A scene from the recent Publisher's Invitational Fall Color Week
A scene from the recent Publisher's Invitational Fall Color Week

Take advantage of these art and plein air painting events and opportunities from our 2023 Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.

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Plein Air Fairhope
Dates: October 30-November 3
Opening Reception: November 3
Sponsoring Organization & Venue: Eastern Shore Art Center
Format: Open
Award Total: $2000
Contact: Adrienne Clow
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 251.928.2228
Website: www.esartcenter.org
Join the Eastern Shore Art Center for a weeklong community celebration of painting in the great outdoors! From sunrise to sunset, 60 painters will take it to the streets and bay front pier in picturesque Fairhope, Alabama! Work created during the “paint out” will be available for purchase in a special Wet Room and on exhibit for two months. Event includes Exhibit Awards, Workshop, Gallery Talk, and Quick Draw.


Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Dates: Through January 15, 2024
Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Conservancy
Venue: Grand Canyon National Park
Format: Juried
Contact: Kathy Duley
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 480.277.0458
Website: www.grandcanyon.org/events/celebration-of-art
Celebration of Art provides a vibrant experience for visitors, a venue for artists inspired by the canyon, and a successful fundraiser to benefit a dedicated art venue at the park. Artists paint for a week at the South Rim, capturing the colors and light as the sun moves across the layers of the canyon. A sale and exhibition follow at Kolb Studio.


Brushes by the Beach
Dates: October 19-November 5
Opening Reception: November 11
Sponsoring Organization & Venue: G. Lee Gallery in Galveston
Format: Open
Contact: Brenda Lee
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 409.370.7350
Website: www.gleegallery.net
Wrap up your plein air year with warmer weather on Galveston Island. Can’t travel to the Island? No worries, this event accepts online plein air submissions created anywhere in the U.S. within the event dates. But if you can come to the Island, your plein air challenges will reach from beach to bay, historic neighborhoods, iconic landmarks, and a working port; Galveston affords artists a myriad of subjects. We enjoy welcoming back, year after year, beginners to pros. Cash prizes and ribbons awarded.


Realism Live
Dates: November 9-11, with an Essential Techniques Day on November 8
Sponsoring Organization: Streamline Publishing
Website: RealismLive.com
There are many forms of realism. For instance, many create impressionist paintings while others paint or draw tight, realistic subjects. Realism Live contains art instruction demonstrations, talks on art principles, lectures on art history, and more. It includes all styles of realism, painting mediums, and subjects from Figure, Portrait, Still Life, Landscape, Floral, and more. This event is held online, so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.

PleinAir Salon Art Competition
Date: Monthly
Sponsoring Organization: Streamline Publishing / PleinAir Magazine
Website: PleinAirSalon.com
Enter the PleinAir Salon $50,000 Art Competition. This is open to all artists and not just for plein air painters. You could win $15,000 and be on the cover of PleinAir Magazine!

Stay tuned for more painting events coming online or near your hometown! We’ll post next month’s painting events soon!


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