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Artists draw a crowd at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's Quick Draw event.

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

Colorado
Plein Air Meeker 2019
Dates: June 15–July 7, 2019
Opening Reception: July 3, 2019
Entry Deadline: July 2, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Meeker Chamber of Commerce Venue: Meeker Public Library
City: Meeker
Format: Open
Contact: JoAnn Goss-Gardner
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 970.878.5510
Website: www.meekerchamber.com/events/plein-air-meeker/
The 8th Annual Plein Air event invites artists to capture the beauty and hospitality of historic downtown Meeker, plus ranches, scenic trails, mountain meadows, and gorgeous views throughout Rio Blanco County. The northwest corner of Colorado’s Western Slope region and the Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway provide ideal painting backdrops. Following a two-week paint-out, a public show and auction is held in conjunction with the annual 4th of July Rodeo and Range Call celebration. Cash prizes are awarded, including Best of Show and People’s Choice. Meeker is full of energy and is the perfect place to paint!

16th Annual Telluride Plein Air
Dates: June 30–July 6, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation
Venue: Sheridan Opera House
City: Telluride
Format: Juried
Award Total: $3,800
Contact: Maggie Stevens
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 970.728.6363
Website: www.telluridepleinair.com
Each summer the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts nationally renowned plein air artists in beautiful Telluride for a week of outdoor art. The Telluride Plein Air Festival has become an indispensable part of Telluride’s Independence Day festivities, allowing attendees to observe some of the nation’s top artists at work. This event is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Historic Sheridan Opera House, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The sale takes place outside the Sheridan Opera House and in Elks Park. Each year we invite back the top five selling artists from the previous year.

Idaho
Eagle Plein Air Festival
Dates: June 1–8, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Finer Frames
Venue: The Gallery at Finer Frames
City: Eagle
Format: Open
Award Total: $2,000
Contact: Meg Glasgow
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 208.888.9898
Website: www.eaglepleinair.com
The Eagle Plein Air Festival is a festival, exhibition, and competition open to professional and non-professional artists of all skill levels. More than 60 artists visit beautiful Southwest Idaho to paint, draw, and sketch the natural landscape. Watch a demonstration or take a workshop. At the end of the Festival, the public can view and purchase paintings at the Festival Exhibition and Awards Reception. Join our Eagle Plein Air Painters Facebook group for inside info, important tips, and more!

Kentucky
Paint the Town
Dates: June 29–July 28, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Arts Connect
City: Lexington
Contact: Kate Savage
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 859.321.1341
Website: www.artconnectslex.org
Artists are invited to participate in Arts Connect’s 8th Annual Paint the Town event. Beginning at 8 a.m. with registration, the paint-out will take place within a designated eight-block area in the heart of historic downtown Lexington, Kentucky, over a six-hour period. Finished works will be turned in at 2 p.m., curated, and hung later that afternoon. The exhibition will open that evening with a public reception during which there will be a presentation of cash awards for Best in Show, 2nd, 3rd, and People’s Choice. All work will be labeled, for sale, and displayed for four weeks.

Maryland
Paint Annapolis
Dates: June 2–9, 2019
Opening Reception: June 7, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Federation of Art
Venue: Circle Gallery
City: Annapolis
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Larry Moore
Award Total: $15,000
Contact: Joann Vaughan
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 410.268.4566
Website: www.paintannapolis.org
Come paint in America’s first capital city. Whether you are painting the historic buildings dating from the 17th century, the U.S. Naval Academy, the extensive waterfront, or the surrounding area, Paint Annapolis has something for everyone. As the main attraction of Annapolis Arts Week, supported by Visit Annapolis and advertised throughout the mid-Atlantic region, Paint Annapolis draws art collectors through daily mini-competitions and partnerships with other local organizations and businesses, including Dueling Brushes (quick draw), Paint the Bay, and Art on the Avenue. Selection Juror is Valerie Craig, and Awards Juror is Larry Moore. $15,000 in total prize money.

Paint It! Ellicott City
Dates: June 27–July 1, 2019
Opening Reception: July 1, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Howard County Arts Council
Venue: Howard County Center for the Arts
City: Ellicott City
Format: Combination
Award Total: $3,000+
Contact: Elli Hernandez
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 410.313.2787
Website: www.hocoarts.org
Quirky architecture, steep hillsides, a beautiful river, historic landmarks — Ellicott City, Maryland, has a trove of paintable treasures. Capture the old mill town’s unique charm during Paint It! Ellicott City, a three-day plein air paint-out. June 27: Orientation and kickoff reception. June 28–30: Paint-out. July 1: Exhibit reception featuring presentation of awards. July 1–August 9: Exhibit of artwork.

Massachusetts
Nantucket Plein Air Festival
Dates: June 11–16, 2019
Opening Reception: June 11, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Artists Association of Nantucket
Venue: Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery
City: Nantucket
Format: Combination
Juror of Awards: Frank Swift Chase Awards Contact: Bobby Frazier
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 508.228.0722
Website: www.nantucketarts.org
Artists Association of Nantucket’s 8th annual Plein Air Festival is a six-day festival that includes an all-day paint-out at the Brant Point Lighthouse and concludes with a reception and the presentation of the Frank Swift Chase Awards. Registration takes place at the Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery on the first day of the festival, June 11. Fresh works are posted daily and eligible for sale at the gallery.

Michigan
Fresh! Plein Air Milford Paint Out in the Village
Dates: June 21–23, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

Fresh Coast Plein Air Paint the Landscape Festival
Dates: June 28–29, 2019
Over $2,500 in cash awards
Competition at two levels: professional and advanced painters; and novice, intermediate, and recreational painters
More information: lakesuperiorartassociation.com

Montana
Plein Air Glacier: 2019 Paint Out
Dates: June 14–21, 2019
Opening Reception: June 22, 2019
Entry Deadline: March 9, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Hockaday Museum of Art
Venue: Hockaday Museum of Art
City: Kalispell
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Participating Artists
Award Total: Artists’ Choice Award 1/2-page ad in PleinAir Magazine, valued at $2,150
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 406.755.5268
Website: www.hockadaymuseum.org
Paint the majestic views of our treasured Glacier National Park, and the beautiful Swan and Flathead Valleys of NW Montana, at the Hockaday Museum of Art’s Plein Air Glacier: 2019 Paint Out event. Local, national, and international artists are welcome to apply. Experience the Northern Rockies at their best!

Nebraska
AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase
June 1–August 30
American Impressionist Society
Contact: Debra Groesser
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 402.592.3399
Website: www.americanimpressionistsociety.org
The American Impressionist Society (AIS) was founded in 1998 by Florida artists Charlotte Dickinson, Marjorie Bradley, and Pauline Ney in honor of their mentor, William J. (Bill) Schultz. AIS has become one of the most respected national art organizations in the country. The goal of AIS, a 501(c)3 organization, is to promote the appreciation of Impressionism through workshops, exhibitions, and educational events. We hold two exhibitions each year: our annual National Juried Exhibition in the fall and our AIS Impressions: Small Works Showcase in the spring. Please visit our website for membership information and for more details about our exhibitions.

New York
Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival
Dates: June 4–9, 2019
Opening Reception: June 8, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Ontario County Arts Council
Venue: Historic Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion
City: Canandaigua
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Hiu Lai Chong
Award Total: over $8,000
Contact: Kim Ratzel
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 585.394.0030
Website: www.fingerlakespleinair.com
The 8th annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival will run from June 4–9, 2019. Up to 40 juried-in artists will paint the beauty of Canandaigua Lake and surrounding communities located in Ontario County. The competition brings in art lovers and collectors, as well as those who want to participate in events planned for the festival. Final exhibition is at the historic site of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua: Awards are presented during Reception/Preview Party, Exhibit & Sale (ticketed event) on Saturday. The Exhibit & Sale on Sunday is free and open to the public.

PleinAir Magazine Publisher’s Invitational: Paint the Adirondacks
Dates: June 8–15, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine
Venue: Paul Smith’s College
City: Paul Smiths
Contact: PleinAir Magazine
Phone: 561.655.8778 or 800.610.5771
Website: www.paintadirondacks.com
PleinAir Magazine’s Eric Rhoads started the Publisher’s Invitational for busy painters who need a break — a chance to slow down, reconnect with friends, and paint beautiful places where the masters before us have painted. We make it effortless. You roll out of your dorm bed for breakfast, pack your sack lunch for your day of painting, and show up for dinner. Our days are filled with painting the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State and the surrounding area.

Pennsylvania
Plein Air West Reading
Dates: June 12–15, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Art Plus Gallery & West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation
City: West Reading
Contact: Russell Slocum
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 610.796.0418
Website: www.pleinairwestreading.com
The 4th annual Plein Air West Reading exhibition and competition will be the keystone event of Art on the Avenue, West Reading’s popular festival typically drawing 15,000+ visitors. Paint anywhere in Berks County starting Wednesday; intake is 2 p.m. Friday. Enter up to three pieces. Patron preview and awards presentation party Friday evening. $3,500+ in awards including two $1,000 first prizes: one for best West Reading scene, the other best anywhere in Berks. Exhibit opens to public for Saturday’s Art on the Avenue festival. Registration $40, limited to 50 artists. Coordinated by Art Plus Gallery, 604 Penn Ave.

Utah
Summerfest Arts Faire Plein Air Contest
Dates: June 7–15, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Summerfest Arts Faire
City: Logan
Contact: Elaine Thatcher
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 435.213.3858
Website: www.logansummerfest.com/get-involved/summer-fest-contests
Plein air participants have up to 4.5 days to create their works, depending on when you register. Registration begins at 5 p.m. on June 7, with completed works due by noon on June 12. You can have an unlimited number of canvases/papers stamped. Paintings must be created in Cache Valley, Utah/Idaho. Maps available. Amateur and professional divisions; registration fees are $15 and $40, respectively. Professional prizes: $350-$1,000. Amateur prizes: $30-$125. All painting media are eligible. There is also a photography category — see website for details. Works will be exhibited and sold throughout the festival, June 13–15. Organizer keeps 25% of sale price.

Where in the World Is Plein Air
Dates: June 12–July 19, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Illume Gallery of Fine Art
City: St. George
Format: Invitational
Contact: Jane Bell Meyer
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 801.210.2853
Website: www.whereintheworldispleinair.com
Where in the World Is Plein Air is a worldwide, LIVE, one-day event hosted online. From Australia’s beaches to the mountains of Wyoming to the bright lights of Chicago and all points in between, 85 invited artists will complete paintings with three live videos of their progress. Each painting is for sale at any point of completion and will be shown at the Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah, beginning on July 19, 2019.

Wasatch Plein Air Paradise 2019
Dates: June 24–July 4, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

Virginia
Gloucester Arts Festival
Dates: June 1–30, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

Wisconsin
Oshkosh Fine Arts Association Plein Air Festival
Dates: June 20–23, 2019
Entry Deadline: June 20, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Oshkosh Fine Arts Association
Venue: Paine Arts Center
City: Oshkosh
Contact: Lynn Artz
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 920.450.2450
Website: www.oshkoshfaa.org
The Oshkosh Fine Arts Association Plein Air Festival will run June 20–23, 2019. Registration accepted until June 20, 2019. Kick off at the Paine Arts Center. Artists will be painting throughout Oshkosh. Awards, artist reception, and patrons’ sale 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at our major sponsor, The Waters, a gorgeous venue along the shores of Lake Winnebago. The OFAA mission is to embrace, promote, and nourish the visual arts in our community. OFAA awards scholarships and supports local arts through donations and workshops.

Jefferson Plein Air
Dates: June 26–30, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

International:
Nova Scotia
Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival
Dates: June 20–23, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Parrsboro Creative
Venue: The Hall, 44 King Street
City: Parrsboro
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: TBA
Award Total: $8,000+ Contact: Robert More
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 902.728.2007
Website: www.parrsborocreative.com/pleinair
The Bay of Fundy offers some of the most stunning sea/landscapes in the world. The power of the tides is mythic. It’s perfect for plein air, and it’s the inspirational setting for the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival, a juried event with 30 top artists competing for more than $8,000 cash & product awards. The Collector’s Preview & Awards Night takes place on Saturday, June 22, with the Quick Draw on Sunday, June 23. Nestled on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, Parrsboro is a creative community that embraces the artist with a hospitality that is second to none.


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