Plein air events
Thomas Jefferson Kitts receiving his First Place award at a Borrego Springs Quick Draw

Take advantage of these in-person and virtual plein air painting opportunities from our 2022 Ultimate Guide to Painting Events and Organizations.

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March 2022 Plein Air Painting Events


16th Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational
Dates: March 7–April 3, 2022
Opening Reception: March 12, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Borrego Art Institute
Venue: Borrego Art Institute Gallery
City: Borrego Springs, CA
Format: Invitational
Juror of Awards: Patty McGeeney
Award Total: $2,100
Contact: Kay Levie
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 619.701.8132
The 16th Annual Plein Air Invitational in Borrego Springs, CA, opens on March 7 with a five-day paint-out by 14 invited artists. The artists, who have already been selected, paint until the evening of March 11. Work is judged on the 12th, and the reception and awards will occur on that afternoon/evening. The body of work, which fills the spacious mid-century modern gallery of the Borrego Art Institute, will hang until April 3.


Wekiva Paint Out
February 28–March 5, 2022
Opening Reception: February 27, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Wekiva Island
Venue: Gallery Cero
City: Longwood, FL
Format: Invitational
Contact: Mary Sue Weinaug
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 407.463.3363
Wekiva Paint Out, started in 2006, is a celebration of plein air artists that helps benefit charities such as Keep Seminole Beautiful and Wekiva Wilderness Trust. All week long, guests can visit Wekiva Island free of charge and witness world-class artists painting along the boardwalk, in kayaks, canoes, at the bar, and at various locations along the Wekiva River. Throughout the week, there will be plenty of opportunities to view the work, purchase their pieces, support our artists and charities, enjoy live music, indulge in great food, and celebrate art in our community!

Preserving Venice in Paint – VIP
Dates: March 10–April 4, 2022
Opening Reception: March 15, 2022
Entry Deadline: March 8, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Venice Plein Air MAP (Meet And Paint) & Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI)
Venue: VABI (Venice Area Beautification Inc.)
Format: Combination
Juror of Awards: People’s Choice
Contact: Karen Ann Hitt or Linda Banas
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 941.586.0207
Be part of history in the making and a VIP! All outdoor painters invited: 3 monetary awards — donation voting at VABI (Venice Area Beautification Inc.) 3/10–4/4/2022 on paintings from the year of painting with VPA MAP participants November, December, January, February, March, with national-local artists. Simply VPA MAP at Caspersen Beach, Historic Downtown, or VABI’s Urban Forest, an oasis coming to life. No e-mails, sign-ups, or fees — just outdoor painting camaraderie! 3 awards: Best VPA MAP Urban Forest, Caspersen Beach & Historic Downtown.

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air
Dates: March 18–27, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition
Venue: The Joe Center for the Arts
City: Apalachicola, FL
Format: Invitational
Contact: Joseph Taylor
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 850.323.0176
After 17 years of documenting the landscapes and culture of the last vestige of authentic “Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment-quality art continues to be the trademark of this 10-day festival. Organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional. “We realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance. We transcend the typical event content to focus on the reasons why plein air painting is important, as well as how the process and the paintings contribute to the region’s resilience.”

9th Annual Plein Air Festival
Dates: March 27–April 2, 2022
Sponsoring Organization and Venue: Lighthouse ArtCenter
City: Tequesta, FL
Format: Invitational
Juror of Awards: Patrick Saunders
Award Total: $20,000
Contact: Jeni Licata
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 561.746.3101
The festival kicks off with a Paint Out Competition at the beautiful Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens on March 27. March 28–March 31 the artists paint in picturesque locations throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties, competing against one another for cash and prizes. A Collector’s Party takes place on April 1 with the festival ending on April 2 with an art sale and live painting event. Art enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn and collect from the most highly regarded plein air artists in the country.


Paint Out Savannah 2022
Dates: March 24–26, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Savannah Art Association
Venue: Green Meldrim House
Format: Open
Juror of Awards: Marc Hanson
Contact: Martha Love
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 912.856.7247
Each spring the Savannah Art Association welcomes painters to its annual plein air competition, Paint Out Savannah! The hostess city provides endless paintable opportunities, from coastal marshes, sandy beaches, and historic squares, to architecturally stunning city blocks. The event closes with an awards ceremony led by this year’s acting judge, Marc Hanson.


Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air
Dates: March 12–18, 2022
Sponsoring Organization / Venue: Shadows-on-the-Teche
City: New Iberia, LA
Format: Juried
Juror of Awards: Mark Boedges
Award Total: $10,000
Contact: Pat Kahle
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 337.369.6446
Shadows-on-the-Teche, a National Trust Historic Site in New Iberia, Louisiana, will present our 8th annual plein air competition March 12–18, 2022, with Mark Boedges overseeing artist selection and awarding prizes. Enjoy a unique region enhanced by its architecture, massive moss-draped live oaks, and sugar-producing fields watered by the meandering Bayou Teche. Home to pioneering sugar planters, the oldest operating rice mill in the United States, a 19th-century actor’s hunting estate, and Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco, this region offers excellent food, superb original music, and hospitable residents.


EXHIBITION: The Latimer School: Lorenzo Latimer and the Latimer Art Club
Dates: Through March 27, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
Venue: 2nd Floor Galleries
The Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating 90 years as Nevada’s premier cultural institution. An exhibition by one of the West’s most well-known plein air artists, Lorenzo Latimer, kicks off a months-long celebration.

Online: Plein Air Live

Plein Air Live Virtual Art Conference
March 10-12, Beginner’s Day March 9
Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Magazine / Streamline Publishing
Phone: 561.655.8778 or 800.610.5771
Plein Air Live is a historic three-day event with artists participating from across the world. Watch live demos and talks from the finest landscape painters on earth. See top plein air artists paint and share their techniques. Enjoy painting critiques and hear thoughts about art in artist roundtables. All from the safety of your home.

Plan ahead and join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 17-21 at the 9th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo! [learn more and register today!]


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