Plein Air Painter

The 2016 Plein air festival is Aug. 15 –20

Saranac Lake is a wonderful spot to paint en plein air, a French phrase meaning "in the open air.” The popularity of our great Adirondack outdoors has drawn many artists over the years, and the best way to catch the sweep of the dramatic landscapes is to paint outdoors, too.

Now this practice, first popularized by the Impressionists and the simultaneous invention of paints in tubes in the 1870s, is the basis for the 5 day Adirondack Plein Air Festival. It usually takes place the third week in August, and features plein air painters from all over the country. Their challenge is to paint the village and surrounding scenic areas, right here, right now!

There’s plenty of fun events and numerous painting activities. New this year is a “Quick Draw” competition. Pick out a favorite artist, watch them work, and follow them to the Show & Sale on the final Saturday, in the Harrietstown Town Hall. Spectators are more than welcome to pick up maps of paintings locations and to visit artists on the spot. An original painting, that you witnessed being created, is a great and environmentally safe way to take home a “piece” of the Adirondacks!

Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks