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Inaugural Red Fern

Nestled in Oklahoma’s Cherokee County lies the quaint town of Tahlequah, which will host its inaugural Plein Air Red Fern festival from June 15-17. Details here!

Small-Town Plein Air with Big Rewards

My first introduction to the world of plein air was about three years ago, when I just happened to be standing near the campground host at Red Bluff Park in Davisville, Missouri, when three men from Steelville Arts Council approached the host to inquire about bringing 50 artists to the park for a day of painting. It had been over 30 years since I picked up my paintbrushes, but immediately I was drawn into the conversation when I interjected, “I wanna paint.”

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!

21 Years of PAAC Brilliance

Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado, is the proud host of a vibrant upcoming group exhibition of plein air paintings. If you’re a fan of outdoor painting and Western vistas, you’ll be disappointed to miss this.

The Peter and Gail Ochs Collection

This California Institution recently announced that they will soon be showing a stellar selection of 25 major California Impressionist works from the prominent collection of Peter and Gail Ochs.

A Perfect Season for Impressionism

Cimarron Song Gallery is hosting its Second Annual Holiday Show December 1 from 5-8 P.M., featuring works by Julee Hutchison and Gregory Packard. This exhibit is sure to be a vibrant display of the seasons by two impressionists who revel in combining lots of paint, color, and texture to create a poetic and often heightened sense of reality.

A Colorful Spirit

The Crocker Art Museum will soon be opening a significant exhibition surrounding the bold, vigorous, and confident paintings of this famed California Impressionist.
Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Salon - OutdoorPainter.com

Oil Painters of America Plein Air Salon Winners

Congratulations to these plein air artists!
Rangely Artist Trail map - OutdoorPainter.com

A Trail Especially for Artists

Including 15 scenic locations, the trail promotes the unique and rugged beauty of this region, and it welcomes artists of all genres.
Plein air painter Tobi Clement

Giving Back to the Bosque

This landscape artist believes it is a reciprocal exchange of energy to give back to a place that has provided so much artistic inspiration. Her passion for this refuge has inspired her to create an Artist Giving Back campaign.
Jim Wodark, “Coyote Creek,” 8 x 16 in., oil

Winners From the 16th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational

Thirteen invited plein air artists from both coasts and several western states made a strong showing this March...
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)

24th Laguna Plein Air Invitational Results

LPAPA continues to be excited and grateful for the overwhelming support.
Randall Graham with his 1st Place winning painting at the 2023 Wayne Plein Air Festival

“Sometimes Crazy Ideas Pay Off”

This year's first place winner of the Wayne Plein Air Festival reflects on his winning painting.
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.

First Annual in Fairfield, Illinois

The First Annual Fairfield Fall Foliage Paint-Out was recently held in Fairfield, Illinois (October 11-13, 2012). Hosted by Volunteers for a Progressive Fairfield, the...

Albert Bierstadt in Thomas Cole’s Home & Studio

Although he is best known for paintings of the American West, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) often painted landscapes in New York and throughout New England....

Plein Air Event Benefits Jacksonville, Florida

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens again hosted A Brush With Nature. In its third year, the three-day plein air painting event -- held from...

Joseph McGurl Wins PleinAir Magazine Award From Art Renewal Center

Artist Joseph McGurl won the PleinAir Magazine Award in the 2012-2013 Art Renewal Center Salon for his painting "Twilight From the Palisades." The award...

Adirondacks Hit the Sweet Spot for Artists

What happens when a hundred artists paint at least 600 paintings in a few days' time in the Adirondack Mountains of New York? ...

A Chance to Paint History

A plein air group in Kentucky has a way to paint a historic event from the Civil War. How? Plein Aire...