Adirondacks Produce Winners, Naturally

The 9th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival recently wrapped up with a first-time participant taking home the grand prize valued at $2,200. Who joined this artist in victory, and what did they receive? There’s only one way to find out...

Floyd Has Knockout Power

The Floyd Plein Air Festival is an exciting new event that grew from the success of 2016’s Plein Air Crush in Floyd, Virginia. Featuring paint-outs at Apple Ridge Farm, the Chateau Morrisette Winery, and the Blue Ridge Parkway — could you expect anything other than greatness?

Beauty Reigns Supreme in Hudson

Twenty-three regional artists recently competed for ribbon glory in Hudson, Wisconsin. The depth, skill, and range of paintings left judge Scott Lloyd Anderson with some tough decisions. Who did he decide was the “cream of the crop”? Find out here.

An Area Worth Painting

The beautiful Columbia River Gorge is a plein air painter’s dream, which is why the Pacific Northwest Plein Air festival attracts many of the country’s most vaunted artists every year. In 2017, 42 artists scaled cliffs and hiked cavernous trails to capture that perfect vista in hopes of earning the top prize.

*Correction* Schaller’s Salon Selections

Did you or your friends win? The recent winners of the PleinAir Salon, selected by world-renowned watercolorist Thomas W. Schaller, have been revealed! Find out here who took home awards and is in the running for the $15,000 Grand Prize.

How Would You Paint the OC?

A variety of great plein air works were recently created in the small town of Ocean City Maryland last week, earning several artists ribbons and cash prizes. Details here!

Is Plein Air Coming to a State Fair Near You?

As the movement grows, it certainly could be as evidenced by the Wisconsin State Fair, which added this event in 2017.

Montague’s Success Grows

Now in its fourth year, the Montague International Plein Air Art Festival enjoyed huge success in June 2017 with a record-breaking 44 participating artists and over $2000 worth of prize money. Who caught the eye of judge Brian Lorimer?

Plein Air Force in Action

“May the ‘Plein Air Force’ be with you!” says accomplished pastel painter Susan Nicholas Gephart, who recently handed out some custom awards to the next generation of outdoor painters.

Winners at Ellicott City

Artists both homegrown and from as far away as San Francisco, California, were featured in this year’s Paint It! Ellicott City, in hopes of earning nearly $6,000 in awards. Who did judge Hai-Ou Hou favor?

Summer Days at Door

The weather was perfect, the crowds were thick, and the paintings were — well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. This may have been the best Door County Plein Air Festival ever — and I missed it! Not to worry if you did too, because the hot-off-the-press results are right here.

Easton Impresses Again

One of the nation’s premier painting events, Plein Air Easton, witnessed another fantastic week of camaraderie, warm weather, and stacks of brilliant paintings. Both established and up-and-coming names filled the winners list. Take a look!

Results from Paint du Nord

This week’s northern flavor continues with some worthy results from the Duluth Paint du Nord — a third annual plein air event along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Who captured the cash?

Results from Jefferson

A juried group of around 30 artists set out to capture historic buildings, churches, and the Rock and Crawfish rivers in Jefferson, Wisconsin, in June for a friendly plein air competition. Who did judges William A. Suys, Jr., Paula Swaydan-Gredel, and Terrence Coffman favor?

Paradise, En Plein Air

Just over 100 world-class outdoor painters participated in Utah’s premier plein air festival between June 24 and July 4 amidst the spectacular Herber Valley. With nearly 600 paintings completed, will you recognize these names that rose to the top?

Capturing Cedarburg

Beautiful Ozaukee County hosted 150 artists from around the country between June 6 and June 13 for the popular Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Competition. Who captured awards?

Small-Town Plein Air with Big Rewards

My first introduction to the world of plein air was about three years ago, when I just happened to be standing near the campground host at Red Bluff Park in Davisville, Missouri, when three men from Steelville Arts Council approached the host to inquire about bringing 50 artists to the park for a day of painting. It had been over 30 years since I picked up my paintbrushes, but immediately I was drawn into the conversation when I interjected, “I wanna paint.”

First Annual Plein Air Malvern

For nearly the entire month of June, 10 local artists converged on Malvern, Pennsylvania, where they set up their easels and paints to capture Chester County’s historic venues and classic landscapes. You can still catch a glimpse. When and where?

Taking Telluride

The Sheridan Arts Foundation recently held the 14th Annual Telluride Plein Air event, hosting world-class artists for a weeklong paint-out culminating in a three-day exhibition and sale in Colorado.

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.

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