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Winners of the August-September PleinAir SalonContest

Expanded categories, an hours-long jurying process, and 14 winners. Get the scoop below.    "Bourton on the Hill," by John McCartin,...

OPPORTUNITY: Paint Private Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina

Those wishing to paint the spring blooms in some of Charlotte, North Carolina's finest private gardens will need to get their applications ready in...

OPPORTUNITY: Kerrville (TX) Outdoor Painters Event

Paint the beauty of Texas’s Hill Country at this event in Kerrville. Lead Image: “Three in a Row,” by Julie Davis Rusty Jones will judge the...

Parting Shot: The Fine Line Between Harmony and Discord

Troy Kilgore lives near Brown County, Indiana, one of the best places to enjoy fall foliage. He holds workshops on how to depict fall...

Painting Florida in All Its Variety

Florida artist Sharon Osterholt decided she would spend 2015 visiting and painting every state park in the Sunshine State. Here's what she discovered. Lead...

Curious Artist Finds Much in London Parks

Yes, there are some artists who look at a scene and simply see an interesting design and spots of color. But many more find...

Surreal Clouds, Civil War-Era Barns, and Posterity

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - Do you feel like you are capturing a disappearing world when you paint en plein air? Craig...

OPPORTUNITY: New Event in Littleton, CO

- Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today - The Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center in Littleton, Colorado, is launching a new plein air event this September....

Why This Works: Intense Sun in a Relatively Low Key

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

EXHIBITION: Small Works at Debra Huse, on Balboa Island, CA

’Tis the season for brisk sales of small paintings, and Debra Huse Gallery knows it. Her stellar lineup of artists has pieces perfect for stocking stuffing.

EXHIBITION: Levi Jackson and Adam Bateman, in Salt Lake City

Plein air painters Levi Jackson and Adam Bateman are featured in a show at Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City, January 20 through March 10. They shared their thoughts on the exhibition with PleinAir Today recently.

My Favorite Place to Paint: Michelle Condrat in Zion

Utah painter Michelle Condrat says her favorite place to paint can be described as the opposite of the Grand Canyon. Why?

When Nature Hands You Something Special

Walter Bartman is always looking for a sunset that has something unique about it. Boy, did he get one recently.

OPPORTUNITY: There’s Still Time (Barely!)

Time is quickly running out to immerse yourself in a fantastic paint-out opportunity in New York State. We’ve got all you need to know to find yourself at the Mohonk Mountain House this spring. Details here!

Adirondack Glory

Nearly 100 artists have gathered with Publisher Eric Rhoads this week at Paul Smith College near the Canadian border for family, friendship, and a week-long plein air painting extravaganza.

Winners at Red Fern

Although the inaugural Plein Air Red Fern event in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was relatively small, it undoubtedly had a large impact on the local arts community, featuring cook-outs, exhibitions, sales, demonstrations, and loads of fun.

Benicia Paint-Out

Benicia, California, will be the location for a massive paint-out in late August featuring 60 regional artists looking to catch the discerning eye of judge Randy Sexton.

OPPORTUNITY: Utah? Fall? Yes — Please!

Instruction, demonstrations, art sales, painting, and so much more are on the slate for a September 13-16 event in Utah. Registration is still open for this prized plein air opportunity. Details here.

Plein Air Austria 2017

For several years, Alexandre Reider and his wife have organized plein air painting trips around their home in Brazil with their students. Every once in a while, however, they aim for something much larger. This year, they landed in Austria.

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.
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