Painting Exhibitions and Events

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

“Paint Camp” Exceeds Expectations

Nestled by a beautiful lake with a mountain view and the smell of deep green pines high in the mountains of upstate New York near the Canadian border is a camp for painters, which occurs just once a year. Like a camp for kids, instead of making pot holders and lanyards, adult campers make art… lots of art. Two paintings a day minimum.

A Plein Air Rodeo

Since 1954, the San Angelo Roping Fiesta has attracted the most accomplished and best tie-down and steer ropers in the world. Hosted in San Angelo, Texas, the 2017 competition will feature some extra spectators.

Dreams from Nova Scotia

Incredible coastal views, talented competition, and more than $6,000 in cash and product awards could be found at the 2017 Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival (PIPAF) this spring. Which artists basked in victory?

Glowing — and Flowing — Testimonial

Thoughts and paintings from the artists who attended the Publisher’s Invitational in the Adirondack mountains two weeks ago continue to pour in. Take a look at these fantastic works!

Vincent Is Loved

A highlight of the opening ceremony at PACE17 in San Diego was a presentation by award-winning artist Dena Peterson, who talked about her participation in the incredible film “Loving Vincent.” The recently released film is now winning awards.

Moving On…

Being an artist is an epic journey — an odyssey, if you will. It involves exploration, experimentation, and evolution. Artist Bill Sawczuk has just mounted a great exhibition that explores how he evolves —and it deserves your attention. Where can you view it?

From Monterey to La Jolla

Although she is known for her impressionistic depictions of rural landscapes, contemporary painter Erin Hanson has amassed a stunning collection of sweeping coastal vistas from Monterey to La Jolla, California, for this special exhibition.

Beautiful Boulder

Sixteen talented artists recently converged in Boulder, Colorado, for the first annual Boulder Plein Air Festival and spent several days capturing the area’s sights and ambiance. Who did judges Jane Hunt and KC Becker favor?

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?

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.”

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?

EXHIBITION: Summer Salon

Collins Galleries in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, will soon be opening its annual summer salon with an outstanding display of still life, landscape, portraiture, and more from many of the biggest names in the art world today. Find out who and when here!

OPPORTUNITY: Plantation Trace Plein Air in October

Georgia during the fall season sounds like a wonderful place to be, especially when there’s a fantastic plein air opportunity waiting in the wings. What’s the buzz?

Paradise, En Plein Air

Just over 100 world-class outdoor painters participated in Utah’s premier plein air festival between June 24 and July 4 amidst the spectacular Herber Valley. With nearly 600 paintings completed, will you recognize these names that rose to the top?

The Beauty of Imperfection

The Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York, are excited to offer the public an educational panel discussion with artists, designers, and collectors about the aesthetic appeal and artistic value of objects that are broken, scratched, lopsided, or otherwise askew. Who’s on the panel and when does it take place?

Burgeoning Lakeside

Details are only just beginning to emerge from Lakeside, Ohio, surrounding a tantalizing Invitational Plein Air Festival on the shores of Lake Erie in August 2018. What do we know now? Find out here.

Results from Jefferson

A juried group of around 30 artists set out to capture historic buildings, churches, and the Rock and Crawfish rivers in Jefferson, Wisconsin, in June for a friendly plein air competition. Who did judges William A. Suys, Jr., Paula Swaydan-Gredel, and Terrence Coffman favor?

America at Heart

A beautiful array of fresh landscape paintings by this female master is hanging through August 1 in an esteemed Colorado gallery. Will you be a lucky viewer?

Invitational Illuminates the Twin Cities

Seventeen regional artists from around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, are currently showcasing a vibrant display of plein air paintings during this selling invitational. Where can it be found?

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?
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