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Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival

artists at work outdoorsPHOTO provided: Plein air artists at the Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club
man painting on a dock
overhead view of a large gallery space
outdoor display of paintings2019 Quickdraw Entries Photo by Sandra Hildreth
man standing near paintings2018 Adirondack Plein Air Award Winner Jay Brooks
painting of cars on street2018 Quickdraw by Artist Solovyev
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Good news! There are multiple Plein Air events in 2021. The 13th annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival will be August 16 to 21 in Saranac Lake. The Awards Juror is prize-winning New Jersey painter Charles Newman, who will conduct a two-day Plein Air Workshop August 14 and 15. Event plans will, of course, meet all COVID-19 restrictions. Registration is open through 

The 2021 Plein Air season opens with the Outside Art Affair, sponsored by the Downtown Artists Cellar in Malone, NY. Dates are July 25 to August 14, 2021, but registered artists may pick and choose which days the paint.

Taking advantage of peak fall colors, the Tupper Lake Plein Air Festival in Tupper Lake will be September 22 to 26, 2021. More information will be available at a later date on this.

In addition, there will be a plein air event as part of the Keeseville Community Arts Festival, July 20 to 25, 2021. 

There will also be Art @ The Orchard, a 1-day plein air painting opportunity at Prarie's Orchard in Malone on September 25, 2021.

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