Black Hills Plein Air Paint Out
5th Annual
September 22-24, 2022

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Call to Artists
Call to Artists

Application will be posted soon!

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Plein Air painting dates back to the French impressionists who left their studios to paint “in the open air.”
“Plein Air painting is exhilarating and challenging for artists who attempt to quickly capture the light and colors of the scene before them.  
The French term "plein air" means out of doors and refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures out of doors rather than in a studio.
Please email me if you would like to be put on our artists mailing list.
JoAnn Hoffman

August 1st deadline for applications.
Refund policy:

By Aug.22—full refund

By Aug. 29–$50

By September 5—$25

After September 5—no refund

2022 Judge - Carl Judson
Painter and owner of Judson Art Outfitters

Auctioneer: Adam Karrels

Ranch Manager, NW Ranches, real estate agent

Entry Forms
now Available

2022 Schedule of Plein Air Events

Thursday, September 22

9:00-3:00 - Artist Check in at ArtForms Gallery-Check in Homework, stamp canvases

9:00-4:30 - Plein Air Painting
5:00 pm - Paintings submitted at ArtForms-Thursday Best of Show
6:00-8:00 - Artists Meet and Greet


Friday, September 23
9:00-11:00 - Artist Check in at
ArtForms Gallery-stamp canvases
9:00-2:30 - Plein Air Painting
By 3:00 - Turn in your artwork at Jon Crane Gallery
3:00 - Doors will be closed to artists
3:00-5:30 - Wet Sale judging
5:30-6:30 - Sponsor and Artists Reception (invitations only)
6:30-8:00 - Sponsor and Artists Reception open to public
                       Viewers Choice and Artists Choice voting

7:45 - Viewers Choice and Artists Choice Award

Saturday, September 24
8:00-9:00 - Surfaces stamped for Quick Draw
9:30-11:30 - Quick Draw competition painting
12 noon - Submit Quick Draw- Old World Plaza
12:45 - Best Quick Draw Award-open to public
1:00 - Live Auction at Old World Plaza-Auctioneer and public bidding
All are invited to attend and bid!
3:00 - Artists check out


2021 Winners
Sandy Newman:  Best of Show

JoVann Armstrong:  Honorable Mention

Debbie Aune:  Peoples Choice

Debbie Aune:  Artists Choice

Jennifer Parker:  Best Nocturne

Charlene Fleming:  Best Quick Draw

Sandy Newman:  Best of Day Thursday

Alissa Millsap:  Best of Day Friday

Debbie Aune:  Best Downtown Hill City

Alissa Millsap:  Best Miniature

Great Places to paint in the Hills
Map of the Black Hills