Plein Air Festival returns to Winters

The Plein Air Festival returns to Winters for its 13th year.
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By Shaunie Briggs

Historical Society of Winters

The Winters Plein Air Festival celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting with some of the finest painters from California and beyond. For 10 days in May artists will put brush to canvas, capturing the historical downtown, Putah Creek Riparian Corridor and the farms and fields of Yolo County. Painting outside, from life and the landscape has long been a California tradition, and one that has endured evolving styles that draw from the rich traditions of plein air painting. Each artist brings a different perspective and fresh eye to the changing lights, color and texture of the varied land and city scape.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, May 1 from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Winters History Museum, 13 Russell St.

Artist Check In and canvas stamping

Wednesday, May 1 from 3-6 p.m. Artists creating all around town

Friday, May 3  5-8 p.m. Downtown Winters

Downtown at Dusk- Artists creating all around town.

Saturday, May 4 from 2-7 p.m.  Putah Creek Paintout–  Festival artists creating art in the Putah Creek Nature trail under the bridge.

Friday, May 10 from 4-6 p.m.   Quick Draw Artists will be gathering on Main Street to compete in the annual Painting CompetitionThe artists have two hours to create a plein air masterpiece. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.

Friday, May 10 from 7-9 p.m.  Artist Reception-  Plein Air Works Plein Air Exhibit

Immediately following the Quick Draw painting event, the artists will gather at the Winters History Museum. Everyone is invited to join us (free admission) for refreshments, to meet the artists and see the framed wet paintings. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists and buy an original plein air painting.

Artists are encouraged to check in early Friday, April 26 in time for Youth Day.


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