About Plein Air Roanoke 2021

Call To all Plein Air Artists!

Plein Air Roanoke & The Little Gallery is delighted to announce the 2nd Plein Air Roanoke – May 17 – 22, 2021. A wonderful opportunity to paint or watch some of the best painters from across the country paint Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Landscape. Here are more details!

Plein Air Roanoke is an annual event to encourage outdoor painting for all ages! 

Painting Workshop with Mary Garrish!

This year the event kicks off with nationally recognized plein air artist, Mary Garrish giving a Workshop, on Sunday, MAY 16th and  Monday, 17th. You can reserve you workshop with Mary on our application form.

She will also be judging the plein air event on Friday, May 21st, 

Mary Garrish was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1955 and served as the President of the American Impressionist Society for 2005-2007. Her major interest is Plein Air landscapes and other Representational Art. She paints annually around the world.

Mary has devoted intense study in both her studio and in regular workshop participation with many of the great landscape artists of this era. Her art hangs in galleries and private collections around the United States. Mary has been selected to participate in numerous national juried shows, and has had several one-woman shows at both galleries and museums.

Four great days of Paint Outs!

The Plein Air Roanoke  “Paint Outs” will be 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and will take place at different locations such as Taubman Museum, Mill Mountain, Gallery 202, Roanoke River Greenway, Carvins Cove, Keeley Healing Garden,  and the Historic Roanoke City Market to name a few! These dates will also have Nocturnes and Fast Paint/Quick Draw sessions!

Join us for cocktails at the Little Gallery, Downtown Roanoke!

The Little Gallery will be hosting a cocktail reception for both artists and visitors on Wednesday, May 19th at 6pm.

See for yourself and join the experience!

For six days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Roanoke City and Roanoke County. This is a unique opportunity to observe the talent and techniques behind the Plein Air tradition and to observe artists as they paint on location.

Art lovers and enthusiasts, mark your calendars to come see artists at work on Saturday, May 22nd, Watch plein air artists create new work throughout downtown Roanoke. You will be able to see their finished pieces at the 202 Gallery.

End of the week Sale, Awards Ceremony and Gala Celebration!

At the end of the week, join us for the Gala Celebration, 6 pm Friday, May 21st and cast your vote for the best painting at the Reception and Awards Ceremony. Enjoy and explore Historic Downtown Roanoke, Virginia while interacting with some of the most talented plein air painters. Tickets for the Gala Celebration can be ordered on our Event Application form.

The Gala will offer an opportunity to bid on paintings created during the event. In some cases these paintings will be show in their “wet state” in a separate room. There will be a “Bid Book” present to post bids. Here is more information about the bidding process.

An Open Sale on Saturday!

The Open Sale will be Saturday, May 22nd from 11 am to 3 pm at the 202 Gallery on the second floor at 206 Campbell Avenue, Downtown Roanoke. Participants will be present at the Gala and the Open Sale, except with prior arrangement.