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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 22, 2021

Sedona Plein Air Festival


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Sheri Sperry REALTOR - Coldwell Banker Realty 928-274-7355



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...

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2021 Schedule of Events 


Many events are scheduled such as the Opening Wine Reception at the Sedona Art 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 even 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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