Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

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Mark Your Plein Air Calendar: May Events and Exhibitions

Spring is in full swing, 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, as well as plein air exhibitions that are on view.
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In the Steps of the Master: A West Texas Adventure

A hundred years ago, coming to West Texas was the ultimate adventure ... Roughing it was not an abstract concept on these sketching trips.
Plein air painting of a bridge

Plein Air and a Kate Winslet Connection

Kate Winslet's new HBO mini-series takes place in an area that has drawn plein air painter Jacalyn Beam to it many times. Perhaps you've even painted these scenes?
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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.
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for March 2021

Spring is coming, and so are these in-person plein air painting opportunities. Check out these upcoming events from our Ultimate Guide! As a special bonus, we're even including advice for 2021 art event organizers so you can make it the best year yet.
Plein Air Podcast - Kevin Macpherson

How to Transform Your Paintings in 3 Days

Give us just three days and you'll discover the techniques used by the leading landscape and outdoor painting masters.
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2021 Guide to Art Workshops, Schools, and Ateliers

There is no finish line when it comes to painting. Taking art workshops helps us grow, and that's why our team puts together this annual free Artists’ Guide to Workshops, Schools, and Ateliers.
Rural landscape painting

Red Wing Arts Festival: Autumn Invitational Recap

Mary Pettis describes why she made her selections of the top four winning paintings in the Red Wing Arts Autumn Invitational. See the works and watch the full awards ceremony here.
2021 Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Painting Events & Organizations

Your 2021 Plein Air Ultimate Guide

It's here! Your 2021 Ultimate Guide to Plein Air Events & Organizations, a free resource from PleinAir Magazine. Bookmark this link today so you can refer to it all year long!
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The Wild Side: Plein Air Paintings Available Now

"The Wild Side Art Show and Sale" is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a virtual exhibition. More than 80 paintings that highlight Catalina Island’s wildlands, Avalon, and Two Harbors were created by 10 nationally-recognized plein air 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.
Outdoor Painters of Minnesota

Plein Air Grand Marais – 2020 Winners

2020 has proven to be a challenging year to organize events where people gather in groups. But outdoor painting is a perfect pandemic-avoidance activity, even if some painters are more home-bound than others...
Painting Vacations - Fall Color Week 2020

Paint for One Whole Week!

Learn how you can get away and do nothing but paint for an entire week … you deserve it!
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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Irish Artist Pauses for Harmony

When the world came to a standstill during the pandemic, this artist used his time to create a series of plein air works, some from a nearby and quite unlikely location.
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6 Million Acres of Painting Possibilities

From rivers to mountaintops, participants in the 2020 Adirondack Plein Air Festival recorded views in every corner of the park. Take in some of the sights here.

Activities for Artists at the 2020 Buffalo Bill Art Show

View the schedule of events for this year's Buffalo Bill Art Show, which includes an exhibition, quick draw, workshops, and more.

Driggs Plein Air Winners

The 9th Annual Driggs Plein Air Festival recently announced the winners of this year's competition. Judges included renowned artist Patrick Saunders and fine art consultant Scott Jones.

This Month: Plein Air in Fort Wayne, Indiana

From an exhibition featuring Brienne Brown, Nancie King Mertz, and John Lasater to artist paint outs and pop ups, the Fort Wayne Artists Guild is celebrating plein air all month.

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.
  1. Plein Air Podcast 224: Russian Landscape Painter Zufar Bikbov