October 21–29, 2022


18th Annual 
Sedona Plein Air Festival

Sedona Arts Center invites you along to be inspired and experience master artists painting in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime and stunningly beautiful environment steeped in art history. Sedona Arts Center dates back 64 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony.’ Our community’s iconic and wonderfully creative event—Sedona Plein Air Festival—is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 21 through 29, 2022!

This year’s Festival judges are: Susan Lynn and John Caggiano

2022 Festival Schedule

Friday, October 21, 2022
Artist Orientation

9:00 – 11:00 am

Held on the campus of the Sedona Arts Center. Stamping of canvases. Hanging of work in Special Exhibition Gallery (SEG) and Theatre Studio. Artists are asked to bring two paintings of Sedona themed work. Brunch is provided. Artist attendance is required.

Friday, October 21, 2022
Meet & Greet the Artists Happy Hour

4:00 – 6:00pm

The public is invited to meet the artists in this informal opening at the Art Barn.  This will also be an opportunity for the artists to get to know each other to start the week. Artist attendance is strongly recommended.

Saturday, October 22, 2022
Main Street Paint Out
10:00am – 12:00pm

Artists paint in Uptown Sedona on 89A from Sedona Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café.  Awards and sale at 12:30PM. Artist attendance required.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge
10:00am –12:00pm

Shuttle provided from 8:30AM to 1:30PM from Arts Center.  Awards at sale at 12:30PM. Optional event for artists.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
History of Plein Air Lecture

1:30 – 2:30pm

Taking place at the Arts Center immediately after the L’Auberge Paint Out, Carl Judson of Guerrilla Painters, will present the history of plein air painting.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Airport Paint Out and Reception

4:00 – 6:00pm – Paint Out
5:00 – 7:00pm – Reception and Awards

Taking place at the Sedona Airport.   Includes Reception in Terminal.  Awards follow. Artist attendance is required.

Friday, October 28, 2022
Awards Night Celebration

SAC Special Exhibition Gallery & Theatre – 5:00-7:00pm

Final awards will be presented including Best of Show and more.  Awards are being reimagined for 2022.  Judges for final awards will be Susan Lynn and John Caggiano.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Final Sale Day & Artist Games
10:00am – 2:00pm

New this year, artists will be participating in “games” that showcase their flexibility, creativity and ingenuity.  Artist attendance is optional.

Thank you to our sponsors...

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

Dr Bruce and Ann Peek

2021 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

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Our Hours

FRI-SUN 10:00am – 5:00pm