• Carl Ortman's, Dream Team
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival
  • Carl Ortman's, Dream Team

10th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 18–25, 2014

Presented by Sedona Arts Center, the SEDONA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL pays homage to the spirit and innovation of the great French Impressionists whose paintings were based on the belief that "you should trust your eyes" to capture the beauty that surrounds you. As with the old masters, contemporary plein-air artists paint from life in the out-of-doors (en plein air), capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. The art form requires that artists have stamina, focus, and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work regardless of what Mother Nature is throwing at them. There is no setting more perfect than Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in late October to find vibrant, unexpected scenic beauty. It is truly an artist's paradise.  30 award-winning artists, selected from among the best of the best, have accepted invitations to participate in this showcase. They are coming from all over the United States to spend eight days painting en plein air, and to share with observers their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.

About The Festival

Main Street Paint Out

Main Street Paint Out

Artists Paint Out in Uptown Sedona

En Plein Air

En Plein Air Events

Special events held all week long

Sedona, Arizona

Red Rock Country

Nestled in the heart of beautiful Sedona, Arizona

30 Festival Artists

Mitch Baird (Colorado)
Joshua Been (Colorado)
Shonto Begay (Arizona)
Robert Burridge (California)
Michele Byrne (Pennsylvania)
Betty Carr (Arizona)
Bill Cramer (Arizona)
Robert Dalegowski (Arizona)
Christine Debrosky (Arizona)
Katie Dowling (Colorado)
Stan Fellows (Colorado)
Tracey Frugoli (Illinois)
Bruce Gomez (Colorado)
Debra Joy Groesser (Nebraska)
Charlie Hunter (Vermont)

Caroline Jasper (Florida)
Michael Chesley Johnson
(Arizona)
Becky Joy (Arizona)
Shelby Keefe (Wisconsin)
Gretchen Lopez (Arizona)
Robert Masla (Massachusetts)
James McGrew (Oregon)
Carl Ortman (Colorado)
Susan Pitcairn (Arizona)
Rachel Pettit (Utah)
Dave Santillanes (Colorado)
Loriann Signori (Washington DC)
Susiehyer (Colorado)
Dawn Sutherland (Arizona)
Williamson Tapia (Arizona)

Schedule of Events

Main Street Paint Out

Saturday, Oct 18 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The Festival’s opening event is the popular Main Street Paint Out, a chance to see artists at work on their paintings all along uptown Sedona on both sides of 89A. The sales and awards for the finished paintings happen in front of the Sedona Arts Center Gallery at 4:00 p.m. We then roll into the opening reception in the Art Barn 5:00–7:00 p.m. Each artist brings 6 completed paintings from their own region to display in the Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and adjoining Theatre Studio. These works will be for sale throughout the week.  Artists will periodically rehang their space with new work created during their stay that will be designated with a “Wet Paint” sticker beside it. The exhibition event is thus constantly evolving and open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily throughout the week.

History of Pigment

Sunday, Oct 19 Free Materials Presentation.
Scott Gellatly of Gamblin Oils presents an educational look at the history of pigment, paint and color space. A deeply informative guide to choosing a palette of colors. Carl Judson of Guerilla Painter presents their latest pochade box products. These free materials presentations are from 10:00 a.m.–Noon in the Theatre Studio. Scott Gellatly then offers a plein air workshop for the afternoon from 1:00–5:00 p.m. The cost of the afternoon workshop is $60 and includes free Gamblin Paint and Gamsol for student use.

Paint-Out in Jerome

Tuesday, Oct 21 Jerome Chamber hosts a morning paint out in Jerome 9–noon. See tent at main parking in Jerome to locate artists who will be spread over the main streets and alleys of Jerome.

Paint Out at the Vineyards

Wednesday, Oct 22 – Artists will be painting at three vineyards along Page Springs Road. Guided tours will be available. Keynote speaker Jim McVicker’s three-day workshop, “Painting Larger on Location,” begins at 10:00 a.m.

Keynote with Jim McVicker

Wednesday, Oct 22 7:00 p.m. - Keynote Presentation by veteran plein air artist Jim McVicker from the Oregon Coast. Jim will be leading a three-day workshop that also starts on Wed. Jim is known for both large and small plein air work and for his very realistic still-lives. He will be talking about the development of his own work over the course to 25 years of painting from life.

A Confluence of the Senses

Thursday, Oct 23 “Art and Wine: A Confluence of the Senses” is celebrated at Alcantara Vineyards at the confluence of the Verde River and Oak Creek (3445 S. Grapevine Way, Cottonwood, AZ 86326). There will be a Quick Draw Event open to the public at Alcantara Vineyards in the morning, 10:00–Noon with a display, sale and awards at Noon. Regroup at Alcantara for a special evening ticketed event 3:00–7:00 p.m. featuring a paint-out and display of artwork done at Alcantara with music, a wine tasting, cooking demonstration and wine pairing, creating a confluence event at the winery in the evening. One painting will be chosen by popular vote to be the label for a special Plein Air Confluence wine blend. This wine will be available at a later date.

Awards Night

Friday, Oct 24 Awards night begins with a private one-hour preview for past patrons, purchase award buyers and special guests. The event is then open to the public and sales are quick. Various awards are given throughout the evening including Collector’s Choice based on ballots from guests. Artist’s Choice based on a body of work and judged only be the participating artists.  Festival Keynote, Jim McVicker will choose Best of Show and four merit awards. The Arts Center staff will choose a poster award and various other purchase awards and sponsor awards are given. 

Final Public Sale

Saturday, Oct 25 is the final sales day of the event. The public is welcome to browse and purchase from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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