Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

Benicia Paint-Out

Benicia, California, will be the location for a massive paint-out in late August featuring 60 regional artists looking to catch the discerning eye of judge Randy Sexton.

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.

May “Peace” Be With You

Twelve talented plein air painters will be featuring their works this December in California for a can’t-miss group show. Find out here who’s included and where!
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Capturing the Moment

This plein air artist has an inextricable connection with her native California landscape.
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The Artists Retreat You Deserve

Learn why these artists are committed to an entire week of “me time,” and be inspired to save your spot so you can join them!
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Coming Soon: Plein Air in Long Beach Island

Artists from around the country will paint Long Beach Island this summer. Get details on the annual event and apply to participate here.
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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?

Sargent Watercolors in Brooklyn, Boston, Houston

The Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts are combining some of their vast holdings for a...

First Annual Plein Air Malvern

For nearly the entire month of June, 10 local artists converged on Malvern, Pennsylvania, where they set up their easels and paints to capture Chester County’s historic venues and classic landscapes. You can still catch a glimpse. When and where?

Beauty Reigns Supreme in Hudson

Twenty-three regional artists recently competed for ribbon glory in Hudson, Wisconsin. The depth, skill, and range of paintings left judge Scott Lloyd Anderson with some tough decisions. Who did he decide was the “cream of the crop”? Find out here.

Capturing Infinite Landscapes

In July, PleinAir Today detailed the amazing story of painter Emilie Lee, who had recently sold almost all her belongings to pack her Honda Element and travel across the country to camp and paint outdoors. Want to see her works in person?

Trekking Artists to Exhibit: The Granite Group

Over the past few years, some of California’s most distinguished plein air artists have painted in the wilderness areas of the High Sierra Mountains. Now a large group of their plein air and studio paintings are on exhibition. Find out which artists are included in the show.
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Paint the Beach in Fort Myers

Learn about an upcoming plein air festival in Florida!
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for September 2019

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

Hundreds Gather Online for Plein Air Live

At Plein Air Live, we welcomed artists from all over the world and from a variety of artistic backgrounds. From painting demonstrations with live Q&As to mini Zoom rooms for getting to know each other better, the week was filled with educational moments and a feeling of community. Keep scrolling to see more from this historic event.
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Highlights From the First-Ever Pastel Live

Welcome to your Daily Highlights from the first-ever Pastel Live virtual art conference! We hope you'll enjoy these favorite moments and demos from this unforgettable event!

“Moods of the Adirondacks” Paintings in Indianapolis

Rick D. Wilson, one of the multi-talented artists we met during the PleinAir Publisher's Invitational in the Adirondack Mountains (, will be exhibiting more...

EXHIBITION: Cory Trepanier’s Arctic Paintings

Small studies and enormous studio paintings of the Arctic region painted by Cory Trepanier are the subject of a traveling show now on view at the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum in Logan, Kansas.

Results from Paint du Nord

This week’s northern flavor continues with some worthy results from the Duluth Paint du Nord — a third annual plein air event along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Who captured the cash?

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...
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