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Discover the latest art news from the world of plein air painting, including recent winners, upcoming art events, art competition deadlines, and more!

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 ...
PleinAir Salon - painting of boats

I’m Stunned

A husband’s secret, an artist’s dream...

Until We Meet Again

Most of us by now are home from the 9th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, filled to the brim with new techniques, ideas, paintings, memories, and friends...

Plein Air Painters Take Over the Plaza

For our second paint-out of the Plein Air Convention & Expo, we took several buses to the historic and vibrant Santa Fe Plaza. There,...

Painting Santuario de Chimayó

Welcome back to your Plein Air Convention & Expo highlights! Yesterday was so filled with activities that it’s difficult to narrow it all down...

Hello From the Plein Air Convention!

I don’t know what I was expecting at PACE, but it wasn’t this…
Art fairs - Richard J. Oliver landscape painting

Inspired at Art Fairs

Plein air painter Richard J. Oliver shares how participating in art fairs has been more rewarding than he could have imagined.
Plein Air Salon winners

The Last Salon Winners

Seth Hopkins, Booth Western Art Museum Executive Director has revealed his selections for the March round; winners of the annual competition will be announced at the Plein Air Convention!
Plein air painting in New Zealand (Opua); Photo credit: Barrett Edwards

An Artist’s Dream: Painting in New Zealand

There’s an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean that’s about the size of Colorado. It has deep glacier lakes and active volcanoes, and it is the destination for a group of plein air painters led by Eric Rhoads this coming September.
Quick Draw-Juried Artist-1st Place

2022 Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Award Winners

Discover who placed for what at the The 8th annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition in Louisiana.
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...
Plein Air Salon - Brent Cotton, "Winter Magic," oil, 32 x 40 in.

Fabulous Faves From the February Salon

Did you or your friends win? Karen Hagan, painter and owner of Hagan Fine Art has revealed her selections for the winners in the Plein Air Salon February Art Competition.

The Rattlesnake Gang Strikes Again

For the past six years, a group of plein air painters has been gathering every February, and according to Richie Vios, "We can't get enough of it."
Bierstadt paintings

Over 40 Hudson River School Landscapes on View

This closely-knit group of artists, together with like-minded poets and writers, forged a self-consciously “American” landscape vision and literary voice.
From Mark Shasha's demo

Highlights from the 3rd Annual Plein Air Live

Enjoy a recap of Plein Air Live, an unforgettable event for artists of all levels and styles of painting, with a focus on the landscape.
Plein Air Convention & Expo

13 Reasons to Meet Us in Santa Fe

It will be so exciting to see old friends, make new ones, attend classes and presentations indoors throughout the day and then, as one big group, head outside to paint each day in the late afternoon.
Plein Air Salon - John Buxton, "Great Falls of the Passaic," oil, 56 x 35 in.

6 Salon Stars from January 2022

Joseph McGurl has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon. They are ...
Plein Air Salon - Timothy Cunningham, "All is Bright," oil, 16 x 20 in.

6 High-Powered Paintings from the December Salon

American Master artist C.W. Mundy has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon!
National mentoring month

Coming in January: National Mentoring Month

January is "National Mentoring Month," and what better way to mentor than to share the practice of plein air painting with a young person?
Plein Air Salon winner - Luiz Azon, "A Day at the Races," oil, 37 x 52 in.

Who Was Victorious in the November Salon

Bob Malenfant, owner of southwest Gallery, has revealed his selections for the winners in this round of the Plein Air Salon.
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