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Door County Plein Air Festival

Fish Creek
  • Wisconsin artist,Tom Nachreiner, paints a a marine landscape as a crowd gathers on a dock in Sister Bay to watch him at work.

    Wisconsin artist,Tom Nachreiner, paints a a marine landscape as a crowd gathers on a dock in Sister Bay to watch him at work.
  • Festival artist Doug Braithwaite, of Utah, puts the finishing touches on his marine landscape.

    Festival artist Doug Braithwaite, of Utah, puts the finishing touches on his marine landscape.
  • 2013 featured artist, James Richards, of Georgia, paints the scenery around Sister Bay Waterfront Park.

    2013 featured artist, James Richards, of Georgia, paints the scenery around Sister Bay Waterfront Park.

It’s natural that plein air (outdoor) artists would find the varied landscape of the Door County (WI) peninsula as muse and studio. Nestled in the area’s quaint harbor town of Fish Creek is the Peninsula School of Art. For the eighth year, the School has invited 40 renowned painters from the US and points beyond to participate in the Door County Plein Air Festival. Beginning July 21, the first week of the festival offers attendees many opportunities to witness the completion of a masterwork from start to finish. One of the festival highlights is the Quick Paint competition, on Saturday, July 26. Featured artist’s paintings are completed in less than 2 hours and are auctioned off live at noon in the center of Fish Creek. Other artists may register to compete in a public portion of the Quick Paint (the Dockside Paint-Out) to win a spot as a featured artist in the following year’s festival. The artists’ events close with the public Open Door Celebration reception that evening, with the announcement of awards. A selection of the artists’ works remains on display for sale until August 16.

Free Admission

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