5th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo
to Apr 19

5th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo

PleinAir magazine proudly presents the 5th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), which will be held in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, April 15-19, 2016 (with optional pre-convention workshop and basics course beginning April 14).

Please join us for this one-of-a-kind experience featuring a faculty of some of the world’s top plein air artists (artists who paint outdoors, on location), as well as renowned figurative artists. The convention and expo includes classes, demonstrations, social activities, exhibitors, and on-site painting at the resort and surrounding areas.

You can choose to attend classes and demos from any or all of the three tracks — oil, pastels, and water media — there’s something for everyone! Large viewing screens in each room ensure every seat is a good seat, so you don’t miss a minute of the action.

The Expo Hall will feature some of your favorite product suppliers, who will offer exclusive convention-only pricing — a great time to treat yourself to some new art materials.

We encourage you to bring your own paint gear and come with us to great on-location paint sites in the Oro Valley, a painter’s dream! This year, guests will have the opportunity to paint in Old Tucson — an Old West town that will carry you back in time. Our field painters will be on hand to offer their expert tips and techniques and even do on-site demos for all to see.

There’s something for everyone at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. All levels of painters, from beginners to professional artists, are welcome and encouraged to attend. We offer a friendly atmosphere where everyone can learn and enjoy the art of plein air painting.

The 2016 convention will be held at the El Conquistador Resort and Spa, which offers guests an impressive list of amenities. We highly recommend you plan to come early or stay a few extra days just to enjoy all the El Conquistador has to offer!

Register today, tell your friends, and start making your plans to attend the 5th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo — it will be the time of your life. See you there!

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to Mar 20

2016 Cowgirl Up! Opening Gala Weekend

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(Exhibition on view March 18 – May 9, 2016)

A Who’s Who of Western Women Artists.

All kicking up their heels in one place…at one time. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is the setting for the Eleventh Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Invitational Exhibition & Sale. The celebration begins with an opening gala weekend Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2016.

The exhibition and sale of miniatures and full size works runs through May 9th, 2016.

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Taking Your Portrait and Figure Painting to the Next Level with Romel de la Torre
to Mar 11

Taking Your Portrait and Figure Painting to the Next Level with Romel de la Torre

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Romel de la Torre

Romel de la Torre

I just won a merit scholarship allowing me to attend this workshop with Romel de la Torre. Very honored and excited!

"This workshop is designed to create a relaxed, informative, yet intense working environment. Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting the portrait and figure from life daily, using his direct fluid painting style with heavy emphasis on the use of improving color, drawing skills, value relationships, understanding edges and capturing the “feeling” of light. Students will learn to use the elements that make a painting/drawing work: creative use of color and edges, visual movement, paint or charcoal application, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Students will also learn how to combine working from life and photographs to create a finished piece. Romel provides easy-going individual instruction, as well as critique and group discussion. Techniques of past great artists like Sargent, Zorn and Sorolla will also be discussed. Be prepared to work hard, make new friends and best of all – have fun."

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City of Glendale 2016 Plein Air Painting Event
8:00 AM08:00

City of Glendale 2016 Plein Air Painting Event

Painting and Chocolate! What more could you ask for?

Painting and Chocolate! What more could you ask for?

Call to Artists: The City of Glendale Plein Air Painting Competition
Event Date:
 Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Event Location: Promenade on Palmaire in downtown Glendale • 5835 West Palmaire Avenue • Glendale, Arizona 85301
Project Description: The event is open to artists (18 years of age & older) who paint using the Plein Air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel. Plein Air (open air) paintings are executed outdoors.


Awards: • Council Choice Award - $1,000 award
• Best of Show - $1,000 award
• Second Place - $500 award
• Third Place - $250 award 

Registration is FREE!

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9:00 AM09:00

Open Studio at Scottsdale Artist's School

"Mary Adrenaline" art model came ready to tell our fortunes. This is my open studio version of her. - Kimber Scott

"Mary Adrenaline" art model came ready to tell our fortunes. This is my open studio version of her. - Kimber Scott

Practice your skills on your own during Scottsdale Artists’ School’s Open Studio sessions! Open Studio is open to the public; the School provides a model and equipment (easels, drawing horses etc.) Participants bring their own supplies to draw, paint or sculpt.


6:30-9:30pm/Portrait Model/ Single Pose

6:30-9:30pm/Nude Model/ Short Poses

9:00am-3:00pm/Nude or Costumed Model/ Single Pose

9:00am-12:00pm Portrait Model/ Single Pose 1:00-4:00PM Figure Model/Single Pose

3-hour sessions $10 5-hour sessions $15

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to Dec 13

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

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Phoenix Center for the Arts presents the fourth annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts, sponsored in part by APS and Lou & Evelyn Grubb. This free weekend-long event takes place in the heart of Downtown Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park, December 11-13, 2015.

Phoenix Festival of the Arts packs three full days with live arts and entertainment, plus over 125 vendor booths! Those wishing to express their inner artist can get their feet wet with The Phoenix Mural a hands-on community art project organized by acclaimed local muralist and Valley favorite, Hugo Medina. Families with kids can have a blast in the Family Zone, located on the East side of the Festival.

Festival attendees can grab a bite from one of several local food trucks, then sit back, relax, and catch some tunes at the Festival’s beer and wine garden presented by Hensley Beverage Company.

Event Facts:

What: The Fourth Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Dates: December 11-13, 2015

Friday, December 11 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004 (deck park above the I-10 Interstate freeway)

Parking/Transportation: Limited public parking available in the Phoenix Center for the Arts parking lot (enter from 3rd Street, just North of Moreland). Street parking is also available on 1st and 2nd streets.

Tip: Avoid the hassle and take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Ave or Roosevelt/Central Ave. Bike racks are also available. To find out the best way for you to take public transportation to the Festival, click here to plan your trip. For rates and other details see www.valleymetro.org.

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1:00 PM13:00

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival

Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival

The Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival is an interactive, multi-generational, and participatory cultural immersion event blending traditional Mexican experiences with a twist of Southwestern flavor. The festival aims to instill a sense of history, pride and knowledge about our multicultural roots to the community at large through culturally relevant programming and activities.

Presented by Cultural Coalition, the festival takes disappearing folk traditions and reinterprets them, creating new and innovative ways to address important social issues, while encouraging collaborations between local institutions and community artists. Our creative modern adaptations of ancient customs such as La MascaradaThe Flight of Quetzalcoatl, and La Lloronapromote our cultural heritage while preserving our traditions.

The 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Phx Festival will take place on Sunday, October 25th from 1 to 6 pm at Steele Indian School Park on 3rd Street and Indian School Rd in Phoenix, AZ. Participants will be greeted and entertained by more than 150 performing artists, many as masked characters. The Artists Mercado will feature some of Arizona's best local artists. There will also be food booths, arts activities and of course, the traditional Candlelight Procesión at 5:30 pm. This year we will also feature a Community Altar. Bring a picture or memento to place on it. It is a memorable community event!

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to Oct 10

Bisbee Plein Air Festival



Presented by Bisbee After 5 and Central School Project

October 9th – 10th, 2015

Artists are invited to Bisbee to paint the picturesque hillsides of Tombstone Canyon and the wonderful architecture in Old Bisbee. This is a great opportunity to network with Arizona’s many Plein Air painters and take advantage of a well-organized venue to sell your work.

I will be participating in this event. Hope to have a lot of fun, make new friends, and explore the legendary Bisbee!

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to Aug 6

Painting in Sedona

Spent a glorious four days painting in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. It was a bit hot, though, and my easel time was cut short by the blazing sun. I did come home with a few studies. Watch my blog for more info on those. Will be going back to Sedona to paint again in the fall. Can't wait! Stay tuned for the dates, in case you want to join me. I love having painting partners when I'm out painting en plein air.

Kimber Scott painting at Crescent Moon Ranch Park in Sedona, Arizona. Photo by April L. Huggins

Kimber Scott painting at Crescent Moon Ranch Park in Sedona, Arizona. Photo by April L. Huggins

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