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PAAC Winners in Boulder

Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado, hosted Plein Air Artists Colorado’s 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition recently, with an oil by Michael Clark...

OPPORTUNITY: Salisbury, NC in August

The NC Open Plein Air Paint Out is an open competition, but organizers recommend that artists register in advance to ensure that the event...

EXHIBITION: PAPA at the California Center for the Arts

"Legacy of the Land," an exhibition showcasing the plein air and studio work of members of the Plein-Air Painters of America, is on view...

EXHIBITION: “Painting Ohio Prairies,” at the Springfield Museum of Art

Fred Fochtman juried the Ohio Plein Air Society's show focusing on prairies, on view now through February 22 at the Springfield Museum of Art...

City Scenes from the Midwest

In the paintings of Carl Bretzke and David Cunningham, the lively highways and quiet neighborhood streets of Minneapolis find fitting expression.  A two-person exhibition featuring...

November 7: “Heirs Apparent in the Representational Art World”

An exhibition of the best young talents in representational painting and sculpture points to the bright future of the genre. Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas,...

Honoring John Stobart

Beloved marine painter John Stobart displays artworks in a late-career retrospective and will offer up insights during a fireside chat with Fine Art Connoisseur editor Peter...

April 8: Bonhams California & Western Art Auction

Guy Rose, Granville Redmond, Edgar Payne, and other major figures in California Impressionism will be represented at Bonhams’ auction on April 8.   Bonhams’ California &...

EXHIBITION: The CAC’s “Lights, Camera, California”

Members of the California Arts Club painted scenic sites from TV and movies to highlight the Golden State’s central role in the entertainment industry in this show, which is on view at the Old Mill until May 14.


We often hear about the myriad sources of inspiration for artists. Often, it’s nature, other times an abandoned alley, or a snapshot moment when the light hits your subject’s face at just the right angle. What about dreams?

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.
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11 Outdoor Still Life Paintings

Think you’re limited to painting landscapes when you take your art outdoors? Think again — these artists show a variety of ways to incorporate the timeless still life in an outdoor setting.
Oil painting of a sunset

Salon Showstoppers from March 2021

Lance Rehs, Director of Rehs Contemporary Galleries, has revealed his selections for the winners in the Plein Air Salon monthly art competition.

EXHIBITION: Women Artists: Past & Present, in South Pasadena, CA

Through November 19, the Laurie Hendricks Gallery in South Pasadena, California, is hosting “Women Artists: Past & Present,” a show inspired by the new...

EXHIBITION: Rick Wilson, in Fort Wayne, IN

Rick Wilson’s traveling exhibit of 70 paintings of Indiana State Parks is now on view at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   The project is...

EXHIBITION: “Intuition: A Focus on Women Artists” in Pasadena

From May 7-28, American Legacy Fine Arts in Pasadena, California, is hosting a show featuring the art of Jean LeGassick, Jennifer Moses, Teresa Oaxaca,...

Painting the Colors of Cuba

As you read this, 100 plein air painters are soaking up the tropical air in Cuba, more than halfway through their week-long adventure in...

Illinois River Salon Names Winners

In its third year, the Illinois River Salon chose winners from a variety of media.   The salon is run by the Heart of America Artists’...

Why This Works: Texture Imparts Feeling and Movement

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they...

June 12: “Contemporary Figuration”

Artists such as Felicia Forte, Sergio Lopez, Tony Pro, Dave Santillanes, and Zhaoming Wu feature in a group exhibition of progressive figure painting. Abend Gallery...

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