Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

Who’s Chasing Light in Northern Colorado?

If you’re around town in Fort Collins, Colorado, this week/weekend you might want to stop by the Carnegie Building on Matthews Street for a brilliant display of local plein air magic.

How to Paint Beaches and Boats — and Win

Hosted between November 7-12, Paint the Beach in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is — naturally — a fantastic fall opportunity for a plein air showdown. All told, the sunny skies and range of artistic talent left judge Vladislav Yelisleyev with tough decisions. Which artists had an early Thanksgiving feast?

Drifting into Plein Air Beauty

The remarkably talented painter Joshua Cunningham is presenting his newest series of plein air works, titled “Driftless,” at Minneapolis’ Groveland Gallery. What’s the story behind the works? Find out here.

Florida Through Russian Eyes

Plein air impressionist painters Julia Kostova, Rustem Stahurski, Viktorija Bulava, Irina Alexandrina, and Mikhail Shapovalenko will each be represented during a colorful group exhibition at East West Fine Art.

The Granite Group

Every year since 2005 an intrepid crew of artists come together from all over California, and beyond, to trek the High Sierras, be inspired, and paint. In the first major installation of 2018, the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center will present “Granite Group: Plein Air Paintings of the High Sierras.” The exhibition opens...

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!

A Painter’s Pilgrimage

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art recently announced its plans to mount a significant 2018 exhibition surrounding the travels of iconic painter Frederic Church.

Stotler’s Plein Air Vision

Artist Kathryn Stotler, an acrylic plein air specialist, is currently displaying her newest works alongside jewelry and ceramics by Gilbert Castro at Arcata Artisans Gallery in California. What do her current brush musings look like?

As I See It

Exuberant color and painterly interpretations of place and moment fill Rodger Bechtold’s Wisconsin landscapes. Based on direct observation, recollection, and some invention, Bechtold’s paintings illustrate the grandeur in the everyday. Where can you see his latest?

The Artist & Their Art

Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore is excited to be presenting works by artists Hai-Ou Hou, Palden Hamilton, Joanna Barnum, and Tim Kelly during this invitational exhibition.

OPPORTUNITY: Hameau Artist Retreat in May

Instructed and facilitated by the talented and vivacious Susan Nicholas Gephart, the annual Hameau Farm Artist Retreat in Big Valley, Pennsylvania, is a great opportunity to share, create, and learn all things art and plein air. Details here.

Blockbuster Season Finale

Camden Falls Gallery in Maine has mounted a great exhibition to cap off 2017, featuring the works of Susan Graeber, Kathleen Robbins, Charles Fenner Ball, and Stefan Pastuhov! Details here.

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.

EXHIBITION: McNally at Benicia

New works by watercolorist Samantha McNally will soon be featured at the well-known Benicia Plein Air Gallery in California.

Must-See Moods of California

J. Bond Francisco, Edgar Payne, Paul Lauritz, and William Wendt are among the blockbuster artists represented during the Irvine Museum’s current exhibition “Moods of California,” which explores seven unique ecological regions of the Golden State.

The Painter from Ipanema

On a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, my wife and I were walking along the sidewalk at Ipanema Beach when I noticed a group of plein air painters in the median strip between the different lane directions on the boulevard.

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.

PAPNM to Showcase Juried Members Works

The ninth edition of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members show will be opening at Sorrel Sky Gallery in November. In 2017, acclaimed artist Bob Rohm is juror of awards while Roger Williams, Dave Ballew, and Shanan Campbell Wells made the exhibition selections.

Framing Life

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

South Street Versatility

Easton, Maryland’s premier gallery — South Street Art — is currently highlighting the works of two gifted painters during its October show. Both artists are accomplished painters in different mediums in this versatile display of plein air magic.