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Parting Shot: Art Basel Miami Beach Counterpoint

Art Basel is famous and notorious among representational painters. But one thing is for sure: Attending it can be laborious. The antidote, of course,...

Be Brave, Says Brad Holt

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Brad Holt, a field instructor at the upcoming Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), has much...

Painting a Trump Rally

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Jonathan Luczycki had mixed feelings when he heard that he would be driving into the middle of...

Why This Works: Dark-Light Pattern

- Jeanne Mackenzie reporting - In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and...

Simplicity and Depth

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Brad Clark’s recent paintings of a vineyard near his California home have the bracing appeal of a...

Parting Shot: Didn’t Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blowin’

They’d never seen a train on those tracks, so these Portland painters went for it.

EXHIBITION: Jon Redmond and Michael Doyle

Two instructors at the Wayne Art Center, both alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, are showcased in a show at the center through January 28.

Artists Share in $31,500 in Prizes

Jean Stern judged the December-January contest in the PleinAir Salon, setting up a slew of artists to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Who's in?

Anatomy of an Award Winner: Nancy Tankersley at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Event

When Nancy Tankersley saw this scene, she felt like it captured the feel of Florida. The judge at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival agreed.

Parting Shot: Live from Japan!

It was just a few weeks ago that the magnetic story of Cory Trépanier and his project “Into the Arctic” was a topic of discussion in episode 44 of the PleinAir Podcast. Most recently he’s been seen on TV in Japan and teaching plein air.

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.

Beautiful Boulder

Sixteen talented artists recently converged in Boulder, Colorado, for the first annual Boulder Plein Air Festival and spent several days capturing the area’s sights and ambiance. Who did judges Jane Hunt and KC Becker favor?

Rocky Mountain High

Several world-class artist members of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters recently gave their time to help foster the younger generation of plein air artists near Moose, Wyoming.

An Area Worth Painting

The beautiful Columbia River Gorge is a plein air painter’s dream, which is why the Pacific Northwest Plein Air festival attracts many of the country’s most vaunted artists every year. In 2017, 42 artists scaled cliffs and hiked cavernous trails to capture that perfect vista in hopes of earning the top prize.

EXHIBITION: A Journey Along California’s Coast

The California Art Club (CAC) highlights one of the defining characteristics of the Golden State — its awe-inspiring shoreline — during a must-see exhibition titled “A Journey Along the California Coast,” on view now through...

Invitational Shines on Laguna Beach

The 19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational was another resounding success. Each year, the event showcases the nation’s top plein air landscape painters, who compete for more than $30,000 in cash prizes. Who grabbed awards last weekend? Find out here.

OPPORTUNITY: Hameau Artist Retreat in May

Instructed and facilitated by the talented and vivacious Susan Nicholas Gephart, the annual Hameau Farm Artist Retreat in Big Valley, Pennsylvania, is a great opportunity to share, create, and learn all things art and plein air. Details here.
Plein air painting by Dave Santillanes

Gallery: 9 Winning Paintings from the Plein Air Salon

Congratulations to the February/March 2018 winners of the Plein Air Salon art competition! Be inspired with the following gallery of nine of the winning works, and learn how to enter your best art to win cash and publicity.
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Results from Lighthouse Plein Air Festival

Enjoy photos from the 6th Annual Plein Air Festival at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art.
Artist Michael J. Lynch to Be Honored with PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award

Artist Michael J. Lynch to Be Honored with PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award

“I was extremely surprised and pleased upon learning that I had been selected..." Lynch said. "Considering the great number of artist friends and colleagues who are undoubtedly more deserving of this recognition than I am, I consider it a great honor and am deeply appreciative."
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