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A fun shot of artists painting en plein air during the 2019 Publisher's Invitational with Eric Rhoads in the Adirondacks.

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


14th Annual ‘Just Plein Fun’
Dates: July 29–August 2, 2019
Opening Reception: August 2, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: The Huse Skelly Gallery
Venue: The Huse Skelly Gallery
City: Balboa Island and Newport Beach
Format: Invitational
Contact: Lisa Skelly
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 310.418.7989
It’s the 14th annual “Just Plein Fun,” where 10 invited and award-winning artists from around the country come to paint on Balboa Island for the week of July 29–August 2. The week-long event is celebrated on the last day with a “Brush Off ” paint-out on Marine Avenue. The gala and reception, with awards and prizes given out, follows immediately on Friday evening at the gallery. Don’t miss this chance to follow your favorite plein air artists and collect their beautiful works of charming and quaint Balboa Island. The Huse Skelly Gallery celebrates 20 years of plein air excellence!

2019 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout
Dates: July 29–August 3, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Venue: Frank Bette Center for the Arts
City: Alameda
Format: Juried
Contact: Margaret Fago
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 510.523.6957
Forty juried artists will paint tree-lined streets; stately Victorian homes and shops; marinas; historic naval ships and naval air station; beaches; parks; and San Francisco and Oakland skylines in the small island city of Alameda, California. There will be a quick draw and an exhibit and sale of all the paintings on Saturday. A selection of the unsold paintings from the big sale are exhibited and for sale in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts Gallery through September.
Apply: 2019 Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout at


The Broadmoor Art Experience 2019
Dates: Weekends in July
City: Colorado Springs
What: A Visit with Artists While They Create New Works

Telluride Plein Air
Dates: June 30–July 6
What: Each summer, over the Fourth of July weekend, the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts 20–25 nationally renowned plein air artists in beautiful Telluride, Colorado, for a week of outdoor art.


Driggs Plein Air
Dates: July 24–August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: July 28, 2019
Entry Deadline: June 30, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Driggs Association
Venue: Driggs City Center and Plaza
City: Driggs
Format: Open
Jurors of Awards: John Poon and Scott Christensen
Award Total: $4,350
Contact: Alison Brush
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 307.690.2234
Please join us for a week of wonderful art experiences in beautiful Teton Valley, Idaho. The 8th Annual Driggs Plein Air festival and competition is held on the west side of the Tetons in Driggs, Idaho. Artists and collectors enjoy many activities, including the week-long Exhibition & Sale of works by over 70 artists, Opening Reception, Paint-Outs at two music concerts, Quick Draw Competitions, workshops, demonstrations, Competition Award Ceremony, and the Closing Reception. Our pre-event workshop instructor is John Poon, who will also judge the final competition with Scott Christensen.


2019 Castine Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 25–27, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

Camden Classics Plein Air
Dates: July 22–28, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]


Plein Air Easton
Dates: July 14–21, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: The Avalon Foundation
City: Easton
Contact: Marie Nuthall
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 410.822.7297
In 2019, Plein Air Easton will celebrate its 15th year! PAE sets the bar for outdoor painting competitions. Fifty-eight artists are selected from hundreds of applications submitted from the world over. Artists will engage in an intense competition as they set out across the Eastern Shore landscape in search of the location that will produce a winning canvas. The week of the competition is celebrated with events, exhibitions, demos, and workshops — many of these are free and open to the public. The excitement builds until the final weekend at the Collector’s Party, Quick Draw, and Small Painting Sunday events, July 19–21.

New Jersey

Plein Air Plus @ The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
Dates: July 1–August 31, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

New Mexico

Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 16–21, 2019
Opening Reception: July 20, 2019
Entry Deadline: July 16, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Questa Creative Council
Venue: Brass Rail Theater, Red River
City: Questa and Red River
Format: Open
Juror of Awards: Brad Holt and Leigh Gusterson
Award Total: over $6,000
Contact: Peggy Trigg
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 505.974.5314
The Questa area of northern New Mexico, a half-hour north of Taos, is full of places artists love to paint. Protected wilderness surrounds this tiny village, with scenery that includes mountaintop lakes, river chasms, and hidden meadows. Humble, near-forgotten structures hint at a former life of agriculture and sheep ranches. Artists will participate in a four-day paint-out, a quick draw, artist demonstrations, and an artist swap. There will be two divisions of awards, the Traditional and the Non-Traditional. Come join in on the fun. This is an open-format event.

New York

Keeseville Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 10–14, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: AdkAction
City: Keeseville
Contact: Brittany Christenson
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 518.593.8753
AdkAction’s 3rd Annual Keeseville Plein Air Festival is an effort to bring the attention of talented artists to the hamlet of Keeseville, New York, and aid in community revitalization efforts. This event is a great opportunity for artists to experience the wonder of Keeseville’s historic architecture, the famous Ausable Chasm, and other local rivers and lakes, and the breathtaking agricultural community. This intimate event will be open to 25 artists and provide many opportunities for artists to mingle with each other and with the broader community. Billeting is available at no cost to artists.


Great Vermont Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 19–20, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]


2019 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge
Dates: July 29–August 24, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]


Door County Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 21–27, 2019
Opening Reception: July 26, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art Venue: Peninsula School of Art
City: Fish Creek
Format: Invitational
Award Total: $16,000
Contact: Ginny Sowinski
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 920.868.3455
Join us for our 13th annual Door County Plein Air Festival, presented by the Peninsula School of Art. The week-long event features 40 invited plein air masters from throughout the U.S. and points beyond and takes place among the diverse, natural beauty and quaint harbor towns of the Door Peninsula. Listen and learn from daily artist demonstrations. Tour local partner galleries as artists paint on site. Relax with great music and food at our sunset concert and paint-out. View presentations by the festival judge, award-winning artists, and knowledgeable collectors. View and purchase fresh paintings at our Collector’s Preview Gala Auction. Even children can try painting en plein air during our Kid’s Paint. Exhibition and sale through August 10, 2019.


Art in the Open
Dates: July 27–August 5, 2019
City: Wexford
Format: Open
Award Total: €5000+
E-mail: [email protected]
Art in the Open Ireland is Europe’s largest annual plein air painting festival. Join artists from countries across Europe and from the U.S.A. Challenge yourself during days of painting in different venues featuring ancient castles, quiet villages, stately gardens, fishing harbors, rural landscapes, and market towns.

Nova Scotia

2019 PCAFA Paint Peggy’s Cove
Dates: July 13–15, 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts Society
Venue: Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
City: Halifax Regional Municipality
Format: Open
Contact: Patricia Lindley
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 992.823.2550
Each July, Paint Peggy’s Cove engages 40 artists in painting the beautiful maritime features of this iconic fishing village. Work is displayed and sold in the large Festival Yurt. Artists can register to participate as plein painters only, or to include a small display of previous completed works in the yurt as well. There are 32 of these places, and eight for those choosing to display only plein air works. Over 2,000 visit the yurt during the event, and sales are handled by volunteers.

Prince Edward Island

Points East Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 3–7, 2019
E-mail: [email protected]

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