Grand Prize Winner, 2015 • Lynne Fearman, “Looking Down Broadway”
Oil on Linen Panel, 9" x 12"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Los Angeles Plein Air Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:
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.
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