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San Angelo: EnPleinAirTexas 2018

October 20, 2018 (All day) to October 28, 2018 (All day)
En Plein Air, a French term for "in the open air"

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts welcomes you and the top Plein Air artists in the world to San Angelo. The annual EnPleinAirTEXAS is one of the top  competitions in the country and attracts award-winning artist applicants from coast to coast and from outside the U.S. The artists are selected, and the competition is judged, by nationally respected jurors and judges in the field of art.

In the mid-1800’s, Impressionist artists began painting on location, or ‘En Plein Air’ – a French term meaning ‘in the open air’.  Today, artists seek to capture that same intriguing light and shadow outdoors, and gather in ‘plein air’ events across the country, turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary works of art. 

This is an opportunity to watch over the shoulders and meet some of the best and friendliest out door painters around. Visitors are wowed and entertained with a host of colorful events and special opportunities to meet and interact with the artists. 

  • Stroll the International Water Lily Gardens among the artists painting on site
  • Watch and learn at free artists talks and demonstrations
  • Be the first to see and purchase one of the week’s paintings (more than 275) at the Art Collectors STAMPEDE*!
  • Come watch for free or PAINT in the Open ‘Quick Draw’ ($10 registration for artists) held this year at the San Angelo Fairgrounds!
  • Watch as these award-winning artists from across the country try to capture the action of the top cowboy ropers in the world at the 64th Annual San Angelo Roping Fiesta*!
  • Enjoy a genuine Chuck Wagon Breakfast* with the artists and view and purchase the paintings from the week in the free exhibit at Fort Concho. 
  • *denotes a ticketed event (check the website for details).

The paintings are exhibited and are for sale during the final weekend in the Quartermaster Building at Fort Concho, a National Historic Landmark built in 1868 and the first home of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. 

EnPleinAirTEXAS aspires to enhance the culture of San Angelo, giving us a prominent spot in the international plein air movement and showcasing SAN ANGELO as a national arts destination



  • San Angelo Museum of Fine Art
  • 1 Love Street
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • 76903



  • See website for special ticketed events.

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