What is "Plein Air Painting"? Discover this Sedona October Event Now!

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What is "Plein Air Painting"?

Enjoy the Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival 

An October Annual Event 

Sedona Plein Air Art courtesy of Sedona Art Center Facebook Page

 

 

What Is Plein Air Painting?

 

  It is pretty simple actually.  Grab an easel and a canvas, some paintbrushes, go outdoors,  paint and capture your favorite outdoor scene on that canvas.  Think of your studio as removing the 4 walls but leaving you and your canvas. This is Plein Air Painting.  

 

Annual Event

 

  The Sedona Arts Center hosts this event every year around this time. Sedona is the "Shangri-La of the Southwest"! Artists come from all over to participate.  Their canvas can be Oak Creek, one of the many Red Rock Features or golf courses. Some choose water features or special areas such as Rachel's Knoll

  In 2020, Sedona Arts Center celebrated the "Year of the Woman" recognizing the 100th-anniversary passage of the 19th Amendment. It was changed to a virtual event but this year it is in-person, delighting all involved.  There are 23 featured artists from around the country who will be participating.  

 

Week-Long Festival

 

The October 2021 schedule of events is listed below. Each year the schedule is made available to the public in a timely fashion. Please remember to check the Sedona Plein Air Festival website for any updates.

 

The festival starts on a Saturday and ends on a Saturday.  This year's judge and Keynote Speaker is Michele Usibelli.  It will be streaming "live" online.  The title of the Keynote is "The World Through My Eyes; My Journey From Reference Photos To Canvas".  The live stream will be featured on the Sedona Arts Center Facebook page

23 Festival Artists will be featured...

UPTOWN Sedona homes for sale Sedona Art Center

 

2021 Schedule of Events 

 

Many events are scheduled such as the Opening Wine Reception at the Sedona Arts Center on Saturday, October 23. 

 

Artists will paint in the locations mentioned above from October 23rd thru the 30th

 

  Oct. 23,  Noon to  3 PM - The Main Street Paint Out is one of Sedona Arts Center’s most popular events! Watch Festival artists from start to finish as they brave the local landscape and observe them in action on the streets of Uptown Sedona. The event will feature live painting along Highway 89A from Sedona Arts Center to the Visitor’s Center. The art will be for sale and artists’ awards announced starting at 3 PM at Sedona Arts Center.

  Oct. 27, 10:00 AM to Noon - The Festival’s Creekside Paint Out is hosted by L’Auberge de Sedona, and the public is invited to the edge of the water to watch artists as they depict the spectacular scenery and flowing Oak Creek. The location includes still and moving water, reflections, sycamores, ducks, and stunning rock waterfalls. At noon, awards will be presented to the artists and the works created at the event will be available for sale immediately following on the lawn. Attendees can park in the Arts Center lower parking lot and take the free shuttle to and from L’Auberge from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM   

 

 

  Oct. 27,  7 PM - Keynote Speaker Michele Usibelli -   As noted above - the event will be streaming "Live" online!

  The title of the Keynote is "The World Through My Eyes; My Journey From Reference Photos To Canvas".  The live stream will be featured on the Sedona Arts Center Facebook page

 

  Oct. 28, 10:00 AM to Noon - Paint Out At Sedona Heritage Museum - Turn back the clock as our Plein Air artists create a painting in just two hours on the grounds of the Sedona Heritage Museum. It’s a chance to get to know the artists and pick your favorites. Watch them paint scenes out of the Old West with horse and buggy and enjoy the spectacular landscape. Awards will be announced and works will be available to purchase at noon.

   

  Oct. 29 - 5 to 8 PM- Plein Air Party and Awards - Held at Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in the Historic Art Barn. Fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvres, and fine art. This is a big event. Artist’s awards are presented throughout the evening recognizing the best work created during the week including Best of Show and merit awards by Festival Judge Michele Usibelli, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot, and Sedona Arts Center Awards.

 

  For More Information: Contact the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809, or visit SedonaArtsCenter.org


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Comments (25)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like so much fun! I bet a lot of people take advantage of this week long celebration of art.

Oct 26, 2021 05:11 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are so many amazing scenes to be captured when being outside in Sedona, I am sure people have a lot of fun painting them.

Oct 26, 2021 05:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sheri - that artist's easel is very familar to me.  My mother was an artistic who would got into the countryside to do oil painting.  I admire all those artists' talents since I can barely draw a straight line.

Oct 26, 2021 05:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri & Rick, you definitely have a beautiful background to paint anywhere you go in Sedona!  

Oct 26, 2021 06:35 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sheri,

I love plein air work.  Every so often I would see it happening in the Carpinteria bluffs. and how wonderful to have it at the L' Auberge.  We still remember our stay there fondly.  A

Oct 26, 2021 07:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sheri- I love the idea of this and what fun it would be to observe these talented artists as they create!!!  I hope you and Rick go!

Oct 26, 2021 09:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bob Crane - I am sure that this event is scheduled for this time of year because of the change of seasons as well as the color, and it is much cooler to paint. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:23 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - I am sure your parents did their fair share of  "Plein Air" painting. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:25 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - LOL! I fit in that same category!  

Oct 26, 2021 10:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Happy Tuesday to you Roy Kelley.  Have an outstanding day.

Oct 26, 2021 10:27 AM
Roy Kelley

We have a very windy afternoon in Maryland.

Oct 26, 2021 10:57 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker -  This is a big art community.  There are so many instances of artists painting landscapes as you walk the different areas.  I always stop and admire their work.  You can set up just about anywhere and have a magnificent landscape to paint.  It is so interesting to watch. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I used to love watching people paint like that in Paris and St Petersburg.

Oct 26, 2021 11:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - Besides our landscape, there are so many people who visit to see all the art galleries in Sedona. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:33 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England - AS you know, some of these areas mean that you are going to have to hike in.  It is fun to see what the artists bring with them and the minimalistic approach they take to avoid carrying too much of their supplies. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:36 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider - Getting out into the country is what it is all about.  I love to see the artists as they paint and observe their interpretation of the scene. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Joan Cox - There have been times walking in town where you can turn a corner and almost run right into an artist!

Oct 26, 2021 10:39 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - L'Auberge de Sedona, along with the Enchantment Resort are two of my favorite spots to enjoy the scenery.  Each is so different and remarkable. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Besides the large community of artists who live here,  we get a lot of artists visiting this time of year because the color is so dramatic. 

Oct 26, 2021 10:50 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

What great opportunities to watch artists at work. Plein air painters are impressive to see in action as they transform what they see onto canvas.

We had a well-known plein air artist from the Monterey/Carmel area in our art gallery back in the Boston area (Cambridge), in the early 2000s before we relocated here. His seaside work was amazing.

I hope you get to enjoy some of this festival!

Jeff

Oct 27, 2021 10:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

All those things make me wan to go to one of these if I'm in the area!

Oct 27, 2021 11:57 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You and Rick are synonymous with great photography, thank you for sharing Sheri 🙂

Nov 20, 2021 07:01 PM