Plein air (French for outdoors) is the act of painting outdoors.  Today’s challenging Plein Air Festivals include the component of  completing an entire painting rather quickly - usually allowing only 1 or 2 days per painting. This method contrasts with academic studio painting that might create a predetermined look over a lengthy period.

The League of Milwaukee Artists and Gallery of Wisconsin Art and hosting the 2018 West Bend Plein Air and “Paint the Market” competitions in beautiful West Bend, Wisconsin. For over 70 years, the League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA) has championed artistic creativity and actively contributed to the arts in Southeast Wisconsin. The League represents approx. 120 local artists creating two and three dimensional artworks in all types of media, a group dedicated to the promotion of visual creation, personal artistic growth, and the expansion of the Arts in our state, region and community.

For more information and to apply see the LMA website.