plein air painting events
Happy painters at the June 2022 Publisher's Invitational. Join us for the next one: Paint New Zealand! (details below)

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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July 2022 Art / Plein Air Painting Events


19th Annual Telluride Plein Air
Dates: June 28–July 4, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Sheridan Arts Foundation
Venue: Sheridan Opera House
Format: Juried
Award Total: $10,000
Contact: Ronatta Palamar
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 970.728.6363
Each summer, over the Fourth of July weekend, the Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts 20–25 nationally renowned plein air artists to paint the stunning natural landscape and charming historic architecture of Telluride, Colorado. The Telluride Plein Air Festival has become an indispensable part of Telluride’s Independence Day festivities, allowing locals and tourists alike to observe some of the nation’s top plein air artists at work. The festival culminates in a three-day sale right in the center of the historic downtown. The festival is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the nonprofit that owns and operates the historic Sheridan Opera House.

Georgetown Plein Air
Dates: July 29–30, 2022
Opening Reception: July 30, 2022
Entry Deadline: July 15, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation, Inc.
Venue: Georgetown Heritage Center
Format: Open
Award Total: $900
Contact: Ruth Rosenfeld
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 303.569.0289
Fifth annual plein air event in vintage, picturesque Georgetown, Colorado, 45 minutes west of Denver at 8,500-ft. elevation, part of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Landmark Historic District. A charming town of colorful Victorian buildings ringed by mountain views, Georgetown has long been a favorite of artists. Includes Quick Draw in historic downtown. Exhibit and sale through Sunday, August 14. Registration and exhibition at Georgetown Heritage Center, restored 1874 schoolhouse, 809 Taos Street. Join us for this painting event in the summer mountain air! Open to qualified plein air artists.


Olmsted 200 Celebration
Through December 31, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Olmsted Arts, Inc. (DBA: 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],com / [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.


11th Annual Driggs Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 20–30, 2022
Opening Reception: July 24, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Driggs Association
Venue: Driggs City Gallery
Format: Open
Award Total: $4,000
Contact: Alison Brush
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 307.690.2234
Please join us for the 11th Annual Driggs Plein Air Art Festival, held on the west side of the Tetons. Pre-event plein air workshops. All levels of experience are encouraged. Collectors and artists enjoy many activities including free music concert at Opening Reception, the multi-week-long Exhibition & Sale, Paint Outs, Quick Draw Competitions, Workshops, Demonstrations, Competition Award Ceremony, and the Closing Reception.


Plein Air Easton
Dates: July 17–24, 2022
Opening Reception: July 16, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: The Avalon Foundation
Venue: Multiple locations throughout the week
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Julia Marciari-Alexander
Award Total: $35,000
Contact: Marie Nuthall
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 410.822.7297
The 18th annual Plein Air Easton competition and festival, sponsored by the Avalon Foundation, juries in 58 artists every year. In this event on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, artists will paint historic towns nestled among coastal wetlands and sweeping farmlands. The week begins with the iconic “Meet the Artists” event where supporters and collectors mingle with artists on an exclusive waterfront estate. The week culminates with the Collectors Preview Party (July 22), a gallery sale open to all, Quick Draw (July 23), and Small Painting Sunday (July 24).

EXHIBITION: Color of Light
Through July 30
Washington Society of Landscape Painters / Crystal Moll Gallery
Included in this show are artists: Barbara Nuss, Bernard Dellario, Bill Schmidt, Crystal Moll, David Diaz, Hai-Ou Hou, Jacalyn Beam, Jean Schwartz, Jill Banks, Jill Basham, Lynn Mehta, Mary Kokoski, Meg Walsh & Pattee Hipschen. In addition to the opening and closing receptions, we will be hosting a paint out which will be open to all members.


Plein Air in the Berkshires
Dates: Through September 30, 2022
E-mail: [email protected]

New Jersey

By the Light of Day Plein Air Show
Dates: July 12 – August 27
Sponsoring Organization: West Windsor Arts
Venue: West Windsor Arts Center
City: Princeton Junction


Door County Plein Air Festival
Dates: July 24–30, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Peninsula School of Art
Venue: Peninsula School of Art
City: Fish Creek, WI
Format: Invitational
Juror of Awards: Don Demers
Contact: Ginny Sowinski
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 920.868.3455
The Door County Plein Air Festival presented by Peninsula School of Art celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting with the finest painters from across the country. 35 invited artists will put brush to canvas, capturing the summer light over the waters and fields of Door County, Wisconsin. Listen and learn from daily artist demonstrations. Tour local partner galleries as artists paint on site. Grab a drink and stroll the waterfront to watch the artists in action at the sunset paint-out. View presentations by the festival judge and award-winning artists. Collector’s Preview July 29. Quick Paint and auction July 30.

Nova Scotia, Canada

Paint Peggy’s Cove
Dates: July 8–10, 2022
Entry Deadline: June 1, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts
Venue: Coastal village of Peggy’s Cove
City: Halifax, NS
Format: Open
Contact: Patricia Lindley
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 902.823.2530
Paint Peggy’s Cove provides an opportunity for 42 artists to paint the beautiful maritime scenery in and around this iconic fishing village, known for its towering lighthouse. Artists display their work for sale in a large Mongolian Yurt erected in the heart of the village. Hundreds of residents and visitors visit the Yurt and the nearby children’s art tent during the event. A limited number of artists can register to display and sell previously completed works in addition to pieces completed on site.

Additional Painting Events

Coming Soon Online:

2nd Annual Pastel Live
Dates: August 18–20, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: PleinAir Magazine
Venue: Online Virtual Event
Contact: PleinAir Magazine
Phone: 561.655.8778 or 800.610.5771
Pastel Live is a three-day online event featuring the world’s top artists teaching in pastel! Watch live demos on portraits, figures, still life, landscape, florals, and more! See top pastel artists paint and share their techniques. Hear thoughts about pastel art in artist roundtables. All from the safety of your home. This is a 100% online event.

Coming Up in September:

Publisher’s Invitational: Paint New Zealand
Dates: September 15-25
Sponsoring Organization: Streamline Publishing
Format: Painting retreat
Paint your way through the majesty of New Zealand with Eric Rhoads for a trip you’ll never forget.

Visit to find out all the amazing opportunities 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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