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Discover upcoming artist events, art exhibitions, paint-outs, quick draws, Invitationals, and more for plein air artists and collectors.

Driggs Plein Air Winners

The 9th Annual Driggs Plein Air Festival recently announced the winners of this year's competition. Judges included renowned artist Patrick Saunders and fine art consultant Scott Jones.

This Month: Plein Air in Fort Wayne, Indiana

From an exhibition featuring Brienne Brown, Nancie King Mertz, and John Lasater to artist paint outs and pop ups, the Fort Wayne Artists Guild is celebrating plein air all month.

LPAPA: From Dusk to Dawn

“The plein air painter does not have typical business hours and you will find them…capturing the first light at dawn, the fading glow of a sunset, or the illumination of a night scene," says Rosemary Swimm.

PIPAF in Isolation

It took imagination and vast amounts of hard work, but organizers report that the 2020 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival — PIPAF in Isolation — was a success.

Hundreds Gather Online for Plein Air Live

At Plein Air Live, we welcomed artists from all over the world and from a variety of artistic backgrounds. From painting demonstrations with live Q&As to mini Zoom rooms for getting to know each other better, the week was filled with educational moments and a feeling of community. Keep scrolling to see more from this historic event.
Door County Plein Air Festival

Changes for Door County Plein Air 2020

"We had to find a way to continue the event is some way - for us, our supporters and the artists, who have been hit especially hard by closures and cancellations," said PenArt Executive Director Catherine Hoke.
Plein Air Live 2020

Are You Missing This Virtual Plein Air Event Right Now?

You can't help but learn and grow at Plein Air Live. Learn what it looks like, how it works, and how to sign up now so you don't miss another minute.
National Museum of Wildlife Art - Plein Air Fest

National Museum of Wildlife Art: 2020 Plein Air Fest

This year, rather than watching artists work on the Sculpture Trail, videos on the museum's social media channels and website will showcase paintings in progress and interviews with the painters.
Plein Air Live

Why You Need to Experience Plein Air Live

Learn from speakers on topics about art and plein air, people teaching core essentials, top star artists doing demos, artists critiquing paintings, artist discussions and roundtables, and even painting together in beautiful places. You’ll love what we’ve come up with for this.
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5th Annual Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival

This year the school anticipates more than 30 artists who will be painting at scenic locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Learn about the deadlines and details here.
Plein Air Live 2020

Coming Soon: A Four-Day Global Plein Air Event

Learn how you can become part of a historic global virtual event called PleinAir Live from the safety of your home without travel expenses.
Plein Air Glacier: New Format for 2020

Plein Air Glacier: New Format for 2020

The Hockaday Museum will host a new format for its annual Plein Air Glacier event, with a paint-from-home option, an extended exhibition, and an online auction.

Parrsboro, NS, Canada: Virtual Plein Air Festival This Year

This year the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival is a go, albeit in a different format due to COVID-19.

The Great American Paint-In

Learn about a project that is documenting the works of hope artists have produced during their COVID-19 isolation and as the country begins to reopen.

7th Annual ‘Where in the World in Plein Air’

Watch live as 54 gallery artists and 35 juried artists create masterful works for art.
Plein Air in Long Beach Island

Coming Soon: Plein Air in Long Beach Island

Artists from around the country will paint Long Beach Island this summer. Get details on the annual event and apply to participate here.
Images courtesy Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center: Year of the Woman

The Sedona Arts Center is celebrating The Year of the Woman as the theme for 2020, the centennial year of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote.
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for March 2020

Looking for a local event for March 2020? Check out these listings of plein air events from the Northeast to the Southwest, and beyond!
Mary Pettis, “Cedars in Springtime,” 2016, oil on linen, 16 x 24 in. plein air, Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Minnesota: Plein Air on View at State Capitol

The exhibition “Minnesota Landscapes” is a collection of works from the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.
Artist retreat - OutdoorPainter.com

Paint for One Whole Week This October

Get away and do nothing but paint for an entire week … you deserve it!
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