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Olmsted Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that is dedicated to nurturing the visual and cultural art education and experience through the art of plein air painting.

Starting This Weekend: Olmsted Plein Air Invitational 

Atlanta’s 10th Annual Olmsted Plein Air Invitational takes place April 13-21 with 29 nationally and regionally recognized artists.
Painting during Plein Air Church, an annual favorite

Plein Air at the Forgotten Coast

Highlights from the 19th Annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event, including Plein Air Church, Student Art Day, and more.
PleinAir Salon - Bill Farnsworth (Venice, Florida), “Looking East,” Oil, 12x16 in.

“Looking East” Looks Like a Winner

Darrell Beauchamp, Executive Director of the Western Art Museum, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Plein air painters

Small Town, Big Art at the BAI 18th Annual Plein Air Invitational

Nestled in the small town of Borrego Springs, renowned and emerging artists come for the competition, but the scenery and community spirit remain long after.
PleinAir Salon - Brian Blood (Pebble Beach, CA), “Parallel Parking in Paris,” Oil, 12x16 in.

Parisian Painting Wins PleinAir Salon, January 2024

Lisa Skelly, plein air artist and owner of Huse Skelly Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.

We Say Goodbye to Joe Anna Arnett

Joe Anna Arnett, distinguished artist, died on the evening of February 3, 2024, at her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a long battle with cancer.
PleinAir Salon - Terri Ford (California), “Canyon Dusk,” Pastel, 28x24 in.

Salon First Place: “A Stunning Painting”

Artist Camille Przewodak has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
PleinAir Salon - Maria Josenhans, “Endless Agate Beach,” Oil, 36x60 in.

Endless Agate Beach: A Beautiful Orchestration of Shapes and Color

Artist Skip Whitcomb has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Plein Air Artist Randall Sexton obituary

Artist Randy Sexton Passes Away

Plein air artist Randall (Randy) Sexton passed away in his studio on Sunday evening, December 11th. Our community is both shocked and heartbroken. We were asked on behalf of Randy's widow to share this news and what happened.
Margi Lucena (1954-2022), "Bonito Creek," pastel, 12 x 16 in.

A Memorial Art Exhibition Fundraiser

An invitation to family, friends, fellow artists, and interested parties. Donations will fund ...
PleinAir Salon - “Canceled” by Tanja Gant, Charcoal, 16x13 in.

PleinAir Salon News: First Place is Canceled

John Manzari, owner and director of Meyer Gallery, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Artist Nancy Seamons Crookston, painting on location

Nancy Seamons Crookston: Missed By Many

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Utah-born, California-based artist Nancy Seamons Crookston.
From Mark Shasha's landscape painting session

Landscape Love at Realism Live 2023

In addition to back-to-back lessons, we enjoyed breakout sessions to network and make friends; special moments with the Realism Live Sponsors; nightly paint-alongs; and even a faculty artwork auction.
Plein Air Grand Marais

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota Announce Plein Air Grand Marais Results

Fall color and September light were on spectacular display at the 2023 Plein Air Grand Marais event, which drew over 100 painters to this year’s Competition Week. The winners were ...
From C.W. Mundy's "3-D realism" painting demonstration

Happening This Week: 4th Annual Realism Live

Watch and interact with world-renowned artists as they demonstrate their skills at Realism Live, November 9-11, with an Essential Techniques Day on November 8.
PleinAir Salon art competition - John Buxton (Allison Park, Pennsylvania), "How Many Beaver?" oil, 12 x 9 in.

PleinAir Salon Winner: Clearly, a Piece That Comes to Life

William A. Suys, Jr. has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon. First place goes to ...
Elta Joyce Murphey Grand Prize Award: Vlad Duchev, “Previous Water,” oil and acrylic, 24 x 24 in., Photo by Bruce Partain

Artists Under the Texas Stars

See highlights from the 10th Annual EnPleinAirTEXAS, a fundraiser for the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
Jack Richeson, October 27, 1932 — October 27, 2023

We Say Goodbye to Jack Richeson

Jack worked in the artist materials industry from the age of 16 helping to manage sales for the leading manufacturers in the world. At age 49, he founded Jack Richeson and Company ...
2023 Celebration of Art plein air artists

On View Now at the Grand Canyon

Discover the 15th Annual Celebration of Art's top winners and view the paintings and photos from this year's event.
"Two Red Doors" by Nanci Charpentier

Baton Rouge Plein Air, One Stroke at a Time

Highlights from Baton Rouge Plein Air's two-day event, which focused on a historic town established in 1806 ...