Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, located outside of Harrisburg, is the site of an annual plein air event that in the last three years has raised $364,000 that organizers have put right back into the local arts community. This event, the Plein Air Camp Hill Competition and Arts Festival, is interesting for its wide scope -- it hosts professional artists competing for a top prize of $2,000, and it organizes free workshops and activities for artists of all levels and ages. There's even a Quick Draw for the waist-high set.
The red rocks of Zion National Park in Utah are a serious challenge for a visiting artist. Rachel Pettit loves that challenge, and has some observations to share about painting the dramatic scenery of the park.
Plein Air -- Easton has long been considered by artists to be one of the top events of the year. This year it's also probably the richest. Organizers announced that the top prize at their 2014 event will be worth $10,000.
Last September, parts of Colorado were literally washed away by epic flooding. The disaster knocked many communities back on their heels. Cities such as Estes Park are recovering, but they could use the simple help of involvement in area events. One such event is Plein Air Rockies.
When PleinAir magazine tapped William C. Hook as a faculty member for the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), they were pulling a nationally known but local artist into the family. His arresting, vibrantly colored acrylic paintings of Carmel and the nearby coast offer a different take on plein air painting.