12th Annual
Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 15–22, 2016

This October the Sedona Arts Center presents a week-long celebration of Sedona’s extraordinary beauty as seen through the eyes and talent of 30 of the finest painters in the country. “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. The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting.

Sedona Plein Air Festival

Joshua Been
Shonto Begay
Michelle Byrne
Betty Carr
Gene Costanza
Valerie Craig
Bill Cramer
Carl Dalio
Martin Dimitrov
Tracey Frugoli
Bruce Gomez
Claudia Hartley
J. Brad Holt

Charlie Hunter
Michael Chesley Johnson
Gretchen Lopez
James McGrew
Kathie Odom
Rachel Pettit
Patrick Saunders
Loriann Signori
Williamson Tapia
Melanie Thompson
Jove Wang
Robin Weiss
Jim Wodark

12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival Events Schedule

  • October 15th , 7:00 p.m. Opening Wine Reception
    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!

  • October 16–21 Artists Paint in Sedona Area
    Throughout the week integrating new work into SEG and Theatre Studio as desired. Individual Artists Demonstrations and mini-workshops to be scheduled throughout the week.

  • October 19, 10:00 a.m.–Noon Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge
    The public is invited to watch artists paint both still and moving water, reflections, sycamores and ducks at this beautiful setting along Oak Creek. Awards and Sale immediately following at L’Auberge. Public Shuttle provided from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Arts Center Parking Lot to and from nearby L’Auberge Resort.

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  • October 19, 7:00 p.m.–Keynote Speaker Lori Putnam “What’s Life Got to do With It?”
    Open to the Public. Lori Putnam will give a digital presentation and talk about her growth and development as a plein air painter from obscurity to a national reputation and an individual style. Wine reception following in our Special Exhibition Gallery.

  • October 20, 1–4 p.m. Paint Out at Seven Canyons Resort
    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.

  • October 21, 5 to 8 pm – Plein Air Party and Awards Presentation
    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 Lori Putnam, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.

  • October 22, 10:00 a.m.–Noon – Main Street Paint Out
    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.

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Contact Us

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
P: (928) 282-3809





Sedona’s Annual Celebration
of Plein Air Painting is
Generously Made Possible by:


The City of Sedona

Sedona Chamber of Commerce

L’Auberge de Sedona

Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors

Goldenstein Gallery

Guerrilla Painter

Jerome Chamber of Commerce & Art Walk

The Melting Point

Main Street Sedona

Pink Jeep Tours

Plein Air Magazine

RayMar Art

Republic Media

Schoolhouse Restaurant

Sedona NOW

Sedona 360 Photo

Sedona Arts Center Ceramics Department

Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona Monthly

Sedona Red Rock News

Western Art & Architecture Magazine

Wildflower Bread Company

...and our generous members!



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