, VA September 9–12 Plein Air Painters of Utah Rendezvous & Retreat, UT September 10–12 International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out, Worldwide September 10–13 Plein Air International Paint-Out, GA September 11–18 Plein Air Grand Marais, MN September 12 PLEIN-AIR Thermopolis, WY September 14–19 Harford Plein Air Painting Festival, MD September 14–20 Mendocino Open Paint Out, CA September 16–27 Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Days, UT September 18–20 Carmel on Canvas, IN

September 18–25 Steamboat Art Museum’s Plein Air, CO September 20–January 18, 2021 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, AZ September 22–27 Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational, WY September 23–26 Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out, SD September 23–26 Paint Berlin, MD September 24–27 Ohio Plein Air Society Plein Air Competition, OH September 25–27 Central City Plein Air Festival, CO September 26–October 31 Lexington Paint Out-Plein Air, VA September 27–October 4 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational, CO September 30–October 4 Prescott Plein Air Festival, AZ September 30–October 4 Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival, NY OCTOBER October 2 Paint Dover!, DE October 2–31 Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Exhibition and Sale, NM October 3 Paint Ohio History, OH October 3–10 Plein Air Holladay, UT October 3–10 Red Rock Arts Festival, UT October 3–11 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, CA October 4–10 Bluff Strokes Paint Out, IA October 4–11 Cape Ann Plein Air, MA October 5–11 Bath County Plein Air Festival, VA October 8–11 Bisbee Plein Air Festival, AZ October 12–19 PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Fall Color Week, NH October 13–18 Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival, NY Mid-October Plein Air Brandywine Valley, DE October 16–17 2Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out, TN October 18–25 EnPleinAirTEXAS, TX October 22–November 21 AIS National Juried Exhibition, UT October 24–31 Sedona Plein Air Festival, AZ October 25 Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale, CA NOV EMBER November 4–December 4 Mount Dora Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibit, FL November 7–14 Brushes by the Beach, TX DECEMBER

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ARTISTS 12TH ANNUAL

GRAND CANYON

CELEBRATION OF ART Plein Air at Grand Canyon September 12–20, 2020 Juried competition, awards, and sale. Submission deadline: JANUARY 15, 2020 For more information, visit grandcanyon.org/coa Art by: Kadin Goldberg, Wind Sail, Oil, 45 x 48 inches, 2019 THE OFFICIAL NONPROFIT PARTNER OF GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK


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ALABAMA ALASKA ARIZONA Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Dates: September 20, 2020–January 18, 2021 Opening Reception: September 19, 2020 Entry Deadline: January 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Conservancy Venue: Kolb Studio, South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park City: Grand Canyon Format: Combination Contact: Kathy Duley E-mail: kduley@grandcanyon.org Phone: 480.277.0458 Website: www.grandcanyon.org Grand Canyon Conservancy is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park. Featuring artists from around the country, Plein Air at Grand Canyon takes place September 12–19, 2020, with a Quick Draw and Auction on the morning of Saturday, September 19. An invite-only Collectors’ Reception takes place that same evening, and the Grand Opening Reception is on Sunday, September 20 (free and open to the public). The exhibition and sale continues through January 18, 2021. Proceeds support the goal of funding an arts venue at the South Rim of Grand Canyon.

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16th Annual

Sedona Plein Air Festival October 24–31, 2020 As part of Sedona Arts Center’s 2020 theme, “The Year of the Woman”, recognizing the Centennial of women’s right to vote and empowering the role of women in the arts, we are happy to announce that this year, the Sedona Plein Air Festival will be a first of its kind, an all-woman event. Sedona Plein Air Festival is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 24 to 31.

Prescott Plein Air Festival Dates: September 30–October 4, 2020 Opening Reception: September 30, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: City of Prescott & Highlands Center for Natural History Venue: Highlands Center for Natural History City: Prescott Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Mary Ann Inga, Deputy Director & Curator of Desert Caballeros Museum Contact: Andrew Sweeney E-mail: asweeney@highlandscenter.org Phone: 928.776.9550 Website: www.highlandscenter.org Inspiring the appreciation for nature through art is a shared goal of the Highlands Center for Natural History and the City of Prescott. Join us at our inaugural Prescott Plein Air Festival, where 15 professional Arizona artists will focus their talents on the natural surroundings of the Central Arizona Highlands. The public is invited to engage with the artists as they work. Paintings will be displayed at the Highlands Center Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4 from 10am-4pm. During that time, the public will be invited to meet the artists and purchase their works. Enjoy workshops, receptions, and exhibits. 2020 Bisbee Plein Air Festival Dates: October 8–11, 2020 E-mail: bisbeeafter5@gmail.com Sedona Plein Air Festival Dates: October 24–31, 2020 Opening Reception: October 24, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Sedona Arts Center Venue: Sedona Arts Center City: Sedona Format: Juried Contact: Vince Fazio E-mail: vfazio@sedonaartscenter.org Phone: 928.282.3809 Website: www.sedonapleinairfestival.org Come see artists painting in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime environment with stunning beauty, and the Sedona Arts Center has roots going back 61 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an “art colony.” The Sedona Ultimate Guide 2020/www.outdoorpainter.com

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ARIZONA to CALIFORNIA Plein Air Festival takes place during the best weather period of the year at the height of tourist season and is supported by a group of very experienced and enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Our community of art lovers open their doors to host 25 artists from around the country who have been selected to participate.

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Festival September 30 October 4, 2020 Prescott, Arizona

Plein Air on the White River April 29–May 2, 2020 Big Spring Park • Cotter, Arkansas See Listing for details

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Plein Air on the White River Dates: April 29–May 2, 2020 Opening Reception: April 30, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: White River Artists Venue: Cotter, Big Spring Park City: Cotter Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $3,000 or more Contact: Deborah Lively E-mail: whiteriverartists2015@gmail.com Phone: 870.425.8291 Website: www.ozarkregionalartscouncil.org Plein air painting in Cotter, AR. Exceptional painting locations within 30 miles of Big Spring Park. Wednesday, April 29 pre-registration check-in/registration 8am-4pm. Juror demo 4pm. Thursday, April 30 check-in/registration 8am-4pm. Meet fellow artists at Unwind with Wine 4-6pm. Friday, May 1 Quick Draw 4pm. Saturday, May 2 turn in entries for judging 9-11am. Categories: Works on Canvas, Works on Paper. Public Show and Sale 1-3pm. Discount rate at Cotter Trout Lodge. Great fishing and antiquing for spouses. Workshop by juror, April 27 & 28 prior to main event. Maximum 15.

CALIFORNIA Borrego Art Institute 14th Annual Plein Air Invitational Dates: March 2–29, 2020 Opening Reception: March 7, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Borrego Art Institute Venue: 665 Palm Canyon Drive City: Borrego Springs Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Scott W. Prior Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Shannon O’Dunn E-mail: shannonodunn@gmail.com Phone: 619.251.8074 Website: www.borregoartinstitute.org The Borrego Art Institute 14th Annual Plein Air Invitational starts March 2, as 15 invited painters in oils, pastels, and watercolors begin their exploration of the canyons, waterways, badlands, and expansive desert vistas of Borrego Springs, the Salton Trough, and adjacent Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. March is Borrego high season: desert wildflowers, gorgeous weather, and fresh interpretations of this special landscape by established artists from nine states bring visitors galore. Paintings are added to the BAI gallery March 2–6, and the exhibition and sale continues there through March 29. The March 4 Quick Draw and March 7 Awards Gala are open to the public.

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On the island of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay

July 27 - August 1, 2020 Apply by April 6, 2020 JuriedArtServices.com

Pastel Society of San Diego Paint Out Dates: March 17, 2020 E-mail: susan@ladybugartstudio.com Los Angeles Plein Air Festival Dates: April 1–5, 2020 E-mail: jim@rawmaterialsla.com


The Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival Dates: April 20–25, 2020 Opening Reception: April 25, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: The Arts Council of Kern Venue: The Betty Younger Sculpture Gallery City: Bakersfield Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Kim Lordier Award Total: $7,000 Contact: David Gordon E-mail: david.gordon@kernarts.org Phone: 661.324.9000 Website: www.kernarts.org The festival is a fine arts celebration of Kern County, California, where plein air painters are invited to capture the uniqueness of the county. Over the course of five days, artists choose between diverse landscapes and beautiful scenes that include mountains, wilderness, agriculture, and cityscapes. Kern County is unlike any other place on earth, from its scenery to the friendliness of the people. The events culminate with the Award and Sales Gala, which is a juried show and sales event all rolled into one. The Gala celebrates the beautiful work of the extraordinary artists, during glorious spring weather. Fallbrook Art Association Plein Air Competition and Show Dates: April 22, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Fallbrook Art Association Venue: Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens City: Fallbrook Format: Open Juror of Awards: Mark Kerckhoff Contact: Julie Compton E-mail: fallbrook.art.assn@gmail.com Phone: 760.645.0491 Website: www.fallbrookartassn.org One-day event is open to all artists. Determined by Judge Mark Kerckhoff, cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, third, and three Honorable Mention winners. Sign in at 10am at the Grand Tradition, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA; pay entry fee of $25 for members and $30 for non-members (which includes the grounds fee of $5), and have materials stamped. Paint anywhere on the grounds and return finished painting by 3pm. Awards presentation at 4pm. Entry forms with all the information will be available 30 days prior on the website. Pre-ordered lunches are available. Photos at www.grandtradition.com.

North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Festival

CALL TO ARTISTS Deadline for entry: February 29

Paint San Clemente Dates: June 20–July 24, 2020 E-mail: maryascott@att.net North Lake Tahoe-Plein Air Festival Dates: June 23–27, 2020 Opening Reception: June 23, 2020 Entry Deadline: February 29, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: North Tahoe Arts Venue: Gallery City: Tahoe City Format: Juried Contact: Heather Emerson E-mail: execdir@northtahoearts.com Phone: 530.414.6521 Website: www.northtahoearts.com North Tahoe Arts is excited to announce our 2020 North Lake Tahoe-Plein Air Festival will host a lineup of great events and expanded programs. In addition to our ever-popular “Quick Draw” competition, we

North Lake Tahoe, California

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provide a champagne welcome reception and an artisanal picnic lunch, and will conclude our event with a celebratory artist gathering. We are excited to announce that Antonin Passemard and Anastasia Dukhanina, internationally recognized plein air artists, will judge this year’s event and offer demonstrations. We have curated this event with thoughtful touches to make it an unforgettable North Lake Tahoe experience. 15th Annual Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout Dates: July 27–August 1, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 6, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Frank Bette Center for the Arts City: Alameda Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Margaret Fago E-mail: president@frankbettecenter.org Phone: 510.523.6957 Website: www.frankbettecenter.org/plein-air-paintout.html 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; beaches, parks, and San Francisco and Oakland skylines in the island city of Alameda, CA. The week includes a welcome reception; an “off island day” when artists can paint in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley; a quick draw; and an outdoor exhibit and sale of all the paintings on Saturday. A selection of the unsold paintings will be exhibited at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery through September. 15th Annual Just Plein Fun Dates: August 3–7, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: The Huse Skelly Gallery Venue: The Huse Skelly Gallery City: Balboa Island Format: Invitational Contact: Lisa Skelly E-mail: huseskellygallery@gmail.com Phone: 949.723.6171 Website: www.huseskellygallery.com It’s the 15th Annual “Just Plein Fun” on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA! Ten top plein air artists are invited from around the country to paint beautiful Balboa Island for five days. Patrons pick up their JPF Passports and find artists out painting on the island, getting their signatures, and turning the passports in for prizes. Our “Brush Off ” quick draw is on Marine Avenue Friday afternoon from 4-6 with live music and the reception and awards immediately following at the Huse Skelly Gallery from 6:30-8:30pm. The artists’ work will be up for the month of August. 5th Annual Benicia Plein Air Paint-Out Dates: August 22, 2020 E-mail: beniciapleinairgallery@gmail.com Sonoma Plein Air Festival Dates: September 7–12, 2020 Opening Reception: September 11, 2020 Entry Deadline: February 29, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Sonoma Plein Air Foundation Venue: Sonoma Plaza City: Sonoma Format: Juried Contact: Irene Cook E-mail: info@sonomapleinair.com Phone: 416.699.1079 Website: www.sonomapleinair.com The Sonoma Plein Air Festival, a favorite of artists nationwide, celebrates its 18th year, with 40 juried artists gathering for one


22 nd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Join us in Laguna Beach October 3 - 11, 2020 30 World - Renowned Artists Plein Air Competition October 3 - 9 Quick Draw October 4 Gala & Art Sales October 10 & 11 Visit lpapa.org for more information

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week of painting the beautiful wine country, farmlands, and coast of Sonoma and the city of San Francisco. Artists enjoy housing, welcome reception, luncheon, and patron gala with a silent auction of their art, prior to a one-day public art show and sale on the historic Sonoma Plaza. The event supports art education in both public schools and community organizations serving youth in Sonoma Valley, with 60 percent of the sale proceeds to artists and 40 percent to the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation.

SONOMA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL 2020 September 7-12 SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

Sunset at Garrapata, a painting by Anton Pavlenko, 2019 Artist’s Choice Award Winner.

CALL TO ARTISTS The 18th annual Sonoma Plein Air Festival will bring 36 juried artists to the region for one week to paint, show and sell their work to benefit youth art education in Sonoma Valley.

Mendocino Open Paint Out Dates: September 14–20, 2020 Entry Deadline: August 7, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Mendocino Art Center Venue: Mendocino Art Center City: Mendocino Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $9,000 Contact: Michael McDonald E-mail: marketing@mendocinoartcenter.org Phone: 707.937.5818 Website: www.mendocinoartcenter.org/pleinair A week-long plein air festival held in a spectacular setting along the Northern California Coast. Artists claim the light is unlike anywhere else in the world. From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, abundant creative inspiration is sure to be found amid the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy daily plein air painting, wet paint sales in a professional gallery, daily demonstrations by featured plein air artists, a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, and a celebratory awards presentation, among other activities. 22nd Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: October 3–11, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Venue: Festival of Arts City: Laguna Beach Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Multiple Award Total: $40,000+ Contact: Rosemary Swimm E-mail: info@lpapa.org Phone: 949.376.3635 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 2020 LPAPA will be presenting its 22nd 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 30 world-renowned artists. Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale Dates: October 25, 2020 E-mail: rsvp@catalinaconservancy.org

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9th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo Dates: May 2–6, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine City: Westminster 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 watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and oil painting. Daily painting as a group features instructors who walk around to offer suggestions as you paint. The giant Expo Hall features art supplies and frames at deep discounts. Plus, you can attend our daily Art Marketing Boot Camp sessions with Eric Rhoads. There is also an art show of faculty and attendee artworks that is open to the public. In 2020, Scott L. Christensen and Thomas W. Schaller will conduct the pre-convention workshops (pre-registration required). To register and learn more, visit www.pleinairconvention.com. Alla Prima Westcliffe Dates: June 13–20, 2020 E-mail: curt@sangresartguild.org 17th Annual Telluride Plein Air Dates: June 29–July 5, 2020 Entry Deadline: January 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation Venue: Sheridan Opera House City: Telluride Format: Juried Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Ronnie Palamar E-mail: ronnie@sheridanoperahouse.com Phone: 970.728.6363 Website: www.telluridepleinair.com Each summer, over the Fourth of July weekend, the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts 20–25 nationally renowned plein air artists in beautiful Telluride, CO, for a week of outdoor art. The Telluride Plein Air Festival has become an indispensable part of Telluride’s Independence Day festivities, allowing locals and tourists alike to observe some of the nation’s top plein air artists at work. The festival culminates in a three-day sale, where the artists display the work they have created all week long. Georgetown Plein Air Dates: July 31–August 1, 2020 Opening Reception: August 1, 2020 Entry Deadline: July 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation Venue: Georgetown Heritage Center City: Georgetown Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $900 Contact: Ruth Rosenfeld E-mail: artschair@georgetowntrust.org Phone: 303.569.5180 Website: www.georgetownheritagecenter.org Third annual plein air event in vintage, picturesque Georgetown, CO, 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 16. Registration and exhibition 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. Late registration accepted. Visit website for application information. Ultimate Guide 2020/www.outdoorpainter.com

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COLORADO Estes Valley Plein Air Dates: August 15–29, 2020 Opening Reception: August 29, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 5, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Art Center of Estes Park Venue: Gallery City: Estes Park Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: Approx. $11,000 and gift certificates Contact: Kristi Elyce Email: pleinair@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 32nd year. Activities include a quick draw/auction, nocturne painting, and Paint Our Town painting, as well as a poster/wine label and miniature contest. Enjoy exquisitely beautiful painting opportunities and fun artist social gatherings including an educational evening in coordination with the Estes Park Museum. Works will hang in the Art Center of Estes Park throughout September. The show benefits the Art Center of Estes Park. South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration Dates: September 7–12, 2020 Opening Reception: September 11, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Town of Fairplay Venue: Main Street, Fairplay City: Fairplay Format: Open Award Total: $3,600 Contact: Julie Bullock E-mail: jbullock@fairplayco.us Phone: 719.836.2622 Website: www.southparkartscelebration.com Painting in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a one-of-a-kind plein air adventure featuring mines, working ranches, historic buildings, rivers, streams, and wide-open vistas. Enjoy our 11th annual event in Fairplay, a small-town arts community. We accept 40 artists per day during this fiveday event. Awards each day, social events, amazing paint-out locations, quick draw, and camaraderie among artists. Exhibit and sale open to the public on Friday and Saturday. This event is a fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations. Steamboat Art Museum’s Plein Air 2020 Dates: September 18–25, 2020 Opening Reception: September 25, 2020 Entry Deadline: September 11, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Steamboat Art Museum Venue: 807 Lincoln Avenue City: Steamboat Springs Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $6,500 Contact: Dottie Zabel E-mail: sam@steamboatartmuseum.org Phone: 970.870.1755 Website: www.steamboatartmuseum.org Fifty artists from around the country paint the splendor of a Routt County autumn. With landmark ranches, alpine vistas, and our historic downtown, opportunities are plentiful. SAM will host three sales events: a Kick Off Quick Draw at the popular Farmers Market, Sunset Reception with the Artists and Patrons, and Opening Reception & Awards evening. Cash prizes and awards, community events, and unique, private locations add to the Western hospitality of Steamboat Springs. All work on exhibit and for sale through November 7, 2020. Register early! Plein Air 2019 brought our highest number of sales and visitors to date!

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Estes Valley Plein Air Estes Park, Colorado

August 15-29, 2020

Entry Deadline: April 5, 2020 Awards of $11,000 and gift certificates!

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Light in a Western Town Christine Lashley

June 29-July 5, 2020 In beautiful Telluride, Colorado

Deadline to apply: Dec. 15, 2019 Late application deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes! Visit TelluridePleinAir.com for more info & to apply A fundraiser for Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House Ultimate Guide 2020/www.outdoorpainter.com

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

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

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Central City Plein Air Festival Dates: September 25–27, 2020 Opening Reception: September 25, 2020 Entry Deadline: May 31, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Central City Opera Venue: 124 Eureka Street City: Central City Format: Juried Award Total: $3,500 Contact: Clare Mail E-mail: cmail@centralcityopera.org Phone: 303.292.6500 Website: www.centralcitypleinair.org The third annual Central City Plein Air Festival welcomes painters to Central City, CO, to capture the town’s breathtaking mountain views, fall foliage, and historic architecture. Up to 25 artists from around the country will gather in the historic mountain town for three days of painting, a Quick Draw Competition and Easel Sale, and special artist social gatherings. The festival culminates in a Public Exhibition and Awards Reception on September 27, 2020 in Gilpin County Arts Association’s Washington Hall Gallery. Over $3,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. 2020 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational Dates: September 27–October 4, 2020 Opening Reception: October 2, 2020 Entry Deadline: February 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Colorado National Monument Association Venue: TBA City: Grand Junction Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $3,000+ 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, but includes adjacent BLM and National Conservation Areas like McInnis Canyons, Dominguez-Escalante Canyons, and Rabbit Valley. The 2020 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational is limited to 24 artists; this is the event’s fourth year. Find out why Colorado National Monument’s first superintendent, John Otto, called these canyons “the heart of the world.”

CONNECTICUT D E L AWA R E Paint Dover! Dates: October 2, 2020 E-mail: diane@downtowndoverpartnership.com

Join America’s plein air community this spring on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Celebrate 15 years of artistic excellence as many of America’s finest plein air artists gather to honor and preserve this last vestige of “Old Florida.” Presented by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition, organizing regional cultural events to benefit local communities.

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Plein Air Brandywine Valley Dates: Mid-October 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Children’s Beach House, Inc. Venue: Venues are presented throughout the beautiful Brandywine Valley City: Wilmington Format: Juried Contact: John Cigler E-mail: jcigler@cbhinc.org Phone: 302.655.4288 Website: www.pleinairbrandywinevalley.org


This October, Plein Air Brandywine Valley 2020 presented by Children’s Beach House celebrates its 10th year! Over 75 accomplished plein air artists from across the U.S. paint in and around the beautiful Brandywine Valley in mid-October. Special events during the week include the Marshallton Quick Draw. Artists paint throughout the village, followed by a reception showcasing their art. Thursday night is for nocturnes, where artists paint and “Embrace the Night,” which includes an exhibition. The week culminates with our Opening Reception, Exhibition and Sale, and Awards Presentation, held on Friday evening. The Exhibition and Sale continues over the weekend.

TEQUESTA, FLORIDA

South Florida’s Largest Plein Air Festival March 7-15, 2020

F L OR I DA Venice Plein Air M.A.P. (Meet And Paint) Dates: 1st Mondays & 3rd Saturdays November 4, 2019– April 18, 2020 Opening Reception: January 18, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Venice Plein Air Venue: Special M.A.P. January 18 at VABI Urban Forest City: Venice Format: Open Juror of Awards: Peoples’ Choice Award Award Total: Determined by total votes Contact: Karen Ann Hitt E-mail: venicepleinair@gmail.com Website: www.facebook.com/venicepleinaIr/ “The Urban Forest in Paint” — Venice Plein Air MAP artists document the Urban Forest growing up! At the VPA MAP special annual event, all outdoor painters are invited to Meet And Paint at VABI Urban Forest, 3rd Saturday of January (January 18, 2020), 8:30am. VABI’s Urban Forest is an oasis coming to life and annually recorded in plein air by gathering artists. All outdoor artists welcome! No e-mails, sign-ups, or fees, just outdoor painting camaraderie! RSVP: venicepleinair@gmail.com. Monetary Peoples’ Choice Award. For more information visit www.facebook. com/venicepleinair/ & Instagram: @venicepleinairmap. Facilitator: Karen Ann Hitt. www.venicepleinair.com Plein Air Palm Beach — Plein Fun Fest Dates: January 31–February 2, 2020 E-mail: info@pleinairpalmbeach.com Tarpon Springs Plein Air Event “A Town for All Seasons” Dates: February 18–28, 2020 Opening Reception: February 18, 2020 Entry Deadline: December 15, 2019 Sponsoring Organization: Tarpon Springs Art Association Venue: Tarpon Springs and Brooker Creek City: Tarpon Springs Award Total: $2,800 Contact: Sherry Orr E-mail: orr6@verizon.net Phone: 813.310.9045 Website: www.tarponspringsartassociation.com This will be the 10th year for the Tarpon Springs Plein Air Event. Tarpon Springs offers a wide range of artistic opportunities with historical buildings, nature preserves, beaches, sponge docks, restaurants, and interesting personalities. The event itself mixes our culture with art and fun events. The reception features Greek and Tuscan food with wine and is held at the Heritage Museum with photos of Tarpon and copies of Christopher Stills’ paintings. There is a Quick Draw event that will be held in Howard Park followed by a picnic. We look forward to welcoming artists from near and far!

Tara Will | Coastal Morning

Painting by the Sea from Palm Beach to Stuart, Florida • Paint out competition at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens on Sunday, March 8, 2020 • Onsite painting demos • Artist Meet & Greet on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 • Purchase “wet” paintings at Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery • Ticketed Collectors’ Party on Friday, March 13, 2020 • Battle of The Brushes on Saturday, March 14, 2020 • Learn from the Masters! Sign up for workshops with Carl Bretzke, Patrick Saunders, Eli Cedrone and Lon Brauer

Join award-winning artists from around the country as they compete for prizes & awards totaling $20,000 in beautiful South Florida!

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Marc Anderson Jeff Markowsky Linda Apriletti Alison Leigh Menke Olena Babak Ralph Papa Beth Bathe Crista Pisano Lon Brauer Antwan Ramar Carl Bretzke Julie Riker Thomas Buchs Devin Michael Roberts Eli Cedrone Kari Ganoung Ruiz Priscilla Coote Jason Sacran Marty Coulter Manon Sander Kathleen Denis Patrick Saunders Erin Dertner Mark Shasha Bill Farnsworth Richie Vios Neal Hughes Durre Waseem Debra Huse Stewart White Tim Kelly Tara Will Allen Kriegshauser Stephen Wysocki Maria Marino

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Plein Air South YallComePaint.com

APALACHICOLA FLORIDA

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

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7th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Dates: March 7–15, 2020 Opening Reception: March 13, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art Venue: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive City: Tequesta Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Joshua Rose, Editor, American Art Collector Magazine Award Total: $20,000 Contact: Allie Snyder E-mail: allie@lighthousearts.org Phone: 561.746.3101 Website: www.lighthousearts.org/pleinair Join 35 of the top plein air artists in the country as they capture the sights of Florida from Palm Beach to Stuart during Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 7th Annual Plein Air Festival. Watch these nationally recognized artists as they compete for awards totaling $20,000 in South Florida’s premier juried plein air event. During the festival, visitors, locals, and art collectors alike will be able to meet the artists, purchase their “wet” paintings, and enjoy live outdoor and indoor painting demonstrations. The festival culminates with a fabulous ticketed Collectors’ Party on March 13 at the ArtCenter Gallery. Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Dates: March 20–29, 2020 Opening Reception: March 27, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition Venue: The Joe Center for the Arts, Port St. Joe, FL City: Florida’s Forgotten Coast Format: Invitational Contact: Cheryl Ploegstra E-mail: admin@pleinairfl.com Phone: 800.378.8419 Website: www.forgottencoastenpleinair.com Celebrating 15 years of documenting the landscapes and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. A focus on artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality art is the trademark of the 10-day event. The invitational is limited to 20 of the most accomplished national and international artists accompanied by six featured “Florida’s Finest en Plein Air” artists who are honored as Plein Air Ambassadors. Nine plein air exhibits, a Quick Draw, a Wet Room, demonstrations, daily receptions, Painting Stations, and a VIP Collectors’ event create an unmatched array of opportunities for artists. Plein Air South Dates: March 30–April 3, 2020 Opening Reception: March 29, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Franklin’s Promise Coalition Venue: Armory Building City: Apalachicola Format: Combination Contact: Denise Rose E-mail: pleinairsouth@gmail.com Phone: 901.489.9412 Website: www.yallcomepaint.com Plein air organizations and painting groups across the South are coming together to host the fifth Plein Air South regional gathering, March 30–April 3, 2020 in Apalachicola, Florida. The planning committee is hard at work scheduling five days of presentations, demonstrations, instruction, vendor exhibition, and of course, painting outdoors! Winter Park Paint Out Dates: April 19–25, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

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Venue: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens City: Winter Park Format: Juried Contact: Catherine Pinyot E-mail: operations@polasek.org Phone: 407.960.4719 Website: www.winterparkpaintout.org The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will host the 12th Annual Winter Park Paint Out Plein Air Festival from April 19 to 25, 2020. The museum, sculpture gardens, and gallery will be free to the public during the week-long event. Twenty-five professionally acclaimed plein air artists will paint at the museum and locations nearby, with art lovers invited to watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the gallery, and attend free painting demonstrations. More than 10 free instructional demos with the artists will take place during the week of the event. St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out–4th Annual Dates: April 20–26, 2020 E-mail: info@staaa.org Mount Dora Plein Air Paint Out and Exhibit Dates: November 4–December 4, 2020 E-mail: chelsey@mountdoracenterforthearts.org

GEORGIA Paint Out Savannah 2020 Dates: March 19–21, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: The Savannah Art Association Venue: The Gallery on Chippewa City: Savannah Format: Open Juror of Awards: Joseph Gyurcsak Award Total: $2,500 Contact: Martha Love E-mail: marthalove432@gmail.com Phone: 912.346.8048 Website: www.savart1920.com Paint Out Savannah, March 19–21, 2020, 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 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, celebrating its 100th anniversary as the oldest art association in Georgia, offering a Quick Draw Competition, Paint Out Competition, demonstrations, art sale, and awards ceremony with a total of $2,500 in cash and prizes. Open Air Meriwether 2020 Dates: April 14–18, 2020 E-mail: openairmeriwether@gmail.com Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Dates: April 18–26, 2020 E-mail: info@olmstedpleinair.com Plein Air International Paint-Out Dates: September 10–13, 2020 Entry Deadline: August 14, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Venue: The Art Center City: Blue Ridge Format: Open Juror of Awards: Charles Cashwell Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Caroline Mann E-mail: blueridgearts@gmail.com

Phone: 706.632.2144 Website: www.blueridgearts.net/plein-air-paint-outevent.html The 2020 Plein Air Event is an open invitation to all artists, amateur and professional, to paint the natural beauty of our area. Artists are welcome to bring their easels and capture the awe-inspiring fall scenes of Fannin County and Blue Ridge, Georgia. Additionally, we are continuing our quick draw event for awards at the one-of-a-kind Horse Creek Stable Rescue Sanctuary on Friday.

H AWA I I 15th Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: February 15–23, 2020 Opening Reception: February 21, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Maui Arts League Venue: Pioneer Inn, Montage Kapalua Bay, and Royal Lahaina Resort City: Lahaina Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Jean Stern Award Total: $3,150 Contact: Bryant Neal E-mail: bryant@mauiartsleague.org Phone: 808.283.3576 Website: www.mauiartsleague.org Break the back of winter at the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. Experience Maui’s splendor at intimate gatherings as our 24 artists inspire you with their expressions of cobalt seas, rocky cliffs, majestic mountains, lush Hawaiian flowers, and a culture unique in the world. Book your stay at the artful center of this nine-day event: The Pioneer Inn beside Lahaina Harbor, Montage Kapalua Bay, or Royal Lahaina Resort, site of our awards gourmet banquet and grand finale exhibit and art sale. Your Maui artwork is about to be born in Paradise. Art enthusiasts and friends are welcome with aloha.

Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational February 15-23, 2020 3 paint outs • 7 art sales • 1 youth paint out 1 art lecture • 2 discussion panels • gala • artists’ breakfast

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February 12-14 & February 24-26

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I DA HO Eagle Plein Air Festival Dates: June 7–13, 2020 Opening Reception: June 6, 2020 Entry Deadline: May 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Finer Frames Venue: Finer Frames City: Eagle Format: Open Contact: Meg Glasgow E-mail: meg@finerframes.com Phone: 208.888.9898 Website: www.eaglepleinair.com The 2020 Eagle Plein Air Festival & Competition will be held Sunday, June 7 through Saturday, June 15 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, Live Auction, and Awards Reception. Advanced registration is recommended and can be made by mail, phone, e-mail, or in person at the gallery. The first 50 artists will receive our legendary Artist Swag Bag at check-in. Registration open February 2020. 9th Annual Driggs Plein Air Festival Dates: July 23–August 1, 2020 Opening Reception: July 26, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 30, 2020 Ultimate Guide 2020/www.outdoorpainter.com

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IDAHO to MARYLAND Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Driggs Association Venue: 60 South Main Street City: Driggs Format: Open Jurors of Awards: Patrick Saunders and Christine Lashley Award Total: $4,650 Contact: Alison Brush E-mail: events@downtowndriggs.org Phone: 307.690.2234 Website: www.driggspleinair.org Please join us for the 9th Annual Driggs Plein Air Art Festival, held on the west side of the Tetons in beautiful Driggs, Idaho. Preevent plein air workshops start July 23. Instructors include Susan M Rose, Christine Lashley, and Patrick Saunders. Artists can check in anytime between July 22 and July 25. Artists and collectors enjoy many activities including the week-long Exhibition & Sale of works by over 75 artists, Opening Reception, Paint-Outs, Quick Draw Competitions, Workshops, Demonstrations, Competition Award Ceremony, and the Closing Reception.

ILLINOIS 10th Annual Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show Dates: April 24–May 8, 2020 E-mail: rbenvenuti@schaumburg.com

INDIANA 22nd First Brush of Spring Dates: April 15–18, 2020 Opening Reception: April 15, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 17, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and Hoosier Art Salon New Harmony Gallery Venue: Hoosier Art Salon-New Harmony Gallery City: New Harmony 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 The 22nd First Brush of Spring Paint Out is an 11-day art event with pre-paint-out workshops from April 13–14 featuring Wyatt LeGrand and April 14–16 featuring Patrick Saunders. The paintout kick-off reception at the Hoosier Art Salon on Wednesday, April 15, with Field to Finish exhibit and awards; April 15–18, paint-out competition with professional, non-professional, and youth divisions totaling over $15,000 in awards; April 18, art sale (pre-registration required); April 20–23, post-paint-out workshops featuring instructors Anne Blair Brown, Qiang Huang, Nancie King Mertz, William Schneider, and David Shevlino. Visit www. inpainters.org and www.hoosiersalon.org for more information. Fort Wayne Artists Guild Kekionga Plein Air Event Dates: August 27–29, 2020 Opening Reception: August 27, 2020 Entry Deadline: August 18, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Fort Wayne Artists Guild Venue: Arts Campus, 300 East Main Street City: Fort Wayne Format: Open Award Total: $7,000 Contact: Sandra McGill E-mail: mcgillsandra76@gmail.com Phone: 260.437.2187 Website: www.fortwayneartists.org The 4th annual Kekionga Plein Air Event invites artists of all levels to enjoy three days of painting and compete for $7,000 in prizes including cash and purchase awards. A Quick Draw competition and People’s Choice award round out the honors. Fort Wayne and surrounding Allen County provide both rural and urban subject

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matter, from Amish farmsteads to a revitalized downtown. Three rivers meander through historic neighborhoods and scenic parks meeting near the Old Fort and the Arts Campus where Kekionga artists gather to share their paintings during the Taste of the Arts Festival.

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.

Carmel on Canvas Dates: September 18–20, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: City of Carmel, Indiana Venue: Carmel Arts & Design District City: Carmel Format: Open Award Total: $11,500 Contact: Kelli Prader E-mail: kprader@carmel.in.gov Phone: 317.571.2474 Website: www.carmeloncanvas.com Carmel on Canvas Plein Air Paint Out provides artists with two days of plein air painting in the Carmel Arts & Design District and Carmel Midtown. There are four divisions; professional, nonprofessional, teen, and children. There is more than $11,500 in total prizes.

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I O WA Bluff Strokes Paint Out Dates: October 4–10, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Bluff Strokes Venue: Steeple Square City: Dubuque Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Wes Heitzman E-mail: wheitzman@mchsi.com Phone: 563.845.1801 Website: www.bluffstrokes.org Paint historic Dubuque, Iowa, on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Dubuque was founded in the early 1800s and boasts many historic residences, buildings, and parks, as well as scenic river vistas and riverfront scenes and interesting barge, rail, and industrial infrastructure. Dubuque County, which bounds the event, is nestled in the Driftless Region, with unique topography and many interesting rural scenes. Our sales venue is a beautiful former German Catholic church, now restored as an event center. Visit our website for last year’s winners and explore our “Paint Dubuque” section for painting opportunities.

KANSAS KENTUCKY LOUISIANA Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Dates: March 14–21, 2020 Opening reception: March 20, 2020 Entry deadline: November 3, 2019 Sponsoring Organization: National Trust for Historic Preservation Venue: Shadows-on-the-Teche City: New Iberia 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 sixth annual plein air competition in March 2020, with Kenn Backhaus overseeing artist selection and awarding prizes. Enjoy a unique region enhanced by its architecture, massive moss-draped live oaks, and sugar-producing fields watered by the meandering Bayou Teche. Home to pioneering sugar planters,

SHADOWS-ON-THE-TECHE PLEIN AIR Juried Competition with Judge: Kenn Backhaus

6th Annual March 14-21, 2020

Paint the Town Dates: April 23–26, 2020 E-mail: mariawood@chestertownriverarts.org Paint Annapolis Dates: June 7–14, 2020 Opening Reception: June 12, 2020 Entry Deadline: January 10, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Federation of Art Venue: Circle Gallery City: Annapolis Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Valerie Craig Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Joann Vaughn E-mail: jvaughan@mdfedart.org Phone: 410.268.4566 Website: www.mdfedart.org Come paint in America’s first capital city with historic streets, amazing waterfront, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Week-long event features daily opportunities to win prize money and make sales. Housing provided if requested. 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition Dates: June 15–20, 2020 Opening Reception: June 19, 2020 Entry Deadline: February 28, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Allegany Arts Council Venue: Allegany Arts Council City: Cumberland Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Nancie King Mertz Award total: $10,000 Contact: Julie Westendorff E-mail: jwestendorff@alleganyarts.org Phone: 301.777.2787 Website: www.mmpleinair.org The Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition is a week-long signature event of the Allegany Arts Council located in Cumberland, Maryland, merging the artistry of 30 plein air painters with the splendor of Western Maryland, its unique heritage, and breathtaking architecture and scenic beauty. The event is perfect for art collectors, for observers, or for those who wish to explore plein air painting on their own. Come for the week or stay for a lifetime. Paint It! Ellicott City Dates: June 25–29, 2020 Opening Reception: June 29, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 12, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Howard County Arts Council Venue: Howard County Center for the Arts City: Ellicott City Format: Combination Juror of Awards: TBA Contact: Elli Hernandez E-mail: exhibits@hocoarts.org

Best of Show: R. Gregory Summers “Secret Rites of the Atchafalaya Swamp”

Shadows-On-The-Teche New Iberia, Louisiana $6,500 in Cash Prizes

Awards Ceremony • Fine Art and Quick Draw Sale 337.369.6446 • www.shadowsontheteche.org

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Plein Air Easton Dates: July 12–19, 2020 Opening Reception: July 17, 2020 Entry Deadline: January 24, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: The Avalon Foundation Venue: Academy Art Museum and Waterfowl Building City: Easton Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO, Metropolitan Museum of Art Award Total: $30,000+ Contact: Marie Nuthall E-mail: info@pleinaireaston.com Phone: 410.822.7297 Website: www.pleinaireaston.com The 16th annual Plein Air Easton competition and festival, sponsored by the Avalon Foundation, juries in 58 artists every year. In this event set on the Eastern Shore, artists will explore historic towns, enjoy expansive views of coastal wetlands, and get an insider’s view of our rich agricultural heritage in search of the location that will produce a winning canvas. The ticketed Collectors’ Preview Party is held at the Academy Art Museum & Waterfowl Building on July 17 with a public gallery sale following. The Quick Draw Competition is July 18 and is open to all artists, with awards and sales immediately following.

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JUNE 25-29, 2020 Deadline for Juried Entries: April 12, 2020 Prospectus available at hocoarts.org. For more details, visit our website or call (410) 313-ARTS (2787).

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Phone: 410.313.2787 Website: www.hocoarts.org Come and join us for Paint It! Ellicott City’s 10-year anniversary in historic Ellicott City, Maryland! During the three-day plein air paint-out, capture the old mill town’s charm through its trove of paintable treasures: historic landmarks, quirky architecture, steep hillsides, and a beautiful river. Juried artists are featured in our main gallery for a six-week exhibition (entries due April 12, 2020). Non-juried artists can take part in the Open Paint portion. Back by popular demand, the “Paint Down Main” quick draw event will take place on Saturday, June 27. Visit our website at hocoarts.org for prospectus and additional information.

Artists Paint OC Plein Air Event Dates: August 12–16, 2020 Opening Reception: August 15, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Art League of Ocean City Venue: Ocean City Center for the Arts City: Ocean City Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $5,000 Contact: Katie Brown E-mail: katie@artleagueofoceancity.org Phone: 410.524.9433 Website: www.artleagueofoceancity.org/pleinair Fifty artists compete in this five-day paint-out at picturesque spots around the resort of Ocean City, MD. Painting destinations include the Atlantic Ocean beach and boardwalk, bays and marshes, the fishing harbor, Assateague Island National Park, and much more. The event culminates with the Wet Paint Party & Sale on Saturday at the Ocean City Center for the Arts, with judging, awards presentation, and sales. On Sunday morning, artists paint during a two-hour Quick Draw competition, then head to the Arts Center for awards. Juried artwork remains on exhibit and sale at the Arts Center through August.


6th Annual Harford Plein Air Painting Festival Dates: September 14–19, 2020 Opening Reception: September 18, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 30, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Center for the Arts Venue: Gallery Sale at Bel Air Armory City: Bel Air Format: Juried Contact: Amanda Pugh E-mail: apugh@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! Paint Berlin Dates: September 23–26, 2020 E-mail: anna@worcestercountyartscouncil.org

CALL TO ARTISTS APPLY: December 1, 2019 - January 24, 2020 Annual Plein Air Art Sales that exceed $400,000!

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MASSACHUSETTS to MICHIGAN

PAINT NANTUCKET! PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL June 16–21, 2020

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in the birthplace of American Plein Air!

Nantucket, MA

A Top-5 Painting Event! Join our Plein Air Celebration in honor of our 75th year as an Artists Colony. 6 Days of painting historic Nantucket, 30 miles out to sea. Amazing vistas, moors,

! Nearly $25k in awards & prizes

quaint villages, boats,

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Plein Air Painting on Cape Cod Dates: TBA Sponsoring Organization: Cape Cod Art Center Venue: Cape Cod Art Center City: Cape Cod Format: Combination Contact: Roberta Miller E-mail: curator@capecodartcenter.org Phone: 508.362.2909 Website: www.capecodartcenter.org Plein Air Painting on Cape Cod. The beauty of the Cape and its unique lighting create the most spectacular paintings. Join us for our 2020 plein air events, workshops, and classes. Check our website for details. Plein air books with the most scenic landscapes from all over the Cape for sale. CCAC Plein Air Painting Group meets weekly for outings from May–October. www.capecodartcenter.org. 508.362.2909. Plein Air and Paint Out in the Berkshires, Massachusetts Dates: May 1–October 31, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Guild of Berkshire Artists Venue: Berkshires, Massachusetts City: Lenox Format: Open Contact: Karen Carmean E-mail: kcarmean@gmail.com Phone: 617.868.7082 Website: www.berkshireartists.org Create art outdoors in the Berkshires of Western Mass. Every day of the week from 9:30am-1pm, weather permitting, May-October. Meet at a beautiful Berkshire location such as the Norman Rockwell Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, The Mount, 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. Save the Date: July 30–August 1, 2020 Paint Out, with prizes. More information at berkshireartists.org. Paint Nantucket Plein Air Festival Dates: June 16–21, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Artists Association of Nantucket Venue: Artists Association Gallery at 19 Washington Street City: Nantucket Format: Open Contact: Bobby Frazier E-mail: bobby@nantucketarts.org Phone: 508.228.0722 Website: www.nantucketarts.org Paint Nantucket! Join our Plein Air Celebration in honor of our 75th year as an Artists’ Colony. Six days of painting historic Nantucket, 30 miles out to sea. New this year, a one-day Paint Nantucket day trip. Curated experience for artists to visit Nantucket, paint, sell, and enjoy the splendor of the island. Pre-registration required. Day 1: Moors and Ponds; Day 2: 9th Annual Paint Out at Brandt Point; Day 3: Ocean Vistas; Day 4: Quaint Village of Sconset; Day 5: Historic Lighthouses; Day 6: Artist Showcase with juried awards. Cape Ann Plein Air Dates: October 4–11, 2020 Opening Reception: October 4, 2020 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Cape Ann Plein Air, Inc. Venue: Rockport Art Association, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, North Shore Arts Association, Cape Ann Museum, Manchester Historical Museum City: Cape Ann Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $24,000


Contact: Susan Coviello E-mail: capeannpleinairmanager@gmail.com Phone: 978.837.8273 Website: www.capeannpleinair.com Held in the birthplace of American plein air, in the towns of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea, Cape Ann Plein Air is a juried and judged competition that has become a favorite event among artists. With a deep, rich art history, Cape Ann has been the muse for artists for more than a century, from Homer to Lane, Hopper to Wyeth, Sargent to Davis. Juried artists traveling to participate will be provided housing, opportunities to mingle with each other and the public, dinners with organizers, opportunities to participate with local art organizations, and free entry into Cape Ann’s world-class museum.

MICHIGAN FRESH! Plein Air Milford Dates: June 12–14, 2020 E-mail: shac@milfordvfaa.org Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival Dates: June 26–27, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 25, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Lake Superior Art Association Venue: Presque Isle Park Pavilion City: Marquette Format: Open Juror of Awards: Lore Wallis Feldpausch Award Total: $2,600 Contact: Charlice Stewart E-mail: cmsfineart@msn.com Phone: 906.458.1683 Website: www.lakesuperiorartassociation.com Fresh Coast Plein Air, June 26 and 27, 2020 in historic Marquette, MI, on Lake Superior. Presented by Lake Superior Art Association as part of Marquette’s annual Art Week. Two full days of painting, including “Dusk to Dark” Friday night, featuring the late evening light of summer in the north country. Two levels of competition. Saturday-evening reception and show, awarding of prizes, refreshments, and the opportunity for sales at the log pavilion in Presque Isle Park. For information: lakesuperiorartassociation. com, arts-culture@marquettemi.gov, or search on Facebook and Instagram for “Fresh Coast Plein Air” or “Travel Marquette.” To register: https://bit.ly/313eaEg Paint Grand Traverse Dates: August 8–15, 2020 Opening Reception: August 9, 2020 Entry Deadline: December 2, 2019 Sponsoring Organization: Crooked Tree Arts Center Venue: Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City City: Traverse City Format: Combination Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Megan Kelto E-mail: megankelto@crookedtree.org Phone: 231.941.9488 Website: www.paintgrandtraverse.com The Grand Traverse region of northwestern lower Michigan is renowned for its Lake Michigan coastline, rolling orchards and vineyards, breathtaking dunes, and historic small towns. At the third annual Paint Grand Traverse, three dozen outstanding artists from across the U.S. will capture the character and beauty of this special place. Paint Grand Traverse offers opportunities and fun for artists, art collectors, students, and kids and families. Throughout the week, enjoy spectator experiences, art sales, parties, lectures, classes, a quick draw competition, and more! Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival Dates: August 17–22, 2020 E-mail: paintdexter@gmail.com

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18th Annual

Augusta Plein Air

Fresh Coast Plein Air

Art Festival

2019 Best of Show Augusta Moment, watercolor by Alicia Farris

April 22 – May 3 Scenic Missouri Wine Country 17 Paint Outs 6 Workshops $12,000+ in Prizes and Awards $1,000 Best of Show Opportunity to Sell Art Daily

Final Sale Event Sunday, May 3rd Mount Pleasant Estates

Paint on the shore of Lake Superior and on the streets of picturesque Marquette, Michigan June 26 and 27, 2020 lakesuperiorartassociation.com arts-culture@marquettemi.gov Facebook, Instagram to register: https://bit.ly/313eaEg

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Grand Marais SEPT. 11-18, 2020

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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Plein Air Grand Marais Dates: September 11–18, 2020 Opening Reception: September 18, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 20, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Venue: Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery City: Grand Marais Format: Combination Award Total: $4,000 Contact: Allison Eklund E-mail: allison@outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org Phone: 651.592.7858 Website: www.outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org/plein-air-grandmarais.html Plein Air Grand Marais is Minnesota’s full-immersion plein air event. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the week-long event features a juried competition and exhibition, daily paint-outs and mini-workshops with Invitational painters, open class juried exhibit and reception, open quick paint, hootenanny music jam and singalong, and public awards reception. The competition exhibit averages $25,000 in painting sales. The unmatched scenery and painters’ camaraderie have made Plein Air Grand Marais an art-vacation destination for painters, collectors, and observers alike for 16 years. Apply now to join us in 2020!

MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI Augusta Plein Air Art Festival Dates: April 22–May 3, 2020 Opening Reception: April 22, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce Venue: Augusta and surrounding countryside City: Augusta Format: Open Award Total: $12,000+ Contact: Lynn Buchheit E-mail: buchheitlynn@gmail.com Phone: 314.239.3988 Website: www.augustapleinair.com Augusta invites you to paint the spring in beautiful Missouri wine country! This is our 18th year, and we would love for you to come and enjoy the fun and hospitality of this 12-day festival! With 17 paint-outs and six workshops, you will have a hard time choosing a subject as you watch spring unfold over river bluffs, hills, farms, vineyards, and wineries. Over $12,000 in prizes and awards, including a $1,000 prize for best of show. First, second, and third place prizes awarded in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and mixed media.

MONTANA Yellowstone National Park Retreat Dates: May 29–June 3, 2020 E-mail: info@pleinairintheparks.org Plein Air Glacier: Paint Out 2020 Dates: June 19–27, 2020 Entry Deadline: March 7, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Hockaday Museum of Art Venue: Hockaday Museum of Art City: Kalispell Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Jessica Shaw E-mail: communications@hockadaymuseum.org Phone: 406.755.5268 Website: www.hockadaymuseum.org


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June 19–26, 2020 THOMAS HILL

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June 27, 5– 8 pm

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PleinAir ™ Magazine publisher Eric Rhoads will once again host a week of fall color painting in a new spot. In October of 2020, join us near the summit of the highest point in the northeastern United States, Mount Washington, New Hampshire. This will be a rare opportunity to learn the techniques of American landscape masters of the last two centuries, as well as our close friend and Hudson River School painter, Erik Koeppel. We hope to see you next fall.

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MONTANA to NEW YORK 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.

NEW JERSEY NEW MEXICO Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Dates: March 6–13, 2020 Opening Reception: March 13, 2020 Entry Deadline: January 5, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Venue: Sorrel Sky Gallery City: Santa Fe Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Joe Anna Arnett Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: John Meister E-mail: meisterart1@gmail.com Phone: 505.235.3213 Website: www.papnm.org Experience the diverse beauty and unparalleled light of northern New Mexico. Fifty juried artists will have four days to paint the unique subjects of the Southwest, such as colorful rock formations, cobalt skies, and meandering adobe walls. Join us and you will understand why the Land of Enchantment is a legendary paradise for painters. The week will culminate in a two-week exhibition at the beautiful Sorrel Sky Gallery, near the Santa Fe Plaza. Workshop: March 16–17, offered by Joe Anna Arnett Host housing will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

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The Hockaday’s annual Plein Air Glacier: Paint Out will feature juried artists painting outdoors in Glacier National Park and the Swan and Flathead Valleys of NW Montana in June 2020. Now in its 13th year, the Hockaday’s Plein Air Paint Out event has become a favorite of art lovers seeking original works featuring the landscapes and scenery of the Crown of the Continent. Works created during the Plein Air Paint Out event will be offered for sale at fixed prices at the Plein Air Party & Sale on June 27.

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PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Fall Color Week Dates: October 12–19, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: White Mountains National Park City: Jackson 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 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

Wild Rivers Plein Air & Taos Historic Studios Event Dates: July 14–19, 2020 Opening Reception: July 17, 2020 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Venue: E. L. Blumenschein Museum & Red River Community House City: Taos & Red River Format: Combination Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $5,000 Contact: Dick Wimberly E-mail: dickj.wimberly934@gmail.com Phone: 505.934.5432 Website: www.papnm.org The Enchanted Circle of northern New Mexico, which meanders through Taos, Questa, and Red River, is full of places artists love to paint. Majestic mountaintops, lakes, river chasms, and hidden meadows exist alongside near-forgotten structures. Artists can enter the Juried Small Paintings Exhibit, which will hang at E.L. Blumenschein Museum in Taos. Entry deadline May 1, 2020. If accepted, the entry fee is waived for the Wild Rivers Plein Air non-juried paint-outs. Entry deadline July 14, 2020. Multi-day paint-outs, artist swap, and lots of fun in an open-format event. Registration opens January 1, 2020 at papnm.org. Plein Air Artists Colorado 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition and Sale Dates: October 2–31, 2020 Opening Reception: October 2, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) Venue: Wilder Nightingale Gallery, Taos, NM City: Taos Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: Over $15,000 cash & prizes Contact: Jennifer Riefenberg E-mail: info@pleinairartistscolorado.com Phone: 303.250.2015


Website: www.pleinairartistscolorado.com PAAC showcases plein air paintings in their stunning national juried show and sale. In 2019 nearly $20,000 in cash and merchandise were awarded. 2020 will be our 24th anniversary of the show, partnering with the prestigious Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos, NM. Check out our website for the entry and exhibition dates along with full details on the show. PAAC was created for the love of plein air painting and for members to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors. A founding principle is that PAAC creates opportunities for artists of all levels to paint outdoors together on a regular basis.

N EW YOR K PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Paint the Adirondacks Dates: June 7–14, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: Paul Smith’s College City: Paul Smiths 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. Morristown Public Library Plein Air Festival Dates: July 30–August 2, 2020 E-mail: mtnlib@ncls.org Adirondack Plein Air Festival Dates: August 17–22, 2020 Opening Reception: August 21, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: ArtWorks, Saranac Lake Venue: Saranac Lake Town Hall City: Saranac Lake Format: Juried Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $6,000 Contact: Sandra Hildreth E-mail: info@saranaclakeartworks.com Phone: 518.832.0081 Website: www.saranaclakeartworks.com/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, forests, farms, and mountains in abundance. A historic and friendly community! Quick Draw competition, Nocturne Contest, Preview Party, and huge Show & Sale. Registration will open on February 1 and close April 1. Juried event — 50 artists selected. Lodging available upon request. Awards Juror is to be selected and usually presents a two-day workshop prior to the event. Contact us for more information. Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival Dates: September 30–October 4, 2020 E-mail: susanmaria.delehanty@gmail.com Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival Dates: October 13–18, 2020 E-mail: wallkillriverschool@gmail.com

A Week of Painting with Your Tribe (with no Stress)

No workshop, no juried entry, no competition, no pressure. Come paint and play with PleinAir magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads.

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NORTH CAROLINA Paint the Town, Art Auction and Reception Dates: April 30–May 2, 2020 E-mail: jewel.kichak@townofcary.org Cashiers Plein Air Festival Dates: July 15–19, 2020 E-mail: info@villagegreencashiersnc.com 2020 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival Dates: August 19–22, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Venue: Blowing Rock Art & History Museum City: Blowing Rock Format: Open Contact: Jennifer Garonzik E-mail: brahmedcenter@gmail.com Phone: 828.295.9099 Website: www.blowingrockmuseum.org/ special-events/blowing-rock-plein-air-festival.html We are pleased to announce that the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) will again host the Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival on Wednesday, August 19 through Saturday, August 22, 2020! With this Blue Ridge Mountain village as the epicenter for the festival, artists are invited to take advantage of the beautiful High Country setting and paint “en plein air.” The festival will conclude with a Wet Paint Show & Sale on the evening of August 22 at BRAHM. The public is invited to view the exhibit of fresh new works and may purchase items for their own collections.

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NORT H DA KO TA OHIO Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival Dates: July 17–19, 2020 E-mail: programming@lakesideohio.com Ohio Plein Air Society 17th Annual Plein Air Competition Dates: September 24–27, 2020 Opening Reception: September 27, 2020 Entry Deadline: September 21, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Ohio Plein Air Society Venue: Columbus College of Art & Design City: Columbus Format: Open Award Total: $5,000+ Contact: Jeff Stahler E-mail: competition@ohiopleinairsociety.com Phone: 513.314.3853 Website: www.ohiopleinairsociety.com Franklin County will be our competition location, rich with great urban scenes, but also plenty of beautiful metro parks, river scenes, farms, historical locations, and college campuses. The event will be hosted at the Columbus College of Art and 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.

Paint Ohio History Dates: October 3, 2020 Opening Reception: October 3, 2020 Entry Deadline: September 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Tipp City Area Arts Council Venue: Staley Mill Farm and Indian Creek Distillery City: New Carlisle Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Marti Goetz E-mail: goetz.martisue@gmail.com Phone: 937.477.9484 Website: www.tippartscouncil.org “Paint Ohio History” will be a one-day plein air event to be held at an historic farm with a 200-year-old mill, 1830s farmhouse, bank barn, and revived whiskey distillery in southwest Ohio. All artists, professional and emerging, are welcome to use any medium to create an expression of the bucolic scenes this historic farm offers. Whiskey tasting will be included in the day’s events during the wet paint sale.

OKLAHOMA Plein Air Red Fern Dates: April 23–25, 2020 Opening Reception: April 25, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 20, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Council of Tahlequah Venue: ACT Gallery in Cort Mall, 215 S. Muskogee Ave. Tahlequah City: Tahlequah Format: Open Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Renee Fite E-mail: reneefite777@gmail.com Phone: 918.457.7345 Website: www.artscounciltahlequah.com Historic, scenic Tahlequah offers an abundance of sites and scenery to capture on canvas or paper, as well as a friendly, picturesque downtown. As part of the annual Red Fern Festival, enjoy unique cultural activities, music, and food. Cherokee Nation museums and living history, Hunter’s Home, Lake Tenkiller, the Illinois River, and guided private locations provide plenty of inspiration. Enjoy workshops, evening group meals optional, and Artist Competition and Collector Reception Saturday at 2pm. Love to paint with friendly folk? Put Tahlequah on your spring paint trail!

OREGON P E N N S Y LVA N I A Paint Out Chadds Ford Dates: February 6–8, 2020 E-mail: events@chaddsfordhistory.org Farm to Table Plein Air Dates: March 15–September 30, 2020 E-mail: deena@landartevents.com Celebration of the Arts Plein Air Event Dates: April 26, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Lewisburg Arts Council, Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy, and the Union County Historical Society City: Lewisburg Format: Open Contact: Barbara Baker E-mail: guild@lewisburgartscouncil.com Phone: 570.412.1686 Website: www.lewisburgartscouncil.com The seventh annual Plein Air Day, 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. A reception ends the day. The artwork will be displayed at the Public Library for Union County in June 2020. Wayne Art Center 14th Annual Plein Air Festival Dates: May 11–June 27, 2020 Opening Reception: May 16, 2020 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Wayne Art Center Venue: Wayne Art Center City: Wayne Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Kathryn Stats Award Total: $20,000+ Contact: Patti Hallowell E-mail: patti@wayneart.org Phone: 610.688.3553 Website: www.waynepleinair.org Kathryn Stats, renowned landscape painter (Utah), juries in 32 national plein air artists for participation in Wayne Art Center’s 14th annual Plein Air Festival. Lush countryside, flowers in peak bloom, pastoral farms, historic architecture, quaint towns, and bustling cityscapes abound in Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley and are captured by U.S. artists. $20,000+ in cash awards presented to winners; approximately 300 paintings on display and for sale over seven-week exhibition. Welcome dinner, gracious hosts, inviting accommodations, and Collector’s Soiree offered to artists throughout the Festival. Kathryn Stats conducts a painting demonstration on May 17, followed by a three-day painting workshop May 18–20.

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Plein Air West Reading Dates: June 17–20, 2020 Opening Reception: June 19, 2020 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Art Plus Gallery Venue: Art Plus Gallery City: West Reading Format: Open Juror of Awards: Dan Graziano Award Total: $3,600 Contact: Russell Slocum E-mail: rslocum@slocumadv.com Phone: 610.796.0418 Website: www.pleinairwestreading.com The 5th annual Plein Air West Reading exhibition and competition will be the keystone event of Art on the Avenue, West Reading’s popular festival typically drawing 15,000+ visitors. Paint anywhere in Berks County starting Wednesday; intake is 2pm Friday. Enter up to three pieces. Patron preview and awards presentation party Friday evening. $3,500+ in awards include two $1,000 first prizes: one for best W. Reading scene, the other best anywhere in Berks. Registration $40, limited to 50 artists. Coordinated by Art Plus Gallery.

RHODE ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA Bluffton Paint Out Dates: April 24–26, 2020 Opening Reception: April 24, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 25, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Bluffton Arts District along with Old Town Bluffton Merchants Venue: Arts District City: Bluffton Ultimate Guide 2020/www.outdoorpainter.com

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SOUTH CAROLINA to TEXAS E Vout E N T S pleinair paint spring ad 20_Layout 1 10/30/19 5:36 PM Page 1 Format: Open Juror of Awards: Dee Beard Dean Award Total: Approximately $800 Contact: Charlene Gardner E-mail: fourcornersbluffton@gmail.com Phone: 843.757.8185 Website: www.blufftonartsdistrict.com Bluffton Arts District announces our 5th annual Paint Out Event ! Our artistic, eccentric river town invites plein air painters to join us April 24, 2020 through April 26, 2020. Come for the weekend and experience a picturesque small Southern town on the May River, Bluffton, SC, that supports the arts throughout town both privately and publicly. Paint on the riverside, under the oaks, amongst the azaleas, all in view of historic homes. Coordinated Events: Opening Reception for our guest painters, Public Art Walk, and Closing Awards and Sales and Picnic Event open to the public.

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Paint Out April 25, 2020 10 am-4 pm

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De Smet SD 12th Annual Plein Air “Paint Out” Dates: August 6–9, 2020 Opening Reception: August 7, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Harvey Dunn Society Venue: Laura Ingalls Wilder Society/Homestead – De Smet City: De Smet Format: Open Juror of Awards: People’s Choice & Artist’s Choice by votes Award Total: $400 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, best organized, and friendliest paint-outs around. You will love it!” 3rd Annual Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out Dates: September 23–26, 2020 Opening Reception: September 26, 2020 Entry Deadline: September 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Artists of the Black Hills/Hill City Arts Council Venue: Hill City Community Center City: Hill City Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Sandra Newman E-mail: sandranewman@live.com Phone: 605.390.2927 Website: www.artistsoftheblackhills.com Paint with us for four days in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Pristine landscapes, history, wildlife, and iconic landmarks abound. Open event based in Hill City, the Little Town with Big Art. Custer State Park and the famous Buffalo Roundup attract 20,000 visitors or more. Best of Show, honorable mention, best of day awards, best nocturne, sponsor, and purchase awards. Artists’ social gatherings, gallery walk, quick draw and auction Saturday. Exhibit and wet sale Wednesday to Saturday open and free to the public. Artists’ reception Friday, September 25. Host homes available. Juror TBD. Prospectus available January 2020 at artistsoftheblackhills.com/events.


TENNESSEE Artists on Location 2020 Dates: April 20–25, 2020 Entry deadline: February 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Knoxville Museum of Art Guild Venue: Knoxville Museum of Art City: Knoxville Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Entry Juror Beverly Evans, Event Judge Kevin Menck Award total: $2000+ Contact: Sandy Blevins-Steer E-mail: knoxvillepleinair@gmail.com Phone: 262.498.6140 Website: www.knoxart.org Knoxville has a strong desire to connect with their community and their art. Each spring, the Guild of the Museum of Art welcomes 30+ artists for a week-long celebration to capture the beauty of East Tennessee. This event is held at the height of Knoxville’s dogwood season. The week includes an artist outing with KMA’s Executive Director, David Butler, and a sponsors/ artists cocktail dinner. The works produced during the week of plein air painting will be shown alongside studio-produced pieces at an awards art show and sale on April 25, 5pm at the KMA. Look for AOL on www.juriedartservices.com.

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2Rivers Plein Air Paint Out Dates: October 16–17, 2020 E-mail: kanervoe@apsu.edu

TEXAS Paint the Town Dates: March 29–April 4, 2020 Opening Reception: March 29, 2020 Entry Deadline: November 3, 2019 Sponsoring Organization: Highland Lakes Creative Arts Venue: Lakeside Pavilion City: Marble Falls 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 March 29–April 4, 2020, 30 plein air artists from across the nation will be working in various mediums to capture the outdoor sights and scenes of historic Marble Falls and the panoramic Texas Hill Country that surrounds it. For a full week, with thousands of visitors, there will be an expansive exhibiting/sales gallery, live demonstrations, a Quick Draw Challenge, sunrise and nocturne painting, a student competition, and nationally recognized judge Mark Fehlman presenting the award winners. Plein Air Southwest 2020 Dates: May 3–9, 2020 Opening Reception: May 8, 2020 Entry Deadline: January 5, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Outdoor Painters Society Venue: Galveston Historical Foundation City: Galveston Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Roger Dale Brown Award Total: $25,000 Contact: Tina Bohlman E-mail: tina@tinabohlman.com Phone: 972.741.6154 Website: www.outdoorpainterssociety.com PASW Competition Artists will interpret this historic island

Artist Robert Simone “Best in Show” 2019

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7 th Annual

October 18 -25, 2020

San Angelo, TX

International Juried Competition

$35,000 in Awards Awards Judge Tim Newton

2019 Grand Prize Winner The Elta Joyce Murphey Award Sunset on Block One Hiu Lai Chong

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020 enpleinairtexas.com

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TEXAS to UTAH on the Gulf Coast as only a plein air painter can. The event is during the annual Galveston Historic Home Tour that attracts thousands of visitors to the city. During the five-day paint-out period, artists have special permission to paint the historical homes on tour, plus the opportunity to capture the enchanting architectural, cultural, and maritime heritage of Galveston Island. The Exhibition and awards presentation is hosted by the Galveston Historical Foundation in the Grand Ballroom of the historic 1859 Aston Villa estate. OPA 29th National Convention & Wet Paint Competition Dates: May 12–17, 2020 Opening Reception: May 15, 2020 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Oil Painters of America Venue: RS Hanna Gallery City: Fredericksburg Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Rose Frantzen Award Total: $100,000 in cash & merchandise Contact: Rosemary Murray E-mail: mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com Phone: 815.356.5987 Website: www.oilpaintersofamerica.com Call for Artists! OPA’s 29th National Exhibition & Convention at RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX. Exhibition entry deadline: January 24, 2020; Exhibition dates: May 15–June 13; Convention & Wet Paint dates: May 12–17. Join us for our Wet Paint Competition & Convention. All oil painters are welcome! Paint in studio or en plein air. Cash and merchandise awards in both categories. Demos, interviews, roundtable discussions, vendors, critiques, networking, and so much more. Convention, competition, and exhibition open to public; registration required. Don’t miss this fantastic event! EnPleinAirTEXAS Dates: October 18–25, 2020 Opening Reception: October 23, 2020 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Venue: Fort Concho Quartermaster Building City: San Angelo Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Tim Newton Award Total: $20,000 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 Water Lily 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! Brushes by the Beach Dates: November 7–14, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: G. Lee Gallery City: Galveston Contact: Brenda Lee E-mail: brendadonaloio@sbcglobal.net Phone: 409.370.7350 Website: www.gleegallery.net Wrap up your plein air year with warmer weather and a fun trip to Galveston Island. This open plein air event gives

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UTAH Plein Air Emery County Dates: May 29–June 6, 2020 Opening Reception: June 6, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 3, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Museum of the San Rafael Venue: Legacy Events Center (620 N Main St.) City: Huntington Format: Open Juror of Awards: Sofia Chimaras Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Tiffani Baker E-mail: musem@emery.utah.gov Phone: 435.381.3560 Website: www.pleinairemerycounty.com Emery County Plein Air offers a variety of landscape opportunities for artists from mountain ranges to desert vistas! We are truly a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, and plein air artists are perfectly equipped to help uncover the treasures within. Summerfest Arts Faire Plein Air Contest Dates: June 12–20, 2020 Opening reception: June 17, 2020 Entry deadline: February 9, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Summerfest Arts Faire Venue: Tabernacle Square, downtown Logan, Utah City: Logan Format: Juried Juror of awards: TBA Award total: $2,700 Contact: Elaine Thatcher E-mail: info@logansummerfest.com Phone: 435.213.3858 Website: www.logansummerfest.com/get-involved/ summerfest-contests Summerfest Arts Faire Plein Air Contest is for painters (all media) and photographers. Work must be created in Cache County, Utah, and parts of Franklin County, Idaho. Area includes mountain, valley, agricultural, small town, and urban settings. Registration begins Friday, June 12 and can be done through Monday morning. Finished, framed work must be turned in between 10am and noon, Wednesday, June 17. It will be on display and available through silent auction through Saturday, June 20. Unsold work must be picked up after 4pm on June 20. Wasatch Plein Air Paradise 2020 Dates: June 25–July 4, 2020 Opening Reception: July 1, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Midway Art Association Venue: Midway Town Hall City: Midway Format: Open Award Total: $20,000 Contact: Jerry Watterworth E-mail: midwayartassociation@gmail.com Phone: 480.822.8861 Website: www.midwayartassociation.org

2019 Best of Show: Jing Zhao “A Girl From A Festival” oil

21st Annual

National Juried Exhibition October 22 - November 21, 2020

Illume Gallery of Fine Art St George UT Entry Deadline June 2020 Prospectus available April 2020

4th Annual

AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase March 6 - April 4, 2020 RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg TX www.americanimpressionistsociety.org AIS is a 501(c)3 non profit organization

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UTAH to VIRGINIA Wasatch Plein Air Paradise 2020 takes place in beautiful Heber Valley, Utah. Now in our 15th year, this event has become the largest painting competition in Utah. Aside from our main competition with up to four entries, we will have additional judged competitions in various locations including a Nocturne/ Sunrise, Heber City, and Midway Paint Outs. Our most popular event is a Quick Draw on July 4, culminating in a live auction of all submitted paintings. Participation will be limited to 115 artists, so early entry is encouraged. Follow us on Facebook (Midway Art Association Organization) or at www.midwayartassociation.org. Plein Air Painters of Utah Rendezvous & Retreat 2020 Dates: September 9–12, 2020 E-mail: mcginty18@comcast.net

Celebrating Seventeen Years of Art Inspired by Place

Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Days Dates: September 16–27, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Escalante Canyons Art Festival Venue: Various locations City: Escalante Format: Open Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: Allysia Angus 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 crafts fair, live music, speaker series, film festival, and much more. Plein Air Holladay Dates: October 3–10, 2020 E-mail: sgillilan@cityofholladay.com

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

September 16–27, 2020 Plein Air Painting Competition $10,000+ in Prizes

Escalante, Utah

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

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Red Rock Arts Festival Dates: October 3–10, 2020 Opening Reception: October 6, 2020 Entry Deadline: October 3, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Moab Arts and Recreation Center Venue: Moab Arts & Recreation Center City: Moab Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBD Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Makeda Barkley E-mail: marcadmin@moabcity.org Phone: 435.259.6272 Website: www.redrockartsfestival.com Red Rock Arts Festival Plein Air competition celebrates open air painting in breathtaking Moab environments. The colorful, week-long gathering of artists and art lovers features workshops, competitions, awards, public art sales, and culminates with a street festival celebration. Over 500+ paintings are for sale and several workshops are provided for artists. 21st Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition Dates: October 22–November 21, 2020 Opening Reception: October 22, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 8, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: American Impressionist Society Inc. Venue: Illume Gallery of Fine Art City: St George Format: Juried Juror of Awards: William Schneider AISM Award Total: $70,000+ Contact: Debra Groesser E-mail: americanimpressionistsociety@gmail.com Phone: 402.592.3399


Website: www.americanimpressionistsociety.org Our 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition will be held at Illume Gallery in beautiful St George, Utah. Opening reception will be October 22 at the gallery. Educational events including a lecture, demos, and a panel discussion will be held on Friday, October 23. A paint-out and wet wall competition will also be held during the opening week. Must be a paid member of AIS ($60 annual dues) and a legal U.S. resident to be eligible to enter. Complete prospectus and schedule of events will be available in April 2020 on our website and will be mailed to all paid members.

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VERMONT Vermont Plein Air Festival in the Mad River Valley Dates: July 17–18, 2020 E-mail: info@valleyartsvt.com

VIRGINIA Tidelands Plein Air Tappahannock Dates: April 1–4, 2020 Opening Reception: April 1, 2020 Entry Deadline: March 27, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Tappahannock Artists’ Guild (TAG) Venue: TAG Gallery, 200 Prince Street City: Tappahannock Format: Open Contact: George Jennings E-mail: george@gbooker3.com Phone: 804.761.7432 Website: www.tapparts.org Enjoy a very relaxed three-day paint-out in beautiful and very historic Essex County, Virginia, along the tidal Rappahannock River. Paint the marshes, beautiful Colonial homes on expansive farms, the forest, and rolling hills. Paint the historic courthouse of Tappahannock, Virginia. There will be a Wednesday-evening artist reception, a Friday-evening picnic, and a framed wet paint exhibition Saturday evening. Unsold work will be retrieved by artists Sunday before noon. An artist choice award for best body of work will be free registration the following year. Experience the charm of a beautiful town and preserved rural countryside. Falls Church “Scenes in the City” 11th Annual Plein Air Festival Dates: April 18–June 13, 2020 Opening Reception: April 18, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 12, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Falls Church Arts Venue: Falls Church Arts Gallery City: City of Falls Church Format: Open Juror of Awards: See FCA website for information www.fallschurcharts.org/pleinair Award Total: $8,000 Contact: Barbara Cram E-mail: info@fallschurcharts.org Phone: 703.679.7881 Website: www.fallschurcharts.org/pleinairfestival Falls Church Arts 11th Annual “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival welcomes artists from everywhere and provides the unique opportunity of painting within an eight-week period to capture early spring in April through mid-June early summer! Note that early dropoff is available — you do not have to be present to win prizes. Falls Church was settled in 1699 and is home to many historic buildings, beautiful parks, and streets lined with stately trees. Painting at music, art, theater, festivals, parades, and cultural events, and our iconic Farmers Market. More information available at www.fallschurcharts.org/pleinair.

Wasatch Plein Air Paradise 2020

LARGEST PAINTING EVENT IN UTAH!

Over $20,000 in Cash & Purchase Awards!

June 25 – July 4, 2020

Over 500 “fresh” paintings created by over 100 artists from around the Intermountain West. For more information, please visit

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April 18 to June 13

October 5–11, 2020

Competition Saturday, June 13

Entry Deadline: June 30, 2020

FallsChurchArts.org/PleinAir

Warm Springs, Virginia

www.bathcountypleinairfestival.org

APRIL 1-4, 2020 May 11–16, 2020 Roanoke, Virginia Paint Roanoke and the Blue Ridge, with views of historic buildings and trains, mountains, lakes, rivers, and farms. This is an open event for the skilled and the beginner. Increase your reputation, or make your start in a plein air competition in a safe and supporting environment. Cash Prizes, Artists’ Special Events, Gala and Sale

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Plein Air Roanoke Dates: May 11–16, 2020 Opening Reception: May 15, 2020 Entry Deadline: April 30, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: The Little Gallery Venue: Gallery 202 Studios City: Roanoke Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: $2,500 Contact: Dana Phillips E-mail: danaphillips@live.com Phone: 540.759.4047 Website: www.facebook.com/pleinairroanoke Plein Air Roanoke is an open plein air painting festival situated in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Artists will paint Roanoke’s dramatically varied landscape, choosing from historic buildings, railroad facilities, farms and barns, rivers, lakes, and mountains and vistas. PAR is an artist-centered event. Volunteer concierges will help with maps, directions, and subject selection. There will be evening events for artists, and a private gala and sale followed by a public sale on Saturday. Winners will receive cash and sponsored awards. Experienced artists gain new markets, and new artists will experience plein air fun. Hosting is available for out-of-area artists. 16th Annual Plein Air Event on Chincoteague Island Dates: September 9–12, 2020 E-mail: nancywest@nancywest.com Lexington Paint Out - Plein Air Dates: September 26–October 31, 2020 E-mail: mbd52@yahoo.com

Tidelands Plein Air Tappahannock

tapparts.org

Coastal VA Plein Air Dates: April 22–26, 2020 E-mail: coastalvapleinair@gmail.com

For More Information, check our Facebook Page:

www.facebook.com/PleinAirRoanoke

Bath County Plein Air Festival Dates: October 5–11, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 30, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Warm Springs Gallery Venue: Warm Springs Gallery City: Warm Springs Format: Juried Juror of Awards: John MacDonald Award Total: $9,000 Contact: Barbara Buhr E-mail: barbara@warmspringsgallery.com Phone: 540.839.2985 Website: www.bathcountypleinairfestival.org Warm Springs Gallery presents the Eighth Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival. For one week, 30 of this country’s finest plein air painters will set up their easels along pristine rivers and country roads, capturing the warm autumn light of Bath County, Virginia. Nestled in the Alleghany Mountains and home to the historic Homestead Resort, Bath County is a painter’s paradise, offering panoramic vistas, meandering streams and open meadows, family farms, and charming village scenes.

WA S H I N G T O N Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge Dates: July 27–August 22, 2020 E-mail: steve@maryhillmuseum.org

WEST VIRGINIA


You CAN Live the Artist’s Dream. Eric Rhoads Will Show You How

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Paint Cedarburg: A Plein Air Painting Event Dates: June 6–13, 2020 E-mail: info@cedarburgartistsguild.com

Plein Air Festival, Oshkosh WI Dates: June 25–28, 2020 Opening Reception: June 28, 2020 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Oshkosh Fine Arts Association Venue: The Waters City: Oshkosh Format: Juried Contact: Lynn Artz E-mail: oshkoshfaa@gmail.com Phone: 920.450.2450 Website: www.oshkoshfinearts.org A three-day plein air event in scenic Oshkosh, WI, that concludes with a gallery reception and artist sale. Door County Plein Air Festival Dates: July 19–25, 2020 Opening Reception: July 24, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art Venue: Peninsula School of Art City: Fish Creek Format: Invitational Award Total: $22,000 Contact: Crystal Chesnik E-mail: exhibit@peninsulaschoolofart.org Phone: 920.868.3455 Website: www.peninsulaschoolofart.org/2020DCPAF Join us for the 14th annual Door County Plein Air Festival. The week-long event features 40 invited plein air masters from

PLEIN AIR

PRESENTED BY PENINSULA SCHOOL OF ART

Events: July 19 - 25 Exhibition and Sale through Aug. 8 40 invited plein air masters

DK Palecek

Brienne Brown

Zufar Bikbov

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WISCONSIN to CANADA throughout the U.S. and takes place among the diverse natural beauty and quaint harbor towns of the Door Peninsula. Listen and learn from daily artist demonstrations. Tour local partner galleries as artists paint on site. Relax with great music and food at our sunset concert and paint-out. View 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 August 8.

THIRD ANNUAL

Paint the Point Dates: August 5–8, 2020 Opening Reception: August 8, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 30, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Mineral Point, Inc. Venue: Historic Masonic Lodge #1 City: Mineral Point Format: Open Award Total: Over $5,000 Contact: Ried Knapp E-mail: contact@artsmp.org Phone: 608.285.2958 Website: www.artsmp.org The 7th annual Paint the Point will feature 45 artists competing in Main Event, Nocturne, and Quick Paint contests worth over $5,000 in cash and prizes. Mineral Point, a frontier mining town, was founded in 1826 and holds the slogan “Where Wisconsin Began.” It is located in the heart of the Driftless Region — an area noted for beautiful vistas unscathed by the last glacial period. Historic limestone vernacular architecture and surrounding idyllic countryside offer artists tremendous creative options. This year artists are allowed to submit paintings created in nearby historic Dodgeville.

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PLEIN AIR SHOW & SALE August 5–8, 2020 Mineral Point, Wisconsin

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Plein Air Fest Dates: June 20, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: National Museum of Wildlife Art Venue: National Museum of Wildlife Art City: Jackson Format: Combination Contact: Amy Goicoechea E-mail: agoicoechea@wildlifeart.org Phone: 307.732.5412 Website: www.wildlifeart.org Join us for the 9th annual Plein Air Fest, Etc. Art · Music · Food · Family Fun More than 50 invited artists create masterpieces around Teton County and on the Sculpture Trail. Collectors are invited to browse and bid on fresh artworks! Proceeds benefit the National Museum of Wildlife Art. PLEIN-AIR Thermopolis Dates: September 12, 2020 E-mail: sstottler@hotmail.com Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational Dates: September 22–27, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Yellowstone Forever City: Yellowstone National Park Contact: Marisa Griffith E-mail: events@yellowstone.org Phone: 406.586.6303 Website: www.yellowstone.org/plein-air-2020 Join 16 talented artists for a special weekend celebrating art in Yellowstone. The third annual Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational takes place September 22–27, 2020. Activities include painting demonstrations, paint-out gatherings, and artwork sale, all in the incredible landscape of the world’s first national park.


C A NA DA N O VA S C O T I A Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival Dates: June 17–21, 2020 Opening Reception: June 20, 2020 Entry Deadline: February 15, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Parrsboro Creative Venue: The Hall, 44 King Street City: Parrsboro Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Tom Forrestall Award Total: $8,000+ Contact: Jocelyn Li E-mail: ed@parrsborocreative.com Phone: 902.728.2007 Website: www.parrsborocreative.com/pleinair The Bay of Fundy offers some of the world’s most stunning sea/landscapes. The power of the tides is mythic. It’s perfect for plein air, and it’s the inspirational setting for the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF), a juried event with 30 top artists competing for the largest prize purse in Canada. The Collectors’ Preview & Awards Night is Saturday, June 20, with the Quick Draw on Sunday, June 21. Nestled on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Parrsboro is a creative community that embraces the artist with a hospitality second to none. Paint Peggy’s Cove Dates: July 11–13, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 8, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Peggys Cove Area Festival of the Arts Venue: Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada City: Peggys Cove Format: Open Contact: Patricia Lindley E-mail: patriciadlindley@gmail.com Phone: 902.823.2530 Website: www.peggyscoveareafestivalofthearts.com Each July, Paint Peggys Cove provides an opportunity for 42 artists to paint the beautiful maritime scenery in and around this iconic fishing village. Supported by a team of volunteers, artists will display their newly created works in a large Mongolian yurt, erected on site for this event. Over 2,500 tourists and local residents visit the yurt and the adjacent Children’s Arts tent. A limited number of artists can register to display a few previously completed works as well as their plein air pieces on a first-come basis. Additional artists can register to display solely the work painted on site. PAINT LUNENBURG (formerly PSOS) Dates: July 18–19, 2020 Entry deadline: June 20, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Lunenburg Art Society Venue: Lunenburg Community Centre, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia City: Lunenburg Format: Open Contact: Jan Hull E-mail: president@lunenburgartsociety.ca Phone: 902.640.4044 Website: www.lunenburgartgallery.com 20th annual PAINT LUNENBURG (formerly PSOS) July 18–19, 2020. A colorful UNESCO Heritage site, Lunenburg looks across blue harbor and white sails to a green golf course. Red warehouses share the waterfront with ships, wharves, monuments, and seafood restaurants. Gardens frame ornate homes lining the steep streets leading to a panorama of farmland or ocean and tiny fishing coves nestled below, perfect for outdoor

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artists. First 70 to register can display studio art also. In the Centre, your art, musicians, bar, and nibbles create enjoyment for buyers too. Registration opens April 1, 2020. www.lunenburgartgallery.com/paintlunenburg; Facebook: Lunenburg Art Gallery.

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P R I N C E E D WA R D I S L A N D Points East Plein Air Festival Dates: July 1–5, 2020 E-mail: islandeast@eastlink.ca

INTER NATIONA L 18th Annual International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out Dates: September 10–12, 2020 E-mail: info@i-p-a-p.com

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Art in the Open, Ireland Dates: July 26–August 3, 2020 Opening Reception: July 25, 2020 Entry Deadline: June 26, 2020 Sponsoring Organization: Art in the Open International Plein Air Painting Festival Venue: Greenacres Gallery, Wexford City: Wexford Format: Open Juror of Awards: TBA Award Total: €5,000 Contact: Tony Robinson E-mail: pleineire@gmail.com Phone: 00353 86 237 2470 Website: www.artintheopen.org Art in the Open is Ireland’s international plein air festival begun in 2008. It is an open event with entry on a first-come basis. Several outstanding guest artists will provide optional workshops throughout the week of painting. Each day takes a different venue close to our base in Wexford. These include coastal scenery, farmland, historic buildings, villages, and other challenges for the artist. Coach travel is provided. An exhibition and awards ceremony concludes the festival. A truly international festival, artists were drawn from 16 countries in 2019, and it is characterized by a spirit of Irish hospitality and camaraderie.


ALABAMA to GEORGIA

ALABAMA

San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) E-mail: artist@slope-painters.com

ALASKA ARIZONA

Southern California Plein Air Painters Association (Socalpapa) Contact: Kathleen Williams E-mail: kmwilli@sbcglobal.net Phone: 714.280.1311 Website: www.socalpapa.com JOIN SOCALPAPA (Southern California Plein Air Painters Assn.), the premier, friendly plein air association for artists, art students, and collectors. Artists, lots of opportunity to show and sell your work at juried and non-juried exhibits and shows — e.g, the spectacularly successful July Newport Beach Back Bay Show. Generous juried show awards (Michael Obermeyer 2019 juror; Greg LaRock 2018 juror); sell your work in the non-juried weekend sale and exhibit. (Traditionally over $20,000 in sales.) Also, weekly and invitational paint-outs, expert demonstrations, quick draws, and social events. 2020 Membership $65. Reduced rates for students and collectors. To join, go to www.socalpapa.com.

Town of Pike Road - Pike Road Paint-out E-mail: patty@pikeroad.us

Arizona Plein Air Painters Contact: Kimberly Scott E-mail: admin@arizonapleinair.com Phone: 623.329.1931 Website: www.arizonapleinair.com Arizona Plein Air Painters is a statewide fellowship of artists that provides the opportunity for artists, of all skill levels, to practice, in community, the time-honored tradition of painting outdoors. We encourage member and non-member artists to enjoy, document, and share the beauty and resources of the diverse Arizona landscape through art while expanding and exploring their own artistic growth.

ARKANSAS CALIFORNIA Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore E-mail: mail@alliedartists.com Benicia Plein Air Gallery E-mail: beniciapleinairgallery@gmail.com California Art Club E-mail: cac@californiaartclub.org Central Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: mm@mariemassey.com Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Contact: Rosemary Swimm E-mail: info@lpapa.org Phone: 949.376.3635 Website: www.lpapa.org In 1996 Saim Caglayan, Ken Auster, Jacobus Baas, Cynthia Britain, and John Cosby banded together to form the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Their dream: “to preserve the history of the plein air movement, to support the tradition as it exists today, and foster a network among plein air painters nationwide.” The dream continues through our “Plein Air Project,” which encompasses “The Younger Generation” (fourth-grade students and up), “The Next Generation” (college-level students), and “The Now Generation” (adult mentor programs, plein talks, and paint-outs). We celebrate the legacy and are proud to be a part of the tradition! Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association Contact: Murray Wagnon E-mail: mcblur101@gmail.com Phone: 408.440.9762 Website: www.mbpapa.org Encouraging Plein Air Painting Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association continues the rich history of outdoor landscape painting in Monterey Bay, CA. Members enjoy the camaraderie of other artists with their choice of several paint-outs every month along the central California coast. We sponsor signature member demonstrations and visiting artist workshops. MBPAPA will host our annual Signature Show in July at the Pacific Grove Art Center and the All Members Show in September at the Gill Gallery, PG Art Center. Membership is open to all artists interested in plein air painting. Visit our website for membership and paint-out information. Nevada County Plein Air Painters E-mail: jwelles31@gmail.com PAC6 Painters E-mail: sharon@sharonweaver.com

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COLORADO Gilpin County Arts Association E-mail: gilpinarts@gmail.com Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) E-mail: info@pleinairartistscolorado.com Sangres Art Guild E-mail: curt@sangresartguild.org Sheridan Arts Foundation E-mail: maggie@sheridanoperahouse.com

CONNECTICUT D E L AWA R E Main Street Dover/Downtown Dover Partnership E-mail: diane@downtowndoverpartnership.com

F L OR I DA Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: joan@ecpleinair.com First Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: stepdunnart@att.net Gulf Plein Air E-mail: gulfpleinair@gmail.com Mount Dora Center for the Arts E-mail: chelsey@mountdoracenterforthearts.org Plein Air Colony of Pinellas E-mail: haskins.jane@gmail.com SRQ Plein Air Painters E-mail: etudeny@yahoo.com Tarpon Springs Art Association E-mail: orr6@verizon.net Venice Plein Air M.A.P. (Meet And Paint) E-mail: venicepleinair@gmail.com

GEORGIA Olmsted Arts, LLC Contact: Lillian Ansley

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E-mail: info@olmstedpleinair.com Phone: 404.376.7075 Website: www.olmstedpleinair.com Dates: April 18–26, 2020 In 2020, Olmsted Plein Air will celebrate its sixth year! Artists will engage in intense competition as they set out across the entire state of Georgia’s coastline, mountains, rolling plains, and small towns, searching for the location that will produce a winning canvas. Culminating in Atlanta, the week of competition is celebrated with events, demos, and workshops — many of which are free to the public. The excitement builds to the final weekend’s Petite Plein Air, Collectors Preview, and Awards Gala. April 24–26.

workshops, painting demonstrations, exhibits coordinated with community partners and other arts organizations, destination-painting retreats and expeditions, monthly paint-outs, and volunteer opportunities to propose and plan new plein air events around Minnesota. Join now to participate in the exciting events planned in 2020!

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NHPleinAir Artists E-mail: pleinairgal@gmail.com

Plein Air in the Parks E-mail: info@pleinairintheparks.org

ILLINOIS Oil Painters of America E-mail: mail@oilpaintersofamerica.com

INDIANA Hoosier Art Salon E-mail: lvolz@hoosiersalon.org

I O WA Bluff Strokes E-mail: wheitzman@mchsi.com

KANSAS KENTUCKY LOUISIANA

1st Monday: Capersens Beach

Baton Rouge Plein Air E-mail: dgary@redstick.com

MAINE MARYLAND Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay E-mail: dunepainter@earthlink.net Washington Society of Landscape Painters E-mail: webmaster@wslp.og Worcester County Arts Council E-mail: anna@worcestercountyartscouncil.org

M ASSACHUSET TS MICHIGAN Dexter Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee E-mail: paintdexter@gmail.com

3rd Saturday: Downtown Venice & Farmer’s Market

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Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association E-mail: mandykae10@gmail.com

MINNESOTA Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Contact: Allison Eklund E-mail: allison@outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org Phone: 651.592.7858 Website: www.outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org Outdoor Painters of Minnesota 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 quarterly

MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI MONTANA NEBR ASKA N E VA D A NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY NEW MEXICO Ghost Ranch Contact: Anna Maria Gonzales E-mail: amg@ghostranch.org Phone: 505.685.1000 Website: www.ghostranch.org Paint in the iconic landscape that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe and so many others. Create your individual or group plein air paint-out. Our team will help you build a lodging, meal, and meeting package. You provide the students, art club members, or bring your best painting friends to capture your version of our world. We provide the 360 views of gold, rust, and red hills, and stunning New Mexico blue skies. You’ll want to paint it all. Location fees apply when you choose locations off the beaten path. Contact Stephen Picha, stephenp@ghostranch.org, or visit ghostranch.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. PALS Plein Air E-mail: info@PALSpleinair.com

NORTH CAROLINA NORT H DA KO TA OHIO Lakeside Chautauqua E-mail: programming@lakesideohio.com Ohio Plein Air Society E-mail: debrajoycedawson@gmail.com

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Plein Air Painters of Central PA E-mail: snicholasart@gmail.com

RHODE ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA S OU T H DA KOTA

PAINT AWAY

Artists of the Black Hills E-mail: sandranewman@live.com

TENNESSEE Plein Air Memphis E-mail: droseball@gmail.com Tuesday Painters, Knoxville TN E-mail: mscarrah@gmail.com

TEXAS UTAH VERMONT

Valley Arts VT E-mail: info@valleyartsvt.com

VIRGINIA Fredericksburg Plein Air Artists E-mail: ziggy1981@comcast.net

WA S H I N G T O N Plein Air Washington Artists Contact: Jane Wallis E-mail: janewallis@comcast.net Phone: 360.509.5443 Website: www.pleinairwashingtonartists.com Plein Air Washington Artists paint on location in the most beautiful and interesting areas throughout Washington State and beyond. We have 15+ organized paint-outs and two paintins each year. All are welcome! PAWA currently has over 230 members and growing. Members qualify to enter each of our two well-established juried shows. One show features “Little Gems,” and the other features large plein air or plein air/studio combinations, both in beautiful galleries. The nationally known juror of awards for these shows also conducts a workshop, available to PAWA members. Come for the painting, and stay for the camaraderie! www.pleinairwashingtonartists.com.

IN THE LANDSCAPE THAT INSPIRED GEORGIA O’KEEFFE Come and paint at Ghost Ranch– winter, spring, summer or fall, where blue skies and the iconic landscape envelop you! Bring your group, large or small. We package lodging, meals, meeting space and boundless locations to paint. Location fees may apply.

Organizing Paintouts, Competitions and Juried Exhibitions in Ohio for Our Members As a group we focus on painting on site, from direct observation. We come together to paint and learn, to work in a supportive atmosphere, and to encourage each other.

Contact: Stephen Picha stephenp@ghostranch.org

GHOSTRANCH.ORG/PA 505.280.1560

www.ohiopleinairsociety.com

WEST VIRGINIA WISCONSIN Northwoods Outdoor Artists E-mail: fzenders@gmail.com Oshkosh Fine Arts Association E-mail: oshkoshfaa@gmail.com

W YOMI NG Teton Plein Air Painters E-mail: signup@artassociation.org

INTER NATIONA L C A NA DA BRITISH COLUMBIA Federation of Canadian Artists E-mail: education@artists.ca

ONTARIO International Plein Air Painters E-mail: info@i-p-a-p.com Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists E-mail: paintpleinair@gmail.com

Conway Nocturne - Susan McManamen

Enjoy camaraderie and the beautiful landscape of Washington State! Facilitating paint-outs and organizing juried exhibitions since 2000. Membership open to all

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www.ArtFrames.com Adirondack Plein Air Festival/Saranac Lake ArtWorks ............................................. 37 Allegany Arts Council Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival.................................... 27 American Impressionist Society .................................................................................43 Arizona Plein Air Painters ............................................................................................51 Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Valley Plein Air ..........................................................21 Art In the Open, Ireland ..............................................................................................50 Art League of Ocean City ............................................................................................ 31 ArtFrames.com ............................................................................................................54 Artists Association of Nantucket ................................................................................ 32 Artists of the Black Hills ............................................................................................. 40 Arts Mineral Point/Paint the Point.............................................................................48 Augusta Plein Air Festival ...........................................................................................34 Bath County Plein Air Festival ................................................................................... 46 Best Brella ...................................................................................................................54 Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) ......................................................... 55 Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association ..................................................................... 25 Bluff Strokes ................................................................................................................26 Borrego Art Institute ....................................................................................................15 Brushes by the Beach c/o G. Lee Gallery ...................................................................43 Cape Ann Plein Air, Inc. ............................................................................................... 32 Cape Cod Art Center .................................................................................................... 33 Celebration of the Arts Plein Air Event/Lewisburg Arts Council...............................38 Central City Plein Air, Central City Opera ....................................................................21 City of Carmel, Carmel on Canvas ..............................................................................56 Crooked Tree Arts Center ............................................................................................ 33 De Smet Development Corp....................................................................................... 40 Dick Blick Art Materials.................................................................................................4 Driggs Digs Plein Air/Downtown Driggs Comm. Assn. .............................................. 25 Eagle Plein Air Festival................................................................................................ 25 Elora Plein Air Festival/Elora Arts Council.................................................................50 EnPleinAirTEXAS/San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts ..................................................42 Escalante Canyons Art Festival .................................................................................. 44 Fallbrook Art Association.............................................................................................15 Falls Church Plein Air Festival ................................................................................... 46

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Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition ............................................................................. 22 Fort Wayne Artists Guild Kekionga Plein Air..............................................................26 Frank Bette Center for the Arts/Plein Air Paint Out .................................................. 14 Fresh Coast Plein Air, Lake Superior Art Association ................................................34 Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, Inc. ...................................................................... 53 Georgetown Plein Air, Georgetown Heritage Center ................................................. 19 Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center............................................................... 53 Grand Canyon Conservancy/Celebration of Art ..........................................................12 Guild of Berkshire Artists ............................................................................................ 33 Highland Lakes Creative Arts/Paint The Town Marble Falls ..................................... 41 Hockaday Museum of Art/Plein Air ............................................................................ 35 Hoosier Salon Gallery.................................................................................................... 2 Huse Skelly Studio Gallery .......................................................................................... 16 Kern County Plein Air Festival .................................................................................... 16 Knoxville Museum of Art/Artists on Location ............................................................ 41 Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn./Painting Invitational ...............................................17 Lighthouse ArtCenter .................................................................................................. 23 Lunenburg Art Society/Paint Lunenburg ...................................................................49 Maryland Center for the Arts...................................................................................... 27 Maui ARTS League/Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational ........................................... 25 Mendocino Art Center ................................................................................................. 18 Midway Art Association/Wasatch Plein Air Paradise ................................................45 Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association..............................................................51 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational .........................................................21 National Museum of Wildlife Art, Plein Air Fest ........................................................48 New Iberia Parish, Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition ............................ 27 North Tahoe Arts ..........................................................................................................15 Ohio Plein Air Society.................................................................................................. 53 Oil Painters of America ...............................................................................................43 Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society ....................................................................... 40 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational .....................................................................................51 Oshkosh Fine Arts Association ...................................................................................48 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota/Plein Air Grand Marais .....................................34, 52 Outdoor Painters Society/Plein Air Southwest .......................................................... 41

Paint Annapolis-Maryland Federation of Art.............................................................30 Paint It Ellicott City/Howard County Arts Council......................................................30 Paint Ohio History .......................................................................................................38 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival .................................................................49 PCAFA Paint Peggy’s Cove ..........................................................................................49 Peninsula School of Art...............................................................................................47 Plein Air Artists Colorado ...........................................................................................36 Plein Air Brandywine Valley ....................................................................................... 22 Plein Air Easton ........................................................................................................... 31 Plein Air Emery County ...............................................................................................45 Plein Air Moab/ Moab Arts and Recreation Center .................................................. 44 Plein Air Oklahoma/Arts Council of Tahlequah .........................................................38 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico/Plein Air Santa Fe ................................................36 Plein Air Roanoke ....................................................................................................... 46 Plein Air South.............................................................................................................24 Plein Air Washington Artists ....................................................................................... 53 Plein Air West Reading ................................................................................................39 Prescott Plein Air Festival/Highlands Center for Natural History ............................ 14 Savannah Art Association Plein Air Festival ..............................................................24 Sedona Arts Center/Sedona Plein Air Festival........................................................... 13 Sonoma Plein Air Foundation ..................................................................................... 18 South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration .........................................................................21 Southern California Plein Air Painters ........................................................................51 Steamboat Art Museum .............................................................................................. 19 Summerfest Arts Faire ................................................................................................43 Tarpon Springs Art Association/Paint and Photo Tarpon Springs............................ 23 Telluride Plein Air/Sheridan Arts Foundation.............................................................21 Tidelands Plein Air Tappahannock/Tappahannok Artists’ Guild ............................. 46 Venice Plein Air M.A.P. ................................................................................................ 52 Wayne Art Center/Wayne Plein Air Festival .................................................................3 White River Artists ...................................................................................................... 14 Winter Park Paint Out .................................................................................................24 Yellowstone Forever Plein Air ....................................................................................48


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Plein Air Festival Wednesday, August 19th thru Saturday, August 22, 2020

Paint in the beautiful village of Blowing Rock, NC and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway all en plein air! • • •

Registration opens 12/1/19 Wet Paint Show & Sale 8/22/20 Workshops preceding festival

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