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

Eric Rhoads and friends painting en plein air at a Publisher's Invitational

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for May 2022

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

Glowing — and Flowing — Testimonial

Thoughts and paintings from the artists who attended the Publisher’s Invitational in the Adirondack mountains two weeks ago continue to pour in. Take a look at these fantastic works!
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Does Your Art Reveal That You See the World Differently?

Consider this question and see what Joe Paquet has to say about getting better as a painter and . . .

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?

Intuitive Draftsman, Innovative Watercolorist: John Marin

The work of John Marin (1870-1953), gets a revelatory new look in an exhibition originating at the Arkansas Arts Center, affording a unique opportunity to see finished watercolors, etchings, and oil paintings reunited with the sketches on which they were based, for the first time outside the artist’s studio.
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Making Friends and Changing Lives at Plein Air Live

There was more to Plein Air Live than learning how to paint better landscapes...
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Plein Air Painting in San Francisco and Wine Country

Have you ever dreamed of painting en plein air along the California coast? If so, you’ll want to listen to this FREE webinar, during which you’ll learn the ins and outs of painting in the San Francisco Bay Area.
From a paint-out at a previous Plein Air Convention & Expo

February 2024 Painting Events – In-Person and Online

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

A First Since 2005

Brazier Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, is greatly anticipating the opening of this internationally acclaimed artist’s first solo show there in 12 years.

America’s Parks Exhibition Begins Tour

Many subscribers to PleinAir entered the "America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art" competition, and several of them have paintings among those that will...

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.

Artist Retreat Takes on Fall Colors!

Earlier this month PleinAir magazine publisher Eric Rhoads and about 60 artists gathered in Acadia National Parks’ Schoodic Point for a solid week of painting in a retreat called Fall Color Week. In the event’s third, and probably last, year in Maine, Rhoads’ intent was to expose painters to a painting experience that allowed them to get away from their day-to-day responsibilities while concentrating on continuous painting.

Seductive Solomons

The historic Solomons Island in Maryland was host once again to a vibrant plein air competition and festival, with names both familiar and new earning those prized ribbons, bragging rights, and cash. Who were they?
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Painting on Location in Alameda, California

Enjoy a recap of the recent Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout and see who took home awards this year.
Plein air artist Terry Shoffner - OutdoorPainter.com

A Treasure Trove of Subject Matter for These Outdoor Painters

Eureka Springs third annual ESPAfest saluted 17 winners recently. See who, in this overview of the event.
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Plein Air Art Show: Layers of Autumn

The Kelly Adirondack Center and Union College Department of Visual Arts is presenting "Layers of Autumn," an exhibition of paintings by ...
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for March 2020

Looking for a local event for March 2020? Check out these listings of plein air events from the Northeast to the Southwest, and beyond!
Borrego Springs Plein Air - Margaret Larlham won the Quick Draw event in 2022 with her pastel painting, "Golden Oldie."

Borrego Springs Plein Air – 17 Years Strong

Once again 13 premier plein air artists have been invited to capture stunning vistas in oil, pastel, and watercolor for ...
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Your March 2023 Plein Air Painting Events

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!
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Happening Now: En Plein Air Texas

En Plein Air Texas is celebrating 10 years of capturing the authentic West with artists painting on iconic private ranches and ...