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Art Renewal Center Introduces the Plein Air Category

Learn about the exhibition, preview the featured plein air works, and learn how to enter here.

Why People Are Still Talking About #PACE19

See the works of artists who are still in the afterglow of the 8th Annual Plein Air Convention, and get excited about our next stop: Denver!
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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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.
Actress Jane Seymour

Celebrity Coming to PACE in 2023

A film and television actress is coming to the Plein Air Convention & Expo this year. Who is it? Find out here ...

A Conservator Responds to Constable’s Historic Cloud Studies

A distinguished art restorer was inspired by plein air cloud studies and small landscapes created by the great British artist John Constable (1776–1837). Mark...

Inaugural Gloucester

The waterfront community of Gloucester, Virginia, received an enthusiastic response from regional artists and enthusiasts during its first ever Gloucester Arts Festival. A comprehensive recap is just one click away!

Summer Days at Door

The weather was perfect, the crowds were thick, and the paintings were — well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. This may have been the best Door County Plein Air Festival ever — and I missed it! Not to worry if you did too, because the hot-off-the-press results are right here.

Results from Chincoteague

Fifty fine artists from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond assembled in Chincoteague and Assateague in Virginia for a paint-out, show, and sale. Who took home hardware?

As I See It

Exuberant color and painterly interpretations of place and moment fill Rodger Bechtold’s Wisconsin landscapes. Based on direct observation, recollection, and some invention, Bechtold’s paintings illustrate the grandeur in the everyday. Where can you see his latest?
Plein Air Studies - Associated Women in the Arts

Study to Studio: A Plein Air Art Exhibition

“From Study to Studio” highlights the beginning to end process that artists use to create their art — from original concept to final completion.
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LPAPA: Town & Country Plein Air Exhibition

“Town & Country: Where the Cities Meet the Pastures” is dedicated to paintings created by LPAPA members. This is a free event that welcomes all art lovers. Discover when you can visit the exhibition in this preview.
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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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.
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for March 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
LPAPA plein air - First Place: "Jitterbug" (watercolor, 18 x 14 in.) by Geoffrey Allen

The 2023 “Best of Plein Air” LPAPA Winners Are …

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association celebrated its 19th Annual “Best of Plein Air” Juried Art Show with over 317 entries by 140 artists.

Rare Show of Anders Zorn Paintings & Drawings

The first international loan exhibition and catalog in more than 25 years dedicated to one of our favorite artists, Anders Zorn (1860-1920), is about...

Moving On…

Being an artist is an epic journey — an odyssey, if you will. It involves exploration, experimentation, and evolution. Artist Bill Sawczuk has just mounted a great exhibition that explores how he evolves —and it deserves your attention. Where can you view it?

How Would You Paint the OC?

A variety of great plein air works were recently created in the small town of Ocean City Maryland last week, earning several artists ribbons and cash prizes. Details here!

Grand Canyon, Grand Celebration

PleinAir Today can’t go too long without mentioning the Grand Canyon again because, well, it’s such a magnetic subject for outdoor painters, event organizers, and so much more. One of the largest events involving plein air and the canyon — the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art — recently concluded with those familiar fantastic results.
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