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

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15th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
Dates: October 12–19, 2019
Opening Reception: October 12, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Sedona Arts Center
Venue: Sedona Arts Center
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Dave Santillanes
Contact: Kelli Klymenko
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 928.282.3809
Our community’s iconic creative event — Sedona Plein Air Festival — is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 12 to 19, 2019. Sedona Arts Center invites you along to be inspired and experience master artists painting in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime and stunningly beautiful environment steeped in art history. Sedona Arts Center dates back 61 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an “art colony.” Come celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at the Sedona Plein Air Festival!


21st Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational
Dates: October 5–13, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Venue: Festival of Arts
Format: Invitational
Juror of Awards: Multiple
Award Total: $35,000+
Contact: Rosemary Swimm
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 949.376.3635
When a group of local artists decided to band together to paint the coastline and canyons of Laguna Beach, none of them could have foreseen how that simple get-together back in 1996 would evolve into one of the most prestigious high-powered plein air painting events held around the country. In 2019 LPAPA will be presenting its 21st Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. This eight-day event includes an opening-day Quick Draw, public demonstrations and presentations, Collectors Gala, substantial cash prizes, and 100+ original works of art by 35 world-renowned artists.

8th Annual “Catalina: The Wild Side” Art Show
Dates: October 20, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

Capitola Plein Air
Dates: October 31–November 3, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]


Plein Air Brandywine Valley
Dates: October 13–20, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]


Bluff Strokes Paint Out
Dates: October 6–12, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Bluff Strokes
Venue: Steeple Square
City: Dubuque
Format: Open
Award Total: $10,000
Contact: Wes Heitzman
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 563.845.1801
Paint in historic Dubuque, Iowa, on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Dubuque was founded in the early 1800s and boasts many historic residences, buildings, and parks, as well as scenic river overlook and riverfront scenes and interesting barge, rail, and industrial infrastructure. Dubuque County, which bounds the event, is nestled in the Driftless Area, with unique topography and many interesting rural scenes. Our sales venue is a beautiful former German Catholic church, now restored as an event center. Visit our website for last year’s winners and explore our “Paint Dubuque” section for painting opportunities.


2019 Harford Plein Air Festival and Quick Draw Competition
Dates: October 6–12, 2019
Opening Reception: October 11, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Center for the Arts
Venue: Bel Air Armory
City: Bel Air
Format: Juried
Contact: Amanda Pugh
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 443.567.5216
The annual Harford Plein Air Festival, sponsored by the Maryland Center for the Arts, juries in 30 artists to paint outdoor scenes throughout Harford County, Maryland, featuring expansive farms, natural parks, historic mills, quaint towns, marinas, and hidden treasures. The Collectors’ Preview and Public Gallery Sale will be held at the Bel Air Armory, Bel Air’s stronghold for arts and entertainment, centrally located in the heart of Harford County in the popular town of Bel Air. The Quick Draw competition occurs on Saturday morning, open to all artists, with awards and sale along Bel Air’s Office Street.


Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA)
Dates: October 6–14, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
City: Gloucester, Rockport, Essex & Manchester-by-the-Sea
Format: Juried
Award Total: Approximately $25,000 in awards and prizes
Contact: Susan Gould Coviello
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 978.837.8273
Cape Ann Plein Air is New England’s premier plein air painting competition, held in the picturesque coastal communities of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, just 25 miles north of Boston. For more than a century artists including Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, and Edward Hopper visited and created master works in the beautiful light of Cape Ann. Known as the birthplace of American plein air painting, Cape Ann offers an astounding variety of subject matter, from working farms and tidal marshes to the quaint villages, working harbors, historic homes, beautiful beaches, rocky coast, and the majestic fishing fleet of Gloucester Harbor.


Boone Plein Air
Dates: October 18–19, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

New Mexico

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, in partnership with the Santa Fe Collector Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will present its 11th National Juried members show On Oct 3, 2019. Featuring 150 juried works by New Mexico and other painters, and judged by the esteemed artist Peggi Kroll-Roberts. The exhibition will kick off with a reception and awards ceremony at the Santa Fe Collector on Oct 4, 2019 from 5-7PM. The show of PAPNM paintings will be available the month of October.

North Carolina

5th Annual Sound to Sea Paint Out and Art Show and Sale
Dates: October 18–20, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]


Dates: October 20–27, 2019
Opening Reception: October 25, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Venue: Fort Concho Quartermaster Building
City: San Angelo
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Donald Demers
Award Total: $20,000+
Contact: Barbara Rallo
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 325.656.2500
So much to paint on iconic private ranches while immersing yourself in genuine West Texas culture. Plus an invitation to paint at the top invitational roping in the world! Texas-sized inspiration everywhere — an eclectic downtown along the river, historic Fort Concho, the International Water Lily Gardens. The nationally acclaimed San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts welcomes you with West Texas hospitality in host homes and a full week of activities that engage our community, culminating with the Art Collectors STAMPEDE & Awards Party! Come experience EnPleinAirTEXAS and see why artists tell us this is their favorite event. Apply today!

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