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What is “Plein Air Painting”? Enjoy The Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival ~ An October Event ~ Don’t Miss It!

Sheri Sperry October 13, 2016

Sedona Plein Air Festival

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Sheri Sperry Coldwell Banker Sedona Realtor


What Is Plein Air Painting?

It is pretty simple actually.  Grab an easel and a canvas, some paint brushes, 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.  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 a Rachel’s Knoll

Week Long Festival

The October 2017 schedule of events is already out. 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.  There are guest artists such as Jove Wang who taught a five day workshop on creative figurative painting at the historic Sedona Art Barn at the 2016 Festival. 

Festival Artists will be featured…UPTOWN Sedona homes for sale Sedona Art Center

2017 Schedule of Events 

 Many events are scheduled such as the Opening Wine Reception at the Sedona Art Center on Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 PM

Artists will paint in the locations mentioned above from October 14th thru the 20th

Oct. 18  – 10 AM to Noon – Enjoy a Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge – There will be awards and you can purchase the works of art! Park in the Arts Center lot and take the Red Rock Trolly from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM to L’Auberge.

Oct. 18 – 7 PMKeynote Speaker Joshua Been “The Plein Air Adventure”  at the Art Barn – free and open to the public. 

Oct. 19 – Paint Out At Seven Canyons Resort – the public is welcomed.  This resort features luxury homes and condos as well as a magnificent golf course nestled in the red rocks.  Don’t miss this if you are in town. Check this link to see pics of Seven Canyons . Rachel’s Knoll is located here and is open to the public.  Also, you will find artists being creative in their painting among the many water features as well!

Oct. 20 – 5 to 8 PMPlein Air Party and Awards – Sedona Arts Center

Oct. 21   10 AM to NoonMain Street Paint Out – Don’t miss this!  It is one of the most popular events of the festival. Held in Uptown.  You can watch the artists in action. 

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

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