PleinAir Salon News: First Place is Canceled

John Manzari, owner and director of Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, has revealed his selections for the winners in the October 2023 PleinAir Salon.

First place will receive a cash prize, plus all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year, and they’ll see their painting on the cover of PleinAir® Magazine. Could you be the next winner?

PleinAir Salon Winners Preview:

1st Place Overall: “Canceled”

PleinAir Salon - “Canceled” by Tanja Gant, Charcoal, 16x13 in.
“Canceled” by Tanja Gant (Hawkins, TX), Charcoal, 16×13 in.

2nd Place Overall: “Bends in the Wind”

PleinAir Salon - “Bends in the Wind” by Paul Kratter, Oil, 15 x16 in.
“Bends in the Wind” by Paul Kratter (Moraga, CA), Oil, 15×16 in.

3rd Place Overall: “Music of the Waves”

PleinAir Salon - “Music of the Waves” by Emily Olson, Watercolor, 24x18 in.
“Music of the Waves” by Emily Olson (Superior, CO), Watercolor, 24×18 in.

Best Plein Air Landscape: “Ely Way”

“Ely Way” by Camille Przewodek, Oil, 14x11 in.
“Ely Way” by Camille Przewodek (Petaluma, CA), Oil, 14×11 in.

Best Plein Air Acrylic: “Pedernal”

“Pedernal” by Nicki Heenan, Acrylic, 10x8 in.
“Pedernal” by Nicki Heenan (Wiltshire, United Kingdom), Acrylic, 10×8 in.

Best Plein Air Oil: “Bogus Basin”

“Bogus Basin” by Spencer Wilson, Oil, 12x16 in.
“Bogus Basin” by Spencer Wilson (Saint George, UT), Oil, 12×16 in.

Best Plein Air Pastel: “Rock Steady”

“Rock Steady” by Lisa Skelly, Pastel, 8x10 in.
“Rock Steady” by Lisa Skelly (Balboa Island, CA), Pastel, 8×10 in.

Best Plein Air Watercolor / Gouache: “Wheels of Fate”

“Wheels of Fate” by David Poxon, Watercolor, 26x15 in.
“Wheels of Fate” by David Poxon (Shropshire, United Kingdom), Watercolor, 26×15 in.

Enter the PleinAir Salon Today

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. See the rest of this month’s winners and enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

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    • Hi Rick! It’s the PleinAir Salon because it’s from PleinAir Magazine, but we accept studio works as well (there are plein air-specific categories). 🙂


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