Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

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.

Apostles of the Canyon

Eleven artists — among them some of the most accomplished plein air painters in the nation — recently took a rugged trip down the Colorado River and into the Grand Canyon in 2015. After blood, sweat, some tears, and a broken foot, their spectacular results will soon grace the walls of this gallery.

Plein Air Plus on Long Beach Island

For anyone who’s visited, lived, or worked on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, it’s easy to become enamored with the beauty of the ocean, beaches, and bay. Surely everyone has their favorite view, including a host of outdoor painters who received awards during the recent “Island Life: Plein Air Plus” exhibition.

Results from Chincoteague

Fifty fine artists from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond assembled in Chincoteague and Assateague in Virginia for a paint-out, show, and sale. Who took home hardware?

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?

Cape Ann Doing It Again

As organizers began to plan for the second annual Renaissance festival in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, they had only one thing in mind: making the second annual Cape Ann Plein Air festival better than ever.

Carmel to Canvas

The 4th annual “Carmel on Canvas” plein air paint-out was held Friday to Sunday, September 15-17, featuring 60 highly acclaimed artists competing for over $13,000 in prizes. Who did judge Shaun Thomas Dingwerth delight?

Once-in-a-Lifetime Event or Yearly Conference?

During the week of September 13-17, an unusual event took place in the little town of Midway, Utah. 

Splendor in the Southeast

The Plein-Air Painters of the Southeast are presenting a beautiful array of works at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, Georgia, this fall. Whose works can you expect to see?

Join a Sunday Painters Group!

Dwight and Jane Cushman, despite being dedicated to their careers in the funeral industry, have brought to life a weekly plein air group in Montana.

EXHIBITION: A Journey Along California’s Coast

The California Art Club (CAC) highlights one of the defining characteristics of the Golden State — its awe-inspiring shoreline — during a must-see exhibition titled “A Journey Along the California Coast,” on view now through...

Hudson Valley Plein Air Preview

Currently, New York State hosts about nine plein air festivals annually, with most of those hosted in the Upstate, or Finger Lakes, region. The Hudson Valley, a favorite painting location for many of America’s most celebrated artists, seemed like a natural addition to the slate, with an event now entering its second year.

Minnesota Nice

Plein Air Grand Marais, a Minnesota event that just wrapped up its awards presentation in the picturesque area along the North Shore of Lake Superior, is one of the premier plein air opportunities in the Midwest, continually drawing the region’s best artistic talent. Who captured glory in 2017?

Weekend Opportunity: Durham Bison Ranch in Wyoming

We’re just a few days away from a great plein air opportunity in Wyoming this weekend at the Durham Bison Ranch.  Registration is affordable and still open!  Feeling spontaneous?

Capturing Paint the Peninsula

The 5th Annual Paint the Peninsula was considered by many who attended to have been by far the best. With subjects ranging from Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, Port Townsend, and Crescent Bay to lavender fields, boats, and rusty trucks, judge Cathe Gill had some tough choices to make.

On A Mission at Mineral Point

Organizers and participating artists were on a mission in early August 2017 to create award-winning paintings — and a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere. The event was certainly fantastic, but only these artists walked away with the coveted prizes.

Brandywine and PWCS Converge!

Collectors, connoisseurs, and plein air enthusiasts definitely need to hear about the amazing partnership between the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS) that resulted in this...

Here Comes Jeremy Sams

Artist Jeremy Sams has had a great year, winning awards at every art competition he’s entered in 2017. In addition to being featured in PleinAir magazine, the artist has also recently mounted a selling exhibition in North Carolina.

21 Years of PAAC Brilliance

Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado, is the proud host of a vibrant upcoming group exhibition of plein air paintings. If you’re a fan of outdoor painting and Western vistas, you’ll be disappointed to miss this.

Adirondacks Produce Winners, Naturally

The 9th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival recently wrapped up with a first-time participant taking home the grand prize valued at $2,200. Who joined this artist in victory, and what did they receive? There’s only one way to find out...