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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.

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A Plein Air Festival That’s Gaining Ground

Get a recap of a Southwest plein air festival and see who won first place in the various categories.
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More Favorite Moments From the Plein Air Convention

Live podcasts on stage; demos in pastel, oil, and watercolor; our 2020 location reveal; pictures from an epic ’60s/’70s dance party, and more!
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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!
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for March 2021

Spring is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Ultimate Guide! As a special bonus, we're even including advice for 2021 art event organizers so you can make it the best year yet.
Painting during the Publisher's Invitational, Fall Color Week

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for October 2022

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Cuttyhunk Plein Air takes place June 17 this year

Your June 2023 Plein Air Painting Events

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
Ray Roberts, "Creekside Poppies," oil, 30 x 40 in.

On View: Ray Roberts Solo Exhibition

Working on this exhibition for more than a year, this majestic body of work includes impressive studio paintings and several of the plein air studies that inspired them.

EXHIBITION: Plein Air in Deming, New Mexico

From January 3-26, plein air artists from the Deming, New Mexico, area have works on view at the Deming Arts Center.

Results from Jefferson

A juried group of around 30 artists set out to capture historic buildings, churches, and the Rock and Crawfish rivers in Jefferson, Wisconsin, in June for a friendly plein air competition. Who did judges William A. Suys, Jr., Paula Swaydan-Gredel, and Terrence Coffman favor?

Weekend Opportunity: Durham Bison Ranch in Wyoming

We’re just a few days away from a great plein air opportunity in Wyoming this weekend at the Durham Bison Ranch.  Registration is affordable and still open!  Feeling spontaneous?

Framing Life

The Detroit Institute of Arts recently mounted an intimate exhibition surrounding a brilliant painting by this Impressionist master.

Plein Air in British Columbia

Learn about the next plein air retreat hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists.
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Plein Air Artists of Colorado Fine Art Exhibition

If you find yourself near Durango, Colorado, soon, you can view almost 200 plein air paintings that are on view. See where in this exhibition preview.

Painting Outdoors in Richmond, Indiana

Coming soon: The Richmond Art Museum is hosting a day of study, painting, and networking.
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.
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.
SLOPE plein air painters - Dotty Hawthorne, "Alluring Light On Spreading Oak," pastel, 11 x 14 in.

Plein Air Exhibition: Colors of Conservation

San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE) and The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County announce ...
A happy artist during one of the paint-outs at the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo

Your July 2023 Plein Air Painting Events

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

Rural & Urban Paintings in Portland, Oregon

Scott Gellatly is well known to PleinAir magazine readers as an expert who shares his considerable knowledge about painting at art schools, retail art-supply...

An Eden in the ‘Concrete Jungle’

The New York Botanical Gardens recently hosted a paint-out invitational with more than 20 established plein air painters on hand. Beautiful settings + talented artists = worth your attention.