Save the Date!
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

2016 Festival Artists:

Joshua Been
Shonto Begay
Michele Byrne
Libby Caldwell
Betty Carr
Gene Costanza
Valerie Craig
Bill Cramer
Carl Dalio
Martin Dimitrov
Tracey Frugoli
Bruce Gomez
Syri Hall
Claudia Hartley

J. Brad Holt

Charlie Hunter
Michael Chesley Johnson
Gretchen Lopez
James McGrew
Kathie Odom
Rachel Pettit
Patrick Saunders
Loriann Signori
John Slivjak
Matt Sterbenz
Williamson Tapia
Melanie Thompson
Robin Weiss
Lanie Widmar
Jim Wodark

Learn more about our artists here: 2016 Artist Biographies

Our 2016 Award Winners are:

Best of Show — Patrick Saunders
Collector's Choice — Charlie Hunter
Artists' Choice, Best Body of Work — Bill Cramer
2017 Image Award — Martin Dimitrov
Merit Awards — Gretchen Lopez, Bruce Gomez, J. Brad Holt, Melanie Thompson
L'Auberge Creekside Paint Out — Michele Byrne, Bruce Gomez
Seven Canyons Paint Out — Loriann Signori, James McGrew
Best Main Street Paint Out — Kathie Odom, Patrick Saunders

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, 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.

    Sedona Plein Air Festival

    Sedona Plein Air Festival


Contact Us

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


Plein Air Workshops

Painting from the Rim of the Grand Canyon with Bill Cramer | May 5–7, 2017 | Tuition: $750

Scholarship funds may be available for those who would benefit and have need:
Click here for our Scholarship Application



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