Plein Air Event

Say goodbye to the studio and get outdoors.

Sunday, June 4th, 2023
5:00 PM
Registration Deadline: May 26th, 2023

En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act leaving behind the four walls of a studio in favor of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.

Plein Air is a Clinton County Art Council program dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of the freedom of painting “en plein air” while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share creative endeavors with collectors and the public.

Registration for this two-dimensional art event is open to all artists, high school students and older. Media choices include: oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, pastels, charcoal or pencil and mixed media. The exhibition remains on view and available for sale through June 1, 2022 in the Art and Soul Gallery in Downtown Saint Johns, MI. 

The 4th Annual Art & Soul Gallery Plein Air Event has wrapped up!

A huge thank you to the many wonderful artists who participated in our event this year. We were thrilled to see the beautiful art you all have created! 


A special thanks to our 2023 judges!

Megen Hurst – Owner of Oh MI Organics and Graphic Designer
Susan McGinnis Hardie – LCC Professor and Traditional Artist
Marshelia Williams – Mixed Media Artist and Art Teacher

Our 2023 Winners!

Best in Show: “Tug No More” by Mary Hertler Tallman

11 x 14 Pastel

Best in Emerging Artist: “Oaken Vacancy” by Susan Mahoney

8 x 10 Watercolor Painting

Best in Advanced Artist: “Cool Shadows on a Hot Day” by Susan Fernholz

9 x 12 Oil Painting