PLEIN AIR GRAND MARAIS: a festival of outdoor painting
on the North Shore of Lake Superior
It's time to pre-order t-shirts and totes! These are designed by OPM board member Kim Gordon and will be custom screen-printed by Set Out Screen Printing in Grand Marais. Please order now to to guarantee your order and to help us raise money for the event.
Cost: $40 including T-Shirt + Tote
NOTE: Pre-ordered t-shirts and totes will be available for pick-up at Johnson Heritage Post beginning Thursday, September 6, 2018. We'll have some inventory for sale during competition week, but sizes and supplies will be limited.
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 Sign-Up Page, Calendar and subscribe to our special Grand Marais Plein Air Newsletter for updates.
Thank you to our community partners and sponsors!
The competition will be open but limited to 75 with priority to mini-workshop instructors and past participants. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Quick Paint, and Night Paint categories will be supplemented by sponsored awards.
Open Class Exhibit
Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery
101 W. Hwy 61 * Grand Marais, MN 55604
Yellow Bird Fine Art will host a separate, open exhibit for up to 35 non-Competition painters.
The Yellow Bird Fine Art Exhibit Public Reception will be Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8:30pm. Paintings will be displayed through the following weekend.
Yellow Bird Paintings are to be created during competition week (but not in mini-workshops)
and dropped off at Yellow Bird Fine Art between 10a-2p on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
A Best in Show award will be announced at the reception.
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.
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.
Professionals' Panel Discussion
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.
Public Art Activities
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 for public display in a "picket-fence gallery" at Joy & Co. On September 8-9, a children's plein air painting activity will be supervised at Joy & Co.