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Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival

2020 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival 

August 19th-22nd 2020

Begin artist check-in from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, August 19th 

Paint Wednesday evening, all day/night Thursday & Friday, and Saturday morning

Workshops: Monday thru Wednesday and earlier workshops in spring/summer - stay tuned for details

Saturday, August 22, 2020 schedule details

  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Art Drop off.  (Artists may drop off work anytime Saturday before the deadline of 3:00 pm. Please complete paperwork in advance.)
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Ticketed Patron Preview and Judging  
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM:  Awards Ceremony, Public Reception, Wet Paint Show  
  • 7:30: Artists collect any unsold paintings. Sold artwork claimed by purchasers with receipt.  

Registration begins December 1, 2019

  • $50/55 early bird registration- through June 30, 2020
  • $55/60 regular registration- July 1 – August 17, 2020
  • $60/65 “at the door” registration August 18-20th


Thank you to everyone who participated and attended our 2019 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival! 

Take a look at some of the photos from 2019's events:

Information from the 2019 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival:

With Blowing Rock as the epicenter for this festival, artists are invited to take advantage of the beautiful High Country setting, set up their easels, and paint “en plein air.” This festival will take place on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th, 2019 with early check-in and a special lecture featuring Wes Waugh beginning on the evening of Thursday, May 16th:  "The Development of an Artist - A generalized model of the typical learning and growth patterns experienced by artists; including the common psychological, emotional, and technical work that leads to confidence and success."

The festival will conclude with a Wet Paint Show & Sale on the evening of May 18th at BRAHM from 6-7:30 pm, the public is invited to view the exhibit of fresh new work and may purchase items for their own collections. The Wet Paint Show & Sale's public reception will be preceded by a special, ticketed Patron Preview from 5-6:00 pm. 

Registration opens on January 1, 2019.  Early Bird pricing ends April 30th!

Featured artists for 2019 include:

In the days preceding the festival, we will be hosting two plein air hands-on workshops for artists. Students in either class are automatically registered for the Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival.

Plein Air Watercolor with Dwight Rose

Acrylic Plein Air Workshop with Jeremy Sams

This form stopped accepting submissions on May 16, 2019 1:00 am EDT.

Information and Festival Details

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See the details from last year's 2018 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival.

A special thanks to our sponsors: