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

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 ...

Passionate Color

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery has just put out a call for artists to submit their work for an upcoming four-week exhibition titled “Passionate Color,” to be shown in Portland, Maine, in October. Specs and details here!

“Impressions of Light” in Connecticut

Next week, the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut will present the work of modern-day American Impressionist Dmitri Wright in a show titled...

Waterhouse Wonders

The magnetic works of Hsin-Yao Tseng and George Bodine will grace the walls of Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara this fall. When?

Olmsted Plein Air Starts Early

Although the competitive festivities for the 2018 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational don’t take place until April 21-29, that doesn’t mean organizers can’t get things started a little early — with these.
Painting the beach en plein air

Paint the Beach in Fort Myers

Learn about an upcoming plein air festival in Florida!

A Wonderful Project Wraps Up

In August, PleinAir Today detailed a magnetic project titled #PaintItForward by watercolorist Dan Mondloch that earned major praise among our readership! After 50 paintings created, Mondloch is poised for a fantastic conclusion in Minnesota. Details here.
Carl Bretzke, "Florida Sky," 24 x 36 inches, Oil on Linen, 2023

On View: Bretzke & Butko, Night & Day

Discover an exhibition of masterful plein air and studio paintings from both near and far.
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.
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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!
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2019 Plein Air Unleashed

In this four-day event, artists from across Virginia and Southern Maryland are invited to spend the week in the Northern Neck of Virginia painting our beautiful scenery en plein air.

15th Anniversary Show, Demo & Paint-Out

West Wind Fine Art on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with artwork by master artists Richard Schmid, Clyde Aspevig, Nancy Guzig,...

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...

LPAPA: From Dusk to Dawn

“The plein air painter does not have typical business hours and you will find them…capturing the first light at dawn, the fading glow of a sunset, or the illumination of a night scene," says Rosemary Swimm.
One of the many moments of laughter and joy from the PACE Opening Ceremonies on Day 1

Unforgettable Moments – And It’s Only Day 1

The 10th Anniversary of the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in Denver, Colorado kicked off with music, laughter, a celebrity guest, and even a little magic this year.
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Your 2021 Plein Air Ultimate Guide

It's here! Your 2021 Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations, a free resource from PleinAir Magazine. Bookmark this link today so you can refer to it all year long!

Small-Town Plein Air with Big Rewards

My first introduction to the world of plein air was about three years ago, when I just happened to be standing near the campground host at Red Bluff Park in Davisville, Missouri, when three men from Steelville Arts Council approached the host to inquire about bringing 50 artists to the park for a day of painting. It had been over 30 years since I picked up my paintbrushes, but immediately I was drawn into the conversation when I interjected, “I wanna paint.”
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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.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Event or Yearly Conference?

During the week of September 13-17, an unusual event took place in the little town of Midway, Utah. 
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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!