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Just Plein Fun artists 2023 at Huse Skelly Gallery

Artists Having Just Plein Fun, Sunrise to After Sunset

Award-winning professional artists painted each day from sunrise to after sunset to capture the beauty of Balboa Island, California during the 18th Annual "Just Plein Fun" event hosted by ...
PleinAir Salon art competition - Timothy Horn, "French Curve," oil

“French Curve” Tells a Story, and Wins

Artist Peggy Immel has revealed her selections for the winners in the June 2023 PleinAir Salon. See who won here!
Plein Air Easton

Plein Air Easton Blows Past $500K in Art Sales

A juried event organized by the Avalon Foundation, it was announced today that art sales exceeded $500,000 over the course of the 10-day festival. The results were ...
Door County Plein Air Festival

Happening Now: Door County Plein Air Festival

The Door County Plein Air Festival in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, features 35 invited plein air masters and takes place among ...
Plein Air Easton Quick Draw

Happening Now – 19th Annual Plein Air Easton

Plein Air Easton is a 10-day art competition and festival in Easton, Maryland. Learn about the upcoming "Meet the Artists" event, and discover four quick facts!
The art gallery; Photo credit: Rick Cleland

’23 Elora Plein Air Festival Recap

A brief report of the Annual Elora Plein Air Festival (Ontario, May ‘23) from event judge Valerie Kent.
Mary Garrish, "Quiet," 16 x 16 inches, oil on linen

It’s Quiet

Tonalist Mary Garrish's painting "Quiet" will be on display during the American Impressionist Society's 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition from ...
2023 Dan Guida Best of Show Award: "Domesticated" by Naomi Tiry Salgado

It’s Good to Be “Domesticated”

The plein air landscape painting "Domesticated" by Naomi Tiry Salgado won the Dan Guida Best of Show Award at this year's Red Wing Arts Plein Air event.
PleinAir Salon art competition - Ned Mueller, "Tying Up - San Blas, Mexico," gouache, 11 x 15 in.

Congrats to the May ’23 PleinAir Salon Winners

Please help us congratulate the winners in the May 2023 PleinAir Salon! (The next deadline is coming soon, so enter your work today!)
Arte in Loco / Studio Peregrino

Arte in Loco

In addition to painting, the entire town was animated with parades, games, cultural and technological demonstrations, and many other activities.
PleinAir Podcast - Lyn Boyer - OutdoorPainter.com

We Say Goodbye to Lyn Boyer

The plein air community is feeling a wave of shock this morning as we've recently learned that artist Lyn Boyer has passed away.
Vincent van Gogh, “Wheat Field with Cypresses,” June 1889, Oil on canvas, 28 7/8 x 36 3/4 in. (73.2 x 93.4 cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Worth the Trip: Explore Van Gogh’s Cypresses

“Van Gogh’s Cypresses” will be the first show to focus on the unique vision the artist brought to bear on the towering trees ...
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.
"Apparently This Wasn't a Brothel," Mat Barber Kennedy, First Place North Carolina Plein Air Art Fest 2023

“Apparently This Wasn’t a Brothel”

Celebrating Art and Community: Highlights from the 2023 North Carolina Plein Air Art Festival New Bern
Lana Privitera, "Looking for a Way Out," watercolor, 29 x 21 in.

“Looking For a Way Out” Found a Way In

Catherine Saks of Saks Gallery has revealed her selections for the winners in the April 2023 PleinAir Salon.
Kimball Geisler, our Grand Prize Winner, accepting handshakes from fellow painters at PACE

“Tower of Towers” Takes Annual Salon

Congratulations to the incredible artists of the 12th Annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition from PleinAir™ Magazine!
Painting in the Garden of the Gods on Day 4 of PACE

Painting in the Garden of the Gods

As we boarded the busses, the thunder was so loud that it was setting off car alarms, and ...
Enjoying Eldorado Canyon State Park for our second paint-out of the week!

Day 3 Adventures Unfold

We are in full swing at the Plein Air Convention! On Day 3 of PACE our group headed into the Eldorado Canyon State Park,...
A moment from our first paint-out in the downtown Golden, Colorado area

“You’ve Got To Do It”

At the first paint-out of PACE '23, some artists painted on location for the very first time after a full day of demos and friend-making.
One of the many moments of laughter and joy from the PACE Opening Ceremonies on Day 1

Unforgettable Moments – And It’s Only Day 1

The 10th Anniversary of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in Denver, Colorado kicked off with music, laughter, a celebrity guest, and even a little magic this year.