Grand Prize Winner, 2015 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival, Lynne Fearman, "Looking Down Broadway", Oil on linen panel, 9" × 12"

Grand Prize Winner, 2015 • Lynne Fearman, “Looking Down Broadway”
Oil on Linen Panel, 9" x 12"

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Raw Materials Art Supplies presents
Los Angeles Plein Air Festival

Largest urban plein air festival in the U.S. returns to Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Join over 100 artists from October 5-9 in Downtown Los Angeles as the nationally-recognized Los Angeles Plein Air Festival returns for five days of outdoor painting and urban sketching, with Los Angeles as its muse. Celebrating its third year, the Festival invites artists of all skill levels to participate by creating an original painting or sketch of outdoor scenes within Los Angeles.

Alex Schaefer painting outside Blackstone Gallery

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Raw Materials Art Supplies
Grand Prize Winner, 2015 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival, Lynne Fearman, "Looking Down Broadway", Oil on linen panel, 9" × 12"
“Plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air” and describes painting outdoors in natural light, from direct observation of the subject matter. Plein air painting challenges artists to paint directly from life and channel quickly changing environments onto paper or canvas.
Grand Prize Winner, 2014 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival, John Kilduff, "Farmer & Merchants Bank", Oil on Canvas, 10" × 20", Photo Courtesy John Kilduff

Artists

Everyone is welcome to paint and/or sketch, but only the first 100 artists to register for the Festival will receive a goodie bag. All artists who register and participate are eligible to compete for awards and valuable prizes, and to exhibit and sell their finished artwork, subject to space limitations. Registration is free. Sign up online or in person at Raw Materials Art Supplies.

Artists who wish to exhibit, sell, and/or enter their art into competition must get their blank surfaces stamped at Raw Materials Art Supplies before beginning work.

Artists are welcome to paint anywhere in the city, but all works for exhibition and/or competition must be turned in by Sunday, October 9 at 5pm.

Download the complete list of rules.

Artists after an exhilarating Night Paint at The Canadian Building.

Register to participate

Please note that we have 100 registered attendees. You can still register, but we can't guarantee you'll get one of the goodie bags! (We will release unclaimed goodie bags on Saturday at 3pm to those who registered after the first 100.)

Online registration is now closed. You can still register on-site at Raw Materials Art Supplies, 436 S. Main St.

Schedule of Events

Artists are welcome to paint anywhere in the city, they just need to have their surface(s) stamped before beginning, and the work must be turned in by Sunday, October 9 at 5pm. The "Paint Out" events below are a good way to paint alongside other artists, or discover locations you may not have know about or considered.

Wednesday, October 5

10am-7pm
Artist check-in and surface stamping at Raw Materials.
10am-12noon
Gamblin Mediums Demonstration: Dave Bernard, Gamblin Product Specialist will demonstrate and sample an assortment of Gamblin mediums.
2pm-5pm
Regent Theater Paint-Out: Paint the last remaining historic movie theater on Downtown LA’s Main Street, and your painting of The Regent Theater, The Love Song Bar, and/or Prufrock Pizzeria are eligible for the $500 Regent Award. Gamblin Product Specialist Dave Bernard will be on-hand to paint a little, answer your questions, and have some fun.
5pm to 7pm
Artist's Reception at Lovesong Bar: Cool off from your first day at the Festival inside this cool, dark, neighborhood bar - or sit on the patio and meet the artists you’ll be painting alongside all week. Drink specials, pizza, and door prizes await. 450 S. Main Street, next to The Regent Theater.

Thursday, October 6

10am-7pm
Artist check-in and surface stamping at Raw Materials.
9am-noon
Spring Street Community Garden Paint-Out: Spring Street Community Garden is an urban community garden nestled beside a parking garage in Downtown Los Angeles, established to provide an urban oasis for residents of Downtown Los Angeles to garden, picnic, and meet their neighbors. 220 S. Spring Street next to Joe’s Parking Garage.
2pm-5pm
Lazy Brewing Company Paint-Out: Located on 116 E 5th Street 90013 between Main and Los Angeles Streets, Lazy Brewing Company is just around the corner from Raw Materials and a great vantage point to paint/sketch the city from. Aaron Donovan, one of our favorite plein air artists, will set up to paint using Williamsburg Oil Colors, and will be available to give guidance, answer questions, and drop mad knowledge in this not-to-be-missed, informal painting session.

Friday, October 7

10am-7pm
Artist check-in and surface stamping at Raw Materials.
9am-noon
City Hall Observation Deck Paint-Out: Los Angeles City Hall is the most historic and most filmed building in our city’s history, and a great subject to paint as well as a great vantage point. The Rotunda on the 3rd Floor, the ornate Council Chambers and Public Works hearing room are gorgeous and open to all (9-5pm), but we have a few hours to paint in the Tom Bradley Room on the 27th floor. The observation deck wraps around on all four sides, ideal for finding spectacular views of the city to sketch, draw, and/or paint. 200 N. Spring Street, 27th Fl.
2pm-5pm
City Hall Observation Deck Paint-Out
4pm-6pm
Submit completed art for exhibit, sale, and competition at 157 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Saturday, October 8

11am-6pm
Artist check-in and surface stamping at Raw Materials.
9am-noon
Crepes Sans Frontieres (Spring Arcade) Paint-Out: Crêpes Sans Frontieres, a crêperie/cafe located in the Historic Spring Arcade, was voted Best Crêpes in 2014 & 2015 by the Downtown News and has won accolades for their thoughtful flavor combinations, wine and champagne offerings, and authentic French vibe. Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring Street, #127.
2pm-6pm
Crepes Sans Frontieres (Spring Arcade) Paint-Out
3pm-5pm
Submit completed art for exhibit, sale, and competition at 157 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Sunday, October 9

9am-1pm
Historic Downtown Farmer's Market Paint-Out (5th & Spring): The Farmers Market and The Nickel Market are two weekly street markets that take place Sundays - when 5th Street between Main and Broadway are pedestrian-only. Urban Sketcher extraordinaire and popular instructor Virginia Hein will lead this session - painting, demonstrating Daniel Smith Extra-Fine Watercolors, answering questions, and sharing her love of urban sketching.
noon-3pm
Artist check-in and surface stamping at Raw Materials.
3pm-5pm
Submit completed art for exhibit, sale, and competition at 157 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Thursday, October 13

5pm-9pm
Exhibition of all completed art eligible for sale and competition at The Rowan, 157 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles 90013.
5pm-8pm
The public is invited to vote for their favorite paintings to select an “Audience Choice” winner in the categories of Best Oil, Best Water Media, and Best Dry Media.
8pm
Award Reception - Join us as we recognize the outstanding paintings in various categories and award the winning prizes, including Audience Choice Winners and the Grand Prize Winner.

Paint Out Leaders

Aaron Donovan (website) was educated in plein air painting in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico where he received an M.F.A. degree in painting from the Instituto Allende. His undergraduate studies were from the School of the Art of Chicago, Otis School of Design, and Art Center School of Design, where he received a B.F.A. in fine art painting. I teach classes to about sixty students a week, both in private, plein air classes and with Barnsdall Art Center in Hollywood. “My objectives in painting are simple; composition, contrast and color, I find these elements the core of painting and can be applied to any style and subject the artist chooses. I like the satire of George Grosz, the portraits of Alice Neel and still life paintings of Chaim Soutine. When I am not painting, I hand-build vintage race motorcycles.”

Virginia Hein (blog, Flickr) was born in Los Angeles, California, and the landscape of the city continues to be her favorite subject. She has worked as a concept and character designer for toys and entertainment, and as art director, illustrator and fine artist. Currently she teaches drawing at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and also enjoys teaching location workshops. She discovered Urban Sketchers in 2009, and has been a correspondent for the Urban Sketchers blog since then, and has taught workshops at two international Urban Sketchers Symposiums. She has contributed her work to a number of books about location sketching, and her work was included in Drawing magazine’s Summer 2016 issue on artists’ sketchbooks.

Downtown Donuts (541 S. Spring St. #130) is offering a free glazed or cake donut with each cup of coffee purchased by registered artists. Please show your Festival ID to redeem the offer.

Lazy Brewing Company (116 E. 5th St.) is offering one free lemonade or one free house coffee per registered artist on Thursday from 2pm to 5pm. Please show your Festival ID to redeem the offer.

Painting at 5th and Spring
Painting at 5th and Main

Exhibition & Competition

A juried panel will award prizes for Best Oil, Watercolor & Gouache, Dry Media (Graphite, Charcoal, Pastel, etc), Pen & Ink, Acrylic or Mixed Media, and a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from all submitted art works. Audience Choice Awards for Best Oil, Best Wet Media, and Best Dry Media will be chosen by art fans and collectors in attendance at the Exhibition. The winning artists will receive prizes (TBD) and winning images will be used to promote next year’s Festival in all promotional materials. Registered and exhibiting artists may sell all date-stamped art made at the Festival during the Exhibition.

Special Awards

Crepes without Borders Award

Crêpes Sans Frontieres, a crêperie/cafe located in the Historic Spring Arcade, was voted Best Crêpes in 2014 & 2015 by the Downtown News and has won accolades for their thoughtful flavor combinations, wine and champagne offerings, and authentic French vibe.

Paintings of Crêpes Sans Frontieres submitted for exhibition and competition are eligible for this special purchase award. Submitted paintings will compete for the award and a $500 prize. Ruth Hudin and Marc Simard, owners of Crêpes Sans Frontieres, will select the winning painting, which will hang in their restaurant.

The Regent Award

The Regent Theater is a historic downtown Los Angeles venue that spent decades as a grind house and adult movie venue. Now the last remaining historic movie theater on Downtown LA’s Main Street, this vintage 1914 cinema has a bar, pizzeria, and hosts concerts, themed dance nights, theater performances, movie screenings, and special events.

Paintings of The Regent Theater, The Love Song Bar, and/or Prufrock Pizzeria submitted for exhibition and competition are also eligible for this special purchase award. Submitted paintings will compete for the award and a $500 prize. Mitchell Frank and Matthew Garry of The Regent will select the winning painting.

Judge

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for WhiteHot Magazine, Arts Editor for Vs. Magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., and a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Creators Project, Porter & Sail, Desert Magazine, and KCET’s Artbound. Formerly Managing Editor at Flavorpill, her other publications have included LA Weekly, Modern Painters, Art Review, Palm Springs Life, Artweek, ARTnews, tema celeste, Art Asia Pacific, Coagula, and Juxtapoz.

Shana Nys Dambrot
2014 Grand Prize Winner, John Kilduff
2014 Watercolor/Gouache Honorable Mention, Dana Tinio

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Sponsors

The Los Angeles Plein Air Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

Raw Materials Art Supplies

Raw Materials is the producer of the festival.

Local Sponsors

Crêpes Sans Frontières

Crêpes Sans Frontières, where a French culinary creation becomes a crêpe or Tapas you will never forget! From savory to sweet combinations and with a touch of culinary creativity the possibilities are endless.

Downtown Donuts

Downtown Donuts was built in the spirit of the legendary donut shops that graced the central cityscape of downtown Los Angeles since the 1920’s—Mayflower, Cooper’s, and Town Donuts—places where downtowners could go to enjoy a freshly baked donut and a cup of delicious hot coffee almost any time, day or night.

The Regent Theater

Established in 1941 and originally opened as The National. Three years later, the name was changed to The Regent, as we still know it today. After decades as a grindhouse and adult movie venue, the theater was closed in 2000, only to lay dormant for several years. Six years later, developer Tom Gilmore acquired the property, using it as an occasional art and performance space for the monthly Thursday night Downtown Art Walk. Known for its sloped floor, proscenium archway and gothic-inspired ceiling, The Regent is a true relic and the last remaining historic movie theater on Downtown LA's Main Street.

Art Materials Sponsors

Ampersand Art Supply

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Art Alternatives

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Canson

Canson was founded over 450 years ago by the Montgolfier family to offer all artists high-quality products which inspire and give them confidence. Canson's development and destiny are intertwined with the history of France and the history of Art. This tradition, respect for its heritage, and its duty, drives the company to provide consumers with outstanding paper.

Daniel Smith Art Materials

In 1976, scraping enough money together to purchase on old 3-roll mill, Dan began manufacturing a specialized printmaking ink with the lightfastness and working characteristics artists desired. Over the years, as Dan's partnership with artists grew, so grew the business. Today, Daniel Smith Artists' Materials is a leading designer and manufacturer of beautiful Artist Quality Watercolors and Oils.

Faber-Castell

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Gamblin Artists Colors

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Golden Artist Colors

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Strathmore Artist Papers

Strathmore Artist Papers has kept the tradition of creating beautiful, high-performing artists papers alive for over 120 years. Founded in 1892, the Strathmore brand is known as one of the highest quality fine art papers used by many leading artists around the world. Whether your medium is watercolor, charcoal, pastel, pencil, or pen and king, Strathmore Artist Papers will provide artists of all levels with the ideal surface for producing beautiful works of art.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact us at info@lapleinairfestival.com.

Special Thanks to:

  • Sandy Goodstein
  • MacPherson’s
  • Councilman Jose Huizar
  • Jessica Alvarenga
  • Megan Teramoto
  • Los Angeles Council District 14
  • Eric Bender
  • Michael Mitchell
  • Rowan Property Owners Association
  • MSGG Rowan Realty Partners
  • DP Management Service