The Sedona Arts Center is conducting a community open paint-out at the Sedona Winefest on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Artists both professional and amateur are invited to paint from life Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. during the festival at Posse Grounds Park. Subject matter is open to the artists but the Sedona Select Car Exhibit, featuring 15 unique automobiles from before 1940, will be on display. Some have rarely been seen on public display and others are one-of-a-kind motorcars. Artists will find this an ideal setting for interesting paintings.

The paint-out will have a soft opening with artists invited to sketch and set up their materials and plan their work starting at 11 a.m. The actual painting will take place only during a two-hour period from noon to 2 p.m.

The paint-out will end with a display of the finished paintings on the lawn starting at 2 p.m. Awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. There will be a best of show selection and three merit awards; judges are Al Comello, Sedona Winefest chairman, and Sandy Moriarity, mayor of Sedona. The Arts Center and Winefest will provide a Best of Show award.

This community open paint-out helps to preview and create awareness for the upcoming Sedona Plein Air Festival, being held Saturday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 21, in which more than two dozen artists create paintings in the landscape over the eight-day event. Included will be numerous paint-outs, workshops and demonstrations. Most events during the festival are free and open to the public. Explore all the events at

The Sedona Winefest is celebrating its ninth year and is being held at the historic Posse Grounds Park in the heart of Sedona. Attendees can enjoy tastings from the 22 wineries who will be presenting their wines. All of the wineries are from Arizona and represent the best of Arizona’s emerging wine industry. A variety of food and wine-oriented vendors will be present along with relaxing music.

Artists are invited to call the Arts Center or to register online at the to participate in the paint-out. Registration is free to Arts Center members and $10 for the general public. There is no charge to attend the paint-out.