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Johnson County Center for the Arts

A Cultural Heritage Plein Air Event

Enjoy a mini recap from the Johnson County Center for the Arts.
Artist John Guernsey painting historic cabin in Elkmont

$270,000 Raised at Tennessee Plein Air Event

The "Plein Air in the Smokies" in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park proves to be a success in this, its first year.
Painting on location

Mendocino Open Paint Out Winners Announced

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosted three prestigious featured artists and 60 participating artists, from throughout California, as well from Illinois and Pennsylvania, as...
PleinAir Salon - Kimball Geisler, "Raging Spring," oil, 45 x 72 in.

The “Raging” Power of the PleinAir Salon Winner

Lori Putnam has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon. See who took home prizes here!
The Snowmass plein air painters

Snowmass Plein Air Results

Eighteen Colorado based artists enjoyed five days of painting around Snowmass Village, at the iconic Maroon Bells (the most photographed peaks in North American), near rivers in the Roaring Fork Valley, and on scenic hiking trails around Snowmass.
Eric Rhoads will lead a group on a painting trip to New Zealand starting Monday

Plein Air Artists en Route to an Island Country

It's "a bucket list dream come true.”
PleinAir Salon - Patricia Ryan, "Marmalade Sky," oil, 24 x 36 in.

“Marmalade Sky” Wins July

Michael J. Ruple, Director of aux gallery, has revealed his selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition.
From the pastel painting session with Bethany Fields

A Plethora of Pastel Techniques for Landscapes

Enjoy a recap of the 2nd Annual Pastel Live, an unforgettable event for artists of all levels of painting with pastels.

“Floating Dream” Finishes First in the PleinAir Salon

Diane Waterhouse, owner of Waterhouse Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Plein Air Easton painting festival competition

18th Annual Plein Air Easton – Winners Announced!

Enjoy a full recap of this year's Plein Air Easton, including the winning artists, and videos of the Awards Ceremony and Judge's Talk.
plein air events - Red Wing

Plein Air Painting in the “Gateway to the Driftless Region”

Plein air news from Minnesota: See who took home prizes at this year's Red Wing Arts Plein Air Festival. Is anyone you know included?
PleinAir Salon - Robin Caspari, "The Edge," oil, 12 x 10 in.

Why I Responded to this Painting At First Glance

Karen Hagan, owner of Hagan Fine Art Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.
Plein air painting at Sperry Chalet artist residency

The Lasting Mark of a Plein Air Artist Residency

Kalispell, Montana artist Ken Yarus has been exploring and painting Glacier National Park his entire life. So, when he was offered the opportunity to live and paint at Sperry Chalet for two weeks as their resident artist, it was an easy yes.
Susie Hyer with Moravian University President Bryon Grigsby​

Plein Air Artist Given Alumni Award

Known to her friends and fellow painters as an enthusiastic, “lets-do-it” kind of artist, Susie Hyer says, “I can always set up some kind...
Plein air painter Jack McGowan

A Welcome Relief at Hermits Peak Fire

In light of the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire — and as a Santa Fe plein air painter — Jack McGowan came up with an idea to ...
art supplies for plein air painters

The Hottest Plein Air Art Supplies of the Season

We always need more art supplies - like, always. Here are some the most popular colors, surfaces, paint brushes, frames on the market now. You're welcome!
Graeme Stevenson artist

We Will Miss You, Graeme Stevenson

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the beloved Australian artist Graeme Stevenson.
Painting of Yosemite Valley

Outside Insights

In her new LPAPA show, “Outside Insights,” Kathleen Dunphy will take you behind the scenes to show you her painting process from inception to final painting.
PleinAir Salon - Laurie Kersey, "Stillness," oil, 18 x 24 in.

It Has Everything

Camille Przewodek has revealed her selections for the winners in this round of the PleinAir Salon.

Speaking of Winners…

Congratulations to everyone who participated and placed in the 14th Annual Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival! Best in Show went to ...
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