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Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

Carol Carter Watercolor Live

Day 1 Highlights from Watercolor Live

Our first "main event" day of Watercolor Live did not disappoint! We enjoyed sessions with Alvaro Castagnet, Francesco Fontana, Paul Jackson, Tom Lynch, Jean...
Franz Bischoff, "A Cool Fog Drifting," 1924, oil on canvas

Gifted: Collecting the Art of California

The exhibition chronicles the history of a lesson in art appreciation for a SoCal high school that would mature into "one of the most outstanding collections of early California Impressionism in the nation."
Mark Cleveland, "Stuck at the Light: Heart o’ Chicago," Oil, 12 x 12 in.

Chicago For Real

From neighborhood landmarks to well-trod park paths to unnamed alleys, each of these paintings has a familiar feeling of Chicago.
Painting and art retreats

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for November 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Fall Color Week 2021

Finding New Friends at Fall Color Week

Learn about the secret surprises and annual favorites attendees experienced at this year's Fall Color Week.
Plein Air Events - OutdoorPainter.com

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for October 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
How to use PanPastels

Highlights From the First-Ever Pastel Live

Welcome to your Daily Highlights from the first-ever Pastel Live virtual art conference! We hope you'll enjoy these favorite moments and demos from this unforgettable event!
Painting Events - A scene from the Publisher's Invitational, Fall Color Week

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for September 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Judson Brown, plein air painter

On View: Painting Connections

Learn about a plein air painting exhibition by painter, teacher, and avid outdoorsman Judson Brown.
Painting outdoors - Art in the Open

Painting the Landscape in Ireland: Art in the Open Winners

In its 14th year, this annual festival hosted 100 artists painting and capturing the stunning landscape of the Sunny South East, County Wexford in Ireland.
Plein air painting in London

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for August 2021

Summer is almost over, so take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide.
Plein air painting workshops - OutdoorPainter.com

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for July 2021

Summer is in full swing, and so are these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities.
Painting and art retreats

Painting with Friends in the Adirondacks

Wouldn't it be nice to spend a week simply painting in the outdoors, making new friends, and relaxing to evening music? You can. Here's how.
A scene from the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (June 17-20, 2021, Nova Scotia)

Time to Get Outside! Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for June 2021

Summer is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities!
Plein air painting events - winning artists

Top Picks at the 22nd Annual First Brush of Spring

Over 120 artists descended on the Wabash River town in Southwestern Indiana, competing for over $20,000 in prizes and purchase awards.
Plein Air Live - BethUllmann

Making Friends and Changing Lives at Plein Air Live

There was more to Plein Air Live than learning how to paint better landscapes...
Plein air events

Mark Your Plein Air Calendar: May Events and Exhibitions

Spring is in full swing, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Artists' and Collectors' Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations, as well as plein air exhibitions that are on view.
Photo of Christoval art colony painters

In the Steps of the Master: A West Texas Adventure

A hundred years ago, coming to West Texas was the ultimate adventure ... Roughing it was not an abstract concept on these sketching trips.
Plein air painting of a bridge

Plein Air and a Kate Winslet Connection

Kate Winslet's new HBO mini-series takes place in an area that has drawn plein air painter Jacalyn Beam to it many times. Perhaps you've even painted these scenes?
Plein Air Events - OutdoorPainter.com

Get Outside! Plein Air Events for April 2021

Spring is here, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Artists' and Collectors' Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.
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