The “Best of Plein Air”

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) received over 325 entries for its 13th Annual Best of Plein Air exhibition, which is slated to open in just a few days. Who made the cut in 2017? Details here!

Winners at the Wayne

32 national artists captured the majestic beauty of the Delaware Valley during the Wayne Art Center’s 2017 Plein Air Festival between May 8-13. We have a recap for you here that includes the talented winners.


It was a proud moment for 10 painters as they took home a collective 14 prizes this spring in Arkansas during this second annual plein air event. Don’t blink, this could be the next big plein air competition!

Captivating Carmel Recap

The 24th Annual Carmel Art Festival was a tough competition for judge Mian Situ. No surprise given the fact the event each year draws the best artists from California and beyond. Who were the honorees in 2017?

Awards at Augusta

Heavy downpours and otherwise uncooperative weather couldn’t keep a record-setting group of 156 artists from making the most of the 15th annual Augusta Plein Air Festival in Augusta, Missouri, this spring. Who were triumphant? Your recap is here.

“Gilded” Results

The moment was golden for several artists during the award ceremony for “GILDED: Impressions of the Flagler Era” — a plein air exhibition in St. Augustine, Florida, that featured works produced during a 10-day citywide paint-out in April. Who took home hardware?

Watercolor Works in Laguna Beach

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) is overjoyed to have just opened a stellar exhibition dedicated to transparent watercolors. It’s in collaboration with the Joe Hanks Van Cleave Foundation for the Arts and CURATE Fine Art, and you won’t want to miss this!

Recap from Winter Park

Twenty-five nationally acclaimed plein air painters took part in the Winter Park Paint Out last month, with some record-breaking results. We’ve got them right here! Check it out!

Ribbon Results from Tarpon Springs

More than 50 painters and 15 photographers composed an exciting art event in Tarpon Springs, Florida, in late April this year. We’ve just received some results from the plein air portion. Who were the ribbon recipients?

Kathleen Hudson’s $15,000 Payday

On Monday at the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in San Diego, Kentucky painter Kathleen Hudson suddenly found herself $15,000 richer. The oil painter won the Grand Prize in the PleinAir Salon.

Abundant Sunshine and Smiles in San Diego for #PACE17

Thousands of artists and plein air enthusiasts are living large in San Diego, California, this week for the 6th Annual PleinAir Convention & Expo, which opened with a spectacular celebration just a few nights ago.

Anatomy of an Award Winner: Mary Monk, at Shadows-on-the-Teche

No sun? No problem for Mary Monk. Overcast days at the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition did not deter the Louisiana oil painter.

Olmsted Winners Brave Tornado Warnings, Floods, General Mayhem

Nature — and some miscreants who decided to set an interstate overpass on fire — seemed intent on discouraging the participants in the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, but plein air painters are not so easily put off.

Big Winners in the Big State of Texas

The Plein Air Southwest Salon recently announced its awards, chosen by Kenn Erroll Backhaus. Who won in the Lone Star State?

Eric Rhoads Picks Winners in Marble Falls, Texas

Sales doubled from last year at Paint the Town, in Marble Falls, Texas, an event that was judged by PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads.

Florida Elegance, and Winners

When the Light Chasers Plein Air Painters of the Southeast group holds its members show, it’s an elegant affair. They recently organized a paint-out to complement their exhibition, and here are the winners.

Strong Sales in New Iberia

Organizers of the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition report that sales doubled from last year’s event. Who won ribbons?

AIS Goes Small

A new show for the American Impressionist Society got off to a rousing start in Costa Mesa, California, recently — the Small Works Showcase.

The Plein Air Study That Launched a Big Winner

One plein air painting inspired several exceptional studio pieces by this California pastelist, the winner of the December-January contest in the PleinAir Salon.

They Won in Maui? Wowie!

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is a bright spot each February, and on top of the fine weather and colorful views, some artists leave the event with awards. Who wowed the crowd this year?

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