Sedona is a sublime and stunningly beautiful environment steeped in art history. Sedona Arts Center dates back 65 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony.’ Our community’s iconic and wonderfully 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 21 through 29!
The Sedona Arts Center hosted event is sponsored by the Festival’s official hotel sponsor: Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas, and by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Bruce and Ann Peek, Guerrilla Painters, Golden Artist Colors/Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, Plein Air Magazine, Staples Sedona, Linda Goldenstein, Sedona 360 Photo, L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona NOW, Essential Sedona Magazine, Western Art and Architecture, Sedona Airport, Saddle Rock Ranch, as well as other local businesses. The festival is also supported by a very experienced and enthusiastic group of volunteers. The Sedona community of art lovers opened their doors, volunteering to host the artists from around the country in their homes or casitas for the week.
“The Sedona Plein Air Festival is known by artists throughout the country as one of the premier festivals in which to paint. We are fortunate to be able to offer a world-renowned wonder - the Sedona Red Rocks - to draw some of the best painters in the country to this festival. I am so looking forward to experiencing Sedona through their eyes. Please join us at one or all of the week’s offerings!” — Julie Richard, CEO
This year’s Festival judges are: Susan Lynn, John Caggiano, with Guest Judges Sheila Kollasch, and Linda Goldenstein.
18th ANNUAL SEDONA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, October 21, 2022
Meet & Greet the Artists Happy Hour, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Join us for our first night of the 2022 Sedona Arts Center Plein Air Festival! Food and beverages will be available and all the Artists will be in attendance to meet. The Artists will have their own studio pieces on sale in the Special Exhibition Galleries for the start of the Festival.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Main Street Paint Out, 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Main Street Paint Out is one of Sedona Arts Center’s most popular events! Watch Festival artists from start to finish as they brave the local landscape and observe them in action on the streets of Uptown Sedona. Artists will be painting in Uptown Sedona on 89A from the Sedona Arts Center down to Pink Jeep Café. Awards, judging, and sale at Sedona Arts Center will follow starting at 12:30pm in the Special Exhibition Galleries.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge, 10:00am –12:00pm
The Festival’s Creekside Paint Out is hosted by L’Auberge de Sedona, and the public is invited to the edge of the water to watch artists as they depict the spectacular scenery and flowing Oak Creek. The location includes still and moving water, reflections, sycamores, ducks and stunning rock waterfalls. At noon, awards will be presented to the artists and the works created at the event will be available for sale immediately following on the lawn. Attendees can park in the Arts Center lower parking lot and take the free shuttle to and from L’Auberge from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Paintings will then be on sale at the Sedona Arts Center Special Exhibition Galleries throughout the remainder of the Plein Air Festival.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
History of Plein Air Lecture, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Taking place at the Arts Center immediately after the L’Auberge Paint Out, Carl Judson of Guerrilla Painters, will present the history of plein air painting.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Airport Paint Out and Reception, 4:00 – 6:00pm – Paint Out, 5:00 – 7:00pm – Awards
Induldge in spectacular views at the Sedona Airport where artists will be painting on site, exploring the various scenes that can only be found at a small hometown airport! This event includes a reception, judging, awards and sale of festival art in the Terminal. Paintings will then be on sale at the Sedona Arts Center Special Exhibition Galleries throughout the remainder of the Plein Air Festival.
Friday, October 28, 2022
Awards Night Celebration –- SAC Special Exhibition Gallery & Theatre – 5:00-7:00pm
Held at Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in the Art Barn. Fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvres and beautiful 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 Judges Susan Lynn and John Caggiano, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Final Sale Day & Artist Games, 10:00am – 2:00pm
New this year, artists will be participating in “games” that showcase their flexibility,
creativity and ingenuity.
For more information and the complete list of our sponsors, please visit SedonaPleinAirFestival.org or call 928-282-3809.