Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

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.

Zion Announces 2017 Schedule

The Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational is certainly one of the premier events in the nation, and the park recently announced its full schedule of events for 2017. Details here!

NOAPS Best of America

A world-class display of oil and acrylic paintings is just around the corner at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Who’s included?

Their Passion for Place

A star-studded lineup of painters are scheduled to present their fantastic plein air works during “Beloved California II” at this well-known gallery. Who, where, and when?

A Perfect Season for Impressionism

Cimarron Song Gallery is hosting its Second Annual Holiday Show December 1 from 5-8 P.M., featuring works by Julee Hutchison and Gregory Packard. This exhibit is sure to be a vibrant display of the seasons by two impressionists who revel in combining lots of paint, color, and texture to create a poetic and often heightened sense of reality.

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.

Driftless Minnesota

Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis excitedly announced an upcoming spotlight exhibition this winter featuring a vibrant new body of work from this rural Isanti native.

Capturing Infinite Landscapes

In July, PleinAir Today detailed the amazing story of painter Emilie Lee, who had recently sold almost all her belongings to pack her Honda Element and travel across the country to camp and paint outdoors. Want to see her works in person?

OPPORTUNITY: Chippewa Valley in May

Shake off winter’s brittle grip next spring in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, during the annual GO Paint! Chippewa Valley.

Ron’s Dusty Sprockets

Recognized as one of Virginia’s foremost landscape painters, Ron Boehmer has exhibited in over 130 exhibitions and festivals since 1984, taking home 65 awards — among them 18 Best of Show honors. The studio/school he helped co-found is honoring the artist with this display.

Grand Canyon, Grand Celebration

PleinAir Today can’t go too long without mentioning the Grand Canyon again because, well, it’s such a magnetic subject for outdoor painters, event organizers, and so much more. One of the largest events involving plein air and the canyon — the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art — recently concluded with those familiar fantastic results.

Bath County Beauties

A large contingency of world-class plein air painters recently participated in the Fifth Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival in Virginia, which resulted in a stunning array of paintings. Which ones earned ribbon distinction? Find out here!

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?

Pacific Gold

There’s surely no other way to describe these fantastic coastal plein air views currently on view at the Redfern Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Who created them?

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.

Victorious at Ohio Plein Air

The 14th Annual Ohio Plein Air Competition recently wrapped up in Bay Village, Ohio, where more than 50 artists competed for the eye of judges Dawn Whitelaw and Robin Roberts.