Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

New California Landscapes

Because plein air paintings tend to be smaller than studio pieces, a professional-looking frame is especially important for making them look significant. Terry Miura...

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.

Hai-Ou in Easton

Fresh off her successful run at Plein Air Easton, talented painter Hai-Ou Hou returns to South Street Art Gallery this fall for a vibrant solo exhibition “Seeing the West Through Eastern Eyes.” More just a click away!

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.

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?
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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.
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Flowing Estuary to Living Sea

Discover how the Central Coast estuary inspires painters in this exhibition preview.
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New Fall Color Location Revealed

Most of the seats for Fall Color Week 2020 have already been sold, so reserve your spot now for an unforgettable painting trip.
The Show Goes on in Sonoma

The Show Goes on in Sonoma

“We’ve all been going through challenging times during the pandemic, and it’s tough to predict what our future will look like,” says Jennifer Parr, SPAF Board Co-President. “But we know one thing for sure: Art must be a part of that future!" 
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13 Reasons to Meet Us in Santa Fe

It will be so exciting to see old friends, make new ones, attend classes and presentations indoors throughout the day and then, as one big group, head outside to paint each day in the late afternoon.

Paintings Celebrate a Bicentennial in Indiana

New Albany, Indiana, is celebrating its bicentennial with an exhibition of paintings titled The Artists of the Wonderland Way. The art was created by...

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.

OPPORTUNITY: Painting in Africa Offers Unique Benefits

In September 2018, PleinAir Publisher Eric Rhoads will take a special group of 50 painters to South Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime plein air safari. Accomplished painter Katerina Ring, who offers a similar painting tour in Zambia, has some encouraging thoughts about why you need to take advantage of this opportunity.

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.

The Miracle of Light

Richard Schloss belongs to a group of strong, intimate painters who have helped continue Santa Barbara’s storied tradition of landscape painting that began more than a century ago. This new year, Schloss presents his newest paintings during a must-see exhibition here.
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Landscape Paintings by Dave Santillanes

Preview an exhibition of landscape paintings with soft edges, atmospheric perspective, and sophisticated compositions.
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Kern County, California Celebrates Plein Air

The week brought many unexpected circumstances and challenges for the artists, including high winds, herds of curious horses investigating the painting, and separate encounters with a bull and a rattlesnake who were equally unamused.
Mary Pettis, “Cedars in Springtime,” 2016, oil on linen, 16 x 24 in. plein air, Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Minnesota: Plein Air on View at State Capitol

The exhibition “Minnesota Landscapes” is a collection of works from the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.
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Get Outside! Plein Air Events for April 2021

Spring is here, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Artists' and Collectors' Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.

EXHIBITION: John P. Lasater IV and Jason Sacran, in Arkansas

Through March 29, painters and friends John P. Lasater IV and Jason Sacran are featured in the exhibition “Brotherhood” at the Merkle and Price Galleries in the South Arkansas Arts Center, in El Dorado, Arkansas.
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