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Plein Air Paint Out


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.

Artists choose a desired and picturesque location and visitors can observe "art in the making". 
Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase  the art at the Jon Crane Gallery. Artists will gather to paint the beautiful Black Hills on the last weekend of September. This is the weekend of the famous Custer State Park Buffalo Round-up. The Hills are filled with visitors from around the state and the country. 

Plein Air Paint Out

September 22-25, 2021

Jon Crane Gallery
256 Main Street

Hill City, SD

Schedule of Plein Air Events at Jon Crane Gallery

Wednesday, Sept. 22nd

9am-4pm Check in at the Harney Peak Inn on Main St. Next to The Alpine Inn for canvas and paperwork stamps. Will receive maps of potential locations set up and for public viewing. Look for the tent in their parking lot. They will be set up all weekend for any late entries.

4pm-6pm Meet & Greet at Harney Peak Inn for wine and hor'dourves and artist fellowship.


Thursday, Sept 23rd

9am-7pm Artists will be in the field painting their picturesque locations as a free paint day. Visitors will be directed to and may observe artists on location for various viewpoints of their work. 

Any finished paintings will be delivered and on display and ready for "wet sale" at the Jon Crane Gallery throughout the next few days. These may be previous works for sale or newly painted within this event. Previous works will be rotated out for new and recent work.

7pm Gallery Talk and Gallery Walk in Downtown Hill City. Locations TBA


Friday, September 24th

9am-3pm Another free paint day for artists at various locations. All paintings to be considered for judging and awards must be turned in by 3pm to Jon Crane Gallery. The area in the gallery which the Plein Air paintings will be displayed will be closed to all. Judging will take place at this time and the area will not open up until 5:30pm for the Sponsors Reception. This is an invitee only. And at 6:30pm the entire viewing area will be open to the public and all artists in attendance. The awards will be announced within this time period. Heavy hor'dourves and wine will be served for the entire reception. All sales will be collected by HCAC where artists will receive 70% commission and the HCAC will receive 30%. This includes the sales of the Quick Draw auction.


Saturday, September 25th

8am-9am All surfaces used for the Quick Draw must be stamped at the Harney Peak Inn prior to this segment of the event.

Artists are to begin work at 9:30am and finish by 11:30am The Best Quick Draw Award, determined by a juror, will be awarded at 12 noon. All works completed will be auctioned off promptly at 12:30pm with HCAC proceeds going to a local charity TBA. 


Questions may be directed to Jan Humphrey 605-391-1302 Committee Chair Plein Air Paintout for Hill City Area Arts Council.
Hill City Arts Council Office 605-574-2810. Email:   Website: