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10th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival


The Adirondack region has long been known as a wonderful, wild vacation retreat and the inspiration for numerous artists, writers and musicians. The artists who come and take part in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival know that very well, which is what attracts them from all over the country. It's the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi, yet within an easy days drive of the major cities of the northeast. There are mountains, lakes, rivers, bogs, forests, farms, and small communities - a full variety of subject matter for artists. Ninety artists submitted applications and 50 were selected to participate.

The Adirondack Plein Air Festival involves 4 1/2 days of painting and then a huge Show & Sale that could very well have 500 fresh, wet paintings that were created during the event. Spectators are encouraged to come watch the creative process as well as to enjoy the Adirondack environment themselves. Click on the "Schedule" link above to see what is going on each day of the event.

On Friday August 18, all the framed paintings have to be turned in and there will be a Special Preview Party & Awards Presentation from 6 - 9 pm in the Town Hall at 39 Main St. Tickets are $20/person and may be purchased below or at the door. Vermont artist Aline Ordman will select the prize winners. There is no charge for the Show & Sale on Saturday August 19, from 12 - 5 pm.

Our artists have a wonderful time exploring the Adirondacks with their paintbrushes. We invite you to come see what they have produced and perhaps bring home your own piece of the Adirondacks.


Ninety artists applied and 50 artists have been selected to participate, along with 10 alternates. Our 3 Selection Jurors were Massachusetts artist John MacDonald (our 2016 Awards Juror), Saratoga, NY artist Anne Diggory (a former Awards Juror), and Delaware artist Sarah Yeoman.