Raw Materials Art Supplies and The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk have teamed up to produce the inaugural Los Angeles Plein Air Festival: a casual, interactive, and educational weekend-long event celebrating outdoor painting and drawing. Artists of all levels from Southern California and beyond are invited to participate in four days of painting, drawing and sketching the urban landscape of Downtown Los Angeles.
Everyone is welcome to paint or draw, but only the first 100 artists to register for the Festival will receive a goodie bag. (We now have over 100 artists signed up.) All artists who sign up are eligible to exhibit their finished artwork at the closing show on Sunday and win valuable prizes, subject to space limitations. Registration is free. Sign up online or in person at Raw Materials Art Supplies. (We will release unclaimed goodie bags at 3pm on Saturday to those who signed up after the first 100. It will be first-come, first-served at that time.)
Artists wishing to exhibit and/or enter their artwork for competition must get their blank canvases and papers date-stamped at the Art Walk Lounge or at Raw Materials Art Supplies.
Online registration has ended, but you can register in-person through Saturday at Raw Materials Art Supplies, 436 South Main Street.
The Los Angeles Plein Air Festival begins on Thursday, the 2nd Thursday of the month and the day of the cultural phenomenon that is the Downtown Art Walk. This is the first opportunity for the artists to paint and/or draw throughout Downtown Los Angeles, and for Art Walk attendees to watch participating artists at work.
A juried panel will award prizes for Best Watercolor, Oil, and Acrylic paintings, as well as for works in charcoals, pastels, pen & ink, and mixed media. Audience Choice Awards will also be awarded, and a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from the winners in each category. The winning artist will receive prizes (TBD) and the winning image will be used to promote next year’s festival in all promotional materials. Registered/exhibiting artists may sell all date-stamped art made at the Festival during the exhibition/competition. A portion of the proceeds of the Sunday October 12th Plein Air Exhibit will benefit the Downtown Art Walk.