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Plein Air Grand Marais

September 6 - September 13

Plein Air

Plein Air Grand Marais

An annual tradition that has brought outdoor painters to Lake Superior’s North Shore and the community of Grand Marais for fifteen years. Starting in 2018, Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will collaborate with the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in Grand Marais to continue the event and expand its scope, with workshops, demos and daily activities to engage painters, visitors, and community members of Grand Marais.


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September 14-October 7 2018 Exhibition:

A culminating exhibit of work by our competition artists will be hung at the Jonson Heritage Post Gallery. All work will have been painted on-site during the competition week.

Social Hours

Join the over 75 artists for social hours after the long day of painting has finished!

  • Monday, September 10th | 6:30pm | Voyageur Brewing Company
  • Tuesday, September 11th | 6:30pm | Naniboujou Lodge

Mini Workshops

All are welcome (including our competition artists) to attend out mini-workshops during the week of competition. Watch, learn, and get inspired! 13 three-hour workshops will be held Saturday-Thursday of competition week and will cover oil, watercolor, pastel, gouache, techniques, nocturnes, and more!

Saturday, Sept. 8, Morning: Dave Gilsvik
Mastery Through Repetition: Improve your paintings by starting with quick, small warm-up sketches.

Saturday, Sept. 8, Afternoon:
Richard Abraham Rocks, Rhythm and Form: A demonstration in designing from nature.

Sunday, Sept. 9, Morning: Michele Combs
Beautiful Shapes and Dancing Colors: Capturing light with color and value.

Sunday, Sept. 9, Afternoon: Lisa Stauffer
Mixed Media Magic: Create a luminous glow with the textured opacity of pastel over transparent watercolor.

Sunday, Sept. 9, Evening: Neil Sherman
Art of the Nocturne: Ways of utilizing value and shape for compelling night paintings.

Monday, Sept. 10, Morning: Sue Wipf
Beauty in the Landscape: Paint what you find beautiful or compelling by using composition, values and color.

Monday, Sept. 10, Afternoon: Tom McGregor
Linear and Atmospheric Perspective: Everything looks the way it does for a reason.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, Morning: Cynthia Kath
Great Starts in Pastel: Establish your composition, values, and light effects from the very beginning.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, Afternoon: Dan Mondloch
The Charm of Watercolor: Tips and shortcuts to capture the beauty of everyday scenes.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, Evening: Carl Bretzke
Night Light: Learn Carl’s approach to capturing artificial light effects at night. Donuts included.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, Morning: Bob Upton
Gouache Demo: Learn to layer color quickly with the perfect sketching medium for travel.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, Afternoon: Kami Mendlik
Color Relativity in the Landscape: Simplify shapes by seeing them as one color relative to another.

Thursday, Sept. 13, Morning: Matt Kania
Many Ways to Start and Finish: Avoid formulas and try a variety of techniques to start and finish your painting.