Artists and art lovers alike will come together at L’Auberge de Sedona on Wednesday, October 18th, for a Plein Air paint-out as part of the Sedona Plein Air Festival from 10AM to 12PM.
What does that mean? “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. In conjunction with our Artist in Residence program, 40-50 artists from around the country will be painting the Sedona landscape with Oak Creek and Red Rock vistas. The challenge of this paint-out is the limited time of 2 hours that the artists have to complete their paintings.
The L’Auberge plein air paint-out is part of the 13th annual Sedona Plain Air Festival which celebrates Sedona’s beautiful landscape and world-renowned artists while offering unique workshops and other free events from October 14th to 21st. The festival is presented by the Sedona Arts Center and invites you along to get creative and experience master painters in action. The Sedona Plein Air Festival event schedule offers a great diversity of receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and many opportunities to collect your next masterpiece. Most events are free, so come along, meet some of America’s great artists, and celebrate their diversity, style, and new Sedona inspirations.
Walk the creek and see paintings come together right before your eyes. Artists will set up anywhere at L’Auberge with subject matter ranging from calm to rushing Oak Creek water, foliage, Red Rocks, sky and reflections, architecture, people and ducks! Be inspired by the works of art created, the beautiful landscape or just the sounds of babbling Oak Creek.
13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival Events Schedule
Opening Wine Reception
October 14, 7 pm — Sedona Arts Center
Join us on Saturday, October 14th in the historic Art Barn at Sedona Arts Center for the opening reception in honor of our invited artists. Artists have brought work with them from their own terrain across the U.S. Come meet the 30 artists in this year’s festival and see their diversity of style and talent!
Artists Paint in Sedona Area
October 14 to 21 — Various Sedona Locations
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 scheduled for individual artist demonstrations, mini workshops, paint outs, and creative excursions.
Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge
October 18th, 10 am to Noon — L’Auberge de Sedona
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 8:30am to 1:30pm.
Keynote Speaker Joshua Been “The Plein Air Adventure”
October 18th, 7 pm — Sedona Arts Center
Join us back at the Art Barn for this free and open to the public keynote speech by acclaimed artist Joshua Been. He will give a digital presentation and talk about his personal journey as an artist. Wine reception following in our Special Exhibition Gallery.
Paint Out at Seven Canyons Resort
October 19th, 1 to 4 pm — Seven Canyons
The public is invited to beautiful Seven Canyons to watch artists paint the afternoon and evening light as it carves out the red rock profiles. Artists will explore panoramic vistas from the Clubhouse, Water Features on the golf course and views from beautiful Rachel’s Knoll. Awards Ceremony and Wine Reception on the event lawn at 4:00 p.m.
Plein Air to Studio Demonstration with Joshua Been
October 20th, 9 am to 1 pm
Join us for an extended demonstration by our keynote speaker for the Festival this year Joshua Been. This demonstration will be a wonderful overview, and a great opportunity to review and re-take notes on effective studio practices incorporating every bit of knowledge gained through the plein air experience. $50 Learn More
Plein Air Party and Awards Presentation
October 20th, 5 to 8 pm — Sedona Arts Center
Held at Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in the Historic Art Barn. Fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvre and fine art. This is the ‘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 Josh Been, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.
Main Street Paint Out
October 21st, 10 am to Noon
The last hurrah! This is held in collaboration with the Main Street Sedona Program and is the last opportunity for visitors and residents to become acquainted with the artists and observe them in action. Artists will paint in Uptown Sedona on 89A from the Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café. Sale and awards at the Arts Center immediately following. Final event sales from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a week full of inspiration and creativity – we look forward to seeing you at the Sedona Plein Air Festival!