Centuries-old plein air painting was made into an art form by the French Impressionists. It’s all about stepping out of your studio to paint or draw in the out-of- doors. The Impressionists were fascinated by the ephemeral  qualities   of  the changing light and wanted to capture it on canvas. At this same time, transportable paint tubes and the box easel became available which allowed artists the freedom to  paint “en plein air,” which is French for “in the open air.”


Renoir's painting, "Monet painting, in his garden", 1873, oil painting.

"Artists Sketching in the White Mountains" by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

Paint the Town Plein Air Event - Postponed until 2021

Please join the artists throughout the day to watch the progress as the plein air painters "Paint the Town." Then come to the reception at the Greenhouse of Highland in the evening to see all of the finished pieces and purchase paintings that you like. There will also be a booth of the paintings at Art in the Park for your viewing and purchase.


Thursday, October 7, 2021

6 am - 8 am                Check-in

6 am - 6 pm                Painting time

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Reception & Purchase Awards


The Square

Downtown Highland and the 4 blocks around it

City Hall & Clock Tower

The Brewery

The Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library

The Lory Theater

US Post Office

Masonic Lodge

Any other location you might choose in downtown Highland