Convention Exceeds Participants’ Expectations

An over-capacity crowd of artists participated in the Plein Air Basics and Umbrella Group programs during the Plein Air Convention & Expo, held in Monterey, California, last week. Find out if you recognize anyone in the photographs uploaded from the show.

Many more artists than expected arrived early at the convention in Monterey to paint along the Pacific Ocean and to sign up at the last minute to hear presentations on the fundamental equipment and techniques used by outdoor painters. Becky Joy, Thomas Jefferson Kitts, Lori Putnam, and Frank Serrano offered informative presentations about their particular approaches to oil painting, while Kim Lordier covered the fundamentals of pastel painting and Vanessa Rothe talked about watercolor on site.

Exchanges among artists on social media networks persuaded a large number of artists to attend three panel discussions on the organization and management of plein air events. The Umbrella Group panels included event organizers and artists who fielded questions from the audience as well as the moderators, Charlie Bogusz and Anne Weiler-Brown, both of whom are members of PleinAir magazine’s staff. Two representatives from Plein Air — Easton!, Al Bond and Jessica Rogers, talked about the guiding principles that have made that 9-year-old event in Maryland one of the most successful in the country.

We’ll be sharing more photographs and reports from the event in upcoming issues of PleinAir Today and in the July issue of PleinAir magazine.


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