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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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Plein Air in Florida: St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out

Learn about a plein air painting event near the northeast coast of Florida, including a “Quick Draw” and more.
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Flowing Estuary to Living Sea

Discover how the Central Coast estuary inspires painters in this exhibition preview.
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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.
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 Convention & Expo

13 Reasons to Meet Us in Santa Fe

It will be so exciting to see old friends, make new ones, attend classes and presentations indoors throughout the day and then, as one big group, head outside to paint each day in the late afternoon.
The view from the World Famous Artist's Cabin

Slap Paint With Us This Week

I’d like to personally invite you to my first ever "Eric’s Global Online Paint Out." It’s a free event and it's all online!
Plein Air Smokies

Coming Soon: Plein Air Smokies 2023

A highlight from our monthly plein air painting events guide at OutdoorPainter.com
Jivan Lee, "Young Ponderosa Beneath the Vastness of Blanca Peak," diptych, oil on panel, 108 x 48 in.

Exhibition > Jivan Lee: Arboreal

Jivan Lee's new exhibition, “Arboreal,” with its focus on the tree itself as primary subject matter, is a logical extension of his landscape painting practice.

Illinois Artists Exhibit

Members of the Suburban Plein Air Painters recently exhibited their paintings in the Herb Aigner Gallery of the Prairie Center for the Arts in...

From Monterey to La Jolla

Although she is known for her impressionistic depictions of rural landscapes, contemporary painter Erin Hanson has amassed a stunning collection of sweeping coastal vistas from Monterey to La Jolla, California, for this special exhibition.

OPPORTUNITY: Painting in Africa Offers Unique Benefits

In September 2018, PleinAir Publisher Eric Rhoads will take a special group of 50 painters to South Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime plein air safari. Accomplished painter Katerina Ring, who offers a similar painting tour in Zambia, has some encouraging thoughts about why you need to take advantage of this opportunity.

Ron’s Dusty Sprockets

Recognized as one of Virginia’s foremost landscape painters, Ron Boehmer has exhibited in over 130 exhibitions and festivals since 1984, taking home 65 awards — among them 18 Best of Show honors. The studio/school he helped co-found is honoring the artist with this display.

The Miracle of Light

Richard Schloss belongs to a group of strong, intimate painters who have helped continue Santa Barbara’s storied tradition of landscape painting that began more than a century ago. This new year, Schloss presents his newest paintings during a must-see exhibition here.
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Landscape Paintings by Dave Santillanes

Preview an exhibition of landscape paintings with soft edges, atmospheric perspective, and sophisticated compositions.
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Kern County, California Celebrates Plein Air

The week brought many unexpected circumstances and challenges for the artists, including high winds, herds of curious horses investigating the painting, and separate encounters with a bull and a rattlesnake who were equally unamused.
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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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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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for November 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Paul Kratter, "Changes, Mt. Diablo," 2022, oil on panel, 11 x 14 in.

View Through the Trees

Preview an exhibition of plein air paintings by Paul Kratter, taking place now at ...
Margi Lucena (1954-2022), "Bonito Creek," pastel, 12 x 16 in.

A Memorial Art Exhibition Fundraiser

An invitation to family, friends, fellow artists, and interested parties. Donations will fund ...