’twas the Season for Salon Victory

Did you or your friends win? The latest bi-monthly winners of the PleinAir Salon, selected by Scott Shields, were revealed in December! Find out here who took home awards and is in the running for the $15,000 Grand Prize.

How to Paint Beaches and Boats — and Win

Hosted between November 7-12, Paint the Beach in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is — naturally — a fantastic fall opportunity for a plein air showdown. All told, the sunny skies and range of artistic talent left judge Vladislav Yelisleyev with tough decisions. Which artists had an early Thanksgiving feast?

Don’t Let Your Salon Victory Slip Away. . .

Only hours remain to submit your materials for the October/November PleinAir Salon!  You could win $250, $500, or even $1,000 if your painting is chosen for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place by judge Scott Shields.  When is the deadline?

Looking Nice in Northbrook

The northern Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Illinois, hosted its first Plein Air Painting Festival this fall for an enthusiastic community and 30 Midwest artists. For a festival planned in a short, four-month period, they knocked it out of the park.

Taking Temecula

For 10 years running, the beautiful Temecula Valley has offered talented outdoor painters plenty of inspiration during the Ralph Love Plein Air Invitational. Who recently earned distinction?

Salon Winners from Illinois River

The Illinois River Salon is a juried event featuring artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. 2017 marked the fifth year for the competition, and it’s recently announced the winners. Do you know these artists?

Get There Fast, Take It Slow

Beautiful Bermuda once again played host to Plein Air Bermuda, a vibrant plein air competition and show that continues to rise the ranks as a must-attend for painters. Who basked in the sun and glory?

PAPNM Winners

The ninth edition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members recently opened at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe. In 2017, acclaimed artist Bob Rohm decided awards while Roger Williams, Dave Ballew, and Shanan Campbell Wells made the exhibition selections. Who are the winners?

Fall Foliage Paint Out Winners

For the sixth year in a row, artists from across the Midwest gathered in Fairfield, Illinois, to enjoy the Fairfield Fall Foliage Paint Out. This year had some big winners, with one talented artist pulling off a Triple Crown, receiving Best of Show, Artists’ Choice, and Best Oil.

Results from Capitola

The third annual Capitola Plein Air competition recently wrapped up in sunny California where 40 talented artists went head-to-head for over $2000 in awards. The winners were. . .

“Painted Parks” Receives State Honor

Mounted in 2016, “The Nature of Art: Painted Parks” by Indiana artist Rick Wilson and the Richmond Art Museum was recently recognized by the Indiana Historical Society, winning this state-wide honor.

Yee-haw! Plein Air Texas Winners

The meteoric rise of EnPleinAirTEXAS has been something to behold. 2017 was the event’s fourth year, and it has already become one of the most well-attended and sought-out painting competitions in the United States. Featuring 34 of the nation’s top outdoor painters in 2017 — find out here who rounded up honors and lassoed awards.

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?

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.

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?

Invitational Shines on Laguna Beach

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.

Results from Plein Air Washington

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.

Bath County Beauties

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!

Victorious at Ohio Plein Air

The 14th Annual Ohio Plein Air Competition recently wrapped up in Bay Village, Ohio, where more than 50 artists competed for the eye of judges Dawn Whitelaw and Robin Roberts.

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