Plein air events for artists

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Plein Air Events – August 2019

4th Annual Benicia Plein Air Paint Out
Dates August 24, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

Estes Valley Plein Air
Dates: August 10–23, 2019
Opening Reception: August 24, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Art Center of Estes Park
Venue: Gallery
City: Estes Park
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: TBD
Award Total: Approx. $11,000 cash and gift certificates
Contact: Kristi Elyce
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 970.586.5882
Estes Valley Plein Air welcomes 36 artists to the stunning beauty of Estes Park for our second annual show. The Art Center of Estes Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will be celebrating its 31st year. Activities include quick draw/auction, nocturne painting, and Paint Our Town as well as poster/wine label and miniature contests. Enjoy exquisitely beautiful painting opportunities and fun artist social gatherings including an educational evening in coordination with the Estes Park Museum. Works will hang in the Art Center of Estes Park throughout the month of September. The show benefits the Art Center of Estes Park.

Dubois County Plein Air Painting Event
Date: August 3, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Jasper Community Arts
Venue: Jasper Arts Center
City: Jasper
Format: Open
Award Total: $1,000
Contact: Emily Peak
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 812.482.3070
The 5th Annual Dubois County Plein Air Painting Event will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Jasper, Indiana. Enjoy painting the charms of southern Indiana — hills, rivers, fields, quaint villages, and more!

7th Annual Crystal Moll Summer Plein Air Show
Dates: August 7–September 28, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

Paint Grand Traverse
Dates: August 12–17, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Crooked Tree Arts Center
Venue: Crooked Tree Arts Center — Traverse City
Format: Combination
Award Total: $15,000
Contact: Megan Kelto
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 231.937.2377
Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long plein air painting festival and competition, celebrating the outstanding beauty of the Grand Traverse region. Miles of scenic Lake Michigan coast, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, farms, orchards, vineyards, charming downtown areas, historic architecture, and more make the Grand Traverse area an artist’s delight. Approximately 40 artists from across the country will compete for awards totaling $15,000. Paint Grand Traverse also features a Pint-Sized Paint Out for kids, live demos, parties and sales, a quick draw competition, and more.

New York
Adirondack Plein Air Festival
Dates: August 12–17, 2019
Opening Reception: August 16, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Saranac Lake ArtWorks
Venue: Harrietstown Town Hall
City: Saranac Lake
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: TBD
Award Total: $6,000
Contact: Kathy Recchia
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 518.891.3799
The Adirondack Plein Air Festival is moving into its second decade. Artists are encouraged to apply, through, for this great opportunity to paint in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Fifty artists will be selected. The awards juror (a nationally known artist) is yet to be selected, but there will likely be more than $6,000 in awards. Artists paint for a week at locations that inspired the Hudson River School Painters. There is a Nocturne Contest, “Paint the Town” Silent Auction, Quick Draw Competition, Special Preview Party, and huge Show & Sale. Plus cool summer weather!

Morristown Plein Air Festival
Dates: August 1–4, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

10th Annual Plein Air Paint Out
Dates: August 29-31
City: Old Forge
Venue: View, the Center for Arts and Culture

6th Annual Toledo Plein Air Show & Competition
Dates: August 31–October 6, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

South Dakota
De Smet SD 11th Annual Plein Air ‘Paint Out’
Dates: August 9–11, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Harvey Dunn Society
City: De Smet

Floyd Plein Air Biennial
Dates: August 12–17, 2019
Opening Reception: August 17, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: The Floyd Center for the Arts
Venue: The Floyd Center for the Arts
Format: Combination
Contact: Becky Lattuca
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 540.745.4873
Paint Southwestern Virginia’s most picturesque attractions on the Blue Ridge Plateau! Artists will enjoy discovering the mountains, hills, streams, and fields of beautiful Floyd County, Virginia. Painting venues include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Château Morrisette Winery, the Floyd EcoVillage, Apple Ridge Farm, and the Town of Floyd. Events include artist demos, wine tastings, farm-to-table dinner, Quick Draw Contest at the Historic Floyd Country Store & Friday Night Jamboree, art sale, and Gala! Complete schedule and application at

7th Annual Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Competition
Dates: August 17–25, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Port Angeles Fine Art Center
Venue: Port Angeles Fine Art Center
City: Port Angeles
Format: Juried
Award Total: $12,000
Contact: Jessica Elliott
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 360.457.3532
From sailboats to harbors to vintage working farms, from rainforest waterfalls to villages and cityscapes, the varied and beautiful locations on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State have it all to paint — artists and collectors alike rave about the ultimate Pacific Northwest experience. Paint the Peninsula, now in its seventh year, is located at the entrance of the Olympic National Park, giving artists access to amazing opportunities from the sea to the mountains.

Paint the Point
Dates: August 7–10, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Arts Mineral Point, Inc.
Venue: Historic Masonic Lodge #1
City: Mineral Point
Format: Open
Jurors of Awards: Three arts industry professionals
Contact: Ried Knapp
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 608.285.2958
The 6th annual Paint the Point will feature 45 artists competing in Main Event, Nocturne, and Quick Paint contests worth over $5,000 in cash and prizes.
Mineral Point, a frontier mining town, was founded in 1826 and holds the slogan “Where Wisconsin Began.” It is located in the heart of the Driftless Region — an area noted for beautiful vistas unscathed by the last glacial period. Historic limestone vernacular architecture and surrounding idyllic countryside offer artists tremendous creative options.

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