Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

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.”

First Annual Plein Air Malvern

For nearly the entire month of June, 10 local artists converged on Malvern, Pennsylvania, where they set up their easels and paints to capture Chester County’s historic venues and classic landscapes. You can still catch a glimpse. When and where?

Beautiful Boulder

Sixteen talented artists recently converged in Boulder, Colorado, for the first annual Boulder Plein Air Festival and spent several days capturing the area’s sights and ambiance. Who did judges Jane Hunt and KC Becker favor?

From Monterey to La Jolla

Although she is known for her impressionistic depictions of rural landscapes, contemporary painter Erin Hanson has amassed a stunning collection of sweeping coastal vistas from Monterey to La Jolla, California, for this special exhibition.

Moving On…

Being an artist is an epic journey — an odyssey, if you will. It involves exploration, experimentation, and evolution. Artist Bill Sawczuk has just mounted a great exhibition that explores how he evolves —and it deserves your attention. Where can you view it?

Vincent Is Loved

A highlight of the opening ceremony at PACE17 in San Diego was a presentation by award-winning artist Dena Peterson, who talked about her participation in the incredible film “Loving Vincent.” The recently released film is now winning awards.

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!

Dreams from Nova Scotia

Incredible coastal views, talented competition, and more than $6,000 in cash and product awards could be found at the 2017 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF) this spring. Which artists basked in victory?

A Plein Air Rodeo

Since 1954, the San Angelo Roping Fiesta has attracted the most accomplished and best tie-down and steer ropers in the world. Hosted in San Angelo, Texas, the 2017 competition will feature some extra spectators.

“Paint Camp” Exceeds Expectations

Nestled by a beautiful lake with a mountain view and the smell of deep green pines high in the mountains of upstate New York near the Canadian border is a camp for painters, which occurs just once a year. Like a camp for kids, instead of making pot holders and lanyards, adult campers make art… lots of art. Two paintings a day minimum.

Light Chasers

Fifteen top plein air painters have been invited to create original works of art that will then be exhibited and sold here between July 2 and 6. Who are they, and where?

Annapolis Winners

It was a week filled with work, play, and plein air painting during the 2017 Paint Annapolis in Maryland between June 4-11. Jurors Wil Scott and Richard Sneary had the tough task of determining winners. Who did they favor?

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!

Market Impressions

Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia recently hosted a major sale involving American art and Pennsylvania Impressionists. How did the market stand as of June 4?

An Eden in the ‘Concrete Jungle’

The New York Botanical Gardens recently hosted a paint-out invitational with more than 20 established plein air painters on hand. Beautiful settings + talented artists = worth your attention.

Inaugural Gloucester

The waterfront community of Gloucester, Virginia, received an enthusiastic response from regional artists and enthusiasts during its first ever Gloucester Arts Festival. A comprehensive recap is just one click away!

Prizes at Penn Valley Park

Penn Valley Park contains many of Kansas City’s most iconic monuments and memorials, which presented many outdoor painters with delightful subjects to represent during the 2017 Plein Air Kansas City, held May 5-13. Which artists were victorious? Find out here.

Inaugural Red Fern

Nestled in Oklahoma’s Cherokee County lies the quaint town of Tahlequah, which will host its inaugural Plein Air Red Fern festival from June 15-17. Details here!

EXHIBITION: ‘Plein Air Unleashed,’ in White Stone, VA

On view through May 21, this exhibition gathers the work of several Virginia plein air painters at the Allure Art Center in White Stone, Virginia.

Parting Shot: Serious Fun at PACE

Participants at the PleinAir Convention & Expo (PACE), going on now in San Diego, are learning bunches and getting juiced by all the shared ideas and encouragement. But with Eric Rhoads in charge, one can count on there being plenty of fun, too.
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