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.

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Joshua Been
Shonto Begay
Michelle Byrne
Libby Caldwell
Betty Carr
Gene Costanza
Valerie Craig
Bill Cramer
Carl Dalio
Martin Dimitrov
Tracey Frugoli
Bruce Gomez
Syri Hall
Claudia Hartley

J. Brad Holt

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

Lori Putnam
Keynote Speaker, Awards Judge
Keynote 7:00pm Wednesday Oct 19, 2016

In the midst of the week-long event Keynote Speaker, Lori Putnam will be presenting her talk and digital presentation Wednesday Oct 19 at 7:00 p.m., this is also the first day of her three-day plein air painting workshop in Sedona, “Expression and Response”. See more about the workshop HERE.

To kick-start her plein air painting career in 2008 Lori and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to the Italian countryside to live for more than seven months with the sole purpose of the painter's self-study and artistic growth. A catalyst for Putnam's artistic career, the concentrated work accomplished during that period culminated in a breakthrough and she has not looked back since.

As an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention, she shares her philosophy and painting methods with its 700 + attendees annually. Lori teaches workshops across the country and she creates larger works at her studio in Tennessee. www.loriputnam.com

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Jove Wang
Special Guest Artist

Special guest artist Jove Wang  will teach a five-day workshop prior to the festival (Oct 10 - 14, 2016) and then will lead a small group of painters focused on creative figurative painting from life as part of the festival. This group of artists will work with models in the studio at the arts center for the first four days of the festival and then pursue outdoor scenarios. Jove presented a talk and figurative painting demonstration at the National Plein Air Convention in Tucson in April and his demonstration then sold for a record price for a demonstration peice at that event. Jove’s theme of “Instinct and Feeling” as the most important part of the painting process is discussed in his book of that title, in his workshops and is clearly present in his paintings. See more about Jove at his website  www.jovewang.com

Explore Jove Wang's Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Figure

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.

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  • 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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