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

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.
Plein air painting

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.
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Paint for One Whole Week This October

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

Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870

This exhibition of some 100 oil sketches made outdoors across Europe during that time includes several recently discovered works and explores issues such as attribution, chronology, and technique.
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for February 2020

Looking for a local event for February 2020? Check out these listings of upcoming plein air events!

Coming Soon to Florida: Plein Fun Fest

Held in a “hidden gem” on the coast of Florida, this plein air festival raised over $8,000 last year. See what’s in store for 2020 in this announcement!
Plein Air Convention & Expo

For Plein Air Groups: Good News and Bad News

An Important Message for Plein Air Event Planners
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The Mountains Are Calling: 2020 Artist Retreat

Join Eric Rhoads in the Adirondack Mountains for the ultimate painting retreat for artists.

See the World Like a Plein Air Painter

In this plein air course for beginners, you’ll gain inspiration and a wealth of new skills and techniques for painting outdoors.
En Plein Air Texas - OutdoorPainter.com

Winners From the Recent “En Plein Air Texas” Event

A whirlwind week of over 400 paintings about West Texas has come and gone! See who took home awards from En Plein Air Texas this year.
The 2019 Ohio Plein Air Society award winners

Ohio Plein Air Society: A “Movable Feast”

Participants painted southern Ohio landscapes that included small-town scenes, urban sights in downtown Cincinnati, and Midwest farms. Learn more about this — and the next event — here.
Plein air painting trip - OutdoorPainter.com

New Fall Color Location Revealed

Most of the seats for Fall Color Week 2020 have already been sold, so reserve your spot now for an unforgettable painting trip.
Jeremy Lipking - Plein Air Convention & Expo

Join Us for Plein Air Painting in Denver, Colorado

The world’s largest plein air event is about to get bigger. Discover two new reasons you don’t want to miss the 2020 Plein Air Convention!
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for November 2019

Looking for a local event next month? Check out these listings of plein air events from the Northeast to the Southwest, and beyond!
Celebration of Art

And the Winners Are…

Discover the award winners of two recent major plein air events!
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