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

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The Wild Side: Plein Air Paintings Available Now

"The Wild Side Art Show and Sale" is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a virtual exhibition. More than 80 paintings that highlight Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon, and Two Harbors were created by 10 nationally-recognized plein air artists.
Eric Rhoads, the host of Fall Color Week

Fall Color Week 2020: Two-For-One Seasons

Enjoy a visual recap of the 2020 Fall Color Week, where 50 painters gathered to paint while they stayed at a classic, early 20th century hotel with a stunning vista of the mountains, getting a taste of both Fall and Winter.
Outdoor Painters of Minnesota

Plein Air Grand Marais – 2020 Winners

2020 has proven to be a challenging year to organize events where people gather in groups. But outdoor painting is a perfect pandemic-avoidance activity, even if some painters are more home-bound than others...
Painting Vacations - Fall Color Week 2020

Paint for One Whole Week!

Learn how you can get away and do nothing but paint for an entire week … you deserve it!
The Show Goes on in Sonoma

The Show Goes on in Sonoma

“We’ve all been going through challenging times during the pandemic, and it’s tough to predict what our future will look like,” says Jennifer Parr, SPAF Board Co-President. “But we know one thing for sure: Art must be a part of that future!" 
plein air oil paintings

Irish Artist Pauses for Harmony

When the world came to a standstill during the pandemic, this artist used his time to create a series of plein air works, some from a nearby and quite unlikely location.
Painting outdoors

6 Million Acres of Painting Possibilities

From rivers to mountaintops, participants in the 2020 Adirondack Plein Air Festival recorded views in every corner of the park. Take in some of the sights here.

Activities for Artists at the 2020 Buffalo Bill Art Show

View the schedule of events for this year's Buffalo Bill Art Show, which includes an exhibition, quick draw, workshops, and more.

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.

Coming Soon: Kathy Anderson Teaches How to Paint a Garden

"My passion for painting is rooted in my garden," says Kathy Anderson. Learn how to paint from Kathy during this one-of-a-kind virtual event.

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.
Plein air festivals

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.
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