Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

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!

60 Paintings by Valerie Craig in Wayne, PA

Plein air enthusiast Valerie Craig just opened an exhibition of 60 paintings, 40 of which were created outdoors on location. Find out more about...

Annapolis Winners

It was a week filled with work, play, and plein air painting during the 2017 Paint Annapolis in Maryland between June 4-11. Jurors Wil Scott and Richard Sneary had the tough task of determining winners. Who did they favor?

Salado’s Getting a Taste of Plein Air

The Public Arts League of Salado, Texas, is launching its first ever Paint Out competition and is inviting artists and the public to be a part of this inaugural event. Details here!

Quick Draw and Quick Sales in Wyoming

The Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, brought in over $1 million in art sales. Of these terrific sales, the Saturday morning Quick Draw brought in almost $113,000, sold under the auctioneer Troy Black on the freezing, rainy, snowy day of September 23.

The Granite Group

Every year since 2005 an intrepid crew of artists come together from all over California, and beyond, to trek the High Sierras, be inspired, and paint. In the first major installation of 2018, the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center will present “Granite Group: Plein Air Paintings of the High Sierras.” The exhibition opens...
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Art Exhibition: On Location in Malibu 2018

See what inspires John Cosby's plein air paintings of Malibu.
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16 Reasons Not to Go to the Plein Air Convention

Missing the annual Plein Air Convention is like missing the experience of a lifetime. San Francisco is going to be more incredible than ever. But if you’re allowing an excuse to keep you from coming ... keep reading.

See the World Like a Plein Air Painter

In this plein air course for beginners, you’ll gain inspiration and a wealth of new skills and techniques for painting outdoors.
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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...
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Your Plein Air Painting Events Guide for May 2022

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

The Man Show in California

Some of the talented California women and men who participate in plein air events will display their figurative paintings in The Man Show in...

Small-Town Plein Air with Big Rewards

My first introduction to the world of plein air was about three years ago, when I just happened to be standing near the campground host at Red Bluff Park in Davisville, Missouri, when three men from Steelville Arts Council approached the host to inquire about bringing 50 artists to the park for a day of painting. It had been over 30 years since I picked up my paintbrushes, but immediately I was drawn into the conversation when I interjected, “I wanna paint.”

Floyd Has Knockout Power

The Floyd Plein Air Festival is an exciting new event that grew from the success of 2016’s Plein Air Crush in Floyd, Virginia. Featuring paint-outs at Apple Ridge Farm, the Chateau Morrisette Winery, and the Blue Ridge Parkway — could you expect anything other than greatness?

Driftless Minnesota

Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis excitedly announced an upcoming spotlight exhibition this winter featuring a vibrant new body of work from this rural Isanti native.

Convention Preview: Find Spiritual & Personal Support

During her presentation at the Plein Air Convention & Expo, Tennessee artist Kathie Odom will reveal that she has been fortunate to find spiritual and personal support as her career skyrocketed to higher levels. What will she recommend to artists in Santa Fe?
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A Shot in the Dark That Became a Group Exhibition

Learn how one artist created a group show that grew to include more than 100 works of art (and see where you can view them in person).
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Your Plein Air Events Guide for June 2019

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

7th Annual ‘Where in the World in Plein Air’

Watch live as 54 gallery artists and 35 juried artists create masterful works for art.
  1. Plein Air Podcast 224: Russian Landscape Painter Zufar Bikbov