On a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, my wife and I were walking along the sidewalk at Ipanema Beach when I noticed a group of plein air painters in the median strip between the different lane directions on the boulevard.
While outdoor painting in solitude can be healing, meditative, and enjoyable, there’s no doubt that bonding with friends while creating something beautiful has a special appeal. Two close friends decided to take it one step further, traveling nearly 12,000 miles in total to soak up North America and Canada’s beauty in mind, body, spirit, and paint.
The ninth edition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members show will be opening at Sorrel Sky Gallery in November. In 2017, acclaimed artist Bob Rohm is juror of awards while Roger Williams, Dave Ballew, and Shanan Campbell Wells made the exhibition selections.
Nationally known painter Dean Mitchell was inspired at an early age to become an artist, and he credits his maternal grandmother, Marie Brooks, for that. The artist is honoring her in a beautiful way that will continue for years to come. How?
Easton, Maryland’s premier gallery — South Street Art — is currently highlighting the works of two gifted painters during its October show. Both artists are accomplished painters in different mediums in this versatile display of plein air magic.
The Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational is certainly one of the premier events in the nation, and the park recently announced its full schedule of events for 2017. Details here!
A star-studded lineup of painters are scheduled to present their fantastic plein air works during “Beloved California II” at this well-known gallery. Who, where, and when?
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.
The Maryland Center for the Arts recently wrapped up its third annual Harford Plein Air Festival, a week-long outdoor painting competition held at several locations throughout Harford County. Find out here which of the 30 juried artists reigned supreme amidst their colleagues and the marvelous fall colors.
Earlier this month PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads and about 60 artists gathered in Acadia National Parks’ Schoodic Point for a solid week of painting in a retreat called Fall Color Week. In the event’s third, and probably last, year in Maine, Rhoads’ intent was to expose painters to a painting experience that allowed them to get away from their day-to-day responsibilities while concentrating on continuous painting.
PleinAir Today has sadly learned of the passing of artist Curtis (“Curt”) Hanson, whom we take a moment to remember.
The gorgeous fall colors recently attracted a number of talented outdoor painters to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for a vibrant and colorful plein air festival. Will you know the winners?
In July, PleinAir Today detailed the amazing story of painter Emilie Lee, who had recently sold almost all her belongings to pack her Honda Element and travel across the country to camp and paint outdoors. Want to see her works in person?
Shake off winter’s brittle grip next spring in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, during the annual GO Paint! Chippewa Valley.
Six outdoor painters recently undertook an amazing project combining plein air and conservation surrounding the Santa Ynez River Watershed in Santa Barbara County, California. They call themselves “Rose-Compass,” and their work results will soon be on view here.
Recognized as one of Virginia’s foremost landscape painters, Ron Boehmer has exhibited in over 130 exhibitions and festivals since 1984, taking home 65 awards — among them 18 Best of Show honors. The studio/school he helped co-found is honoring the artist with this display.
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.
PleinAir Today can’t go too long without mentioning the Grand Canyon again because, well, it’s such a magnetic subject for outdoor painters, event organizers, and so much more. One of the largest events involving plein air and the canyon — the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art — recently concluded with those familiar fantastic results.
Sequoia Gallery + Studios in Hillsboro, Oregon, was the proud host once again for the annual Plein Air @ Washington County event. Find out here who reigned supreme in the Pacific Northwest.
A large contingency of world-class plein air painters recently participated in the Fifth Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival in Virginia, which resulted in a stunning array of paintings. Which ones earned ribbon distinction? Find out here!