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Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival

- 2020 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival -

August 19 - 22, 2020

The Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival is a four-day plein air painting event. It takes place in the beautiful mountainous area surrounding the town of Blowing Rock in western North Carolina.  Its aim is to bring painters together from around the world to paint outside in the fresh air while getting to know each other and sharing their work. The event prompts applicants to explore the unique Blowing Rock architecture, spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views, and overall Appalachian feel of one of the most scenic areas in the country. 

After four days of painting "en plein air," painters are invited to display their completed works at the "Wet Paint" Art Show & Sale on Saturday afternoon, August 22nd. Collectors and the public are invited to attend this impressive display of Plein Air paintings to both view and purchase the unique works that highlight the incredible beauty of the High Country. 

All submitted art to the art show will be entered into a judged plein air painting competition. Awards will be given in two categories, professional and novice.

Featured Artists

We're delighted to showcase these well-known artists who will be participating in the 2020 Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival. We can't wait to see their completed fresh works in the Wet Paint Sale on August 22nd!

Festival Details & Useful Links


Special Thanks to Our 2020 Plein Air Festival Sponsors

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contact Jennifer Garonzik with sponsorship questions

- Previous Plein Air Festivals -

- Photos from 2019 Plein Air -

(view full photo album here)