PLEIN AIR GRAND MARAIS: a festival of outdoor painting
on the North Shore of Lake Superior
Plein Air Grand Marais Newsletter
PLEIN AIR GRAND MARAIS has been an annual tradition bringing outdoor painters to Lake Superior's North Shore and the community of Grand Marais for fifteen years. Starting in 2018, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will collaborate with the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in Grand Marais to continue the event and expand it to include activities engaging painters, visitors, and the community of Grand Marais.
2018 Competition Dates:
September 7-14, 2018
2018 Exhibit Dates:
September 14-October 7, 2018
Jeffrey T. Larson
Please visit our Calendar and subscribe to our special Grand Marais Plein Air Newsletter for updates. Information about participation, sponsorship, and scheduling of activities will be published as soon as available.
The competition will be open but limited to 75 with priority to past participants. Teaching competitors are reserved a spot. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Quick Paint, and Night Paint categories will be supplemented by sponsored awards.
Activities & Presentation
Plein Air Grand Marais will expose artists, visitors, and community members to a broad spectrum of opportunity to learn from the masters while exploring techniques of outdoor painting. Community paint-boxes will be deployed around the harbor for anyone to create a painting and text a photo of it to display in our virtual gallery. On Thursday over the noon hour, three of Minnesota's internationally acclaimed painters will present a panel discussion on plein air painting: Jeffrey T. Larson, Mary Pettis, and Andy Evansen.
Thirteen professional plein air painting instructors competing in the event will offer a short workshop during the week of competition. We hope to draw more painters to Grand Marais during the event to watch, learn, and get inspired.
It's a Thursday night tradition: After the Quick Paint, we gather at the harbor picnic shelter at the Grand Marais Municipal Campground to sing, play music along with our ad-hoc band "The Plain Errors," and celebrate the week's painting achievements.