Montague’s Success Grows

Now in its fourth year, the Montague International Plein Air Art Festival enjoyed huge success in June 2017 with a record-breaking 44 participating artists and over $2000 worth of prize money. Who caught the eye of judge Brian Lorimer?

How Do You ‘#PaintItForward’?

Outdoor painting is so much more than a creative outlet—it’s a way to connect with nature, form lifelong relationships, and expose passers-by to an exciting cultural phenomenon. Discover how one ascending watercolorist is using his talents to give back to the community he captures in so many beautiful ways.

Is Plein Air in Moonlight Possible?

Moonlight has fascinated artists for centuries. Writers have composed about its romance, artists have painted its mystery, musicians and composers have been moved to produce beautiful passages that evoke those ideas. But while moonlight has been depicted by many painters, it was often done from memory — out of necessity, because it’s hard to see and paint in the dark.

Bette Plein Air Paintout Exhibition

More than 40 artists recently spent a week painting outdoors around Alameda Island in California, culminating in a luminous exhibition at Alameda en Plein Air Gallery in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. When does it open, and who’s included?

The Band of Brushes

The Band of Brushes is a group of artists who paint outdoors together along the beautiful shores of New Hampshire. Later this month, the group will present a great selection of their works here.

Door County Adventures

Several artists of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society embarked on their own adventure while in attendance at the Door County Plein Air Festival two weekends ago. What they found was extraordinary and beautiful.

Plein Air Force in Action

“May the ‘Plein Air Force’ be with you!” says accomplished pastel painter Susan Nicholas Gephart, who recently handed out some custom awards to the next generation of outdoor painters.

Passionate Color

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery has just put out a call for artists to submit their work for an upcoming four-week exhibition titled “Passionate Color,” to be shown in Portland, Maine, in October. Specs and details here!

Global Plein Air

You likely wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that outdoor painting is a worldwide phenomenon. We spend a lot of time detailing the amazing events, exhibitions, and festivals here at home, so why not take a brief moment to see what’s happening across the pond?

Plein Air Smackdown

Recently, PleinAir Today detailed a vibrant invitational exhibition at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis that was organized in conjunction with this past weekend’s “Plein Air Smackdown.” Even with scattered showers skirting the area, artists ventured out to paint, eventually enjoying laughs, libations, and sales.

Winners at Ellicott City

Artists both homegrown and from as far away as San Francisco, California, were featured in this year’s Paint It! Ellicott City, in hopes of earning nearly $6,000 in awards. Who did judge Hai-Ou Hou favor?

Salado’s Getting a Taste of Plein Air

The Public Arts League of Salado, Texas, is launching its first ever Paint Out competition and is inviting artists and the public to be a part of this inaugural event. Details here!

OPPORTUNITY: PAPA Master Workshops

The Plein Air Painters of America will host a series of master workshops this fall featuring several notable guests and opportunities you don’t want to miss. When is it, and where?

Benicia Paint-Out

Benicia, California, will be the location for a massive paint-out in late August featuring 60 regional artists looking to catch the discerning eye of judge Randy Sexton.

Solomons Is Soon!

It won’t be long before a star-studded cast of international plein air artists converge on Solomons Island, Maryland, for a weeklong painting extravaganza! Details here.

Three Generations of Buerkles

Throughout art history, it’s common to find generations of families with art as their vocation. Despite being less frequent today, there are artists alive today who find themselves part of a storied family tradition, including the talented Poppy Balser. What happens when artistic passion is not only inherited, but encouraged and supported in the younger generation?

Hai-Ou in Easton

Fresh off her successful run at Plein Air Easton, talented painter Hai-Ou Hou returns to South Street Art Gallery this fall for a vibrant solo exhibition “Seeing the West Through Eastern Eyes.” More just a click away!


Prolific painter Douglas Fryer and Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently announced the dates for an upcoming solo exhibition of the artist’s work. Titled “Transformations,” this new body of work showcases the Utah artist’s evolving aesthetic.

Summer Days at Door

The weather was perfect, the crowds were thick, and the paintings were — well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. This may have been the best Door County Plein Air Festival ever — and I missed it! Not to worry if you did too, because the hot-off-the-press results are right here.

What Is Holding You Back in Your Quest to Become a Better Landscape Painter?

Probably the same thing that challenged my progress as an aspiring artist many years ago, and the same thing that holds a lot of art students back: preconceived notions about the painting process. That was the short answer. Now for the long answer. I am going to attempt to tackle that question in a circuitous route, but one that hopefully will connect with the reader.

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