3rd Annual Prescott Plein Air Art Festival – October 13, 2022

ByJames I. Robertson

Jun 30, 2022

From October 13-16, 2022, fifteen professional artists will take their studios outdoors, painting in scenic locations around the Prescott area as part of the 3rd Annual Prescott Outdoor Art Festival. Presented by the Highlands Natural History Center and the City of Prescott, in partnership with Prescott National Forest and Touchmark at the Ranch, this special event will showcase the natural, historical and architectural beauty of Prescott. There will also be pre-Festival events starting in May, including workshops for adults and children, a pre-exhibition and sale at Yavapai College Gallery, artist demonstrations, an ‘Artists in the Gardens’ reception and a post-exhibition and sale at Mountain. Guild of Artists in Prescott.

Referencing the French expression for “en plein air”, open-air art festivals involve artists painting in the open air and striving to capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or scene. a subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their work. The artists participating in the Prescott Plein Air Art Festival have been selected by a jury and come from all over Arizona, as well as Colorado and Utah. They can be found painting anywhere in the Prescott area, but the public is welcome to observe and engage with them at no cost as they create their art at specific accessible sites, early from the Constellation Trail and to the downtown courthouse plaza.

In October, the Plein Air Art Festival will begin on the 13th with three days of painting and end on the 16th with an artist reception, gallery and sale at Finn at Touchmark at the Ranch. This closing reception will provide guests with the opportunity to meet the artists, learn about the plein air style of painting, and purchase unique pieces directly from the artists. Following the reception, the Mountain Artists Guild will hold a post-exhibition and sale.

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