Prescott’s 3rd Annual Outdoor Art Festival Celebrates the Region’s Iconic Beauty

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 8, 2022

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Verde Valley News – 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 workshops with a pre-exhibition and sale at Yavapai College Gallery, artist demonstrations and a post-exhibition and sale at the Mountain Artists Guild 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 the months leading up to the festival, a series of events will invite the public to dive into the world of outdoor painting. For example, from August 8-10, acclaimed artist Betty Carr, Master of the American Impressionist Society, will lead a workshop focusing on techniques for painting the effects of light in a floral still life and landscape. The pre-exhibition and sale of Yavapai College Art Gallery will start from August 11 to September 30, 2022.

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.

About the Highlands Natural History Center – Celebrating 25 years!

The Highlands Center for Natural History is a non-profit organization established to foster appreciation of the central highlands of Arizona. Created in 1996, the Center is a regional hub for lifelong learning, designed to invite people to discover the wonders of nature. The Highlands Center offers a wide range of programs and includes an inviting venue for community events and is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and community partners. For more information on upcoming Highlands Center programs, please call 928-776-9550 or visit

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