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Plein Air Weekend Artist Information

Due to the coronavirus, the Plein Air Weekend has been cancelled. However, the GAAC will host an Artist Invitational and Virtual Auction. Watch for more information about this virtual event.

We invite you to join artists from across Michigan and throughout the Midwest for this three-day event, which has become one of Michigan’s largest and most popular Paint Outs.  Immerse yourself in the beauty of our local beaches, lakes, rivers, forests and farms.

The 2020 Plein Air Weekend is July 30, 31 and August 1. Online registration for the Saturday Paint will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 9:30 am. Be sure that you are on the GAAC email list for updates. Find the GAAC’s mailing list sign up page here: https://www.glenarborart.org/mailing-list-signup/


Sundowner (Thursday, July 30, 2020)

There is no limit to the number of participating artists and no advance registration. Register at the Glen Arbor Township Hall between 6 and 7 pm. Thursday and then find your perfect spot to paint. Paint as long as the light holds. Artists will return their work on Friday between 11 am – 1 pm. Our guest judge will award the cash prizes for this event at the Friday evening exhibit and sale. Artist registration fees: $20 GAAC Members / $25 Nonmembers


Quick Draw (Friday, July 31, 2020)

The 2020 theme for this popular, timed event is VILLAGE LIFE PAST AND PRESENT – iconic buildings and scenery in Glen Arbor, Empire, Glen Haven, and Port Oneida. Artists check-in at the Glen Arbor Township Hall between 11 am and 1 pm. Then leave for their chosen location to paint for 2 hours. Artists will return their works to the Township Hall by 3:45. Our guest judge will award the cash prizes for this event. Exhibit and sale begin at 5 p.m. Artist registration fees: $20 Members / $25 Nonmembers / $30 at the door.


Paint Out (Saturday, August 1, 2020)

Regular registration opens on a space-available basis only. The August 1 Paint Out is limited to 65 artists. Registration takes place on-line and continues until full. Artists may begin registering on-line at 9:30 am on March 18, 2020.  Want to become a GAAC member and enjoy discounted entry fees? See the the GAAC membership page. Artist registration fees: $30 GAAC members, $40 nonmembers.

If the registration for the Saturday Paint Out is full, don’t despair, you can sign up for the waiting list. We do our best to accommodate as many artists as possible on the waiting list. The fee includes a light supper for the artists and one admission to the reception sale. Artists may purchase additional admissions for guests to attend the reception sale. Purchasing admission starts in July.


Confirmation & Cancellation: You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your paid registration for all Plein Air Weekend events. For cancellations, you will receive a full refund (minus $10 processing fee) up to 14 days prior to the event date. There is no refund after that.

National Park Pass: required for painting within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm

Location: The Glen Arbor Town Hall is located at 6394 W. Western Avenue/M-22 in Glen Arbor.


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(Registration for the Quick Draw and Paint Out will start Wednesday, March 18 at 9:30am.)

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