Prescott Plein Air Art Festival

Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes

The Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH) and the City of Prescott are proud to present the second annual Prescott Plein Air Art Festival October 21-24, 2021. Artists participating in this plein air event will showcase Prescott’s landscape, historical and architectural beauty in their works.

The Prescott Plein Air Art Festival Art Sale and Reception

Sunday October 24th, The FINN at Touchmark at the Ranch

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

 

  • View the paintings from the 2021 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

AND

THEN

  • 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 Wayne Wright
  • Cash Bar – Wine and Beer
  • Non alcoholic beverages also available
  • Free  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. Guests are invited to join us on the outdoor patio for appetizers and a cash bar after touring gallery. Ages: 18 and above

Schedule of Events

Pre Festival Events

Date

Time

Event

Locations

Sunday, August 22

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Bill Cramer & Joyce Nelson

Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, August 29

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Cindy Carrillo

Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, September 5

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Cathy Krieger

Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, September 12

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Eric Slayton

Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, September 19

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist In the Gardens
Featuring Maryhelen Ewing & Harold Nelson

Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, September 26

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Dorothy Ray

Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, October 10

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist In the Gardens
Featuring Walt Anderson

Highlands Center for Natural History

Prescott Plein Air Festival Events

Date

Time

Event

Locations

Thursday, October 21

Demonstration Painting

8:00 – 11:00 AM

Bill Cramer & Joyce Nelson

Constellation Trailhead

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Maryhelen Ewing, Cindy Carrillo, Walt Anderson

Constellation Trailhead

Friday, October 22

Demonstration Painting

8:00 – 11:00 AM

Dawn Sutherland

Goldwater Lake

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Lynn Heil

Goldwater Lake

Saturday, October 23

Demonstration Painting

8:00 – 11:00 AM

Russell Johnson & Tom Conner

Watson Lake Gazebo

2:00 – 4:00 PM

TBD

Watson Lake Gazebo

Sunday, October 24

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Public Reception and Sale

The Finn at Touchmark at the Ranch

Friday, October 29

5:30 pm

Opening Reception

The Phippen Museum

October 30 – November 28

Post Event Exhibit & Sale

The Phippen Museum

Schedule of Events

Pre Festival Events

Sunday, August 22
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Bill Cramer & Joyce Nelson

Location: Highlands Center for Natural History

 Sunday, August 29
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Cindy Carrillo

Location: Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, September 5
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Cathy Kreiger

Location: Highlands Center for Natural History

 

Sunday, September 12
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Eric Slayton

Location: Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, September 19
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist In the Gardens
Featuring Maryhelen Ewing

Location: Highlands Center for Natural History

 

Sunday, September 26
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist in the Gardens
Featuring Dorothy Ray

Location: Highlands Center for Natural History

Sunday, October 10
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Artist In the Gardens
Featuring Walt Anderson

Location: Highlands Center for Natural History

Prescott Plein Air Festival Events

Thursday, October 21
Demonstration Paintings
Constellation Trailhead

8:00 – 11:00 AM
Bill Cramer & Joyce Nelson

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Maryhelen Ewing, Cindy Carrillo, Walt Anderson

Friday, October 22
Demonstration Paintings
Goldwater Lake

8:00 – 11:00 AM
Dawn Sutherland

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lynn Heil

Saturday, October 23
Demonstration Painting

Watson Lake Gazebo

8:00 – 11:00 AM
Russell Johnson & Tom Conner

2:00 – 4:00 PM
TBD

Sunday, October 24
Public Reception and Sale
The Finn at Touchmark at the Ranch

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Demonstration Painting and Activities - Meet the Artists!

Each festival day, at the outdoor locations listed below, there will be free painting demonstrations by professional plein air artists, hands-on activities for all ages, and informative displays. you are welcome to come observe, participate and talk with the artists.

 

Constellations Trailhead – Thursday, Oct 21, 8am – 5pm
Goldwater Lake Ramada – Friday, Oct 22, 8am – 5pm
Watson Lake Gazebo – Saturday, Oct 23, 8am – 5pm

 

Watson Lake

Watson 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 lakes provide plenty to see.

Watson Lake Parking

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

Granite Dells Constellation Trail

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. The Constellation trail offers quick access to these fantastic formations.

Constellation Trail Parking

Plein Air Painting Workshop

Join plein air artist Gretchen Lopez to learn to capture the natural light and beauty of the Prescott Highland Center’s trails and gardens, in a three-day plein air workshop! The Center exemplifies nature at its best, with careful preservation and an adherence to the history of the Highlands.

This workshop has concluded. Check back next year if you’re interested.

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