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. 35 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

Additional events and details TBAA

SUNDAY
JULY 25, 2021
10:00AM - 5:00PM
Small Works Showcase
Palette Pass Exclusive
Pick up your Palette Pass badges and welcome bag. View the 2021 Small Works Showcase on the grounds of Peninsula School of Art. Put your name in the hat to purchase one these small gems by the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival artists.
MONDAY
JULY 26, 2021
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public.
Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek and TBA.
2:00 - 4:00PM
Tea and Talk with the Artists
Palette Pass Exclusive
Join us for a cold beverage and an opportunity to meet the new artists of the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival. Location TBA.
Tuesday
July 27, 2021
11:00AM-2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
Location TBA
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 Featured Festival Artists paint on location.
Wednesday
July 28, 2021
11:00AM-2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
Locations TBA
Thursday
July 29, 2021
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Artists Paint Door County
Free to the public
Locations TBA
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. Limited outdoor seating.
Friday
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 - 7:30PM
Collector's Preview
Palette Pass Exclusive
The most desirable benefit, exclusively for Palette Pass holders. Enjoy a socially-distanced evening on the grounds of PenArt, small group viewings of the Festival works, and an opportunity to purchase paintings before the public opening on Saturday.
Saturday
July 31, 2021
9:00 - 11:00AM
Quick Paint
Free to the public
Watch the 2021 Festival Artists complete a painting from start to finish during the fast-paced Quick Paint along the streets and shoreline of Fish Creek.
9:00AM
Kids' Paint
Free | First Come - First Serve
Kids can join in the excitement of the Quick Paint too. Stop by the Peninsula School of Art to pick up your grab-n-go art kit and share your results on social media. Pre-registration not required.
Noon - 6:00PM
Gallery Open & Silent Auction
Free to the public - Priority viewing for Palette Pass holders
PenArt's gallery is open throughout the day for small group viewing and an online silent auction of works created by the 2021 Door County Plein Air Festival Featured Artists.
Noon - 6:00PM
Quick Paint Sale
Free to the Public
View the results of the morning's Quick Paint in Fish Creek. Put your name in the hat to purchase one these fresh off the easel masterpieces. On the grounds of Peninsula School of Art.
 

Tickets on Sale Late Spring 2021