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A happy artist at the 2021 Publisher's Invitational, Fall Color Week

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

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November 2021 Plein Air Painting Events


Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Dates: Through January 17, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: Grand Canyon Conservancy
Venue: Grand Canyon National Park
Format: Combination
Contact: Kathy Duley
Phone: 480.277.0458
Celebration of Art (CoA) 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 dedicated art venue and arts programming at the park.
Since 2009, CoA has invited participating artists to paint “en plein air” for a week at the Canyon. The works produced are available for purchase online and are on display at historic Kolb Studio for a four-month sale and exhibition.


Exhibition: “Vistas, Varmints and Vagabonds: The PAC6 Paints the Wild West”
Dates: Through November 7
Venue: Santa Paula Art Museum
PAC6 is a group of six women artists from Southern California who joined together in 2014 to travel and paint en plein air across the country. They are Linda Brown, Marian Fortunati, Nita Harper, Debra Holladay, Laura Wambsgans and Sharon Weaver. While the six artists paint side-by-side during their expeditions, each artist renders the location and subject matter in her own distinct style.

Salmagundians and Their Friends – Southern California Plein Air Painters Paint Out
November 18
Venue: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, Carlsbad
Contact: [email protected]
The paint out is from 9:00 – 12:30, with a critique at 12:45 in a picnic area near the barn and houses. This is a wonderful opportunity to paint ranch buildings, flowers, and much more.

11th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale
November 7
Venue: Newport Harbor Yacht Club
We invite you to join us live, in-person or online for the 11th annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Sale. This unique show features only works of Catalina Island – from Avalon to Two Harbors, with a special focus on the lands stewarded by the Catalina Island Conservancy – the wild side.

San Diego Watercolor Society 15th Annual Exhibition
Dates: November 28–December 21, 2021


Plein Air Painters of Chicago: “Uncommon Ground”
Show Dates: October 6, 2021 – January 16, 2022
Venue: Uncommon Ground Edgewater on Devon


EXHIBITION: Historic Indiana En Plein Air Art Show
Through November 27
Venue: Indiana State Museum, Bridge Gallery
The exhibit of 60 oil, pastel, and watercolor paintings is included with admission to the Indiana State Museum. The artworks by members of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA) showcase views of the state from Lake County to Jefferson County, Steuben County to Posey County and many places in between.


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.

New Mexico

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) 2021 Events
Dates: Through December 31
Sponsoring Organization: Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
Venue: Event venues vary
City: Santa Fe
Format: Combination
Contact: Elizabeth Cooper
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 720.933.4022


Brushes by the Beach Plein Air
Dates: October 23–November 8, 2021
Entry Deadline: November 8, 2021
Sponsoring Organization / Venue: G. Lee Gallery
City: Galveston, TX
Format: Open
Contact: Brenda Donaloio
E-mail: [email protected]
Come to the Island and relax. This open plein air event gives participants 16 wonderful days to paint. Blessed with beautiful weather, landscapes that stretch from beach to bay with historic homes, a thriving port, and diverse neighborhoods in between, Galveston gives artists a myriad of challenging plein air subjects. Need to stay home, stay safe? No problem. Your plein air art created in the U.S. and within the event time frame will be digitally accepted. Brushes by the Beach — small, intimate, and fun — bring your family.

Coming Soon Online

Watercolor Live
Dates: January 27-29, Beginner’s Day January 26, 2022
Sponsoring Organization: American Watercolor Weekly / Streamline Publishing
Save years of struggle and frustration by discovering techniques revealed by the world’s top watercolor artists in just three days in the world’s largest online art training event!

Watercolor Live 2022 - by August 31



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