Winter Plein Air
Annual painting retreat and exhibit
Exciting News: In the fall or winter of 2021-22, FrameWorks Gallery in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota will host a retrospective exhibit of Winter Plein Air paintings from YMCA Camp Menogyn and the BWCAW. Subscribe to our newsletter for details and developments.
Winter Plein Air is an annual painting retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn, a wilderness camp with lodge and cabins located a half-mile walk/ski/snowshoe across Bearskin Lake at an entry to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The parking lot at YMCA Camp Menogyn is 31.5 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais, Minnesota.
WPA is not a competition. It is a painting expedition to a wilderness camp to spend 5 days painting the beauty of the BWCAW and enjoying the camaraderie of other painters. 2020 was our 11th annual retreat.
There will be no retreat in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Subscribe to our WPA Newsletter for information about paint-outs this winter and future retreats.
Organizer: Allison Eklund
Read about our Winter Plein Air retreat in a 2018 article in OutdoorPainter.com and in the January/February 2019 issue of The Artist magazine.
Paintings from 2020 Winter Plein Air Retreat
Displayed January 31 through February 23, 2020 at Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery, 115 Wisconsin St W, Grand Marais, MN.