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Plein Air painting is a phrase borrowed from the French meaning "open (in full) air." It is used to describe the act of painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the visual conditions experienced at the time of the painting. Stroll around and watch artists at work at these Plein Air festivals.

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1 Paint Annapolis

May 30, 2016 - June 5, 2016
Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air painting competition that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. For 14 years it has been a premier event, bringing people together to share in the spirit and vibrancy of outdoor painting.

The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and energy of Maryland’s capital city and a former capital of the United States.  Plein Air paintings will be on display from June 5  – 12, 2016.


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Location:
18 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-4566


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Artist Nancy O'Brien's painting of historic Stevensville Photo By: Artist Nancy O'Brien

2 Paint Stevensville during the Plein Air Art Celebration

June 3- 4, 2016
Two days of painting and drawing by Plein Air Artists throughout historic Downtown Stevensville.  Artists can be beginners or accomplished. In fact, on Saturday, artists of all ages can take the Chalk Walk from noon to 3 pm.  Then meet the artists at a Wet Paint Sale & Reception at 5 pm.  Stop in KIFA Galleries to see the “Artist’s Garden."
 


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Location:
405 Main St.
Stevensville, MD 21666
410-604-2100


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Artist Ray Ewing Paints at Mountain Maryland's Plein Air Photo By: Artist Ray Ewing; Photo by Chris Sloan

3 Mountain Maryland Plein Air - Allegany & Garrett Counties

Jun. 8-12, 2016
A juried painting event that brings talented artists from across the country to Western Maryland to paint outdoors, on location rather than in a studio. Artists will create original works in Allegany or Garrett counties. On June 8, you can purchase paintings created in Plein Air and learn more about what "plein air" means.


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Location:
The Allegany Arts Council
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-2782


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Barnstormer's Exhibit & Sale of Newly Created Art Photo By: Barnstormer's Barn Tour & Plein Air

4 Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out - Frederick County

June 11, 2016
This popular self-guided Frederick County tour pays homage to beautiful old structures and agricultural heritage by offering a rare opportunity to tour some of the most scenic private farm properties. It is also a plein air paint-out.

Tour-goers drive to farms where you can watch artists paint.  From 3-6:00 P.M., a juried art exhibit will feature the new plein air paintings and drawings. All art will be for sale at the exhibit.  (The art show at the host farm is free and open to the public.)


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Location:
1110 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701
301-668-6088


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Plein Air painters participate in Paint It! Ellicott City Photo By: Howard County Tourism

5 Paint It! Ellicott City

July 8-10, 2016
Paint It! Ellicott City welcomes artists from the region to the streets of Historic and picturesque Ellicott City. "Paint It" takes place over three days.  Pull out your sketchbook or set up your easel alongside other artists or join the encouraging spectators attracted to this lively, "arty" town. 

Artists Bryan Guglielmi and Eric Bowman paint outside in Cambridge Photo By: Ted Mueller

6 Cambridge Pre-Competition Paint Out

July 8, 2016
Part of Plein Air Easton, Cambridge offers a historic old town on the water setting.  Marinas, bridges, sailboats, historic facades and rows of cookie-cutter homes once inhabited by families of watermen and cannery workers spur creativity.  From 5 am - 11 am, artists paint Cambridge. Then, from noon - 2 pm, you can view or purchase one of the day's creations.


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Location:
Downtown Cambridge and Dorchester County
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-463-0148


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Photo looking over the shoulder of an Artist painting a landscape Photo By: Talbot County Ofice of Tourism

7 Plein Air Easton

July 9-17, 2016
Plein Air Easton is the largest and most prestigious juried plein air painting competition in the US.  In its 12th year, it is held in Easton each July.  Plein air painters produce art from life (as opposed to in studio). Artists from all over the US and beyond apply to this competition. There will be 58 competing artists painting throughout Talbot County. 


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Location:
Historic Downtown Easton
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-0345


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Artist George Kalwa painted the rescue at Ocean City's Plein Air-Photo courtesy of Art League of OC Photo By: Artist George Kalwa - photo courtesy of The Art League of OC

8 Artists Paint OC 2016

Aug 11-14, 2016
Pull out your paint, pastels or pencils and set up an easel in the resort town of Ocean City.  Landscapes include the ocean, bay, marshes, harbor boats and the well loved boardwalk. Not an artist? Watching the artists work is just as exciting.  In fact, a life was saved by one Plein Air artist's quick thinking. The resulting water rescue was  captured on canvas by artist George Kalwa.
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Solomons Plein Air artist Wesley James Drake photo by David Wright Photo By: Artist Wesley James Drake-photo by David Wright-Plein Air Solomons

9 Solomons Plein Air Festival

Sept 12-18, 2016
Come for the week and experience the festival within the festival. Paint with the artists during the Sunset Quick Draw! Online and onsite registration.  Paint the Town for a Cause along the Solomons Riverwalk. Free registration in advance or onsite.  Or, have an Affaire of the Arts and  mingle with artists, listen to great music, enjoy your new art purchase at this magical event.


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Location:
carmen's gallery
Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2549


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Featured Places
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Location:
18 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
02
Location:
405 Main St.
Stevensville, MD 21666
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Location:
The Allegany Arts Council
Cumberland, MD 21502
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Location:
1110 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701
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Location:
Downtown Cambridge and Dorchester County
Cambridge, MD 21613
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Historic Downtown Easton
Easton, MD 21601
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Location:
carmen's gallery
Solomons, MD 20688
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