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

Is Shadows-on-the-Teche Looking for You?

November 15 is the deadline to enter the annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition, slated for March 10-16, 2018 in New Iberia, Louisiana. Details here!

Call for (Water Media) Art

Winners will be awarded more than $7,000 in prizes during the 41st International Watermedia Exhibition, juried by Iain Stewart. Want to throw your hat in the ring? The deadline is approaching.

Who Captured Cape Ann?

The second annual Cape Ann Plein Air event recently wrapped up in Massachusetts with some remarkable results. Which artists seized the moment?

Awards from Inaugural Tulsa Event

Thirty-five artists recently converged in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the inaugural Plein Air Tulsa! Competition, judged by the nationally known Gil Adams. With Tulsa’s outstanding subjects to paint — such as gardens, parks, and Art Deco architecture — which artists captured them best?

How to Get Value From Your Painting After It’s Sold

Well-known painter Jane Hunt has had a busy and successful year — complete with a number of workshops, the Plein Air Convention, and several competition awards. The artist recently had some thoughts about maximizing a painting’s value, even after it’s left your possession.

The Painter from Ipanema

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.

12,000 Miles of Friendship and Painting

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.

PAPNM to Showcase Juried Members Works

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.

Dean Mitchell Honors His Grandmother

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?

South Street Versatility

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.

Zion Announces 2017 Schedule

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!

Their Passion for Place

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?

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.

Harford Honorees

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.

Artist Retreat Takes on 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.

Remembering Curt Hanson

PleinAir Today has sadly learned of the passing of artist Curtis (“Curt”) Hanson, whom we take a moment to remember.

Results from Steamboat

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?

Capturing Infinite Landscapes

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?

OPPORTUNITY: Chippewa Valley in May

Shake off winter’s brittle grip next spring in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, during the annual GO Paint! Chippewa Valley.

1 Year, 6 Women, 92 Miles

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.
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