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14th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

October 13 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 2:00 pm

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 13 to 20, 2018. Sedona Arts Center invites you along to be inspired and experience master artists painting in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime and stunningly beautiful environment steeped in art history. Sedona Arts Center dates back 60 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony.’ The Festival takes place during the best weather week of the year and is supported by a group of very experienced and enthusiastic staff and volunteers. Come, celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at the Sedona Plein Air Festival!


2018 Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 13 , 7 pm Opening Reception
Join us for a special reception, where each artist will exhibit select works from their home terrain—creating a diverse opening to the Festival that represents a variety of media and styles, incorporating studio and plein air work! This is your first chance to meet the artists of the 2018 Festival and see their various styles and talent! Special Reception Sponsored by Amara Resort

October 13–20 Artists Paint in Sedona Area
Throughout the week, artists will be integrating new work into the Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio. Paintings are available for sale all week long!

Sunday, October 14, 10 am – Noon  Gamblin Oil Painting Materials Free Presentation
The public is invited to attend a very informative free presentation by Ann Fox Ryan of Gamblin Artist’s Colors on the history of color, the development of tube paints and the ever evolving world of oil painting materials and colors. Gamblin is a sponsor of the awards at all three of the paint-outs in the festival.

Sunday, October 14, 1  – 4 pm  “Courageous Color” Workshop
Join artist and Gamblin Color Expert, Anna Fox Ryan for an afternoon of courageous color mixing. Participants will each receive four 8×8 Ampersand panels, and free Gamblin paints. We will explore various ways of creating mood through color and color relationships. Learn more HERE.

Tuesday, October 16, 7 – 8 pm  “Paint-outside the Box”  Presentation with Carl Judson 
The public is invited to attend a free presentation on the history of plein air painting from Da Vinci to David Hockney. The theme of the night is an exploration of personal style in plein air work. Carl Judson is the owner of Guerrilla Painter a company that provides all material associated with Plein Air painting including pochade boxes, paints and accessories. Guerrilla Painter is a sponsor of the awards at all three of the paint-outs in the festival.

Wednesday, October 17, 10 am Noon Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge de Sedona
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 de Sedona. Public Shuttle provided by Red Rock Magic Trolley from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. picking up in the Sedona Arts Center lower parking lot and shuttling to and from nearby L’Auberge Resort. Sponsored by L’Auberge de Sedona

Wednesday, October 17, 7 pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Bill Cramer
Open to the public. This year’s judge and Keynote Speaker, Bill Cramer, will give a digital presentation followed by a reception in our Special Exhibition Gallery. Cramer is known for his award winning paintings and has been an instructor with the Arts Center for many years. His three-day workshop is full but there is space in his demonstration session where he makes a plein air study a basis for a studio work during a four hour demonstration that takes place Friday Oct 19, 9am – 1pm. Learn more about the demonstration HERE.

Thursday, October 18, 1–4 p.m. Paint Out at Seven Canyons Resort
The public is invited to beautiful Seven Canyons Golf Club and Resort 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, driving range, and views from beautiful Rachel’s Knoll. Red Rock Magic Trolley will provide shuttle service between all the painting venues so you can see the artists in action! Awards Ceremony and a reception on the event lawn will commence at 4 pm.
Sponsored by Seven Canyons Resort

October 19, 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’oeuvres 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 Bill Cramer, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards. Sponsored by Sedona Rouge.

October 20, 10am–Noon   Main Street Paint Out
The final paint-out of the festival is held in collaboration with the City of Sedona and is the last chance 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, then join us for a free cook-out outside the plein air galleries. Final event sales from noon – 2pm.
Sponsored by the City of Sedona


The Sedona Arts Center wishes to thank its sponsors for this year’s receptions and paint-outs: L’Auberge de Sedona, Seven Canyons Sedona, the City of Sedona, Amara Resort, and Sedona Rouge.


October 13 @ 8:00 am
October 20 @ 2:00 pm


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15 Art Barn Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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