Grand Prize Winner, 2016 • Julio Panisello, “Angel‘s Flight”
Oil on Canvas, 18" × 24"
Largest urban plein air festival in the U.S. returns to Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Join over 100 artists from April 4-8, 2018 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 fourth year, the Festival invites artists of all skill levels to participate by creating an original painting or sketch of outdoor scenes within Los Angeles.
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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, April 8th at 5pm.
Online registration is now closed. You can register in person during the festival at Raw Materials Art Supplies.
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, April 8 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 have considered.
A juried panel will award prizes for Best Oil, Watermedia (Watercolor, Gouache, and/or Pen & Ink), Other/Mixed Media (Graphite, Charcoal, Pastel, Acrylic, etc), and a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from all submitted art works. An Audience Choice Award will be chosen by art fans and collectors in attendance at the Exhibition. The winning artists will receive prizes 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.
Sponsored by the Office of Jose Huizar, Councilmember, District #14, City of Los Angeles, this will go to the best painting of City Hall. All paintings of City Hall submitted to the Festival for exhibition and competition are eligible for this special purchase award. Submitted paintings will compete for the Award and a $500 prize. Councilmember Jose Huizar and his staff will select the winning painting, which will hang in their City Hall office.
This award will go to the best painting of Gelateria Uli's DTLA location. Located in the Historic Spring Arcade building, Gelateria Uli churns their gelato and sorbet fresh daily, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They also serve espresso drinks and an array of fresh pastries. All paintings of Gelateria Uli in the Spring Arcade building submitted to the Festival for exhibition and competition are eligible for this special purchase award. Submitted paintings will compete for the Award and a $200 prize. Uli Nasibova will select the winning painting, and will hang it in their DTLA store.
A native New Yorker based in Downtown Los Angeles, SND is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor to Artillery, Art Ltd., and a contributor to KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Huffington Post, The Creators Project, Fabrik, VS., Palm Springs Life, Art & Cake, and Porter & Sail. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates and/or juries a few exhibitions each year, sometimes publishes short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She serves on the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and the Board of Directors at Art Share-LA. Shana is the host of All Access Art, a hot new documentary series featuring impressive artists studios and creative cribs.
The Los Angeles Plein Air Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:
Originally opened in 1914 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. 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. Music promoter Mitchell Frank, along with Artist and Recreation, LLC, and Knitting Factory Entertainment Inc., took over the lease in 2012 and has restored the theatre to its former glory.
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