Plein Air Festival
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Week-long festival of plein air events // The nation's top plein air artists
The nation’s top plein air artists are selected to venture outdoors to paint the unspoiled landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes of San Luis Obispo County—one of the most picturesque areas on the California Central Coast.
30 | Sunday: Welcome Party, 6 – 8 pm
Kicks off the 11th annual Festival. Meet the artists and learn their favorite painting locales so you can follow their artistic explorations beginning Monday.
Reservations required. Party location with event payment.
$25 SLOMA members, $50 general
1 | Monday: Artists paint the unspoiled landscapes of San Luis Obispo County.
View their diverse painting styles on exhibit at SLOMA. Free
2 | Tuesday: Artists paint all day, following the sun and their hearts. Get your map of the artists’ favorite painting sites at SLOMA. Free
3 | Wednesday: Paint SLO Day. Artists concentrate their talents within the City of San Luis Obispo, capturing the charm of historic homes, parks, outdoor cafés, and creekside views. PLAY PLEIN AIR ARTIST HUNT and win prizes!
6 pm Art Talk, “How We Paint" with Artist Richard Lindenberg (RichardLindenberg.com)
Free for SLOMA members, $5 general
4 | Thursday: Film and Poetry Night, 6 – 9 pm
Enjoy a poetry reading and art show by local poets who shadow the Festival artists during the day, then bring their inspired words and artwork back to SLOMA for a poetry reading and art show followed by five short films about the Plein Air life.
$5 SLOMA members, $10 general
5 | Friday: Exhibition and Sale Opening Night, 6 – 9 pm.
The top 100+ new paintings from Festival Week vie for Best of Show. Vote for your favorite! Meet the artists and enjoy first pick of the paintings.
Free for SLOMA members, $10 general DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS VOUCHER FOR FREE ADMISSION
6 | Saturday: Quick Draw, 8 – 11 am.
Festival artists race against the clock to complete a painting before the bell. Follow the artists back to the Mission Plaza, stroll past the easels of new paintings, and pick out your favorites before the paintings go on the auction block.
Live Auction, 1 – 3 pm, Mission Plaza amphitheater.
Kids Paint Out, 10 am – noon, materials provided, SLOMA lawn. Free
Festival Exhibition and Sale at SLOMA, 10 am – 5 pm. Free
7 | Sunday: Festival Exhibition and Sale, 10 am – 4 pm. Free
Thank you to our festival sponsors.