2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival

Sedona, Arizona

12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

October 15th – 22nd, 2016


Art lovers will be flocking to Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend to experience over two dozen master painters in action in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! The Sedona Plein Air Festival returns for a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 15th to 22nd, 2016!.

“En Plein Air”, a French term that translates to “in the open air”, describes paintings that have been created outdoors rather than in a studio. The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting. The week long festival will feature these painters all over town,on the streets, trail-heads, creeks and vistas, capturing the beauty of the Sedona area on canvas. These incredibly talented artists are coming to the Sedona area from all over the United States to spend seven days painting en plein air, and to share their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.

The Sedona Art Center is pleased to present the Sedona Plein Air Festival opening reception,free and open to all, on Saturday, October 15th at 7:00 pm at the Art Center. Most of the events during the festival are free, you will find a listing of these event below. For a full listing of events and workshops please visit www.sedonapleinairfestival.com.

Sedona Plein Air Festival Events

  • Opening Wine Reception
    October 15th, at 7:00 pm
    The Sedona Arts Center welcomes all to the opening reception in honor of their invited artists. View their work, learn more about their creative process, and add some wonderful pictures to your collection. This event takes place in the historic Art Barn.
  • Artists Paint in Sedona Area
    October 16th – 21st
    Fine plein air painting in action, as our invited artists spread out around town and create new works inspired by local landscapes and vistas. Fresh Sedona works can then be viewed in the Arts Center’s Special Exhibitions Gallery and Theatre Studio. Check the schedule for individual artist demonstrations, mini workshops, paint outs, and creative excursions.
  • Gamblin The Plein Air Palette
    October 16th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Enjoy this free presentation on color space, pigment history, and color palettes sponsored by Gamblin Artists Colors. The free session includes an afternoon plein air workshop taught by Scott Gellatly, artist and Product Manager for Gamblin. Tap into his knowledge of technical issues and expertise in oil colors and palettes. This event will take place at the Sedona Arts Center located at 15 Art Barn Road.
  • Creekside Paint Out At L’Auberge
    October 19th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Always a favorite of the festival, the Creekside Paint Out returns to L’Auberge de Sedona, and the public is invited to watch artists as they depict the singular scenery. The location includes still and moving water, reflections, sycamores and ducks and stunning settings along Oak Creek. At noon, awards will be presented to the artists and the works created at the event will be available for sale immediately following. Park in the Arts Center lot and take the free Red Rock Trolley from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
  • Plein Air Keynote with Lori Putnam
    October 19th, 7:00 pm
    This free and open to the public keynote speech by acclaimed artist Lori Putnam will take place at the Art Barn. Her presentation includes digital images and talk about her growth and development as a plein air painter—from obscurity to a national reputation and unique individual style. Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, the Nashville native paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio.
  • Paint out at Seven Canyons Resort
    October 20th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    The public is invited to beautiful Seven Canyons Resort, a new Plein Air Festival sponsor, to watch artists paint the afternoon and evening light as it carves it’s way through majestic red rock profiles. A rare jewel surrounded by protected national forest land, Seven Canyons is a local scenic treasure that spans 200 stunningly beautiful acres. Artists will explore panoramic vistas from the Clubhouse, water features on the golf course, and views from beautiful Rachel’s Knoll. An awards ceremony and wine reception will follow at 4:00 pm on the event lawn.
  • Plein Air Party and Awards Presentation
    October 21st 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Don’t miss the final award night and visiting artist reception at the Historic Art Barn. This is the ‘big event’ the artists have been waiting for! Fine wine, hors d’oeuvre and fine art. Festival Awards will be presented throughout the evening recognizing the most impressive work created during the week—including Best of Show and merit awards by Festival Judge Lori Putnam, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.
  • Main Street Paint Out
    October 22nd, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    The last hurrah! The Main Street Paint Out, held in collaboration with the Main Street Sedona Program, is one of the Plein Air Festivals most popular events. Don’t miss the final opportunity to become acquainted with the artists and observe them in action on the streets of Uptown Sedona (on Highway 89A from the Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café). Final event sales take place from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

If you are interested in learning more about all the events taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley during October, please visit our Sedona events page!

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