Plein air painting events
Nancy Tankersley and Kippy Hammond celebrate the launch of a new plein air event in New Bern, North Carolina.

Take advantage of these art and plein air painting events and opportunities from our 2022 Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.

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December 2022 Art / Plein Air Painting Events


Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Through January 16, 2023
Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Conservancy
Venue: Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon National Park
Format: Juried
Contact: Kathy Duley
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 480.277.0458
Celebration of Art is a wonderful tradition at Grand Canyon National Park, providing a vibrant experience for visitors, a venue for artists inspired by the canyon, and a successful fundraiser to benefit a future art venue at the South Rim. Since 2009, Celebration of Art has invited participating artists to paint “en plein air” for a week at Grand Canyon. The works produced during this time are shown alongside studio-produced pieces at the historic Kolb Studio in an exhibition and sale that extends for four months.


The 6th Annual Plein Air Art Exhibition
Through December 24
Opening Reception: December 4
Sponsoring Organization and Venue: The San Diego Watercolor Society
Format: Juried
Contact: Sarah Sullivan
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 619.876.4550
The 6th Annual Plein Air Art Exhibition is open to both SDWS members and non-members. Accepted paintings will also be available for viewing and purchase in our online store.


Plein Air Artists Colorado 25th Annual National Exhibit & Sale
Through December 31
Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Artists Colorado
Venue: Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder
Format: Juried
Award Total: Over $15,000
Contact: Jennifer Riefenberg
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 303.250.2015
Colorado attracts many of the best plein air artists from across the country with its inspiring scenery and wonderful climate. PAAC was created for the love of plein air painting and for members to enjoy the camaraderie of painting outdoors. We create opportunities for artists to both paint and exhibit. PAAC showcases this talent in our national juried show and sale. Our show offers examples of excellence in painting that can be achieved en plein air. Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your best work!


Olmsted 200 Celebration
Through December 31
Sponsoring Organization: Olmsted Arts, Inc. (Olmsted Plein Air Invitational)
Venue/location: Olmsted Landscapes Nationwide
Format: Plein Air/Studio Virtual Gallery Two paintings to competition/virtual judging
Contact name: Phil Cuthbertson / Lillian Ansley
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Phone: 404-944-3475
Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO), the “Father” of modern American landscape architecture and designer of the grounds of Biltmore Estate, the U.S. Capitol Grounds, Central Park, the Buffalo Parks System, the Louisville Parks System, Riverside in Chicago, Druid Hills in Atlanta and many more iconic landscapes. FLO painted his landscapes with trees, shrubs, rolling hills, streams, and ponds. His design vision provided all people with simple pleasures of nature. The Olmsted 200 Celebration brings 52 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Alumni to document Olmsted landscapes across the country.

Online Painting Events:

Coming Soon: Watercolor Live
January 26-28, 2023
Sponsoring Organization: Streamline Publishing
Phone: 561.655.8778 or 800.610.5771
A Rare Opportunity to See the World’s Top Artists Teaching Watercolor Painting in One Place

Visit to find out all the amazing opportunities and painting events for artists through Streamline Publishing, including:
– Online art conferences such as Plein Air Live
– New video workshops for artists
– Incredible art retreats and painting events
– Educational and fun art conventions, and much more.

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