Prescott Plein Air Art Festival

Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes

The Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH) and the City of Prescott are pleased to present the Prescott Plein Air Art Festival, October 1 through October 4, 2020. Plein Air artists paint outdoors, capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their art.

October 1 – 3 : Painting at 7 Prescott locations
October 4: Gallery Viewings & Art Sale by the hour followed by Outdoor Reception & Live Music by Drew Hall and Anton Teschner with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres
October 6 – 31 : Online Plein Air Art Sale

Click links below for additional information or call 928-776-9550 :

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Schedule of Events





Thursday, October 1
Sunrise to evening
Plein Air Painting
Friday, October 2

Sunrise to evening

Plein Air Painting

Saturday, October 3

Sunrise to evening

Plein Air Painting

Sunday, October 4

By the hour
2:00 – 6:00 pm

Gallery Viewings & Art Sale

The FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch

2:00 – 7:00 pm

Reception with Live music by Drew Hall and Anton Teschner

The FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch

Wednesday, October 7th –
Saturday, October 31th

All Day

Online Sale

The Prescott Plein Air Art Festival Art Sale and Reception

Sunday October 4th, The FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch

Multiple Art Viewings at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm


  • View the paintings from the 2020 Prescott Plein Air Arts Festival
  • Opportunity to talk to the artists about their depictions of our Central Arizona Highlands.
  • All paintings on exhibit will have been painted during the festival dates capturing Prescott landscapes.
  • Have the first opportunity to purchase artwork
  • Opportunity to cast your vote on “People’s Choice” recognition



  • Enjoy a “Plein Air” or open air reception on the beautiful balcony and patio of the FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch 
  • Live music by Drew Hall and Anton Teschner
  • Cash Bar – Wine and Beer
  • Non alcoholic beverages also available
  • Free boxed gourmet hors d’oeuvres

This is a ticketed event with a staggered arrival times in which the public will be invited to view, purchase, and judge the works for a People’s Choice Award. Masks required. Guests are invited to join us on the outdoor patio for appetizers and a cash bar after touring gallery. Ages: 18 and above

Painting Locations

Over the course of the Prescott Plein Air Art Festival 14  Artists will be painting scenic Prescott Arizona from many of the locations below. While we may not know the precise location of the artists we will be posting to our Facebook the locations that we know artists are painting on each day as the information comes to us.  

If you encounter a participating artist please be courteous and mindful to keep a respectful distance as we are still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Goldwater Lake

Sitting at nearly 6000′ in the Ponderosa Pine forests of the Bradshaw Mountains Goldwater Lake offers the scenic vistas of a mountain lake only a few miles from the center of Prescott.

Map Location

Watson & Willow Lakes

Watson and Willow lakes attract birds from miles around to it’s riparian and aquatic habitats. Pair the abundance of birds with the drama of the adjacent Granite Dells and this duo of lakes provide plenty to see.

Watson Lake Parking

Willow Lake Parking

Granite Dells

One of Prescott AZ’s treasures has to be the Granite Dells.  A little over 4 miles North of downtown Prescott, the Dells offer unique granite rock formations, 2 small lakes, and miles upon miles of trails.

Granite Dells Parking

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain features beautiful white fine-grained granite and many wonderful routes in a high desert wilderness area. With plenty of rocky features and beautiful natural lines Granite Mountain is one of the most majestic landmarks in the region.

Granite Mountain Trailhead

The Highlands Center for Natural History

Located in the Prescott National Forest just North of Lynx Lake the Highlands Center for Natural History offers miles of trails and a 5 acres of gardens planted with native and region plants.

Highlands Center Location

Lynx Lake

Lynx Lake is located in the Bradshaw Mountains and  one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona. Mild weather, the cool ponderosa pine forest, trout fishing, boating, mountain hiking, horseback riding, archaeological sites, and bird watching attract visitors from throughout Arizona.

Lynx Lake Parking

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