About the Festival

Events: July 25-31, 2021
Exhibition through August 14, 2021

The Door County Plein Air Festival presented by Peninsula School of Art celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting with some of the finest painters from across the country. 34 artists will put brush to canvas, capturing the summer light over the waters and fields of Door County, Wisconsin. Painting from life and the landscape has long been a Door County tradition, and one that has endured evolving styles. The festival’s painters bring a fresh eye to the changing lights and colors, and a variety of styles that draw from the rich traditions of plein air painting.



Free & Ticketed Events Throughout the Week.

Listen and learn from daily artist demonstrations. Tour local partner galleries as artists paint on site. Grab a drink and stroll Sister Bay's waterfront to watch the artists in action at the sunset paint out.  View presentations by the festival judge, award winning artists, and knowledgeable collectors. View fresh paintings at our Collector's Preview.* Children can try painting plein air during our Kid's Paint, Saturday, July 31. Watch as the artists paint the town in Fish Creek, join us for a socially-distanced silent auction and take home an original piece of fine art.

*Denotes ticketed events, otherwise all are free and open to the public.

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Schedule of Events

July 25 - 31, 2021

JULY 25, 2021
10:00AM - 5:00PM
Small Works Showcase & Sale
View the 2021 Small Works Showcase on the grounds of PenArt. Put your name in the hat to purchase one these small gems by the 2021 invited artists. Palette Pass holders may pick up their badges and welcome bags.
JULY 26, 2021
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public.
Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek and Lautenbach's Orchard Country Winery, Fish Creek
2:00 - 4:00PM
Tea and Talk with the Artists
Palette Pass Exclusive
Join us for a beverage and treat on the PenArt campus. Meet the new 2021 invited artists during an intimate Q&A.
July 27, 2021
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
The Farm, Sturgeon Bay, and The Garden Door – UW Extension Gardens, Sturgeon Bay
6:00PM - Dark
Sip and Stroll Sunset Paint Out
Free to the public - Special Palette Pass offerings
Grab a drink and stroll Sister Bay’s waterfront and downtown to see all 2021 invited artists paint on location. All artists will bring their completed paintings to the lawn of the Dorr Hotel for viewing.
July 28, 2021
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, and Plum Bottom Gallery, Egg Harbor
July 29, 2021
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, and DC Brewing Co, Baileys Harbor
3:00 - 4:00PM
Lecture with the Festival Judge
Tickets $10 | Free for Palette Pass holders
Join the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival Judge Kelly Kane, editor-in-chief of PleinAir Magazine for an informative talk on the art of plein air painting. Limited outdoor seating. Pre-registration suggested.
July 30, 2021
All Day
Gallery Closed
No public viewing
PenArt's gallery is closed during the day in preparation for Friday evening's Collector's Preview.
5:00 - 8:30PM
Collector's Preview
Palette Pass Exclusive
Enjoy a socially-distanced evening with food, beverage and live music; small group viewings of the Festival works; and the opportunity to purchase paintings via silent auction before the public opening on Saturday. SOLD OUT
July 31, 2021
9:00 - 11:00AM
Quick Paint
Free to the public
Watch the 2021 invited artists complete a painting from start to finish during the fast-paced Quick Paint along the streets and shoreline of Fish Creek.
Kids' Paint
Free | First Come - First Serve
Kids can join in the excitement of the Quick Paint too! Stop by PenArt to pick up your grab-n-go art kit and share your results in our newly completed children’s gallery.
Noon - 6:00PM
Open Door Celebration
Free to the public - Priority viewing for Palette Pass holders
We’re throwing open the doors on our newly renovated campus! View fresh works in the gallery, tour the campus, enjoy an ice cream treat and take home a piece of Door County on canvas. All works for sale.
Noon - 2:00PM
Quick Paint Silent Auction
Free to the Public
View the results of the morning’s Quick Paint in Fish Creek and bid to purchase a painting via silent auction.

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