2021 Plein Air Art Festival

Magnuson Park Gallery is excited to announce our 1st Plein Air Art Festival!

What is Plein Air? And Why a Festival?

There’s something magical about Plein Air art. Have you ever wanted to capture the magic of a moment? Nowadays most of us have a phone in our pocket, but a Plein Air artist has only minutes to sketch and transpose the essence of that moment onto the canvas. A great artist can capture the light and movement at the precise time, bringing that moment to life, as no other style can. Essentially, Plein Air is poetry for your eyes.  


"Plein Air" art find its origins in the French expression "in the open air"and was a movement of artists from their studios to the outdoors. After a year of COVID, we at the Magnuson Park Gallery have been drawn to the magic and healing capability of nature and want to encourage everyone to find beauty and be creative outdoors. Magnuson Park has been a safe haven for many us and our families in these crazy times and we wanted to share the best of the NW Plein Air painting with you. 


This May through July, the Gallery will be showcasing all things Plein Air for you to enjoy. Check out what there is to see below!

Call For Art!

Now that you know how to create Plein Air art, submit your work to the Gallery in our open call for our upcoming exhibition, Plein Air Views of Washington, opening this June. We want to showcase the beauty of outdoors as it was captured on site and in nature! Open to all members of the community, of all ages!

Submission deadline: May 30th, 2021 (11:59 pm)

For more specific details on how to submit your work, click HERE.


To submit/questions? Email: jessica@spaceatmagnuson.org 


Plein Air Views of Washington

Community artist exhibition, opening mid-June!


This will be a physical, in-person exhibition as well as virtual. The Gallery will be open by appointment only, and will be following all county Covid-19 regulation. Appointments will be available Monday - Friday, 11am - 5pm. To schedule an appointment, email: jessica@spaceatmagnuson.org


To submit your work, see "Call for Art" section above. Deadline May 30th, 2021.

Learn from the Artists

The Gallery will be hosting FREE virtual Plein Air art demonstrations during the month of May! Learn alongside the artists as they show you the ins and outs of various Plein Air art techniques.

Demo Schedule:

Saturday, May 8th @2-3pm


Sunday, May 16th @3-4pm

  • Artist: Kelsey Nollette

  • Medium: Ink, nature journaling

  • Artist website - kelseynollette.com


Saturday, May 22nd @2-3pm


Sunday, May 30th @2-3pm

Saturday, June 5th @5-6pm

  • Artist: To be announced Tuesday May 11th

  • Medium: Oil


To register fill out the form below.


Questions, email: Jessica Heide, jessica@spaceatmagnuson.org 

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