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THE ULTIMATE Artists’ & Collectors’ Guide to PLEIN AIR EVENTS & ORGANIZATIONS Artists participating in the Plein Air Convention & Expo



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


fter the overwhelming success of our previous guides for artists and collectors, we were encouraged to put together another helpful supplement that includes two sets of listings. One assembles the names and contact information for ORGANIZATIONS of plein air painters, by state, and the other lists outdoor painting EVENTS, by state, with appropriate contact information. Organizations and events that purchased display advertising were entitled to longer listings. We worked hard to include every organization and event we could find, but we know we missed some, especially those just getting started. If you are part of an organization or you know about an event we missed, please let us know directly or ask a representative of the group to send us information. We want to include every group and event that is spreading the joy of outdoor painting in the Guide, whether they are small or large, new or well established. Everyone on the PleinAir team is deeply involved in the community as participating artists, event organizers, appreciative collectors, and/or willing supporters, so we do our work out of a sense of passion and service. Our publisher, editors, sales managers, and support staff are eager to help you succeed, and we are always available to lend a hand to your organizations and events. That help might include recommending judges, offering prizes, suggesting promotions, sending issues, or publicizing your activities in the magazine (print and digital) and the PleinAir Today free weekly e-newsletter. As part of that passion and service, we offer an informative website where you can get current news and events and sign up for the PleinAir Today newsletter (, as well as a series of bimonthly PleinAir Salon competitions to recognize some of the best artists and give them cash and international recognition ( We also stage the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, where artists, collectors, and suppliers can meet their friends and heroes face-to-face. The 5th annual convention is scheduled for April 15-19, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona ( We encourage artists to share the joy by introducing plein air painting to individuals and groups in your community. To make it easy, we offer a free video on the history of plein air painting and a directory of contacts ( Finally, we encourage artists who are joining our community by offering instruction through our expanding DVD program (www. It’s all available to help you enjoy outdoor painting even more. Happy painting! CAROLYN “CHARLIE” BOGUSZ VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER 970.266.9986

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What Is the Plein Air Force?

Eric Rhoads explains the mission of the Plein Air Force in a welcome video available at and on DVDs available to “enlistees.”


ric Rhoads, publisher of PleinAir magazine, unveiled a new program, the Plein Air Force, at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in April 2015. Convention attendees — and everyone else — were wondering what he was up to, as somewhat cryptic notes had been posted online and served up in e-mails over the few months before. After some theatrics, with Rhoads and others coming onstage in bomber jackets, Rhoads announced his plan. And now we know: The Plein Air Force is a program to help painters spread the word about plein air painting, and in the process, everyone benefits. How? “Because plein air painting has become a major part of my life, and probably your life, shouldn’t you and I try to find a way to help others find it?” Rhoads asked. “That’s the idea behind the Plein Air Force. It’s an orchestrated effort to enlist you to spread the word about plein air painting in your town — helping increase awareness while others learn about plein air painting and plein air collecting. Think about what we can accomplish 4

The front door of the website, which is aimed at people who know virtually nothing about plein air painting

together: We can bring joy to thousands of people by bringing them plein air painting.” The Plein Air Force has many components. There is a website for experienced painters (www., where they can get tools such as speaking scripts to use when addressing civic, church, and art groups; easel stickers; and brochures to help spread the word. The biggest effort, however,

Eric Rhoads addresses new enlistees at PACE.

is a documentary Rhoads wrote and produced about plein air painting, called Outside the Lines. The documentary is designed to be played by painters speaking at various events to help encourage others to consider painting as a hobby or career. This 40-minute, “PBS-style” documentary starts with the history of plein air and ends up discussing the modern movement and how the viewer can learn painting. It points consumers to a website (www. designed to help newcomers try plein air painting. The site offers free painting lessons and other resources for learning to paint, as well as a directory so people can find local artists in their market who can serve as instructors. The site also offers a listing of “paint buddies” by area; this is a tool for painters who’d like to connect with other artists when visiting different areas. Rhoads has asked all plein air painters to register in one or both directories — both are free to join — or to at least join the Plein Air Force. “The whole thing is about encouragement,” Rhoads said during the program’s rollout. When

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Eric Rhoads leads the Plein Air Force staff onto the stage at the Plein Air Convention & Expo during the launch of the new program.

artists take the time to address groups, when a plein air painter is willing to pause when working on location to explain what he or she is doing and share the URL for, the Plein Air Force is succeeding. At the convention, Rhoads made it easy for attendees to sign up for the Plein Air Force, and the crowd was quite responsive. And why not? As Rhoads points out, informing the general public about plein air painting — explaining what it is, how it’s done, and what it can do for the artist and the viewer — creates more appreciation for the genre, and also more collectors. This effort is a tide that raises all boats, perhaps especially for newcomers who try plein air painting thanks to the efforts of the Plein Air Force. As Rhoads explained at the convention, “Painting plein air has changed my life. Chances are it’s changed yours, too. Think about the lifestyle of plein air. You’re painting, and you’re using your creative abilities. You are spending time outdoors, in nature. Rather than taking photos like most people do, you become one with the scene. And you have paintings

The homepage for the Plein Air Force website

to show for it and remember it by. It’s my goal to help others have that same experience. I think plein air painting makes life very fulfilling.” Charter members of the Plein Air Force (those in attendance at the convention) were given DVDs they can use in their own programs, and all of that content is also available at Rhoads’s request is that enlistees in the Plein Air Force devote one hour a month to the cause.

“Convert one person a month,” he said. “We don’t want you to work too hard; you already have enough to do. But we want to help you get out in the world and spread the word about plein air painting. It’s all free, compliments of PleinAir magazine.” Of course, many plein air painters are already doing this. They’ll take the time to explain what they are engaged in out there in the sun, wind, bugs, and wild. Many are communicating why this activity is so addictive. “The goal is to help people improve their lives through a plein air painting lifestyle,” says Rhoads. There’s plenty of room for everyone, from the stars of the plein air world to the journeyman and the hobbyist and the newbie. It’s about sharing. As Rhoads said at the convention, “By having a formal program and a place to encourage people to try painting and get free lessons, we’ll encourage more people who don’t think they have any talent. This will enrich lives. “This life of plein air is too good to keep to ourselves.” Ultimate Guide 2016/



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12th Annual

Pike Road Paint Out Dates: October 14-15, 2016 E-mail:


Joshua Been painting at the 2015 Sedona Plein Air Festival - Photo by Kelli Klymenko

5th Annual Plein Air Convention Dates: April 15-19, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort City: Tucson Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: The Plein Air Convention is the world’s largest gathering of outdoor artists. With a faculty of over 50 instructors, the event is designed to inspire painters and fine-tune their skills. The convention features indoor painting demonstrations onstage, with big-screen views, in watercolor, pastel, and oil painting. Daily painting as a group features instructors who walk around to offer suggestions as you paint. The giant Expo Hall features art supplies and frames at deep discounts. Plus, you can attend our daily Art Marketing Boot Camp sessions with Eric Rhoads. There is also an art show of faculty and attendee artworks that is open to the public. The 2016 faculty includes Matt Smith, Curt Walters, Bill Anton, Kathryn Stats, and many more. To register or learn more, visit www.pleinairconvention. com. Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Dates: September 10, 2016-January 16, 2017 Opening Reception: September 18, 2016 Entry Deadline: December 31, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Association Venue: Kolb Studio South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park City: Grand Canyon Format: Combination Contact: Kathy Duley E-mail: Phone: 480.277.0458 Website: The Grand Canyon Association is pleased to present the 8th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park. This event will feature artists from around the country who will paint plein air during the week (9/10-9/17) before the exhibit opens. A Quick Draw and Auction will take place on Saturday, September 17, with the Grand Opening reception on Sunday, September 18. The exhibit and sale will continue through January 16, 2017. Proceeds from this event support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

October 15-22, 2016 Ongoing Exhibition / Sale with new work added daily Painting Workshops with Festival Artists Paint-Outs at various locations

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Sedona Plein Air Festival Dates: October 15-22, 2016 Opening Reception Date: October 15, 2016 Venue: Sedona Arts Center City: Sedona Contact: Vince Fazio E-mail: Phone: 928.282.3809 Website: This October the Sedona Arts Center presents a weeklong celebration of Sedona’s extraordinary beauty as seen through the eyes and talent of 30 of the finest painters in the country. The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting.

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ARKANSAS Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival Dates: May 22-26, 2016 Opening Reception: May 22, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Eureka Springs School of Art Venue: Eureka Springs and surrounding area City: Eureka Springs Format: Open Award Total: $5,000+ Contact: Peggy Kjelgaard E-mail: Phone: 479.253.5384 Website: Over $5,000 in prize money at the inaugural Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival, sponsored by the Eureka Springs School of Art. Located in the heart of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas. Begin your painting journey at the famous, haunted 1886 Crescent Hotel. Paint-outs at beautiful Beaver Lake, the miniature Golden Gate Bridge of the Ozarks, Rogues Castle overlooking the White River, and historical, architecturally preserved downtown Eureka Springs. Come paint for four days, or pick a day. Attend daily awards receptions, including final art exhibit and show. May 2226, 2016. Contact ESSA for information at 479.253.5384 or visit

CALIFORNIA Plein Air Artists of Riverside 11th Annual Paint Out Dates: April 1-10, 2016 E-mail: Sierra Pastel Society 4th Annual Plein Air Paint Out Date: April 16, 2016 E-mail:


8th Annual LOS GATOS PLEIN AIR June 14-18, 2016

ESPA 1st Annual

Eureka Springs

Plein Air Festival May 22 –26, 2016 2017 Featuring Instruction by:

Entry Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016

Lloyd Kelly,David Tripp, Carl Petering and Wendel Norton

Artists’ Welcome: June 14, 2016

Historic Paintouts & Daily Awards

VIP Exhibit: June 17, 2016 Public Art Sale: June 18, 2016

Hosted by: Eureka

Springs School of Art

& Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs

Los Gatos Morning Rotary

PASO ARTSFEST Date: May 28, 2016 E-mail: North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open Dates: June 13-18, 2016 Opening Reception: June 17, 2016 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: North Tahoe Arts Venue: North Tahoe Arts City: Tahoe City Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $1,000-$2,000 in awards and prizes Contact: Kellie Cutler E-mail: Phone: 530.581.2787 Website: The North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open invites artists of all abilities to spend a week painting the breathtaking and world-famous scenery of Lake Tahoe. The NLTPAO will take place June 13-18, 2016 in the North Lake Tahoe & Truckee area during the Tahoe City Summer Solstice Festival. Artist events include paintouts, painting demonstration, quick-draw competition, juried competition, awards, artist reception, and public exhibit at the Annual Tahoe City Wine Walk. Los Gatos Plein Air Dates: June 14-18, 2016 Opening Reception: June 14, 2016 Entry Deadline: January 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Los Gatos Morning Rotary Venue: Los Gatos Town Plaza City: Los Gatos Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $3,200

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Best of the West Coast Plein Air Events

Indulge Your Plein Air Passion 18th Annual

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational October 8 - 16, 2016

Artists across the nation consistently agree that the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association has become the premiere plein air painting organization on the West Coast. Established in 1996, LPAPA continues to build upon the renowned landscape painting heritage of Laguna Beach and the surrounding area by serving its members through a multitude of events and educatronal programs. ln October of 2016, we will be proud to continue that tradition with the 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting lnvitational. Please visit us at for additional information.

LPAPA in Residence Forest & Ocean Gallery


480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA

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


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CALIFORNIA to COLORADO Contact: Carol Waitte E-mail: Phone: 408.205.8668 Website: Los Gatos Plein Air invites artists to come and paint its unique vistas. From historical downtown buildings to redwood forests, hillside wineries, and ocean views, Los Gatos Plein Air has something for every artist and style. Presented by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary and benefiting arts for local youth, Los Gatos Plein Air has become a community favorite, attended by over 1,000 Bay Area residents each year. Two events showcase the art, and multiple artist awards are given by distinguished jurors. Complimentary housing is provided, and the event takes place in mid-June, typically perfect Northern California temperatures. Info at:

15th Annual PAINT SAN CLEMENTE Plein Air Competition June 18-25, 2016 $13,000 in awards



11th Annual Just Plein Fun Dates: August 1-6, 2016 E-mail: Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out Dates: August 1-6, 2016 Opening Reception: August 1, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 30, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Frank Bette Center for the Arts City: Alameda Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Genie Scott E-mail: Phone: 510.523.6957 Website: Enjoy our cool foggy mornings and sunny afternoons — perfect summer painting weather! Our San Francisco Bay island offers a wide variety of subjects to paint: historic Victorian homes and business districts; beaches with San Francisco views; the industrial Port of Oakland on the estuary; ships including the U.S.S. Hornet at the Naval Air Station, marinas, and boatyards; bridges, beautiful city and regional parks, all in a compact space that is easy to get around. Plus the natives are very friendly and enjoy watching the artists paint!

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Mendocino Open Paint Out Dates: September 19-25, 2016 Opening Reception: September 13, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Mendocino Art Center Venue: Mendocino Art Center City: Mendocino Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: More than $5,000 in cash and prizes Contact: Celia Shelden E-mail: Phone: 707.937.5818 Website: A weeklong plein air festival held in a spectacular setting along the Northern California Coast. Artists claim the light is unlike anywhere else in the world. From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers of the town, abundant creative inspiration is sure to be found amid the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy daily plein air painting, wetpaint sales, and demonstrations and presentations by featured plein air artists. There will also be a Quick Draw Competition and Sale, and a celebratory reception and awards presentation.

Chula Beauregard, Autumn Bounty 2015 Plein Air First Place


June 11-18, 2016

Steamboat Springs, Colorado Los Angeles Plein Air Festival Dates: October 5-9, 2016 E-mail: 18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: October 8-16, 2016 Gala Reception: October 14, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Venue: TBD City: Laguna Beach Format: Invitational Jurors of Awards: Multiple Jurors Award Total: $20,000+ Contact: Rosemary Swimm E-mail: Phone: 949.376.3635 Website: When a group of local artists decided to band together to paint the coastline and canyons of Laguna Beach, none of them could have foreseen how that simple get-together back in 1996 would evolve into one of the most prestigious plein air painting events held around the country. LPAPA celebrates the 18th anniversary of its Annual Invitational event, including a Collectors’ Soiree, substantial cash prizes, and 100+ original works of art for sale.

The Steamboat Art Museum invites you to participate in this paint out, quick draw, exhibit and sale. Wildflowers are in abundance during a Steamboat summer, just waiting to be captured by artists.

CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED Applications for 2016 are available online at

6th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale Date: October 23, 2016 E-mail:

COLORADO Littleton, Colorado Plein Air Paint Out Dates: June 2-12, 2016 Opening Reception: June 3, 2016 Ultimate Guide 2016/

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COLORADO to FLORIDA Entry Deadline: May 15, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: The Littleton Fine Arts Guild Venue: The Depot Gallery City: Littleton Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Paul Nutting E-mail: Phone: 720.982.7269 Website: We are calling for entries for the 2nd annual Littleton, Colorado Plein Air Paint Out. Painting begins Thursday morning, June 2, when artists will receive informational packets and an event T-shirt. Painting continues until 4:00 p.m. on June 4. Painting area within the boundaries of Littleton includes mountain vistas, quaint Old Town, South Platte River, historic farm grounds, and museum. Turn-in of paintings by 4:00 p.m. June 4. Opening reception during Friday-night Art Walk June 4 at 6:00 p.m., with dinner for artists and cash awards. Paintings exhibited at the Depot Art gallery through June 12.

13th annual




a celebration of outdoor painting

June 28-July 4, 2016 In beautiful Telluride, Colorado Deadline to apply for this prestigious show: Jan. 4, 2016 Visit for more info & to apply

Steamboat Art Museum’s 2016 Plein Air Dates: June 11-18, 2016 Opening Reception: June 17, 2016 Entry Deadline: June 4, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Steamboat Art Museum Venue: Steamboat Art Museum City: Steamboat Springs Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: TBD Contact: Dottie Jones-Zabel E-mail: Phone: 970.870.1755 Website: The Steamboat Art Museum will host a weeklong paint-out from June 11-18, 2016 while the wildflowers are blooming in abundance. Events include an opening reception, artist gatherings, and a quick draw with a silent auction. The quick draw and silent auction will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at an alternate location. Works will hang in the Steamboat Art Museum through July 30, 2016. For more information and an entry form, visit the website. Plein Air Meeker 2016 Dates: June 15-July 4, 2016 Opening Reception: July 2, 2016 Entry Deadline: June 30, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Meeker Chamber of Commerce Venue: Meeker Public Library City: Meeker Format: Open Award Total: $2,500+ Contact: Danyel Harman E-mail: Phone: 970.878.5510 Website: Join us for our 5th annual plein air event! Meeker is known for its wide-ranging landscapes, from high mountains to low desert with rivers and rocks, all easily accessible, within 30 minutes of town. Capture the beauty of the White River National Forest and our small, historic downtown. You will have 15 days to paint, culminating in an auction and art show with awards including the “Best of Show” $1,000 prize during our 4th of July celebration, Range Call.

Benefitting the

Telluride Plein Air Dates: June 28-July 4, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation Venue: Sheridan Opera House City: Telluride


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Contact: Ronnie Palamar E-mail: Phone: 970.728.6363, ext. 1 Website: Each summer the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the nonprofit that owns and operates the 103-year-old Sheridan Opera House, hosts 25-30 nationally recognized artists in beautiful Telluride, Colorado, for a weeklong celebration of outdoor art. Our juried process is open through January 4, 2016. Each year we award Artist Choice, Crowd Favorite, and Quick Draw, with a total cash purse of $3,000. Artists begin painting June 28, and our three-day exhibition and sale is July 2-4, 2016. Other events include a Quick Draw competition, an Artist Choice reception, and more. This event is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Opera House. Plein Air Rockies Dates: August 13-27, 2016 Opening Reception: August 27, 2016 Deadline: March 18, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park Venue: Cultural Arts Council Fine Art Gallery City: Estes Park Format: Invitational Juror(s) of Awards: TBD Award Total: $10,000+ Contact: Lars Sage E-mail: Phone: 907.586.9203 Website: Plein Air Rockies invites plein air artists to take part in this juried event. Artists will have access to Rocky Mountain National Park and the Greater Estes Valley, with the paintout beginning on August 13 and concluding on August 25. Quick Draw and opening reception will be August 27. Optional Fall Paint Out follows September 17-October 2. Works will hang in the Fine Art Gallery until October 23. We look forward to seeing you in the Rockies for a festival of outdoor painting at its best! Complete information will be available on the CAC website beginning January 4, 2016. South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration Dates: September 6-10, 2016 Opening Reception: September 9, 2016 Entry Deadline: August 23, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Town of Fairplay, Coyote Creek Studio Arts Venue: Coyote Creek Studio Arts City: Fairplay Format: Open Award Total: $2,000+ Contact: Julie Bullock E-mail: Phone: 719.836.2622 Website: Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind plein air adventure in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, featuring historic mines, working ranches, and wide-open vistas. Our smalltown hospitality and our committed arts community will warm your hearts. Our artists tell us this is one of their favorite plein air shows! Alla Prima Westcliffe Dates: September 28-October 1, 2016 E-mail: In Plein Sight Dates: October 4-9, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: PLAN Jeffco Venue: Golden Community Center City: Golden

Format: Invitational Contact: John Litz E-mail: Phone: 720.839.4336 Website: PLAN Jeffco has helped protect more than 55,000 acres of Colorado open-space lands. To celebrate these stunning, scenic lands and support its continuing efforts to protect land, PLAN Jeffco is hosting “In Plein Sight” — a weeklong plein air painting event in fall 2016. For five days, artists will paint Jefferson County open-space parks, capturing the splendor of Colorado’s colorful autumn. The event will conclude with a VIP reception and art gallery showing to sell the artists’ views of open space. The gallery and reception will be held in the Golden Community Center on October 8 and 9.


2016 ...Sandcastles to Shrimp Boats A plein air festival in Fort Myers Beach, Florida November 7-13, 2016

Morada Way’s Paradise Paint Out 2016 Paradise Paint Out Dates: January 20-24, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Venue: Various City: Islamorada Format: Invitational Contact: Richard Hagourd E-mail: Phone: 305.923.8097 Website: Paradise Paint Out is an invitational plein air celebration where artists create a body of work reflecting Islamorada and the Florida Keys “in the open air.” Part of the Islamorada Fine Art Expo, the second annual Paradise Paint Out will bring together many nationally recognized artists from across the country. Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, presenting organization, exists for the creation of a community inspired by sustainable and thriving arts and cultural offerings.

Paint the beaches & byways of Fort Myers Beach. National competition cash prizes over $3000. Non-refundable entry $50 by October 30, 2016. Collectors Preview & Awards Party: November 11, 2015.

Seventh annual plein air festival.

Marco Island Plein Air Wednesdays Dates: October 7, 2015-May 29, 2016 E-mail: Light Chasers Paint Sarasota Paint Out & Quick Draw Dates: February 18-24, 2016 E-mail: Plein Fun Fest Date: February 20, 2016 Opening Reception: February 20, 2016 Entry Deadline: January 20, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Palm Beach Venue: Delray Beach Center for the Arts City: Delray Beach Format: Combination Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Lorrie Turner E-mail: Phone: 561.632.3914 Website: Friday, February 19, 2016, there will be a paint-out with critique for those artists who want to join in the fun but not interested in competition. Saturday, February 20, 2016: Plein Air Competition. Up to 50 artists will be selected to compete in this event, painting in and around fun Delray Beach, Florida. Awards ceremony and reception 5:30-7:30

Painting by Kathryn McMahon

See Or 239-463-3909 For entry or information. Limited to 60 artists: Quick Draw November 12 Painting by Kathryn McMahon

Sponsors: Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Greater

See Or 239-463-3909 For entry or information. Limited to 60 artists: Quick Draw November 12

Sponsors: Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, Fish-Tale Marina, Santini Marina Plaza and the Town of Fort Myers Beach

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FLORIDA p.m. Cash awards will be given, and many sales opportunities. Sunday, February 21, 2016: Children/teen program and paint-out.



en plein air America’s Great Paint-Out

America’s favorite collectible artists gather for 10 days to paint North Florida’s unspoiled landscapes. Activities include outdoor painting, exhibitions, workshops, socials, lectures and opportunities to purchase original works of fine art.

Wekiva Paint Out Dates: February 29-March 5, 2016 Opening Reception: February 29, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Keep Seminole Beautiful & Wekiva Wilderness Trust Venue: Wekiva Island, Primary, and Wekiwa Springs State Park City: Longwood Format: Invitational Contact: Mary Sue Weinaug E-mail: Phone: 407.463.3363 Website: Join us for the 10th anniversary of the invitational Wekiva Paint Out, held February 28-March 5 in Longwood, Florida. Artists join us from across the U.S., and many teach internationally. Our wet room and events are hosted by Wekiva Island on the beautiful and protected Wekiva River. Our artists paint at Wekiwa Springs State Park, at Wekiva Island, and along the Wekiva River. Events include an auction, gala, live music daily, and more. Check us out on Facebook and at for hours and events. The weather is beautiful this time of year, and this event is not to be missed! Lighthouse ArtCenter 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival Dates: March 10-13, 2016 Opening Reception: March 10, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery and School of Art Venue: Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum City: Tequesta Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Jim McVicker Award Total: $10,000 Contact: Alison Schaeffler-Murphy E-mail: Phone: 561.746.3101 Website: The Lighthouse ArtCenter presents its 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival in the lovely seaside village of Tequesta, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Fifty top plein air artists have been accepted to participate in the event, the largest of its kind in South Florida, with $10,000 in prizes. The artists have three full days of painting in a variety of locations, as well as a Quick Draw, open to the public, on the fourth day. Receptions, artists’ demonstrations, and ticketed events will take place at the ArtCenter Museum, giving ample opportunity for all to view and purchase the wet canvases. Flagler Beach Paint Out 2016 Dates: April 1-8, 2016 E-mail:


MAY 2016

A 10-day event featuring artists at work, a Quickdraw competition, exhibits, a Wetroom open to the public, workshops, socials, lectures and opportunities to purchase original works of art.

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Paint & Photo Tarpon Springs, Florida Dates: April 12-16, 2016 Opening Reception: April 12, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Tarpon Springs Art Association Venue: Heritage Museum City: Tarpon Springs Format: Open Award Total: $2,400 Contact: Heather Risley E-mail: Phone: 727.744.3323 Website: Paint or photograph the Gulf Coast city of Tarpon Springs, Florida, with views as varied as the famous Sponge Docks, our two beaches, a Victorian downtown area, parks, and lakes, as well as our Brooker Creek Preserve. This is open to all, with a fee of $35 to register. The work will remain up at the Heritage Museum for one full week following the main reception at the museum on April 16. We will have $2,400 in prize money and will also sponsor a quick-draw event.

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Attention Art Collectors Mark Your Calendar : March 10-13, 2016 The largest Plein Air Event in South Florida starring 50 of the top painters in America

Morgan Samuel Price

Shelby Keefe

Francesco Fontana

Ken DeWaard

R. Gregory Summers

Natalia Andreeva Carl Bretzke Thomas Buchs Michele Byrne John Caggiano Dee Beard Dean Ken DeWaard Charles E. Dickinson Katie Dobson Cundiff Fran Ellisor Kevin Feary Francesco Fontana Michelle D. Held Scott Hiestand Karen Ann Hitt Kathleen Hudson Neal Hughes Shelby Keefe Monique Lazard Gretha Lindwood Gregory Little Susan Lynn Jeffrey Markowsky Spencer Meagher Dan Mondloch Kathie Odom Joseph Palmerio Ralph Papa Randy Pitts Jason Prigge Devin Roberts Lawrence Rudolech Jason Sacran Morgan Samuel Price Manon Sander Patrick Saunders David Savellano Robert J. Simone Mary O. Smith Richard Sneary R. Gregory Summers Melanie Thompson Lorrie Turner George Van Hook yer Z vue Cory Wright Stephen Wysocki Vladislav Yeliseyev Dennis Young Luis Zaldivar

Situated in the lovely seaside village of Tequesta, Florida, the Lighthouse ArtCenter proudly presents its 3rd Annual Plein Air Festival. This juried invitational event is a premiere gathering; the largest of its kind in South Florida. With 50 of the top plein air painters in the country participating, the Festival offers $10,000 in prizes. Jason Sacran

Michelle Byrne

This year’s judge will be the renowned artist Jim McVicker. His talents were recently recognized as the $15,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 4th Annual PleinAir Salon. Following the Festival he is teaching a workshop.

Jim McVicker’s Grand Prize Painting

George Van Hook

Carl Bretzke

Festival artists paint for three days and nights in Jupiter, Palm Beach and Hobe Sound and then compete in a Quick Draw on Sunday. The paintings will be on view at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum where collectors can purchase the art. Visit our website to learn about becoming a Patron and special events. John Caggiano

Ted Matz is the Chair of the 2016 Plein Air Festival.

Several of these nationally recognized artists are teaching workshops at our School of Art. For more information, visit or call the School at (561) 748-8737. Evening exhibition receptions will be held at Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum: 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida

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Kathleen Denis * Maggie McClellan Larry Moore * John Caggiano * Priscilla Coote * Richard Lundgren * Jennifer Holmes * Sally Evans * Tom Sadler * Charles Dickinson *

Peter Carolin * Natalia Andreeva * Linda Holmes * Morgan Samuel Price * Hai-Ou Hou * Don Demers Randy Pitts * Ken Dewaard Kirk Larsen Vladislav Yeliseyev

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Sheila Wolff Old Friend Oil on canvas/16x20”


February 20, 2016 Paint Out/Critique February 19, 2016

Contact: Steve Nash

Boynton Pier Acrylic/32x40”

el Price *

Frances Lynn

Colony Hotel Shops Oil on canvas/14x11”

Pati Maguire Wild Oil on linen panel/8x10”

Lorrie B. Turner

Elizabeth Street - 2 Pastel/18x24”

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April 25 thru May 1, 2016 Atlanta

April 24 through April 30 2016

Central Central Florida’s Florida’s premier premier plein air festival

25 acclaimed artists artist demonstrations free museum admission Natalia Andreeva , Peacock

Thirty-five of America’s master outdoor painters vie for cash prizes and the prestige of winning “The Olmsted”.

In Atlanta's Classic Landscapes Special beneficiary: the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance


Winter Park Paint Out Dates: April 24-30, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens Venue: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens and various locations within Winter Park and Orlando City: Winter Park Format: Invitational Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Rachel Frisby E-mail: Phone: 407.647.6294 Website: This free weeklong fundraising event for the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens celebrates the art of painting done en plein air. The 8th annual Winter Park Paint Out will be held April 24 through April 30, featuring new events and artists and even more special demonstrations. Throughout the week, 25 nationally acclaimed artists can be spotted all over town creating one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork reflecting the beauty of life in Winter Park. The paintings are immediately displayed and available for purchase in the gallery of the Polasek Museum. The highly anticipated Garden Party closes out the week with fine food, drink, and entertainment. Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Dates: May 6-15, 2016 Opening Reception: May 14, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition Venue: Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art City: Apalachicola Format: Invitational Contact: Joe Taylor E-mail:

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Phone: 800.378.8419 Website: Documenting the landscapes and culture of the last vestige of authentic “Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality art is the trademark of the 10-day festival. Organizers are honing what makes the event exceptional, focusing on why plein air painting is important and its relevance to people’s lives and community well-being. The invitational features 21 internationally acclaimed artists, six Florida Plein Air Ambassadors, and the Plein Air Academy’s Master Artist Faculty. Look for expanded exhibits, artist demonstrations, the Collectors’ Forum, and distinguished speakers. Paint the Beach Dates: November 7-13, 2016 Opening Reception: November 11, 2016 Entry Deadline: October 30, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Santini Marina Plaza, Fish-Tale Marina, Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts Venue: Town of Fort Myers Beach, Santini Marina Plaza City: Fort Myers Beach Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $4,000 Contact: Michele Buelow E-mail: Phone: 239.209.1434 Website: Seventh annual event. Artists paint for three days in the quaint town of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Judging and awards of over $3,000 cash and prizes will be awarded by judge during collectors preview reception on November 11. Art remains on sale through Sunday. Limited to 60 artists. Prospectus available July 15 at Deadline October 30. Quick Draw November 12. Limited to 30 artists.

GEORGIA Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Dates: April 25-May 1, 2016 Opening Reception: April 26, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Venue: Gallery will be at Druid Hills Golf Club City: Atlanta Format: Invitational Award Total: $20,000 Contact: Lillian Ansley E-mail: Phone: 404.376.7075 Website: Springtime in Atlanta is glorious, and the 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will feature a six-day rain-or-shine event featuring 30 of the world’s greatest collectible artists producing beautiful landscape paintings for public purchase. Come watch them paint daily and enjoy seeing them compose and finish a painting right before your eyes! The 2016 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will include expanded areas for the artists to paint. This year the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will include lakes, parks, and cityscape landscapes. The Invitational will culminate over the weekend in Atlanta’s award-winning Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. Olmsted Linear Park. 4th Annual Albert Fendig-Hofwyl Plantation, Plein Air Paint Out Date: April 2, 2016 E-mail:

H AWA I I Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Dates: February 13-21, 2016 Opening Reception: February 19, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Maui ARTS League Venue: The Village Galleries City: Lahaina Format: Invitational Juror of Awards: Jean Stern Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Lois Reiswig E-mail: Phone: 808.665.1491 Website: A weeklong plein air painting invitational held on the West Side of Maui. Twenty-six artists, 175 original artworks, three paint-outs, and two fun and highly attended artists/community venues. The paintings capture on canvas the beauty of Maui. Scenes of our blue oceans, neighboring islands, majestic mountains, lush green upcountry landscapes, plantation-era buildings, and the faces of our host culture people, the Hawaiians, result in captivating paintings that tug at your heart to purchase them. Typically draws 2,500 attendees over the weeklong event. Come join in the fun. Check out our website:

I DA HO Eagle Plein Air Festival Dates: June 3-5, 2016 E-mail: Driggs Digs Plein Air Dates: July 25-30, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Driggs Community Association Venue: Driggs City Gallery City: Driggs Format: Open Award Total: $3,500 E-mail: Phone: 208.354.2362 Website: Join us this summer in Driggs, Idaho, on the west side of Grand Teton National Park, for an exciting and inspiring plein air painting festival. This will be our fourth year! Come to paint or browse the ongoing gallery. Only 32 miles from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Driggs is the hub of the Yellowstone Teton Scenic Loop drive, and one of the top 10 scenic drives in the northern Rockies, with the firstever GeoTourism Center with interactive exhibits of the area’s unique places, activities, and histories. Wrap your summer vacation around this celebration of plein air painting!

ILLINOIS 6th Annual Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show Dates: April 29-May 13, 2016 Opening Reception: May 19, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 15, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Village of Schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials Venue: Prairie Center for the Arts City: Schaumburg

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ILLINOIS to MARYLAND Format: Open Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $750 Entry Fee: $30 Contact: Roxane Benvenuti E-mail: Phone: 847.895.3600 Website: Plein air artists are invited to participate in the 2016 Plein Air Competition and Show by creating an original plein air painting or drawing of any location within the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois. Submitted works will be exhibited in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Prairie Center for the Arts building in conjunction with Schaumburg’s Prairie Arts Festival and through June 30. This event is open to all plein air artists (artists do not need to be participants in the Prairie Arts Festival to register).


Fairfield Paint Out Dates: October 4-8, 2016 E-mail:

Shadows-on-the-Teche Dates: March 12-19, 2016 Opening Reception: March 19, 2016 Entry Deadline: December 15, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Shadows-on-the-Teche Venue: Shadows-on-the-Teche City: New Iberia Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Roger Dale Brown Contact: Pat Kahle E-mail: Phone: 337.369.6446 Website: Shadows-on-the-Teche, a National Trust Historic Site in New Iberia, Louisiana, will present their second annual plein air event in March 2016, with Roger Dale Brown overseeing artist selection and awarding prizes. Enjoy a unique region enhanced by its architecture, massive moss-covered live oaks, and sugarproducing fields watered by the meandering Bayou Teche. Home to pioneering sugar planters, the oldest operating rice mill, a 19th-century actor’s hunting estate, and Avery Island, the home of Tabasco, this region offers excellent food, superb original music, and hospitable residents. Please see our website at for details. 2016 Presenting Sponsor is J.P. Thibodeaux.



18 Annual First Brush of Spring Paint Out Dates: April 20-23, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Hoosier Salon and IPAPA (Indiana Plein Air Painters Association) Venue: Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery City: New Harmony Format: Paint Out Competition and Art Sale Contact: Maggie Rapp E-mail: Phone: 812.459.9851 Website:

Castine Plein Air Festival Dates: July 21-23, 2016 E-mail:

3rd Annual Woodstock Plein Air Dates: May 21-28, 2016 E-mail: Inside Out Paint Out, Bloomington Dates: May 27-29, 2016 E-mail: Art in Nature Date: September 18, 2016 E-mail:


Dubois County Open Quick Draw and Plein Air Event Dates: May 13-14, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Jasper Community Arts/ Runaway Artists Venue: Jasper Riverwalk and Schaeffer Barn City: Jasper Format: Open Contact: Emily Colucci E-mail: Phone: 812.482.3070 Website: Jasper Arts Department, in partnership with Runaway Artists, is sponsoring a two-day plein air event. A Quick Draw event will be held at the Schaeffer Barn near the beautiful Jasper Riverwalk on Friday, May 13, 2016. A cash bar and auction will follow. On Saturday, May 14, artists will check in at the beautiful Jasper Riverwalk before scattering throughout the area to paint. An evening gathering will feature a public showing and prizes. Enjoy painting the charms of southern Indiana — hills,


rivers, fields, quaint villages, and more. Visit our website or call 812.482.3070 for more information.

MARYLAND Saturdays en Plein Air, sponsored by the Academy Art Museum Dates: Last Saturday of the month, April-October 2016 E-mail: Paint Snow Hill Dates: April 14-17, 2016 Opening Reception: April 16, 2016 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Snow Hill Arts on the River Venue: Old Firehouse City: Snow Hill Format: Open Award Total: $1,000 Contact: Ann Coates E-mail: Phone: 410.632.3555 Website: Snow Hill, Maryland, a lovely historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will host the 13th Annual Paint Snow Hill. This, the first plein air event on the Eastern Shore, continues to be popular with many talented artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. It is a nonjuried, non-competitive paint-out that gives artists the flexibility to select locations and subjects. Registration is open to 70 artists. The “Wet Paint” Show and Sale provides an opportunity for collectors to find great paintings at a ticketed preview on Saturday, April 16, that continues with free admission on April 17.

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First Brush of Spring 18th Annual Paint Out CALL FOR ARTIST ENTRIES

April 20-23, 2016

Sponsored by the Village of Schaumburg and Prairie Center Arts Foundation in conjunction with Blick Art Materials

Historic New Harmony, Indiana On the banks of the Wabash

Schaumburg, Illinois April 29 - May 13, 2016

Open Registration:


SCHEDULED EVENTS April 20 Field to Finish Exhibit & Awards at the Hoosier Salon Gallery April 21 Quick Draw Competition & Awards Reception April 23 Art Sale (pre-registration required) April 23 Paint Out Awards Ceremony

OVER $11,000 IN AWARDS FOR THE COMPETITIONS April 25-28 Art Workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Roger Dale Brown, Scott Burdick, Quang Ho, Jeff Legg, Susan Lyon, C.W. Mundy, and Camille Przewodek

Art will be displayed in the Herb Aigner Gallery inside the Prairie Center for the Arts May 18-June 30, and will coincide with the 29th annual Prairie Arts Festival. Cash prizes and no commission on sales. Deadline: April 15, 2016 Entry fee: $30 Prospectus and registration form: Contact: or 847-923-3605

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Application Deadline March 11, 2016 w w w. p lein ai re a s to n . c o m

Paint Annapolis Dates: May 30-June 5, 2016 Opening Reception: June 4, 2016 Entry Deadline: February 16, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Federation of Art Venue: Circle Gallery 18 State Circle City: Annapolis Format: Juried Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Joann Vaughan E-mail: Phone: 410.268.4566 Website: Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air competition that brings artists from around the world to one of America’s oldest cities. Whether you are painting the pastoral landscape of the surrounding county or along the waterfront and historic streets of this early U.S. capital city, Annapolis offers a variety of scenery not available in other plein air locations. $15,000 total prize money, Nocturne, Quick Draw, great press and city involvement. Entry open to U.S. and international artists. Housing available. Mountain Maryland Plein Air Dates: June 7-11, 2016 Entry Deadline: February 15, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Allegany Arts Council Venue: Saville Gallery City: Cumberland Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Jason Sacran Award Total: $11,000 Contact: Chris Sloan E-mail: Phone: 301.777.2787 Website: Mountain Maryland Plein Air, June 7-11, 2016, is organized by the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, Maryland. Juror: Jason Sacran; over $11,000 in prizes will be awarded. See the call for entry on CaFÉ at Entries close February 15, 2016; notification by March 2, 2016. Free host housing. Workshop led by Jason Sacran on Sunday, June 12. For more info, see or call 301.777.2787. Easels in Frederick Dates: June 13-18, 2016 Opening Reception Date: June 17, 2016 Entry Deadline: January 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Easels in Frederick Venue: Talley Rec Center City: Frederick Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $16,000 Contact: Vicki Glenn E-mail: Phone: 301.514.6263 Website: The 2015 event hosted artists from 19 states. The 2016 competition will again welcome 30 finalists for 4+ days of painting, a private Collectors Preview on Friday night, a Quick Draw contest, Art Market and public exhibit on Saturday, plus special artist activities. Prizes total $16,000. Easels in Frederick opens the entire county — 664 square miles — for painting, providing diverse subject matter in settings from rural to suburban to Frederick City, which designated No. 6 among the Top 10 Best Downtowns and “a magnet ... for artists.” Past artists have stated this is one of the best organized, friendliest paint-outs around. Paint It! Ellicott City Dates: July 7-11, 2016 Opening Reception: July 11, 2016


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Entry Deadline: April 29, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Howard County Arts Council and Howard County Tourism & Promotion Venue: Howard County Center for the Arts City: Ellicott City Format: Combination Award Total: $3,000+ Contact: Beth Forbes E-mail: Phone: 410.313.2787 Website: Quirky architecture, steep hillsides, a beautiful river, historic landmarks.... Ellicott City, Maryland, has a trove of paintable treasures. Capture the old mill town’s unique charms during Paint It! Ellicott City, a three-day plein air paint-out. July 7: Orientation, juror talk, and kick-off reception. July 8-10: Paintout. July 9: Quick-draw competition. July 11: Exhibit reception featuring presentation of awards. July 11-August 19: Exhibit of artwork. Additional information available in 2016 at www. Plein Air Easton Dates: July 9-17, 2016 Opening Reception Date: July 8, 2016 Entry Deadline: March 11, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: The Avalon Foundation Venue: Delmarva Peninsula City: Easton Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Marie Pierre Nuthall E-mail: Phone: 410.822.7297 Website: Celebrating its 12th year in 2016, Plein Air Easton continues to set the bar for outdoor painting competitions. With 58 artists selected from applications submitted from the world over, the competition is intense as they set out across the beautiful Eastern Shore landscape in search of the one location that will produce a winning canvas. The competition culminates in the excitement of the Collector’s Party, where the final winners are announced. This event also kicks off a weekend of public access to the entire collected works and the opportunity for any collector to purchase a prized piece of art. Artists Paint Ocean City — A Plein Air Event Dates: August 11-14, 2016 Opening Reception: August 11, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: The Art League of Ocean City Venue: Ocean City Center for the Arts City: Ocean City Format: Combination Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $2,500 Contact: Emily Schwab E-mail: Phone: 410.524.9433 Website: Paint Ocean City and its diverse and interesting surroundings, from the beaches to the barns, during the Art League’s annual plein air event. The day culminates with an artists’ reception. The event continues through Sunday during Ocean City’s busiest tourist and buying season. Judging and cash prizes Saturday evening. The wet-paint sale continues through Sunday. Up to 50 juried pieces will be chosen to hang until the end of the month in a featured exhibit at Worcester County’s No. 1 gallery, the Ocean City Centre for the Arts. Quick draw contest with cash awards Sunday. Additional information available at www.

Paint Mountain Maryland! June 7-11, 2016

plein air painting

Come paint the beautiful mountains and streams of Western Maryland, the 19th century architectural charm, and the post-industrial landscape.

Over $11,000 in prizes Optional painting events throughout the week!

Juror: Jason Sacran Grand Prize Winner, 2015 Plein Air Easton

Register now for the JASON SACRAN Workshop Sun., June 12

Visit or call 301-777-2787. Organized by the Allegany Arts Council Cumberland, Maryland



David Diaz at Market Street Downtown Annapolis

Competition & Exhibition May 3 0 - Ju n e 5, 2 0 1 6

Selection Juror: MARYLAND

Richard Sneary, Signature Member National Watercolor Society

Award Total: $15,000 Entry Opens: 11/20/15 Entry Deadline: 2/16/16 Hosted by: A National Juried Plein Air Painting Event


JUNE 13–18, 2016

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

Maryland Federation of Art

18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401 historic waterfront city nocturne quick draw housing available

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Calling All Artists!

September 12-18, 2016 An Open Air Painting Extravaganza!




in cash awards given in 2015!

Solomons Plein Air Festival Dates: September 12-18, 2016 Opening Reception: September 17, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Solomons Plein Air Festival Venue: Carmen’s Gallery City: Solomons Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: Over $11,000 cash awards Contact: Carmen Gambrill E-mail: Phone: 410.326.2549 Website: Ask any artist who’s participated in Solomons Plein Air: This is a great plein air competition! Solomons Island offers artists such diversity in painting subject matter. This historic fishing village is now a picturesque mix of work boats, pleasure boats, marinas, old fishermen’s cottages, rural farmland, and quaint architecture, with a few shops scattered amongst historic waterfront buildings. Stand in one spot on the Solomons Riverwalk and you can paint these things and more. But the best part is the hospitality! Artists rave about the social events and warm reception they receive from the town. And great island weather, too!


APRIL 14-17, 70 ARTISTS “Wet Paint” Show & Sale Preview April 16 from 6 to 8, $30 admission applies to the purchase of a painting. Show & Sale April 17 from noon to 4, no fee. Old Firehouse on Green Street 410.632.3555

Hosted by

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paint it! Ellicott City July 7–11, 2016 Historic Ellicott City, Maryland

Great Lakes Bay en Plein Air Festival Dates: June 13-18, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts Venue: Saginaw Art Museum City: Saginaw Contact: Emily Korn E-mail: Phone: 989.754.2491 Website: Early Registration Deadline: February 10 Early Registration Fees, Open Class: $30 for Saginaw Art Museum members, $40 for non-members Juried Class: $50 for Saginaw Art Museum members, $60 for non-members Registration Deadline: May 18 After February 10 Registration Fees, Open Class: $40 for Saginaw Art Museum members, $50 for non-members Juried Class: $60 for Saginaw Art Museum members, $75 for non-members. Over $8,000 awarded in prizes Several artist events, quick paints, social networking. Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival Dates: August 15-20, 2016 E-mail:

MINNESOTA Plein Air — Aitkin Dates: July 20-23, 2016 E-mail:

Deadline for Entries: April 29, 2016 Prospectus available at PRESENTED BY


Plein Air Duluth: Paint Du Nord Dates: July 9-15, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Duluth Art Institute Venue: Duluth Art Institute City: Duluth Format: Juried Contact: Anne Dugan E-mail: Phone: 218.733.7560 Website:

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Plein Air Duluth: Paint Du Nord, a juried painting festival and exhibition, is hosted by the Duluth Art Institute — one of the oldest art centers in Minnesota, located in Duluth. The location offers painters unique source material, with a post-industrial town set on a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty, including Lake Superior. A panel will select 35 to participate in a week of painting July 9-15, 2016, culminating in a juried gallery exhibition. Group painting and quick paint opportunities will be available, as well as a public demo by the juror. Visit www. for the application process and details. Plein Air Grand Marais Dates: September 8-15, 2016 Opening Reception: September 16, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 8, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Grand Marais Art Colony Venue: Grand Marais Art Colony & Johnson Heritage Post City: Grand Marais Format: Combination Contact: Carolyn Fritz E-mail: Phone: 218.387.2737 Website: Perched on the North Shore of Lake Superior, the quaint fishing village of Grand Marais features expansive Lake Superior vistas, old-growth pine forests, and a jagged basalt shoreline. Sixty artists are invited and juried into the competition, which features a quick paint, multiple networking opportunities, and informal paint-outs in various locations around the county. Exhibition runs through November 13.

MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI Augusta Plein Air Art Festival Dates: April 21-May 1, 2016 Location: Augusta Contact: Kathy Kessler Phone: 314.369.6804 Website: The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us at the 2015 Augusta Plein Air Art Festival featuring “Small Town America.” Observe the art unfolding before your eyes each day at events hosted by wineries and neighboring communities. Come enjoy Missouri wine country with the beautiful, scenic rolling hills and river bluffs to the fun-filled events of the festival and award-winning wineries. Not only will you watch the art be created each day, but you also have the opportunity to purchase the art straight from the easel. Whether you are a serious buyer or someone who simply appreciates the arts, come out for a day or stay overnight, the festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest Dates: May 4-7, 2016 E-mail: Callaway Plein Air Dates: May 26-29, 2016 E-mail:

GREAT LAKES BAY E n P le in A ir F e s t i v a l


EARLY REGISTRATION FEES: OPEN CLASS: $30 for Saginaw Art Museum members $40 for non-members

JURIED CLASS: $50 for Saginaw Art Museum members $60 for non-members

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 18 TH After February 10th Registration Fees:

OPEN CLASS: $40 for Saginaw Art Museum members $50 for non-members

JURIED CLASS: $60 for Saginaw Art Museum members $75 for non-members Over $8,000 awarded in prizes Several artist events, Quick Paints, social networking

JURIED CLASS EXHIBITION: June 18th- September 3rd 989-754-2491 1126 N. Michigan Ave, Saginaw, MI 48602

Hermann Plein Air Festival Dates: September 2-5, 2016 E-mail:

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MISSOURI to NEW YORK Golden Hills of Louisiana Missouri Plein Air Date: September 10, 2016 E-mail:

MONTANA Plein Air Glacier 2016 Dates: June 26-30, 2016 Entry Deadline: March 19, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Hockaday Museum of Art Venue: 302 Second Avenue East City: Kalispell Contact: Barry Conger E-mail: Phone: 406.755.5268 Website: Enjoy painting the Crown of the Continent with spectacular views of mountains, streams, and forest. Artists spend three days in Glacier National Park. Exhibit follows paint-out, see website for complete information.

NEBR ASKA N E VA D A NEW HAMPSHIRE NH Art Association Wet Paint Out Weekend Dates: July 22-24, 2016 E-mail:

NEW JERSEY NEW MEXICO 2016 Santa Fe Plein Air Festival Dates: June 3-10, 2016 Opening Reception: June 9, 2016 Entry Deadline: February 28, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Venue: InArt Gallery City: Santa Fe Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Frank LaLumia Award Total: Over $12,000 Contact: Tobi Clement E-mail: Phone: 505.820.1092 Website: Paint in the culturally rich and diverse landscape of New Mexico. This area offers unparalleled high-altitude light, cobalt blue skies, Neapolitan-colored rocks, and unique adobe architecture. Fifty juried artists will have four days to experience and capture the light of New Mexico. The Exhibition at InArt Gallery, located in the renowned Canyon Road District, will run for three weeks at the height of summer season. Frank LaLumia will offer a four-day oil and watercolor workshop following the event.

N EW YOR K Plein Air Limner Society 6th Annual Art Exhibit “Discovering Long Island” Dates: December 12-13, 2015 E-mail: Paint the Great South Bay Dates: TBA E-mail: Finger Lakes Festival & Competition Dates: June 7-12, 2016 Opening Reception: June 12, 2016 Entry Deadline: January 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Ontario County Arts Council


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Venue: Historic Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion City: Canandaigua Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Steve Doherty Award Total: Over $7,000 Contact: Pat Rini Rohrer E-mail: Phone: 585.394.0030 Website: The 5th Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition and Festival will run June 7-12, 2016. Up to 45 juried artists will paint the beauty of the Finger Lakes, concentrating on stunning Canandaigua Lake, the surrounding rolling countryside, our picturesque towns and gardens, and scenic farms. Community-centered events held concurrently in downtown Canandaigua. Final event held at historic Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens. Awards presented during reception/preview party/exhibit & sale (ticketed) on Saturday; public exhibit and sale on Sunday. We are pleased Steve Doherty, editor of PleinAir magazine, will be our awards judge. Hosting program available. PleinAir Magazine Publisher Eric Rhoads’ Publisher’s Invitational Paint the Adirondacks Dates: June 12-19 Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine Venue: Paul Smith’s College City: Paul Smiths Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: The Morristown Public Library Plein Air Festival Dates: August 4-7, 2016 E-mail: Adirondack Plein Air Festival Dates: August 15-20, 2016 Opening Reception: August 19, 2016 Entry Deadline: August 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Saranac Lake ArtWorks Venue: Harrietstown Town Hall City: Saranac Lake Format: Combination Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $5,000 Contact: Sandra Hildreth E-mail: Phone: 518.891.1388 Website: This is the 8th year for the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, held in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of northern New York, site of Hudson River School paintings. Three and a half days of painting; chicken BBQ; lots of great and varied locations — mountain views, lakes, marshes, waterfalls, farms, our historic community; pre-event workshop; preview party reception; quick-draw competition; full-day Show & Sale; juried for prizes totaling at least $5,000. Awards juror to be determined. Registration will open March 1, 2016 on our website — first 50 artists who register will be accepted. Check website. Old Forge Plein Air Paint Out Dates: September 1-3, 2016 E-mail: Adirondack Harvest Plein Air Dates: September 23-25, 2016 E-mail: Ultimate Guide 2016/

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Open Call to Artists!

NORTH CAROLINA Town of Cary’s 3rd Annual En Plein Air Paint Out, Art Auction & Gala Date: May 7, 2016 E-mail: Cashiers Plein Air Festival Dates: July 12-16, 2016 E-mail:

Some of the 2015 competition winners

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Ohio Plein Air Society 13th Annual Plein Air Competition Sept. 22-25, 2016 Hosted at BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio. Subjects to paint include the Lake Erie shoreline, parks, farms, and the urban landscape

Open to all artists!


Check our website for details

Piedmont Plein Air Paintout Dates: September 15-18, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 28, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Piedmont Plein Air Paintout Venue: J. Gallery at the J.H. Adams Inn City: High Point Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Russell Jewell, Ed.D, NWS, TWSA Award Total: Over $6,000 Contact: Julie Delgaudio E-mail: Phone: 336.885.7011 Website: Join us for the 3rd annual Piedmont Plein Air Paintout and enjoy the Southern hospitality and unique piedmont triad setting of High Point, North Carolina, “Furniture Capital of the World”! This event features over 30 nationally and internationally known plein air artists each year. Dates of the 2016 event are September 15-18. Housing is provided for participating artists in our host historic inn in downtown High Point. Artists deadline: April 28, 2016. Over $6,000 in prizes awarded. Competition Juror: Russell Jewell, Ed. D, NWS, TWSA. Proceeds benefit children’s art programming in the community. For more information, please visit www. From Sound to Sea Paint Out Dates: October 14-15, 2016 E-mail:

NORT H DA KO TA OHIO Art in the Park: Plein Air Paint Out Date: June 25, 2016 E-mail: Lakeside Chautauqua Plein Air Art Festival Dates: July 15-17, 2016 E-mail: 13th Annual Ohio Plein Air Society’s Plein Air Competition Dates: September 22-25, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Ohio Plein Air Society Venue: BAYarts City: Bay Village Format: Open Contact: Chris Leeper E-mail: Phone: 330.793.5470 Website: Part of the Huntington Reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks, our host BAYarts is a wonderful environment to stimulate, encourage, and support artists of all ages and skill levels. The historic city of Bay Village is located 15 miles west of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County on Ohio’s north coast and offers its own beauty, with the Lake Erie shoreline, area farms, parks, rivers, marinas, nature preserves, and the Bay Arts campus — there is plenty to paint here! Find more information and registration information at

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Plein Air Oklahoma Dates: November 4-7, 2016 E-mail:

OREGON Plein Air Toledo Dates: June 3-September 25, 2016 E-mail: Oregon Lavender Paint Out Dates: June 22-July 10, 2016 E-mail: Plein Air & More Arts Festival Dates: June 24-26, 2016 E-mail:

P E N N S Y LVA N I A Plein Air Painters of Central PA Dates: May 9-14, 2016 Opening Reception: May 14, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 14, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreat Venue: Hameau Farm City: Belleville Format: Combination Contact: Susan Nicholas Gephart E-mail: Phone: 814.360.2116 Website: The Plein Air Painters of Central Pennsylvania (PAPCP’s) mission as a plein air group is to welcome artists of all levels and mediums to experience and explore the joys of painting on location in Central PA. The Saturday, May 14 “Artist Gala Reception and Exhibition” features art created this week by some of Central PA’s best plein air painters. The annual festive event includes fine food, art, and live music, and is free and open to the public. It is fast becoming a popular gathering for artists to share their fine art with collectors of landscape paintings. Wayne Art Center’s 10th Anniversary Plein Air Festival Dates: May 9-14, 2016 Opening Reception: May 14, 2016 Entry Deadline: March 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Wayne Art Center Venue: Wayne Art Center’s Davenport, Vidinghoff, and Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Galleries City: Wayne Format: Combination Juror of Awards: Tim Allen Lawson Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Karen Louise Fay E-mail: Phone: 610.688.3553 Website: Wayne Art Center of Wayne, Pennsylvania, is proud to announce the Wayne 10th Anniversary Plein Air Festival Call for Entries. The festival runs from May 9 through May 14, and paintings are on view until June 25, 2016 in the Davenport, Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith, and Vidinghoff Galleries. Award-winning artist Tim Allen Lawson of Rockport, Maine, will jury for the artist festival competition and for the record-breaking $15,000 awards. Selected previous award winners will be invited to participate in the festival. Online applications begin November 1, 2015 and run through March 1, 2016. Please visit for the archived exhibitions.

Sunday June 5, 2016 P L E I N A IR


Art Competition

Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

Cash Prizes

Mark Boedges, Ardrossan Farm, 2015 Best of Show

ONLINE ENTRIES: November 1, 2015 - March 1, 2016 Artists are invited to submit applications by April 29th Visit for details. Selected Artists will paint along Germantown Ave. and have the chance to win cash prizes and space at the 32nd Annual Fall for the Arts Festival in October 2016. FESTIVAL: May 9 - 14, 2016 GALA: May 14, 6 -10pm EXHIBITION: May 14 - June 25, 2016 AWARDS: $15,000

@chestnuthillpa 215.247.6696

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PENNSYLVANIA to UTAH Chestnut Hill Plein Air Art Competition Date: June 5, 2016 Entry Deadline: April 29, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Chestnut Hill Business District Venue: Chestnut Hill along Germantown Avenue City: Philadelphia Format: Juried Contact: Kate O’Neill E-mail: Phone: 215.247.6696 Website: Chestnut Hill will host the 2nd Annual Plein Air Art Competition on June 5, 2016. Artists are invited to submit applications by April 29 (visit for details). Selected artists will show works along Germantown Avenue and have the chance to win cash prizes and space at the 32nd Annual Fall for the Arts Festival in October 2016. Chestnut Hill, located in Northwest Philadelphia and designated Philadelphia’s Garden District, was selected by as one of the top seven urban enclaves in the country. Chestnut Hill was also voted a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Plein Air Art Contest at the Riverside Festival of the Arts Dates: September 17-18, 2016 Entry Deadline: September 10, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: ACE: Arts Community of Easton Venue: Easton PA Galleries City: Easton Format: Open Jurors of Awards: Three Regional Art Experts Award Total: $2,000 Contact: Ellen Shaughnessy E-mail: Phone: 610.360.3394 Website: Situated at the edge of New Jersey where the Lehigh meets the Delaware River, Easton is a picturesque riverside town loaded with historic buildings, a multitude of river and bridge views, Crayola crayons, and a colorful creative vibe. This will be the 20th annual Festival of the Arts. Walk across the bridge to New Jersey or set up along the riverside banks, or find an interesting subject in town. There is no lack of natural beauty and personality here for inspiration. Plein air art workshops will lead up to the contest. Easy drive from NYC or Philly. Plein air exhibit to follow.

RHODE ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA S OU T H DA KOTA Plein Air Paint Out Dates: August 12-14, 2016 E-mail: Belle Fourche Plein Air Event Dates: September 8-11, 2016 E-mail:

TENNESSEE 2Rivers Plein Air Paint Out Dates: October 21-22, 2016 E-mail:

TEXAS Pastel Society of Southeast Texas Paint Out Dates: January 15-16, 2016 E-mail:


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Paint Historic Terrell Dates: April 13-23, 2016 E-mail: Outdoor Painters Society 11th Plein Air Southwest Salon Dates: April 9-May 11, 2016 Venue: Southwest Gallery Contact: Tina Bohlman Phone: 972.741.6154 Website: Plein Air Southwest Salon is a juried competition, show, and sale sponsored by the Outdoor Painters Society, showcased each April at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The Outdoor Painters Society sponsors the event to promote an appreciation for the process of painting “en plein air.” All works are painted outdoors on location and are characterized by the bold use of color, design, and the freshness of paint application. A “Texas-sized” show with over 200 paintings from the best plein air painters working today. The show is hosted by Southwest Gallery, one of Dallas’ oldest and largest art galleries. Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event Bigger than Texas Dates: October 5-October 8, 2016 Opening Reception: October 7, 2016 Entry Deadline: September 15, 2016 Venue: Kerr Arts & Cultural Center City: Kerrville Format: Juried Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: TBA Contact: Debbie Minns E-mail: Phone: 830.895.2911 Website: The annual Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event draws crowds of people from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas as well as crowds of local “plein air” painting enthusiasts. The four-day event, from October 5-October 8, 2016, will see dozens of artists from across the U.S. fanning out to their favorite locations across the Hill Country, with fans watching as the paintings evolve before their eyes. These four days are jammed with colorful events including a Quick Draw art competition, a huge downtown Block Party, and a reception for the Outdoor Painters event. EnPlein Air TEXAS Dates: October 23-October 30, 2016 Opening Reception: October 28, 2016 Entry Deadline: May 1, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Venue: Fort Concho Quartermaster Building City: San Angelo Format: Combination Juror(s) of Awards: TBA Award Total: $13,000+ Contact: Barbara Rallo E-mail: Phone: 325.656.2500 Website: Everything is bigger in Texas — and so is our plein air event! Nationally acclaimed San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts welcomes you with West Texas hospitality in host homes and a week of activity that engages our community where you are the celebrities! From exotic private ranches to an eclectic downtown along the river, the historic 1920s Christoval Artists Camp in Christoval to chuck wagon breakfasts and neighborhood yard parties! We invite you to experience EnPleinAirTEXAS. Recordbreaking sales beckon. Come see what everybody is talking about. Come paint with us!

Brushes by the Beach Plein Air Event Dates: November 12-19, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: G. Lee Gallery Venue: G. Lee Gallery City: Galveston Format: Plein air contest Contact: George Douglas Lee E-mail: Phone: 409.370.7350 Website: Looking for warmer weather to paint plein air? This open plein air event gives attendees seven beautiful days to paint Galveston Island. From beach to the bay, beautiful historic neighborhoods, and a working port, Galveston affords artists a myriad of challenging subjects.

UTAH Arts to Zion Art & Studio Tour Dates: January 14-18, 2016 Opening Reception: January 14, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: St. George Convention & Tourism Office, St. George Arts Commission, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Washington County RAP Tax, Silver Reef Foundation Venue: 20+ Galleries and 70+ artists throughout Washington County City: St. George, Snow Canyon, Zion Canyon, Hurricane Valley Areas of Washington County Format: Combination


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UTAH Contact: Bobbi Wan-kier E-mail: Phone: 435.216.2651 Website: “Arts to Zion� Art and Studio Tour is a self-guided art adventure through Southern Utah, held MLK Jr. weekend, January 15-19, 2015. This year’s tour includes: “Parade of Home Studios� — visit more than 50 artists in their workspaces and see what inspires their imagination. “AfterHours� — watch artists create to live music each evening at select galleries! Silent Auction at the historic St. George Courthouse. For more info and tickets ($10), visit!





Eccles Community Art Center’s Plein Air Competition and Exhibition Dates: May 20-June 25, 2016 E-mail: Wasatch Plein Air Paradise Dates: June 25-July 4, 2016 E-mail: Where in the World Is Plein Air 2016 Dates: June 8-10, 2016 Opening Reception: July 5, 2016 Entry Deadline: November 30, 2015 Sponsoring Organization: Illume Gallery of Fine Art Venue: Artist choice location, throughout the world/live online City: Salt Lake City Format: Combination Contact: Jane Bell Meyer E-mail: Phone: 801.210.2853 Website: Where in the World is Plein Air is a worldwide, live, three-day event that is hosted on From the UK to Australia, to the mountains and plains of the United States, 73 artists paint en plein air for three days. Each artist will complete a piece a day and take three live videos of their progress. Each painting is for sale at any point of completion. Plein Air Moab 2016 Dates: October 1-8, 2016 E-mail: Zion National Park, Plein Air Art Invitational Dates: November 7-13, 2016 Opening Reception: November 11, 2016 Entry Deadline: February 16, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Zion National Park & Zion Park Foundation Venue: Zion National Park City: Springdale Format: Invitational Contact: Jill Burt E-mail: Phone: 800.635.3959 Website: During the peak fall colors in southwestern Utah, the Zion National Park Foundation hosts the 8th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational, November 6-13, 2016. The event celebrates the role art has played in the creation and history of the park by hosting 24 fine landscape artists for a week of painting and teaching in the park. Daily painting demonstrations and evening lectures, as well as a paint-out and auction on Saturday, cap the week of celebration. More than 150 paintings go on sale at the Zion Human History Museum on Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13.

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Escalante Canyons ART FESTIVAL * Everett Ruess Days * Millions of Acres of Inspiration: Escalante is located in the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.

Jericho Plein Air Festival Date: July 16, 2016 E-mail: Great Vermont Plein Air Paint Out Dates: August 12-13, 2016 E-mail: Great Vermont Children’s Paint Out Date: August 13, 2016 E-mail: Holiday Paint-In at Country Christmas Date: December 3, 2016 E-mail:

VIRGINIA Plein Air Clifton Dates: May 21-22, 2016 E-mail: Plein Air Richmond Dates: June 19-26, 2016 Opening Reception: June 19, 2016 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Brazier Gallery & The Richmond S.P.C.A. Venue: Brazier Gallery City: Richmond Format: Juried Juror of Awards: Kathy Anderson Award Total: $15,000+ in cash and merchandise awards Contact: Loryn Brazier E-mail: Phone: 804.358.2771 Website: Join us in Richmond, Virginia’s capital for Paint the Town in the 4th Plein Air Richmond Juried Event! This year the event will benefit the animals cared for by the Richmond S.P.C.A. With two lovely botanical gardens, large neighborhoods with historic architecture, and a view of the James River, this is not a painting event to miss! Color of the Wild by Carol Bold - 11x14 Oil on Canvas - 2015 Best of Show - Oil

SEPTEMBER 16-25, 2016 $9,000 in Prizes - Open to Artists of All Levels

Bath County Plein Air Festival Dates: October 3-9, 2016 E-mail: Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier “Art at the Races” Plein Air Event Date: November 5, 2016 E-mail:


Plein Air Competition Sept 16-21

Paint Out Sept 20

Art Sale & Auction Sept 23-24



Paint Out Winslow Dates: August 13-14, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Venue: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts City: Bainbridge Island Format: Combination Juror of Awards: BAC Curatorial Staff Award Total: $850 Contact: Lynnette Sandbloom E-mail: Phone: 206.842.3132 Website: Artists, save the date for the third annual Paint Out Winslow plein air event, happening Saturday and Sunday, August 1314, 2016 at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts. There’s no place more

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Call for Artists JURIED COMPETITION August 21 - 28, 2016 PROSPECTUS available online December 1, 2015


July 24 - 30

Ken DeWaard, 2015 Gamblin Best of Show

“Airstreams and Tractors”

Robin Weiss

2015 PAINT THE PENINSULA BEST IN SHOW Olympic Peninsula Washington State

Ten years and counting the accolades.

It’s Worth Repeating. Think we’re overstating it? Just ask our artists and attendees. Now celebrating our tenth year, you’ll find unparalled access to our featured artists, unique events for all ages, and a welcoming arts-centered community. Relaxed and fun due to our Midwestern hospitality - artists and collectors can’t wait to return. Known for our dramatic sunsets over water, our outstanding diverse scenery, and for being one of the top three plein air festivals in the U.S., the Door County Plein Air Festival’s praises go on and on. In 2016, we’ll be hosting 38 plein air masters from across the country and points beyond. Why don’t you join us July 24-30, 2016? You’ll be thrilled - time and again. Presented by Peninsula School of Art, Door County, WI 920.868.3455 Ultimate Guide 2016/

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17th Annual

National Juried Exhibition September 29 - October 30, 2016 Howard Mandville Gallery Kirkland, Washington

Come Paint Richmond, VA June 19 - 26, 2016 $15,000+ in cash and merchandise awards

2015 Best of Show Award Winner James Richards “Little Chicks” 20x24 oil

Entry Deadline mid-June 2016 Visit the AIS website for complete information. Must be an AIS member to be eligible to enter. AIS is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization

18th Annual Art Port Townsend Studio Tour Dates: August 27-28, 2016 E-mail: Paint the Peninsula Dates: August 21-28, 2016 Entry Deadline: March 31, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Venue: Olympic Peninsula City: Port Angeles Format: Juried Award Total: $12,000+ Contact: Anne Dalton E-mail: Phone: 360.457.7782 Website: From sailboats to harbors to vintage working farms, from rainforest waterfalls to villages and cityscapes, the varied and beautiful locations of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State have it all to paint. Now in its fourth year, artists and collectors alike rave about the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience. Paint the Peninsula is at the entrance to Olympic National Park, giving artists access to amazing opportunities from the sea to the mountains. Prospectus and more information available online. 17th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition Dates: September 29-October 30, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: American Impressionist Society, Inc. Venue: Howard Mandville Gallery City: Kirkland Format: Juried Contact: Debra Joy Groesser E-mail: Phone: 402.592.3399 Website: The prospectus for our 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition will be available on the AIS website in April 2016, with the entry deadline being early to mid-June 2016. Must be a paid member of AIS to be eligible to enter (additional entry fee must also be paid). In 2015, over $63,000 in cash and merchandise was awarded, including $12,000 Best of Show award. To become a member of AIS, please visit the “Join” page on the AIS website.

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National Park Centennial Competition and Exhibition Dates: November-December 2016 Venue: American Art Company City: Tacoma Contact: Jan Jewell E-mail: Phone: 425.417.1210 Website: Plein Air Washington hosts its 5th annual plein air painting competition, celebrating the centennial of our national parks through fine art. The event celebrates how our national parks inspire people to experience and become devoted to these special places through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. What better way to document these national treasures than through plein air paintings and larger studio pieces? Watch for prospectus at

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WEST VIRGINIA WISCONSIN Paint the Point: Winter Edition Dates: February 10-13, 2016 E-mail: GoPaint! 2016 Dates: May 15-21, 2016 E-mail: Cedarburg Plein Air Event Dates: June 8-June 18, 2016 E-mail: Historic Third Ward Plein Air Painting Competition Dates: July 19-22, 2016 E-mail: Door County Plein Air Festival Dates: July 24-30, 2016 Opening Reception: July 29, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art Venue: Peninsula School of Art City: Fish Creek Format: Invitational Award Total: $15,000 Contact: Cathy Hoke E-mail: Phone: 920.868.3455 Website: Experience a full lineup of artist events as 38 plein air masters from throughout the U.S. find inspiration in the diverse Door County, Wisconsin, landscape. Numerous free events provide the opportunity to meet Featured Artists at their easels. Among exclusive events are a nocturne paint-out on Wednesday, July 25, and the Collector’s Preview and Gala Auction on Friday, which offer the first rights of purchase of paintings. The Featured Artists’ Quick Paint on Saturday features a live auction of freshly created work at noon. The public exhibition and purchase of works runs from July 30-August 13. Paint the Point Dates: August 10-13, 2016 Entry Deadline: July 10, 2016 Sponsoring Organization: Arts Mineral Point Venue: Various City: Mineral Point Format: Open Jurors of Awards: A committee of three arts professionals TBA Award Total: Around $4,500 Contact: Ried Knapp E-mail: Phone: 608.284.5927 Website: The 3rd annual “Paint the Point” will feature nearly 60 artists competing in Main Event, Nocturne, and Quick Paint contests worth over $4,500 in cash and prizes. Mineral Point, a frontier mining town, was founded in 1826 and holds the slogan “Where Wisconsin Began.” It is located in the heart of the driftless region — an area noted for rolling hills unscathed by the last glacial period. Historic limestone vernacular architecture and surrounding idyllic countryside offer artists tremendous creative options. The 2015 edition of the event featured 55 artists from seven states.

Between the Bluffs 2016 Dates: September 10-24, 2016 E-mail: Plein Air Shorewood Dates: September 13-17, 2016 E-mail:

W YOMI NG C A NA DA Province: New Brunswick Paint the Past: Two-Day Plein Air Festival Dates: September 17-18, 2016 E-mail: Province: Ontario The Belleville Plein Air Festival Dates: May 26-29, 2016 E-mail:

INTER NATIONA L Country: Cuba Paint Cuba Publisher’s invitational Dates: February 6-13, 2016 Contact: PleinAir Magazine Phone: 561.655.8778 Website: Join Eric Rhoads for a historic trip to paint Cuba before it changes. Be one of the first painters to capture the crumbling buildings, classic automobiles, and stunning countryside. You’ll see Cuba as it is today — before it loses its charm and incredibly paintable subjects and right before the developers come in and turn it in to a modern tourism capital. Space is limited to 100 people, reserve your spot today! Country: Hydra, Greece International Plein Air Painters 15th Anniversary Member Paint Out Dates: October 1-8, 2016 E-mail: Country: Wexford, Ireland Art in the Open, Ireland’s International Plein Air Festival 2016 Dates: July 24-August 1, 2016 E-mail:


ALABAMA Alabama Plein Air Artists Contact: Sharon Gates E-mail: Phone: 205.936.8891 The Alabama Plein Air Artists is a group of 100plus artists from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee who get together for a weekend paint-out once a month and occasional one-day pop-up paintouts during the week. We are open to all artists working in all media. Locations are typically landscapes and historical sites of Alabama, but you may find us painting out of state as well. A typical paint-out usually draws 15-25 artists of all media and all levels of painting. Contact Sharon Gates, director, at sharongates1@gmail. com to join or for more information.

ARIZONA Arizona Plein Air Painters Contact: Matt Sterbenz E-mail: Website: Arizona’s premier plein air painter’s club, with weekly and monthly paint-outs. Please join us on Facebook: Our page for announcements and news is www., and our interactive group for sharing your news and work is groups/arizonapleinairpainters. Plein Air Painters of Sedona and the Verde Valley E-mail: Tucson Plein Air Painters Society E-mail:

CALIFORNIA BayWood Artists Contact: Christin Coy E-mail: Phone: 415.312.1911 Website: Since 1997, the BayWood Artists have partnered annually with a nonprofit to protect the land. The first plein air group in the San Francisco Bay Area with an environmental mission, the Marin County-based group of professional fine artists produces an art show and sale donating to an organization entrusted with protecting the environment. Show beneficiaries include Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Marin Open Space Trust, Save Mount Diablo, Angel Island Association, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Save the Bay, Russian Riverkeepers, Marin Conservation League, Greenbelt Alliance, Bay Area Ridge Trail, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and others. Fremont Art Association Plein Air/East Bay Outdoor Painters E-mail: High Desert Plein Air Artists E-mail: Marin Open Studios E-mail: Mendocino Art Center E-mail: PAC6 Painters E-mail: Ultimate Guide 2016/

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Join Us! Plein Air outh S


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

MAY 16-19 2016

$295 includes a full year membership to Plein Air South and registration to the first annual gathering (Special opportunity expires February 28, 2016)

Plein Air Artists of the Central Coast E-mail: Sacramento Plein Air Painters & Sacramento Sketchers E-mail: Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) Contact: Dorene White E-mail: Phone: 805.886.7479 Website: Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) was founded in 2002 in Santa Barbara, California, and has grown to over 200 members, a diverse group including nationally known and local artists, students, patrons, and even gallery owners. Membership is open to everyone who wants to participate. Our goals are to have exhibitions to help raise money to protect open spaces, to increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues, and to promote camaraderie and provide education for artists. Our juried exhibitions have raised over $140,000 for environmental groups. We have monthly paint-outs and occasional demos and workshops. And we have fun! Tahoe Art League Plein Air Painters E-mail: Thousand Oaks Plein Air Watercolorists (TOPAW) E-mail: Valley Sun Catchers E-mail:

COLORADO Alliance Artists of Evergreen Colorado E-mail: Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park E-mail: Douglas Land Conservancy E-mail: Pastel Society of Colorado E-mail: Plein Air Artists Colorado Contact: Jennifer Riefenberg E-mail: Phone: 303.250.2015 Website: Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) was created for the love of plein air painting and for members to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors. A founding principle is that PAAC creates opportunities for artists of all levels to paint outdoors together on a regular basis. Membership is open to any artist living in the U.S. Our annual national juried exhibition offers examples of excellence in painting that can be achieved outdoors — “en plein air.” PAAC also offers over 250 paint-outs per year throughout Colorado and unique “destination” paint-outs in various states. Happy painting! Sangres Art Guild E-mail:

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CONNECTICUT Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society E-mail:

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F L OR I DA ArtCenter Manatee E-mail: Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters E-mail: Light Chasers: Plein Air Painters of the Sun Coast E-mail: Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery & School of Art

E-mail: Marco Island Outdoor Artists

E-mail: Mount Dora Plein Air Painters

E-mail: Plein Air Colony of Pinellas

E-mail: Plein Air South

Contact: Joe Taylor E-mail: Phone: 850.323.0176 Website: Plein air artists, organizations, and painting groups from across the Southeast are coming together to host the inaugural “Plein Air South” Regional Gathering in Historic Apalachicola on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Serving as the first annual meeting of the membershipdriven organization, over 30 master artists and guest speakers will be featured in presentations, demonstrations, instructional sessions, vendor exhibitions, and, of course, painting outdoors. The group’s mission is to unite the Southeastern plein air community and showcase the artistic talent and plein air resources of the South. Early registration of $295 includes the year membership and

four days of inspiration. Plein Air Pensacola E-mail: St. Augustine Anonymous Society of Artists E-mail: The Florida Painters E-mail: Venice Plein Air Contact: Karen Ann Hitt E-mail: Phone: 941.586.0207 Website: MAP equals Meet And Paint. That’s what we do! 1st Monday & 3rd Saturday each month. VPA came about in 2003 to serve our Venice area on the Southwest coast of Florida. We are local artists supporting our local arts and preserving historical scenic communities’ views. Anyone visiting our area who wishes to plein air paint with a group is welcome to join our MAPs. Due to schedule, we set up monthly MAPs with an invite to all. Saturday is important to keep on the schedule for those that are not able to meet during the week.

GEORGIA Atlanta Plein Air E-mail: Tannery Row Artist Colony E-mail:

The Outdoor Painters Contact: Marsha Savage E-mail: Phone: 770.926.3623 Website: Our purpose: to share travel to new locations, workshops, and weekend outings, and to mentor one another as outdoor artists. Time spent together creates a bond of friendship, as well as painting partners to call on for sharing a day or a weekend of plein air painting. This site is a resource for other outdoor painters, both in visual and written reviews from artists. We’d also like to give you the opportunity to share unique places that you’ve found in Georgia, news of plein air events, or any other information that you feel would be helpful to groups or individual outdoor painters.

H AWA I I Plein Air Painters of Hawaii


ILLINOIS Eagle’s Nest Art Group — Plein Air Painters


INDIANA Brown County Art Guild

E-mail: Jasper Community Arts


KANSAS Missouri Valley Impressionists Society

Contact: R. Gregory Summers E-mail: Phone: 913.707.8337 Website: The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society was organized to promote the appreciation and development of Impressionism in and around the Missouri River Valley Region, from the St. Louis Gateway to the Rocky Mountain Region. The MVIS allows those who work in Impressionism to paint and exhibit together and is one of the few organizations in the Midwest that embraces the method of painting en plein air. The organization encourages, hosts, and sponsors plein air paint-outs as well as atelier sessions, workshops, plein air competitions, and exhibitions throughout the year.

KENTUCKY Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky

E-mail: The Plein Air Painters of Kentucky

Contact: Jane Morgan E-mail: Phone: 502.592.7835 Website: The Plein Air Painters of Kentucky was founded in 1998 by Jane Morgan. There are 36 artists in this group; we paint one day a week from May through October each year. These paintings are then exhibited the next year in the Jane Morgan Gallery. In 2015 we painted in the Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville, Kentucky. We will have an exhibit of those paintings in the spring of 2016 in the Jane Morgan Gallery. We are partnering with the Parklands, so for every painting sold, the Parklands will receive a 20 percent donation, making this a win-win situation for all!

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MAINE Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy


MARYLAND Academy Art Museum

E-mail: Allegany Arts Council

Plein Air Painters, Inc. is an artist association that promotes and inspires quality plein air painting while providing socially pleasant painting opportunities for its membership throughout the year. Our artists who paint in the outdoors reside throughout the Greater Rochester, Genesee Valley, and Finger Lakes regions in New York State. Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters meets regularly all year round to paint landscapes, cityscapes, and waterscapes.


TEXAS Kerr Arts & Cultural Center


UTAH Eccles Community Art Center

E-mail: Spring City Arts

E-mail: International Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Painters of the Chesapeake Bay



Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters

Valley Arts Foundation

E-mail: E-mail:


Patchogue Sketch Club




Double Line Painters of the Blue Ridge

Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association

Plein Air Adirondack

Worcester County Arts Council


E-mail: Paint and Palette Artists’ Group

E-mail: Plein Air Rockford

E-mail: E-mail:


Virginia Plein Air Painters


Outer Banks Outdoors



Peninsula Art League


E-mail: Western North Carolina Plein Air Painters

Water’s Edge Artists





Northwoods Outdoor Artists


Cuyahoga Valley Art Center

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota



E-mail: Water’s Edge Artists (northeast Wisconsin)

E-mail: Ohio Plein Air Society



Art House (3rd Annual Callaway Plein Air)



Alla Prima Portland Missouri Plein Air Painter’s Association (MOPAPA)


E-mail: Art in the Mountains



NH Art Association

Plein Air Painters of Southern Oregon (PAPSO)

E-mail: NHPleinAir Artists




Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association

Contact: Wendie Thompson E-mail: Phone: 414.305.3286 Website: In its 10th year, WIPAPA is a very active plein air organization. We are a varied group, from beginning painters to professionals ... with many who teach. In 2015 there were 19 plein air competitions in the state as well as monthly open paint days and two juried shows. Our blog acts as a clearinghouse for all things “plein air” in the state. We also have a Facebook group, where a shout-out for painting buddies works well! Come and join us as we create art history painting outdoors in Wisconsin!! ( groups/46065204162/?ref=bookmarks)

Plein Air Painters of Central PA




Plein-Air Painters of America

Town Plein Air Painters

Teton Plein Air Painters

E-mail: susanhmcgarry@pleinairpaintersofamerica. com

N EW YOR K Catskill Plein Air Painters

E-mail: Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters

Contact: Barbara Jablonski E-mail: Phone: 585.381.3980 Website: Organized in September 2005, Genesee Valley





Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE)

Province: New Brunswick Plein Air Painters of New Brunswick


TENNESSEE Plein Air Memphis

E-mail: Tuesday Painters, Knoxville


E-mail: Province: Ontario Slikamilina Painting Tours Croatia E-mail: Province: Ontario Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists



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2016 PleinAir Artists' & COllectors' Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations  

A guide to plein air events and organizations that are located mostly around the U.S. with a few international options as well! Enjoy and pl...

2016 PleinAir Artists' & COllectors' Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations  

A guide to plein air events and organizations that are located mostly around the U.S. with a few international options as well! Enjoy and pl...