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Plein Air Weekend

Artists from across Michigan and throughout the Midwest register to participate in this three-day annual fundraiser, which has become one of Michigan’s largest and most popular Paint Outs. The aim and challenge of the Plein Air Weekend are to “capture the moment”, working quickly to complete a painting. All 2-D works must be initiated and finished on the same day, rain or shine. The artists return to GAAC in the late afternoon to enter their work in the judged exhibit in which the public is invited to attend. Plein air painting refers to the technique of painting out-of-doors which was popularized by the French Impressionists in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

2020 Plein Air Weekend: Thursday Sundowner

The Sundowner, an evening painting event, gets the Plein Air Weekend started on Thursday, July 30. The public is welcome to watch the artists in action.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

2020 Plein Air Weekend: Friday Quick Draw

On Friday, July 31, artists paint during the Quick Draw. The public is welcome to watch the artists in action.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

2020 Plein Air Weekend: Saturday Paint Out

The weekend’s culminating event, the Paint Out Sale on Saturday, August 1, features work by artists who registered early to be included in this all-day painting event.

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