Saturday, September 29, 2012

2012 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival

The car is packed with 18 frames wired and ready for a wet painting, tons of paint, panels, brushes, easels (2), a case of water, couple of jackets and some snacks.  I am heading for San Luis Obispo to paint for a show and sale at the San Luis Obispo Art Museum.  We are allowed to paint anywhere in the county and must turn in 6 finished paintings Friday morning.  I have been looking online at the county and there is everything from the ocean at San Simeon, inland lakes and vineyards of Edna Valley.  Here is a listing of the events:

30 | Sunday: Welcome Party, 6 – 8 pm, kicks off the 11th annual
Festival. Meet the artists and learn their favorite painting
locales so you can follow their artistic explorations beginning Monday. Reservations required. Party location with event payment. $25 SLOMA members, $50 general
1 | Monday: Artists paint the unspoiled landscapes of San Luis Obispo County. View their diverse painting styles on exhibit at SLOMA. Free
2 | Tuesday: Artists paint all day, following the sun and their hearts. Get your map of the artists’ favorite painting sites at SLOMA. Free
3 | Wednesday: Paint SLO Day. Artists concentrate their talents within the City of San Luis Obispo, capturing the charm of historic homes, parks, outdoor caf├ęs, and creekside views. Artist Richard Lindenberg’s Art Talk “How We Paint,” 6 pm Free for SLOMA members, $5 general  (
4 | Thursday: Film and Poetry Night, 6 – 9 pm, enjoy a charming film about the Plein Air life, plus a poetry reading and art show by local poets who shadow the Festival artists during the day, then bring their inspired words and artwork back to SLOMA for a poetry reading and art show. $5 SLOMA members, $10 general
5 | Friday: Exhibition and Sale Opening Night, 6 – 9 pm. The top 100+ new paintings from Festival Week vie for Best of Show. Vote for your favorite! Meet the artists and enjoy first pick of the paintings. Free for SLOMA members, $10 general
6 | Saturday: Quick Draw, 8 – 11 am. Festival artists race against the clock to complete a painting before the bell. Follow the artists back to the Mission Plaza, stroll past the easels of new paintings, and pick out your favorites before the paintings go on the auction block.
Live Auction, 1 – 3 pm, Mission Plaza amphitheater.
Kids Paint Out, 10 am – noon, materials provided, SLOMA lawn. Free Festival Exhibition and Sale at SLOMA, 10 am – 5 pm. 
7 | Sunday  Free Festival exhibition and Sale, 10 am - 4 pm

If you are in the area please stop by and check out the paintings.  It should be a super show!

The museum in at 1010 Broad Street (at Monterey)
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

phone: (805) 543-8562

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