13th Annual
Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 14–21, 2017

Our community’s iconic creative event—Sedona Plein Air Festival—is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 14 to 21, 2017. Sedona Arts Center invites you along to get creative and experience over two dozen master painters in action—making their art on location in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival!

Sedona Plein Air Festival2017 Image Award: Martin Dimitrov

2017 Festival Artists:

Jill Banks
Richard Boyer
Betty Carr
Bill Cramer
Martin Dimitrov

Chris Finefrock
Tracey Frugoli
Scott Gellatly
Robert Goldman
Bruce Gomez

Lynn Heil
J. Brad Holt
Qiang Huang
Robert Impellizeri

Peter Jefferson
Gretchen Lopez

Andre Lucero
James McGrew
Kathie Odom
Susan Pitcairn
Patrick Saunders
Rachel Schlueter
Stock Schlueter
Matt Sterbenz
Gregory Stocks
Williamson Tapia

Melanie Thompson
Jim Wodark

2017 Schedule of Events

  • October 14th , 7:00 p.m. Opening Wine Reception
    Artists have brought work with them from their own terrain across the U.S. Come meet the 30 artists in this year’s festival and see their diversity of style and talent!

  • October 14–20 Artists Paint in Sedona Area
    Throughout the week integrating new work into SEG and Theatre Studio as desired. Individual Artists Demonstrations and mini-workshops to be scheduled throughout the week.

  • October 18, 10:00 a.m. Noon Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge
    The public is invited to watch artists paint both still and moving water, reflections, sycamores and ducks at this beautiful setting along Oak Creek. Awards and Sale immediately following at L’Auberge. Public Shuttle provided from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Arts Center Parking Lot to and from nearby L’Auberge Resort.

  • October 18, 7:00 p.m. Keynote Joshua Been “ The Plein Air Adventure”
    Open to the Public. Joshua Been will give a digital presentation and talk about his personal journey as an artist. Wine reception following in our Special Exhibition Gallery.

  • October 19, 1–4 p.m. Paint Out at Seven Canyons Resort
    The public is invited to beautiful Seven Canyons to watch artists paint the afternoon and evening light as it carves out the red rock profiles. Artists will explore panoramic vistas from the Clubhouse, Water Features on the golf course and views from beautiful Rachel’s Knoll.  Awards Ceremony and Wine Reception on the event lawn at 4:00 p.m.

  • October 20, 9 am to 1 pm  Plein Air to Studio Demonstration with Joshua Been
    Join us for an extended demonstration by our keynote speaker for the Festival this year Joshua Been. This demonstration will be a wonderful overview, and a great opportunity to review and re-take notes on effective studio practices incorporating every bit of knowledge gained through the plein air experience. $50
  • October 20, 5 to 8 pm  Plein Air Party and Awards Presentation
    Held at Sedona Arts Center's Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in the Historic Art Barn. Fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvre and fine art. This is the ‘big event’ artist’s awards are presented throughout the evening recognizing the best work created during the week including Best of Show and merit awards by Festival Judge Josh Been, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.

  • October 21, 10:00 a.m.–Noon   Main Street Paint Out
    This is held in collaboration with the Main Street Sedona Program and is the last opportunity for visitors and residents to become acquainted with the artists and observe them in action. Artists will paint in Uptown Sedona on 89A from the Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café.  Sale and awards at the Arts Center immediately following. Final event sales from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

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Contact Us

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



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