15th Annual
Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 12–19, 2019

Announcing $10,000 in cash prizes including $5000 1st Prize!

Come see artists painting 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 – twenty-five artists from around the country have been selected to participate.

2019 Festival Artists:

Beth Bathe
Joshua Been
Lyn Boyer
Betty Carr
Bill Cramer
Tracey Frugoli
Laura Gable
Kimball Geisler

Kadin Goldberg
Bruce Gomez
Rick Kinateder

Gretchen Lopez

Mick McGinty
James McGrew
Alison Leigh Menke
Lilli-anne Price

Elizabeth St. Hilaire
Matt Sterbenz
Gregory Stocks
Paula Swain
Charles Thomas
Melanie Thompson
Patty Voje
John Yerden

"I am thrilled that two astute collectors that have a love for the Sedona Plein Air Festival have come forward to offer us a special boon. $10,000 of prize money! Though they wish to remain anonymous I am deeply touched and grateful on behalf of all the artists and the Sedona Arts Center! This raises the prestige of our Festival as it enters its 15th year and we are happy to announce that we are spreading the award money throughout the event and creating a special Best of Show award for $5000!" –Vince Fazio, Executive Director, Sedona Arts Center.

An opening exhibition of six works by each artist creates a diverse opening exhibition representing a variety of media and style incorporating 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.

Sedona Plein Air Festival2019 Image Award: Lyn Boyer


2019 Festival Schedule

Saturday | October 12 | 7pm | Opening Reception
Meet the 2019 Artists!  The Festival begins with an opening exhibition of finished studio and plein air works that the 25 selected artists have been invited to bring along with them.  Hors d’oeuvres and wine served. 
Free and open to the public!

Sunday | October 13 | 10 – 11:30am | Gamblin Artist's Colors – Free Talk
Ann Fox Ryan of Gamblin Artist’s Colors presents a free talk, Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials, an in-depth history of color space and the evolution of artists’ materials.  Includes the development and use of various palettes as well as an overview of mediums and varnishes.  Some samples available. 
Free; registration recommended

Sunday | October 13 | 1 – 4pm | Plein Air Painting Afternoon with Anna Fox Ryan
Join artist and Gamblin Color Expert, Anna Fox Ryan, for an afternoon of plein air painting on the Sedona Arts Center Campus.  Paint and painting panels are generously provided by Gamblin Artist’s Colors and Ampersand Art Supply.  A chance to take a risk and have fun.
$50 | Registration required

Monday | October 14 | 10am to noon | Artist Demonstration with Festival Artist Paula Swain
Artist Demonstration with Paula Swain at Sedona Arts Center. Learn a process from start to finish in various media from festival artists. Free and open to the public!

Tuesday | October 15 | 10am to noon | Artist Demonstration with Festival Artist Patty Voje
Artist Demonstration with Patty Voje at Sedona Arts Center. Learn a process from start to finish in various media from festival artists. Free and open to the public!

Wednesday | October 16 | 9am – Noon | Creekside Paint Out at La'Auberge de Sedona
Sponsored by and located at L’Auberge de Sedona resort.  Invited Festival Artists will be painting along the creek near the resort.  Red Rock Magic Trolley provides service from the Arts Center lower parking lot, bringing artists and the public to and from the resort from 9am – 1:30pm.  Stay afterward to enjoy lunch on your own at Cress on Oak Creek.  A final gathering of work on-site at 12pm will be available for sale and awards will be presented. 

Awards: $500 Judges Choice award,
$250 Gift Certificate award sponsored by Guerrilla Painter, $250 Gift Certificate award sponsored by Gamblin Oils.

Free and open to the public!

Wednesday | Oct 16 | 7pm | Keynote Presentation by Dave Santillanes
Dave Santillanes will give an educational digital presentation and talk about his development as a plein air painter and the adventures that he has taken to keep it fresh and bring his work to its highest level.  Wine and treats reception following.
Free and open to the public!

Thursday | Oct 17 | 3 – 5:30pm | Mariposa Paint Out!
Invited Festival Artists will have unobstructed views of the red rocks as they paint in the late afternoon light.  Sponsored by Chef Lisa Dahl and Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill.  Shuttle provided from nearby parking.  Gourmet tapas and wine will be served for the final hour-long reception.

Awards: $500 Judges Choice award, $250 Gift Certificate award sponsored by Guerrilla Painter, $250 Gift Certificate award sponsored by Gamblin Oils.

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Includes tapas, wine, and sales & awards presentation on the Starfire Patio at 4:30pm

Friday | Oct 18 | 9am – 1pm | Keynote Painting Demonstration – Plein Air to Studio
Join in the last session of Dave Santillanes' 3.5-day workshop during the 15th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival (Oct 12 - 19, 2019).  This half-day demonstration takes you through his studio process as Dave works up a larger painting from a plein air study.  This demonstration will be a wonderful overview of the painting process; a learning experience for collectors and painters alike.  A stand-alone demonstration as well as a culmination of the workshop for attending students.
$50 | Registration required

Friday | Oct 18 | 5 – 8pm | Plein Air Party and Awards Night!
This is it!  Don’t miss the excitement of the Festival’s Grand Finale!  Food and Wine!  Sales and Awards!  Artists have chosen three of their festival works to present in the Special Exhibition Gallery for awards consideration - including $5000 for Best of Show!  The adjacent Theatre Studio will house all the other works that artists have created during the week.  Hors d’oeuvres and wine served.

Free and open to the public!

Saturday | Oct 19 | 10am – Noon | Main Street Paint Out
Just one more!  Invited Festival Artists will paint in Uptown Sedona on 89A from the Arts Center to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Forest Road.  This is held in collaboration with the City of Sedona and is the last opportunity for visitors and residents to become acquainted with the artists and observe them in action.  Paintings will be lined up for sales and awards at noon in front of the Arts Center Fine Arts Gallery.

Awards: $500 Judges Choice award, $250 Gift Certificate award sponsored by Guerrilla Painter, $250 Gift Certificate award sponsored by Gamblin Oils.

Free and open to the public!

Saturday | Oct 19 | 12:30pm – 2pm | Plein Air Cookout and Final Sales!
Have lunch with your favorite Festival Artist!  Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and all the condiments and fixings included.  It’s also your last chance to purchase work with final sales until 2pm.
Free and open to the public!


Contact Us

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


2019 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.

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