Plein Air Weekend

Plein Air LogoArtists from across Michigan and throughout the Midwest register to participate in this three-day annual event, which has become one of Michigan’s largest and most popular Paint Outs. The aim and challenge of the Plein Air Weekend is to “capture the moment”, working quickly to complete a painting. All 2-D works must be initiated and finished on the same day, rain or shine. The artists return to GAAA in the late afternoon to enter their work in the judged exhibit in which the public is invited to attend. Plein-air painting refers to the technique of painting out-of-doors which was initiated by the French Impressionists in the mid-nineteenth century.

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2017 Plein Air at Glance
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lecture: Plein Air Painting-at-a-Glance

Enjoy an engaging slide presentation by our 2017 Paint Out judge, Hank Feeley, who will provide a background and understanding of landscape painting…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Plein Air Weekend: The Sundowner

The Sundowner features artists painting the sunset along Lake Michigan and Glen Lake at such locations as Glen Haven, Inspiration Point, and Settler’s Park.

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Paint the Town
Friday, August 4, 2017

Plein Air Weekend: Quick Draw and Quick Sale

The theme of this year’s Quick Draw is “Artists Paint the Town.” Artist paintings must have some part of Glen Arbor as its theme.

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Paint Out Wet Painting Sale
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Plein Air Weekend: Paint Out & Wet Painting Sale

Participating artists in the Paint Out return their completed works ready for display to the Glen Arbor Art Association late in the day for a juried exhibit and “wet painting” sale and reception.

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Thank you to our Plein Air Weekend Sponsors!

The Plein Air Weekend is generously sponsored by: Anderson’s Market, Becky Thatcher Designs, Cherry Republic, Cottage Book Shop, Good Harbor GrillGrocer’s Daughter Chocolate, Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, Leelanau Vacation Rentals, Secret Garden, Sleeping Bear GallerySynchronicity Gallery, and these major sponsors:

Northwoods Home and Giftdevette & ford B&W