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. 40 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. Relax with great music and food at our sunset concert* and paint out.  View presentations by the festival judge, award winning artists, and knowledgeable collectors. View fresh paintings at our Collector's Preview Gala Auction.* Children can try painting plein air during our Kid's Paint, Saturday, July 31. Be at the heart of festival excitement during the Quick Paint competition. Vote for your favorite artists at our Open Door Reception. 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, 2021
5:00 - 7:30PM
Welcome Dinner
Palette Pass Exclusive
Meet the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival artists at this fun and informal event, featuring a Midwestern picnic, and live music on the grounds of Peninsula School of Art.
JULY 26, 2021
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public.
Peninsula Players Theatre and Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek.
2:00 - 4:00PM
Tea and Talk with the Artists
Palette Pass Exclusive
Join us for a light tea and an opportunity to meet the new artists of the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival at Fine Line Designs Gallery, Ephraim.
July 27, 2021
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
The Farm and The Garden Door, Sturgeon Bay
July 28, 2021
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
Woodwalk Gallery and Plum Bottom Gallery, Egg Harbor
6:30PM - Dark
Sunset and Nocturne Paint Out
Free to the public
Featured Festival Artists paint throughout Fish Creek's waterfront and downtown.
Art & All that Jazz
Tickets $30 | Free for Palette Pass holders
Meet the artists, swing to live jazz, sip champagne and sample a section of french-inspired hors d'oeuvres and cheeses at Clark Park, Fish Creek.
July 29, 2021
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
Door County Brewing Company, Baileys Harbor and The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim
3:00 - 4:00PM
Lecture with the Festival Judge
Tickets $10 | Free for Palette Pass holders
Join the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival for an informative talk on the art of plein air painting. Pre-registration is 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 Gala.
5:00 - 6:30PM
Collector's Preview
Palette Pass Exclusive
The most desirable benefit, exclusively for Palette Pass holders. Enjoy an hour in our gallery to purchase paintings before Gala ticket holders arrive. Passed hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast.
6:30 - 9:00PM
Gala Auction
Tickets $55 | Free for Palette Pass holders
Hors d’oeuvres, wine, music, desserts, plus fresh paintings from each of our Door County Plein Air Festival Featured Artists. Paintings, sold by silent auction, are ready to go home when you are. (Ticket does not include Collector’s Preview).
July 31, 2021
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Gallery Open
Free to the public
PenArt's gallery is open throughout the day for viewing and purchase of works created by the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival Featured Artists.
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Quick Paint and Live Auction
Free to the public | Lunch included for Palette Pass holders
Watch Featured Artists complete a painting from start to finish during the fast-paced Quick Paint. Live auction of the Featured Artists paintings begins at noon under the tent at Waterfront Park. No pre-registration required to bid on paintings. Rain or shine under the event tent at the Waterfront Park, Sister Bay.
9:00 - 11:00AM
Dockside Quick Paint
$30 to register to paint | Free and open to the public
Presented in partnership with the Hardy Gallery. All artists are invited to paint outdoors, alongside the Festival's Featured Artists during the Dockside Quick Paint. Ballots will be cast at the Open Door Celebration to select the winners of the Dockside Quick Paint. Over $2,500 in art supply awards sponsored by The Artists Guild, Sturgeon Bay.
9:00 - 11:00AM
Kids' Paint
$5 per child | No pre-registration
Kids can join in the excitement of the Quick Paint too. The fee includes their supplies and a little assistance in getting started for this drop-in family event. Pre-registration not required.
6:00 - 8:00PM
Open Door Reception
Free and open to the public | Cash bar | Free for Palette Pass holders
An evening to be enjoyed by all. Free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages and wine sold by the glass. View and purchase artworks from featured Festival Artists, as well as artists participating in the Dockside QuickPaint.

Tickets on Sale January 2021