Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

Plein Air Artist Julia Munger Seelos: “Landforms” Exhibition

Learn about this striking collection of plein air paintings inspired by the parks of Utah and Arizona, as well as the California coast.
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Plein Air Painting in San Francisco and Wine Country

Have you ever dreamed of painting en plein air along the California coast? If so, you’ll want to listen to this FREE webinar, during which you’ll learn the ins and outs of painting in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for October 2019

Looking for a local event next month? Check out these listings of plein air events from the Northeast to the Southwest, and beyond!

PIPAF in Isolation

It took imagination and vast amounts of hard work, but organizers report that the 2020 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival — PIPAF in Isolation — was a success.
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for October 2021

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our special guide!

America’s Parks Exhibition Begins Tour

Many subscribers to PleinAir entered the "America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art" competition, and several of them have paintings among those that will...

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?

Winners at Ellicott City

Artists both homegrown and from as far away as San Francisco, California, were featured in this year’s Paint It! Ellicott City, in hopes of earning nearly $6,000 in awards. Who did judge Hai-Ou Hou favor?

‘The Wild Side’

On October 22, the Catalina Island Conservancy will host the Seventh Annual “Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show” featuring the works of 10 nationally recognized plein air artists!

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.
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A Treasure Trove of Subject Matter for These Outdoor Painters

Eureka Springs third annual ESPAfest saluted 17 winners recently. See who, in this overview of the event.
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Unclenched Explorations: An Exhibition

D. K. Palecek’s explorations toward abstraction start with Wisconsin subjects of old buildings with a texture and patina that exude an earlier era.
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The Mountains Are Calling: 2020 Artist Retreat

Join Eric Rhoads in the Adirondack Mountains for the ultimate painting retreat for artists.
Eric Rhoads, the host of Fall Color Week

Fall Color Week 2020: Two-For-One Seasons

Enjoy a visual recap of the 2020 Fall Color Week, where 50 painters gathered to paint while they stayed at a classic, early 20th century hotel with a stunning vista of the mountains, getting a taste of both Fall and Winter.
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27 Aha Moments and Memories from PACE

I reached out to some of our friends who attended PACE this year, and asked them to share their favorite memories from the event. Keep reading to see pics and hear about what we all experienced - including a surprise guest appearance that’s guaranteed to make you smile.

Lager & Landscapes Featured in Maryland

Artist and gallery owner Crystal Moll is hosting an exhibition of paintings by herself, Tim Kelly, and Tim Bell, as well as a sampling...

Capturing Cedarburg

Beautiful Ozaukee County hosted 150 artists from around the country between June 6 and June 13 for the popular Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Competition. Who captured awards?

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...

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.

Find Important Information in the Shadows

“If people start looking for color in the shadow, they will see it,” says Mark Fehlman, one of the featured artists at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. “If they stop and look, compare things, and consider what they want to emphasize most, they will get a lot more out of their observations.” How does Fehlman actually accomplish that?
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