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. 


1st Place – Best in Show 
David Youngman “The Old Pennies Store”

2nd Place
Lisabeth Curnow “Forgotten Long ago”

3rd Place
James Smania “St. Johns Brewery”

Susan Fernholz
Susan Mahoney
Andrea Czarnik
Kelley Shirkey
Debra Macarty
Nanette Mathe

A special thanks to our 2022 judges!

Charli Langlois – Owner of Inkcraft Tattoo
Kjersten Offenbecker – Owner of The Nordic Pineapple
Mary Ablao – Owner of Studio Retreat and Art Gallery

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