Plein air painting
In the field during a Plein Air Convention & Expo paint-out session

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


Borrego Art Institute 14th Annual Plein Air Invitational
Dates: March 2–29, 2020
Opening Reception: March 7, 2020
Sponsoring Organization: Borrego Art Institute
Venue: 665 Palm Canyon Drive
City: Borrego Springs
Format: Invitational
Juror of Awards: Scott W. Prior
Award Total: $2,000
Contact: Shannon O’Dunn
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 619.251.8074
The Borrego Art Institute 14th Annual Plein Air Invitational starts March 2, as 15 invited painters in oils, pastels, and watercolors begin their exploration of the canyons, waterways, badlands, and expansive desert vistas of Borrego Springs, the Salton Trough, and adjacent Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. March is Borrego high season: desert wildflowers, gorgeous weather, and fresh interpretations of this special landscape by established artists from nine states bring visitors galore. Paintings are added to the BAI gallery March 2–6, and the exhibition and sale continues there through March 29. The March 4 Quick Draw and March 7 Awards Gala are open to the public.

Pastel Society of San Diego Paint Out
Dates: March 17, 2020
E-mail: [email protected]


7th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival
Dates: March 7–15, 2020
Opening Reception: March 13, 2020
Sponsoring Organization: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and School of Art
Venue: Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery, 373 Tequesta Drive
City: Tequesta
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Joshua Rose, Editor, American Art Collector Magazine
Award Total: $20,000
Contact: Allie Snyder
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 561.746.3101
Join 35 of the top plein air artists in the country as they capture the sights of Florida from Palm Beach to Stuart during Lighthouse ArtCenter’s 7th Annual Plein Air Festival. Watch these nationally recognized artists as they compete for awards totaling $20,000 in South Florida’s premier juried plein air event. During the festival, visitors, locals, and art collectors alike will be able to meet the artists, purchase their “wet” paintings, and enjoy live outdoor and indoor painting demonstrations. The festival culminates with a fabulous ticketed Collectors’ Party on March 13 at the ArtCenter Gallery.

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air
Dates: March 20–29, 2020
Opening Reception: March 27, 2020
Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition
Venue: The Joe Center for the Arts, Port St. Joe, FL
City: Florida’s Forgotten Coast
Format: Invitational
Contact: Cheryl Ploegstra
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 800.378.8419
Celebrating 15 years of documenting the landscapes and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. A focus on artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality art is the trademark of the 10-day event. The invitational is limited to 20 of the most accomplished national and international artists, accompanied by six featured “Florida’s Finest en Plein Air” artists who are honored as Plein Air Ambassadors. Nine plein air exhibits, a Quick Draw, a Wet Room, demonstrations, daily receptions, Painting Stations, and a VIP Collectors’ event create an unmatched array of opportunities for artists.

Plein Air South
Dates: March 30–April 3, 2020
Opening Reception: March 29, 2020
Sponsoring Organization: Franklin’s Promise Coalition
Venue: Armory Building
City: Apalachicola
Format: Combination
Contact: Denise Rose
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 901.489.9412
Plein air organizations and painting groups across the South are coming together to host the fifth Plein Air South regional gathering, March 30–April 3, 2020 in Apalachicola, Florida. The planning committee is hard at work scheduling five days of presentations, demonstrations, instruction, vendor exhibition, and of course, painting outdoors!


Paint Out Savannah 2020
Dates: March 19–21, 2020
Sponsoring Organization: The Savannah Art Association
Venue: The Gallery on Chippewa
Format: Open
Juror of Awards: Joseph Gyurcsak
Award Total: $2,500
Contact: Martha Love
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 912.346.8048
Paint Out Savannah is a wonderful opportunity to paint in the historic setting of “America’s first planned city,” rich in architecture dating back to the early 1700s. Find your paintable moment along our bustling river, tree-lined streets, or parks filled with old oaks, Spanish moss, and springtime azaleas. This plein air event is brought to you by the Savannah Art Association, celebrating its 100th anniversary as the oldest art association in Georgia, offering a Quick Draw Competition, Paint Out Competition, demonstrations, art sale, and awards ceremony with a total of $2,500 in cash and prizes.


Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air
Dates: March 14–21, 2020
Opening reception: March 20, 2020
Sponsoring Organization: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Venue: Shadows-on-the-Teche
City: New Iberia
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Kenn Backhaus
Award total: $6,500
Contact: Pat Kahle
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 337.369.6446
Enjoy a unique region enhanced by its architecture, massive moss-draped live oaks, and sugar-producing fields watered by the meandering Bayou Teche. Home to pioneering sugar planters, the oldest operating rice mill in the United States, a 19th-century actor’s hunting estate, and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco, this region offers excellent food, superb original music, and hospitable residents. Please see our website for details.

Plein air painting - Lyn Boyer
Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta 2018 Best of Show “The Gauging Station” by Lyn Boyer, oil on linen, 16 x 8 in.

New Mexico

Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta
Dates: March 6–13, 2020
Opening Reception: March 13, 2020
Workshop: March 16–17, offered by Joe Anna Arnett
Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
Venue: Sorrel Sky Gallery
City: Santa Fe
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Joe Anna Arnett
Award Total: $10,000+
Contact: John Meister
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 505.235.3213
Experience the diverse beauty and unparalleled light of northern New Mexico. Fifty juried artists will have four days to paint the unique subjects of the Southwest, such as colorful rock formations, cobalt skies, and meandering adobe walls. Join us, and you will understand why the Land of Enchantment is a legendary paradise for painters. The week will culminate in a two-week exhibition at the beautiful Sorrel Sky Gallery, near the Santa Fe Plaza. Host housing will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Farm to Table Plein Air
Dates: March 15–September 30, 2020
E-mail: [email protected]


Paint the Town
Dates: March 29–April 4, 2020
Opening Reception: March 29, 2020
Sponsoring Organization: Highland Lakes Creative Arts
Venue: Lakeside Pavilion
City: Marble Falls
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Mark Fehlman
Award Total: $12,000
Contact: Erin Hinzmann
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 512.970.8087
From March 29 to April 4, 2020, 30 plein air artists from across the nation will be working in various mediums to capture the outdoor sights and scenes of historic Marble Falls and the panoramic Texas Hill Country that surrounds it. For a full week, with thousands of visitors, there will be an expansive exhibiting/sales gallery, live demonstrations, a Quick Draw Challenge, sunrise and nocturne painting, a student competition, and nationally recognized judge Mark Fehlman presenting the awards.


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