October 23–30, 2021


2020 Recap: The 16th Annual Virtual Sedona Plein Air Festival, was a first of its kind—an all woman event.

The 16th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival took place October 24-31, 2020, a first of its kind—all woman event and a Virtual Plein Air Festival! We experienced live demonstrations, short videos created by our festival artists all across the country, and an online gallery of new works updated daily. The Festival work was presented online through the end of November.

Lyn Boyer was the 2020 Judge for the Sedona Plein Air Festival. She determined awards for two groups of work, work done during the festival week and work submitted to an Opening Exhibition where each artist submitted one work  to represent themselves. That work could be a studio or plein air work. Works done during the festival were all plein air work.

Cash awards for work done during the week of the festival

First Place
Michelle Held
“Florida Friends” $1500

Second Place
Jane Ann G. Woodhead
“The First Dusting” $850

Third Place
Paula Swain
“Can’t Touch This”  $650

Cash awards based on their first painting presented at the Opening Event.

First Place
Ellie Wilson
“Slow and Steady” $1000

Second Place
“Greensong #1” $600

Third Place
Carolyn Lindsey
“First Hint of Color” $400

Honorable Mentions were awarded in each category. Susiehyer’s “Copper Dr. Vista”, Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s “Last Look” and Kari Ganoung Ruiz’s “County Road Corner” all won for work done during the week of the festival. Margaret Larlham’s “Cactus Mardi Gras” and Susan Hediger Matteson’s “Aspen Fall” both won for their first painting presented at the Opening Event.

2020's Virtual Events

Opening Event Online Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Festival began with a Meet the Artists event Saturday, October 24th from (Noon to 1pm AZ time.) Each artist  submitted a recently completed work along with an introductory video to represent themselves and kick-off the festival. Watch the kick-off video here:

Artist Panel Discussion:
The Process of Art
Live, Online Event!
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Virtual Awards Ceremony
Saturday, October 31, 2020

There was a special awards presentation at the end of the week by the Festival Judge, Lyn Boyer of Durango Colorado. Lyn is a well-known plein air painter and has won awards at the Sedona Plein Air Festival as well as many other awards in recent years. Lyn will be announcing the award winners and will discuss her selections in the live online event.

First, Second and Third place awards were given for both the work done during the festival and for the work that the artists choose to represent themselves at the start of the festival. The exhibition continues online through the month of November.

Artist Awards

Artists will receive awards based on their first painting presented at the Opening Event.

First Place      $1000         Second Place  $600            Third Place      $400

Artists will also receive awards for work done during the week of the festival

First Place      $1500         Second Place  $850            Third Place      $650

Thank you to our sponsors...

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

2020 Plein Air Workshops at Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well-established cultural organizations and serves as the creative heart of Sedona. Founded in 1958, the nonprofit organization is based at the Art Barn in Uptown and offers year-round classes, exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events that enhance the creative life of the Verde Valley. 

Sedona residents and newcomers alike look to Sedona Arts Center for their introduction to, and ongoing involvement in the arts.

The School of the Arts programming is designed to reach out to all aspiring artists and students – all ages and levels of learning. Ongoing instruction is available in a variety of mediums while workshops offer specialized content in an intensive format from nationally-known faculty.

Sedona Arts Center offers a variety of workshops

Scholarship funds are available

for plein air festival workshops

15 Art Barn Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact Us

Phone : (928) 282-3809

Email : sac@sedonaartscenter.org

Our Hours

FRI-SUN 10:00am – 5:00pm