12th Annual
Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 15–22, 2016

Our community’s iconic creative event—Sedona Plein Air Festival—returns for a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 15 to 22. Sedona Arts Center invites you along to get creative and experience over two dozen master painters in action—making their art on location from L’Auberge to Uptown to Seven Canyons. Celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival!

The Sedona Plein Air Festival opening reception—free and open to all—is on Saturday, October 15 at 7pm at the Art Center. The invited Festival artists bring and show paintings created in their own landscapes across the country. This year, our Main Street Paint Out will take place on the last day of the festival, Saturday October 22 from 10 am to Noon. Most events are free, so come along, meet some of America’s great artists, and celebrate their diversity, style, and new Sedona inspirations. Sedona Plein Air Festival is presented by Sedona Arts Center, and is made possible by generous support from City of Sedona, Kling Family Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and all our members and volunteers.


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Joshua Been
Shonto Begay
Michele Byrne
Libby Caldwell
Betty Carr
Gene Costanza
Valerie Craig
Bill Cramer
Carl Dalio
Martin Dimitrov
Tracey Frugoli
Bruce Gomez
Syri Hall
Claudia Hartley

J. Brad Holt

Charlie Hunter
Michael Chesley Johnson
Gretchen Lopez
James McGrew
Kathie Odom
Rachel Pettit
Patrick Saunders
Loriann Signori
John Slivjak
Matt Sterbenz
Williamson Tapia
Melanie Thompson
Robin Weiss
Lanie Widmar
Jim Wodark

Learn more about our artists here: 2016 Artist Biographies

Lori Putnam
Keynote Speaker, Awards Judge
Keynote 7:00pm Wednesday Oct 19, 2016

In the midst of the week-long event Keynote Speaker, Lori Putnam will be presenting her talk and digital presentation Wednesday Oct 19 at 7:00 p.m., this is also the first day of her three-day plein air painting workshop in Sedona, “Expression and Response”. See more about the workshop HERE.

To kick-start her plein air painting career in 2008 Lori and her husband sold all of their belongings and traveled to the Italian countryside to live for more than seven months with the sole purpose of the painter's self-study and artistic growth. A catalyst for Putnam's artistic career, the concentrated work accomplished during that period culminated in a breakthrough and she has not looked back since.

As an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention, she shares her philosophy and painting methods with its 700 + attendees annually. Lori teaches workshops across the country and she creates larger works at her studio in Tennessee. www.loriputnam.com

Click Here to Learn More


12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival Events Schedule

  • Opening Wine Reception
    October 15, 7 pm — Sedona Arts Center

    Join us on Saturday, October 15 in the historic Art Barn at Sedona Arts Center for the opening reception in honor of our invited artists. View their work, learn more about their creative process, and add some wonderful pictures to your collection.

  • Tracey Frugoli – Sunset Demonstration at Sedona Arts Center
    October 15 from 4 to 6 pm

  • Artists Paint in Sedona Area
    October 16 to 21 — Various Sedona Locations

    Fine plein air painting in action, as our invited artists spread out around town and create new works inspired by local landscapes and vistas. Fresh Sedona works can then be viewed in the Arts Center's Special Exhibitions Gallery and Theatre Studio. Check the scheduled for individual artist demonstrations, mini workshops, paint outs, and creative excursions.

  • Gamblin Artists Colors: The Plein Air Palette
    October 16, 10 am to Noon — Sedona Arts Center

    Enjoy this free presentation on color space, pigment history, and color palettes sponsored by Gamblin Artists Colors. The free session includes an afternoon plein air workshop taught by Scott Gellatly, artist and Product Manager for Gamblin. Tap into his knowledge of technical issues and expertise in oil colors and palettes.
    Click here to sign up for the afternoon workshop.

  • Michael Chesley Johnson – Morning Demonstration at Sedona Arts Center
    October 17 from 10am to Noon

  • Charlie Hunter – Artists Demonstration at Sedona Arts Center
    October 18 from 10am to Noon

  • Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge
    October 19, 10 am to Noon — L’Auberge de Sedona

    Always a favorite of the festival, the Creekside Paint Out returns to L’Auberge de Sedona, and the public is invited to watch artists as they depict the singular scenery. The location includes still and moving water, reflections, sycamores and ducks and stunning settings along Oak Creek. At noon, awards will be presented to the artists and the works created at the event will be available for sale immediately following. Park in the Arts Center lot and take the free Red Rock Trolley from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

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  • Keynote Speaker Lori Putnam What’s Life Got to do With It?
    October 19, 7 pm — Sedona Arts Center

    Join us back at the Art Barn for this free and open to the public keynote speech by acclaimed artist Lori Putnam. Her presentation includes digital images and talk about her growth and development as a plein air painter—from obscurity to a national reputation and unique individual style. Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, the Nashville native paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. She now travels extensively to paint, teach, and share her work around the world. A wine reception will follow her talk.

  • Paint Out at Seven Canyons Resort
    October 20, 1 to 4 pm — Seven Canyons

    The public is invited to beautiful Seven Canyons Resort—a new Plein Air Festival sponsor—to watch artists paint the afternoon and evening light as it carves it’s way through majestic red rock profiles. A rare jewel surrounded by protected national forest land, Seven Canyons is a local scenic treasure that spans 200 stunningly beautiful acres. Artists will explore panoramic vistas from the Clubhouse, water features on the golf course, and views from beautiful Rachel’s Knoll. An awards ceremony and wine reception will follow at 4pm on the event lawn.

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  • Plein Air Party and Awards Presentation
    October 21, 5 to 8 pm — Sedona Arts Center

    Don’t miss our final award night and visiting artist reception on Friday, October 21 in our Historic Art Barn. This is the ‘big event’ the artists have been waiting for! Fine wine, hors d’oeuvre and fine art. Festival Awards will be presented throughout the evening recognizing the most impressive work created during the week—including Best of Show and merit awards by Festival Judge Lori Putnam, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.

  • Main Street Paint Out
    October 22, 10 am to Noon

    The last hurrah! The Main Street Paint Out—held in collaboration with the Main Street Sedona Program—is one of our most popular events. Don’t miss the final opportunity to become acquainted with the artists and observe them in action on the streets of Uptown Sedona (on Highway 89A from the Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café).
    Final event sales from Noon – 2 pm

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Contact Us

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
P: (928) 282-3809





Sedona’s Annual Celebration
of Plein Air Painting is
Generously Made Possible by:


The City of Sedona

Sedona Chamber of Commerce

L’Auberge de Sedona

Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors

Guerrilla Painter

Main Street Sedona

New Wave Fine Art Product

Pink Jeep Tours

Plein Air Magazine

RayMar Art

Red Rock Magic Trolley

Republic Media

Sedona NOW

Sedona 360 Photo

Sedona Arts Center Ceramics Department

Sedona International Film Festival

Sedona Monthly

Sedona Red Rock News

Western Art & Architecture Magazine

...and our generous members!


Plein Air Workshops

Painting Sedona - Oil with Howard Carr | October 3–5, 2016 | $475
Plein Air Painting with J. Brad Holt | October 12–14, 2016 | $475
The Plein Air Palette with Scott Gellatly | October 16, 2016 | $60
Expression and Response with Lori Putnam | October 19–21, 2016 | $525
Sedona Fall Colors - Watercolor or Oils with Betty Carr | October 24–28, 2016 | $600
Painting Sedona with Bill Cramer | October 29–30, 2016 | $325
Nature Sketching & Journaling with Elaine Hultgren | $295 | November 12–13, 2016
Painting from the Rim of the Grand Canyon with Bill Cramer | May 5–7, 2017 | Tuition: $750

Scholarship funds may be available for those who would benefit and have need:
Click here for our Scholarship Application



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