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Plein Air Easton! 15 Years Anniversary!


  • Academy Art Museum Easton MD (map)

Plein Air Easton is the largest and most prestigious juried plein air painting competition in the United States.  In its 14th year, it is held in Easton, Maryland each July. Plein air painters produce art from life (as opposed to in the studio). Artists from all over the United States and beyond apply to this competition 

Plein Air Easton is at the center of the modern plein air movement. Easton is making history and the work produced here has importance beyond the daily joy of seeing original artwork in your home.  We invite you to experience the vibrancy and artistic excellence of Plein Air Easton and to be a part of the history being made here.

2019 Collectors' Preview Party 

Friday, July 19th, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Ticketed Event. The Collectors' Preview Party offers the first opportunity to see the entire competition exhibit. Location: Academy Art Museum & Waterfowl Festival Building Phone: 410-822-7297

Over a six day period, the 58 juried artists will paint throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and select their two best works to exhibit and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.  Enjoy the company of friends, wine, food and conversation with the participating artists.  The Collectors' Preview Party offers the first opportunity to see the entire competition show. This evening bustles with excitement and sales are brisk as a painting is sold every 45 seconds over 90 minutes.

More Upcoming Events

PAE @ Tilghman - 7th Annual Tilghman Pre-Competition Paint Out Exhibit and Sale

Thursday, July 11, 2019, tour the area and see the international professional artists at work creating beautiful works of Tillman Island

6:00p-8:00p Open to the public for Dinner, Awards & Art Sales, Exhibit and Sale of works produced during the 7th Annual Tilghman Pre-Competition Paint Out

PAE in Oxford - Paint Oxford Day 

Sunday, July 14th, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Exhibit and Sale is Free and Open to the Public

Location: Oxford, MD(website

You definitely don't want to miss this. PAE competition artists will descend on Oxford for its fourth annual Paint Oxford Day. Taking place on Sunday, July 14th, local businesses will offer specials and the day will conclude with live music, a free reception, exhibition, and sale at the Oxford Community Center from 5 to 6:30 pm. A $1,000 artists choice prize will be awarded.

PAE - Nocturne Paint Out 

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 - 8:30pmAd

Join us as we take to the streets of downtown Easton for a fun and relaxed nocturne paint out..

Phone: 410-822-7297

This is a fun night where everyone and anyone can bring their easels and brushes to paint into the evening. All fun. No pressure. Everyone paints!

Earlier Event: June 11
Painting Workshop "Tackling Trees"
Later Event: August 2
Just Plein Fun