Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

Urban Landscapes: An Art Exhibition

Learn about Rolando Barrero's current exhibition at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery (California).
Plein air painting in Utah

Plein Air Utah, One More Time

John Hughes gives a recap on a recent conference in Midway, Utah, which boasts a backdrop of Mount Timpanogos and has one of the most unique farming vistas in the country.
Plein air events for artists

Your Plein Air Painting Guide for August 2019

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

Changes for Door County Plein Air 2020

"We had to find a way to continue the event is some way - for us, our supporters and the artists, who have been hit especially hard by closures and cancellations," said PenArt Executive Director Catherine Hoke.
Painting Events - A scene from the Publisher's Invitational, Fall Color Week

Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for September 2021

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

Rural & Urban Paintings in Portland, Oregon

Scott Gellatly is well known to PleinAir magazine readers as an expert who shares his considerable knowledge about painting at art schools, retail art-supply...

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?

Solomons Is Soon!

It won’t be long before a star-studded cast of international plein air artists converge on Solomons Island, Maryland, for a weeklong painting extravaganza! Details here.

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.

A Painter’s Pilgrimage

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art recently announced its plans to mount a significant 2018 exhibition surrounding the travels of iconic painter Frederic Church.
First Brush of Spring, Plein Air Indiana

Plein Air in Small-Town Indiana

More than 130 artists gathered for this year’s “First Brush of Spring.” Enjoy a recap of the event here, and see who won Best in Show.
Plein Air Convention PACE - art workshops

2019 Ultimate Plein Air Artist Workshop Guide

You’re part of a rich tradition of learning and practicing plein air painting. This art workshop guide is chock-full of opportunities for you to take the first (or next) step on your painting journey.
The 2019 Ohio Plein Air Society award winners

Ohio Plein Air Society: A “Movable Feast”

Participants painted southern Ohio landscapes that included small-town scenes, urban sights in downtown Cincinnati, and Midwest farms. Learn more about this — and the next event — here.

Coming Soon: Kathy Anderson Teaches How to Paint a Garden

"My passion for painting is rooted in my garden," says Kathy Anderson. Learn how to paint from Kathy during this one-of-a-kind virtual event.
Bierstadt paintings

Over 40 Hudson River School Landscapes on View

This closely-knit group of artists, together with like-minded poets and writers, forged a self-consciously “American” landscape vision and literary voice.
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