The community’s iconic creative event — the Sedona Plein Air Festival — is a weeklong celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops and wonderful free events.

From Saturday to Saturday, Oct. 14 to 21, Sedona Arts Center invites residents and visitors along to get creative and experience more than two dozen master painters in action, making their art on location in beautiful Sedona.

Celebrate creativity with SAC and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures and opportunities to collect the next masterpiece.

The 13th annual Sedona Plein Air Festival will present three free paint-out events. The public is invited to L’Auberge de Sedona, Seven Canyons Resort and Uptown to meet world-class artists and enjoy new paintings being created. At the end of each paint-out event, the artists will frame and present the works for sale on the easels they used to paint them.

Each event features awards by Gamblin Oils and Guerrilla Painter. Don’t miss these three fantastic opportunities to connect with Sedona’s renowned plein air identity.

The festival begins with an opening wine reception in the Arts Center’s Uptown Historic Art Barn at 7 p.m., Saturday Oct. 14.

Meet the 28 festival artists who have brought work with them from their own terrain across the U.S. and see their diversity of style and talent.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, L’Auberge de Sedona will host the Festival’s Creekside Paint Out, and the public is invited to this beautiful resort to watch artists as they depict the spectacular scenery and flowing Oak Creek.

Experience firsthand the moving water, reflections, sycamores, ducks and stunning rock waterfalls as artists begin painting at 10 a.m.

At noon, awards will be presented to the artists and the works created at the event will be available for sale immediately following on the lawn. Attendees can park for free in the Arts Center lot and take the free public shuttle to and from L’Auberge from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“The Plein Air Adventure,” the festival’s keynote presentation will be given by Joshua Been on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
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Born in 1974, Been had no shortage of outdoor adventures that cultivated his appreciation for the natural world.
Join him as he shares his personal journey as a leading plein air painter during his digital presentation in the Historic Art Barn.

This talk is free and open to the public with a wine reception following in the Special Exhibition Gallery.

Thursday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., watch artists paint the afternoon and evening light as it carves its way through majestic red rock profiles in an environment like no other in Sedona at the Paint Out at Seven Canyons Resort.

A rare jewel surrounded by protected national forest land, Seven Canyons is a scenic treasure that spans 200 acres.
Plein air artists will explore panoramic vistas from the Clubhouse, water features on the golf course and views from Rachel’s Knoll. Art sales, an award ceremony and wine reception will follow at 4 p.m. on the event lawn.

On Friday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., join Been again in the last session of his three-day workshop for a demonstration of his studio process as he works up a larger painting from plein air study.

This demonstration will be a wonderful overview, and a great opportunity to review and retake notes on effective studio practices incorporating every bit of knowledge gained through the plein air experience.

Throughout the demonstration, he will talk about crucial decisions in the process, and how to stay engaged, efficient and deliberate in applying paint. Call 282-3809 to sign up for this demonstration; cost is $50.

The Plein Air party and awards presentation will be held Friday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Indulge in fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvres and fine art in the company of festival artists, art collectors and art lovers during this party and awards presentation.

This is the big event, where artists’ awards are presented, recognizing the best work created during the week including Best of Show and merit awards by festival judge Been, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.

The event is held at Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in the Historic Art Barn and is free and open to the public.

After the awards on Friday night, join the last hurrah of the 2017 Sedona Plein Air Festival. The Main Street Paint Out, held Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, is one of the Arts Center’s most popular events.

Don’t miss the final opportunity to mingle with world-renowned artists, view their takes on local landscapes and observe them in action on the streets of Uptown.

The event will feature live painting along State Route 89A from the Sedona Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café. Sale of Main Street Paint Out works will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery.

This year’s festival artists include Jill Banks, Richard Boyer, Betty Carr, Bill Cramer, Martin Dimitrov, Chris Finefrock, Tracey Frugoli, Scott Gellatly, Robert Goldman, Bruce Gomez, Lynn Heil, J. Brad Holt, Qiang Huang, Robert Impellizeri, Peter Jefferson, Gretchen Lopez, Andre Lucero, James McGrew, Kathie Odom, Susan Pitcairn, Patrick Saunders, Rachel Schlueter, Stock Schlueter, Matt Sterbenz, Gregory Stocks, Williamson Tapia, Melanie Thompson and Jim Wodark.