10th Annual
Sedona Plein Air Festival

OCTOBER 18-25, 2014

How to submit your work for consideration... [click here]




2013 Festival Artists:

Joshua Been (Colorado)
Shonto Begay (Arizona)
Amery Bohling (Arizona)
Betty Carr (Arizona)
Bill Cramer (Arizona)
Robert Dalegowski (Arizona)
Carl Dalio (Arizona)
Christine Debrosky (Arizona)
Katie Dowling (Colorado)
Tracey Frugoli (Illinois)
Coni Grant (Colorado)
Bruce Gomez (Colorado)
Carolyn Hesse-Low (California)
J. Brad Holt (Utah)
Hai-Ou Hou (Maryland)

Susiehyer (Colorado)
Peggy Immel (New Mexico)
Shelby Keefe (Wisconsin)
Shanna Kunz (Colorado)
Gretchen Lopez (Arizona)
Tom Lynch (Illinois)
Larry Moore (Florida)
Marshall Noice (Montana)
Carl Ortman (Colorado)
Susan Pitcairn (Arizona)
Lori Putnam (Tennessee)
Dave Santillanes (Colorado)
Loriann Signori (Washington DC)
Jim Wodark (California)
Williamson Tapia (Arizona)

"The Dream Team" by Carl Ortman - the 2014 Sedona Plein Air Festival Poster Award

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Congratulations to the 2013 Sedona Plein Air Festival Award Winners:

Best of Show

Tracey Frugoli, "Amongst the Junk"
Judge, Jill Carver

Artists' Choice

Katie Dowling, for body of work
Judges, Festival Artists

Collector's Choice

Carl Ortman, "The Dream Team"
Judges, Public Attendees

2014 Poster Award

Carl Ortman, "The Dream Team"
Judges, Sedona Arts Center Staff

Merit Awards

Joshua Been, "Moonset Over Sedona"
Dave Santillanes
, "Day Break Over Dry Creek"
Bill Cramer
, "Western Spectacle"
Lori Putnam, "Jerome Gold"
Larry Moore, "Red, Blue, Yellow"
Judge, Jill Carver

Best Main St. Paint Out

Tracey Frugoli, "Sedona Prayer Tree"
Larry Moore, "Old Friends"

Judges, Carl Judson of Guerilla Painter
Scott Gellatley of Gamblin Oils


Best Historic Quick-Paint

Carl Ortman, "Cowboy Up"
Susiehyer, "La Sombre"

Judge, Carl Judson of Guerilla Painter

Best Native American Legacy

Williamson Tapia,
"Morning at Montezuma's Well"
Judge, Tony Abeyta

Native American Legacy Merit Awards

Shonto Begay, "Rim Elder"
Shanna Kunz, "Path to Montezuma's Castle"
Bruce Gomez, "The Sail"
Judge, Tony Abeyta


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 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.  Thirty 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 their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.

A Special Thank you to all of our Sponsors!

Best of Show, Sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine
Artists' Choice, Sponsored by Best Western Arroyo Roble
Collector's Choice, Sponsored by New Frontiers Marketplace
Poster Award, Sponsored by Plein Air Magazine
Main Street Awards, Sponsored by Guerrilla Painter and Gamblin Oils
Historic Quick Paint Awards, Sponsored by Guerilla Painter and Gamblin Oils

Plein Air Magazine
Guerilla Painter
New Frontiers
To see all our sponsors, click here.
  • Bill Cramer
  • Bill Cramer

2012 Festival Award Winners 

October, 2012

Colin Page (Tucked In) - Best of Show: Judge – Kathryn Stats $1000 sponsored by - BMO Harris Bank + Featured Artist in a Full page ad sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine

Colin Page (Tucked In) - Artists' Choice : Judge – Participating Festival Artists
$500 sponsored by Best Western Arroyo Roble (next door)

Bruce Gomez (Brad’s Snoopy) - Collector's Choice: Judge – Gala Attendees - $500 Sponsored by New Frontiers Marketplace

Bill Cramer (Call of the Canyon) - 2013 Poster Award: Judge – Sedona Arts Center Staff - Painting featured all year in marketing and used as Poster + 1/2 Page Ad sponsored by Plein Air Magazine

Merit Awards: Judge – Kathryn Stats

Joshua Been, Tracey Frugoli, Bruce Gomez, Betty Carr - 4 Plaques to be awarded to 4 artists/works

Best Main St. Paint-Outs: Judge – Carl Judson

1st place David Santillanes - $300 Gift Certificate sponsored by Guerrilla Painter

2nd place Susan Pitcairn - $250 Gift Certificate sponsored by SourceTek

Best Historic Quick Draws: Judge – Carl Judson

1st Place Tom Lynch - $300 Gift Certificate sponsored by Guerrilla Painter

2nd Place Tracey Frugoli - $250 Gift Certificate sponsored by SourceTek

Sedona Plein Air Festival 

October, 2013

The Festival is an invitational event. 

Invitations are privately extended to artists who meet the following criteria:
    - Have earned regional/national recognition as a plein-air artist
    - Have current fine art gallery representation with sales and 
      regional/national media exposure
    - Have participated in other national plein-air festivals within the  
       last two years and received awards for their work

Selection consideration also includes: 
      - Artists represent a variety of media and styles
      - Approximately 30% of participating artists from Arizona
      - At least 30% are new to the Festival each year

2013 Schedule of Events

October 2013

The Sedona Plein Air Festival is an Invitational
For consideration for the 2014
 Festival, please submit the following no later than December 15, 2013

  • A letter of inquiry explaining your interest in the Festival with an active link to your Website
  • A current resume that verifies a match to the above criteria
  • Five examples of current plein air artwork on CD or DVD

Send the information to:

        Plein Air Festival Artist Selection
        Sedona Arts Center
        PO Box 569
        Sedona, AZ 86339

Artists who are invited to participate are expected to demonstrate their support of the Arts Center's commitment to arts education through active involvement in public painting events that occur several times during the Festival.


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