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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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Classical Landscape Paintings on Display

This collection is inspired by the Hudson River School paintings, which gave the world their first glimpse into the Americas and have left a huge mark on the world of art. Learn when and where you can see these works.
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First Brush of Spring for Hoosiers

Over 100 artists descended on the Wabash River town in Southwestern Indiana, competing for over $20,000 in prizes and purchase awards.
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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.
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In the Steps of the Master: A West Texas Adventure

A hundred years ago, coming to West Texas was the ultimate adventure ... Roughing it was not an abstract concept on these sketching trips.

Parting Shot: A Precious Trip for Painters

PleinAir magazine’s own Richard Lindenberg seems thrilled to meet an unusual creature in the exotic locale of New Zealand. He was part of the contingent who joined Eric Rhoads for a Publisher’s Invitational event to the Pacific country.

Invitational Illuminates the Twin Cities

Seventeen regional artists from around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, are currently showcasing a vibrant display of plein air paintings during this selling invitational. Where can it be found?

Hudson Valley Plein Air Preview

Currently, New York State hosts about nine plein air festivals annually, with most of those hosted in the Upstate, or Finger Lakes, region. The Hudson Valley, a favorite painting location for many of America’s most celebrated artists, seemed like a natural addition to the slate, with an event now entering its second year.

12,000 Miles of Friendship and Painting

While outdoor painting in solitude can be healing, meditative, and enjoyable, there’s no doubt that bonding with friends while creating something beautiful has a special appeal. Two close friends decided to take it one step further, traveling nearly 12,000 miles in total to soak up North America and Canada’s beauty in mind, body, spirit, and paint.

Call for Wisconsin Plein Air Artists

The Gallery of Wisconsin Art and the League of Milwaukee Artists are hosting the first West Bend Plein Air and “Paint the Market” competition in beautiful West Bend, Wisconsin.
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Painting From Olana to Newburgh

Wallkill River School hosted the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival (New York) featuring 30 artists who traveled from across the country to participate and compete for prizes against some of the best regional artists.
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A Wider Interpretation of Plein Air

Discover how the six-day Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival combined the traditional with the experimental this year.
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.
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On View: Painting Connections

Learn about a plein air painting exhibition by painter, teacher, and avid outdoorsman Judson Brown.

Inspiration From Historic Landscape Drawings

A wide variety of drawing techniques were used in creating works currently on view at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, and those...

First at Finger Lakes?

Now in its sixth year, the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition and Festival recently welcomed 40 professional artists from across the country and Canada to vie with one another for a series of fantastic awards. Join us in congratulating these deserving winners!

Benicia Paint-Out

Benicia, California, will be the location for a massive paint-out in late August featuring 60 regional artists looking to catch the discerning eye of judge Randy Sexton.

EXHIBITION: Jivan Lee and Others at William Havu

Accomplished painters Jivan Lee, Lynn Boggess, and Lui Ferreyra along with sculptor Nancy Lovendahl recently opened a great exhibition at Denver’s William Havu Gallery, to much anticipation. It’s filled with energy, passion, color, and texture, and you’ll unquestionably want to catch a viewing soon.

May “Peace” Be With You

Twelve talented plein air painters will be featuring their works this December in California for a can’t-miss group show. Find out here who’s included and where!
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Preserving the Dana Adobe With Art

See how a project from the San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment brings awareness and support to historic land.
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March 2019 Plein Air Events

Check out these listings for upcoming plein air invitationals and events happening all over the U.S. Which will you attend?
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