PLEIN AIR in Clifton Springs

July 2022 Plein Air Workshop–hosted by Main Street Arts and taught by Cindy Harris

Main Street Arts is gearing up to present the second annual Plein Air in Clifton Springs event this Saturday, September 17. This rain or shine community event features artists painting in the historic and picturesque village of Clifton Springs, a free art-making event for kids, and will end with an outdoor exhibition and sale under the pavilion at John Brown Memorial Park. What does plein air mean? It’s the act of making a painting outdoors as opposed to painting in a studio.


“We are thrilled to host this event again this year, last year was our first and we had 21 participating artists. This year, we have over 30 artists who will be painting in the village and countryside of Clifton Springs!”— Bradley Butler, executive director and curator at Main Street Arts


Artwork made during the event will be available for purchase at the exhibition and sale in the park and will also be available on the Main Street Arts website for the week following the event. Cash awards will be announced during the exhibition and anyone who comes in to see the exhibition is invited to cast their vote for a “people’s choice” award!

Oil painting by Phyllis Bryce Ely, made during Plein Air in Clifton Springs 2021


Working within the theme of making art outdoors, children will also have the opportunity to make their own nature-inspired artworks. The children’s art making activities will be held at John Brown Memorial Park—located at 1 Spring Street, Clifton Springs—and will be free and open to the public. Led by Maria Galens, young artists will have the opportunity to try their hand at printmaking, collage, and painting all with natural materials like leaves, sticks, rocks, and bark. No registration needed for the children’s event.

Event Details:
9 a.m.–1 p.m. — Artists painting in and around the village of Clifton Springs
10 a.m.– 12 p.m. — Free children’s art making event in the park
2 –4 p.m. — Exhibition under the pavilion at John Brown Memorial Park

This year’s event is sponsored by Community Bank NA and artist awards have been sponsored by Warfield’s Restaurant, Sandy’s Floral Gallery, Sulfur Books, Clifton Springs Hardware, and Peirce and Main.

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