Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

Plein Air Painting in Florida

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.
Plein Air Convention & Expo

Paint in Santa Fe With Us

As you read this, I’m packing up and preparing to meet several hundred artists in Santa Fe on Monday, when the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo will begin, and I am so excited about it, for several reasons. See why, and score some advice from previous attendees!
Plein Air Studies - Associated Women in the Arts

Study to Studio: A Plein Air Art Exhibition

“From Study to Studio” highlights the beginning to end process that artists use to create their art — from original concept to final completion.
Painting Abroad: Four Artists Share Their Reflections and Advice

Painting Abroad: Reflections and Advice

See through the eyes of four outdoor painters who traveled to Cuba to paint this “beautiful and complex” place.
Field studies and small works by William Matthews

Field Studies, Small Paintings by William Matthews

A selection of plein air field studies and more...

Painting in Historic Havana: A Recap

Discover what this group of artists got to experience while visiting Cuba with Publisher Eric Rhoads. Hint: It included much more than plein air painting!

Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

View more than 50 paintings, oil studies, and drawings by Frederic Church in this current art exhibition (preview it here!).

Plein Air Artist Julia Munger Seelos: “Landforms” Exhibition

Learn about this striking collection of plein air paintings inspired by the parks of Utah and Arizona, as well as the California coast.

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.

The Value of Art Retreats

Artists are used to taking workshops, which of course are great ways to learn. But what about events that are all painting, in a beautiful place with no workshop? It's trending - see why...

Urban Landscapes: An Art Exhibition

Learn about Rolando Barrero's current exhibition at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery (California).

Plein Air in British Columbia

Learn about the next plein air retreat hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Library Video Collection Brings Artists Together

In this community event, artists are invited to explore the extensive art instructional DVD video collection of the Southbury Public Library, select a video, and create their own artwork inspired by the instructor.

Enormous Paintings of the Grand Canyon

The 2018 Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale will feature paintings and sculptures from more than 70 nationally recognized contemporary artists, including Sedona, AZ artist Curt Walters with his large-scale landscapes.

31 Days of Painting Watercolor Urbanscapes

Plein air artist Barbara Tapp’s work will be featured February 2 through March 3 at Holton Studio Gallery, where she’ll be showing 34 watercolor urbanscapes that were painted during a 31-day sprint in the Flatlands of Berkeley.

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.

Pioneering Painter Celebrated in Sacramento

California artist E. Charlton Fortune (1885-1969) came of age during a time when women began to redefine their roles in society, pushing the boundaries of what was expected of them and challenging the status quo. An exhibition of her work, titled “E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit,” will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA from January 28-April 22, 2018. You need to know about her!

Convention Preview: Find Spiritual & Personal Support

During her presentation at the Plein Air Convention & Expo, Tennessee artist Kathie Odom will reveal that she has been fortunate to find spiritual and personal support as her career skyrocketed to higher levels. What will she recommend to artists in Santa Fe?

Find Important Information in the Shadows

“If people start looking for color in the shadow, they will see it,” says Mark Fehlman, one of the featured artists at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. “If they stop and look, compare things, and consider what they want to emphasize most, they will get a lot more out of their observations.” How does Fehlman actually accomplish that?

Trekking Artists to Exhibit: The Granite Group

Over the past few years, some of California’s most distinguished plein air artists have painted in the wilderness areas of the High Sierra Mountains. Now a large group of their plein air and studio paintings are on exhibition. Find out which artists are included in the show.