August 14-19 – 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 two-day exhibit and silent auction 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, a silent auction and artwork sale, and other events announced on the Schedule of Events.

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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.

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
$750 First Prize Award $250 First Prize Award
$500 Second Prize Award $150 Second Prize Award
$250 Third Prize Award $100 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

People’s Choice Award

Festival patrons vote on their favorite painting of the festival

Professional or Emerging Artists
$100 in artist supplies
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