16th Annual

Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 24–31, 2020

Sedona Plein Air FestivalOur Better Angels—Grand Canyon, Lyn Boyer

This year the Sedona Plein Air Festival will be a first of its kind – an all woman event.

Up to 31 women plein air artists will gather from around the country to celebrate our beautiful and unique landscape through an eight-day painting event. The Sedona Arts Center is celebrating The Year of the Woman as the theme for 2020, the centennial year of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote. We believe it is important to recognize women artists in a unique way and to empower women through the arts. Our keynote speaker this year is Lyn Boyer an artist who has been garnering national recognition through prestigious awards over the past four years. Lyn will be working with Arts Center staff to bring a very special group of women together for this event.

Come to Sedona and paint in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime environment with stunning beauty and the Sedona Arts Center has roots going back 60 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony’. The Sedona Plein Air Festival takes place during the best weather period of the year at the height of tourist season and is supported by a group of very experienced and enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Our community of art lovers open their doors to host – as many as 31 artists from around the country  for the full week of the festival.

The 2020 Sedona Plein Air Festival Judge and Keynote is Lyn Boyer.
Click here to learn more about Lyn Boyer's October 27–30, 2020 "The Joy of Observation" Workshop at Sedona Arts Center.

Our Festival begins with an exhibition of six works by each artist creating a diverse opening reception representing a variety of media and style. This is an opportunity to include studio and plein air work. Paintings done during the festival are integrated into the ongoing exhibition throughout the week. Paintings are available for sale to patrons all week long.

A keynote address mid-week and an awards gala Friday evening provide added encouragement to view and purchase. On Friday afternoon the artists select their best three works to be judged for awards in the designated Awards room. The festival also includes three paint-out events where all artist’s paint and the public is invited to watch and buy. Each paint-out has its own awards accompanied by a sales event.

Call to women artists!

Click here forthe 2020 Sedona Plein Air Festival Application


2020 Festival Schedule

Coming soon...


Contact Us

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
P: (928) 282-3809


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.

  • Click here to explore Plein Air Workshops at Sedona Arts Center

Scholarship funds may be available for those who would benefit and have need:
Click here for our Scholarship Application



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