August 14-20 – Artists converge on picturesque Dexter Michigan to paint ‘en plein air.’

Every summer since 2013, under the curious and watchful eye of the public, local and visiting artists paint for four days in and around Dexter.

The festival culminates with a three-day exhibit and art sale of all competition artwork in the Tent Gallery in Monument Park.

Activities include a friendly competition for professional and emerging artists, a quick-draw painting competition and artwork sale, and other fun events announced on the Schedule of Events and Festival Overview.

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Plein Air Competitions

Four days of painting outdoors is a fun and challenging way to push yourself as an artist. For those visiting Dexter, expect to see artists with easels inside and outside of town.

Check out the artist’s guide to learn more about participating and the registration page if you’ve already decided.

See the plein air and quick draw entry information pages for details on each competition.

Plein Air Competition Awards

Artists produce and submit up to 3 paintings within 4 days.

Professional Artists (Juried Event) Emerging Artists
$1000 First Prize Award $500 First Prize Award
$750 Second Prize Award $350 Second Prize Award
$500 Third Prize Award $250 Third Prize Award

Quick Draw Competition Awards

Artists produce one drawing or painting in 3 hours.

Professional or Emerging Artists
$250 First Prize Award
$150 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize

Artist’s Choice Award

Artists vote on their favorite painting of the festival

Professional or Emerging Artists
$100 in artist supplies
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