Plein Air Painting Festival

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March 7
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The District
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Desert Ridge Marketplace is partnering with Arizona Business Communities for the Arts (azbca), to host the 3rd annual Plein Air Painting Festival! On March 7, Over twenty artists will take over The District to create paintings inspired by Desert Ridge Marketplace! Artists will compete for over $1600 in prizes and a chance to have their art featured at the property.

Enjoy interactive activities:

  • Create your own masterpiece with free drawing and painting workshops at The District Stage
  • Kids craft zones throughout The District
  • Interactive activities and games featuring Desert Ridge Marketplace retailers and restaurant
  • Vote for your favorites during People’s Choice Voting


Schedule of Events:

  • 9 AM – 3:30PM: Painting “en Plein Air”| Throughout The District
  • 11 AM – 3 PM: Kidzone Activities | The Splash Pad
  • 11 AM – 3PM: Stage Workshops
    • 11AM-12PM Introduction to Plein Air Landscapes: Led by Carrie Curran | An interactive workshop designed to help beginners get started painting ‘en plein air’. Instructor Carrie Curran will guide you through the basics—from materials and color mixing, to composition and painting techniques while demonstrating step-by-step as you draw your own outdoor landscape.
    • 12PM-1PM Design Your Own Urban Pop Art – Ignacio Garcia | The next big trend in the art world! Learn how to form lettering, shading techniques and use of color to express style and personal voice while creating individual works1PM-2PM
    • 1PM-2PM | Pencil Drawing, Butterflies in the Garden – Veronika Dreeva | The perfect workshop for beginners interested in drawing while seeing nature through an artistic perspective! In just 45 minutes attendees will be led, step by step through the development of a colorful pencil drawing from its initial stages to the finished work of art.
  • 12 PM – 1 PM: Youth Plein Air Painting Workshop (Registration Required)
  • 1:30 PM – 2 PM: Youth Plein Air Judging | The District Stage
  • No later than 3:30 PM, final art submission by artists | The District Stage
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Judging and People’s Choice Voting | The District Stage
  • 5:00 PM: Winners Announced | The District Stage

Youth Workshop:
Register for a free youth workshop offering a unique opportunity for young, student artists to create original painted artworks live and in the open air, while being provided hands-on guidance from professional artist instructors from the Scottsdale Artists School. The winner of the Youth Plein Air Workshop will receive a $100 prize and have the opportunity to become part of the official Desert Ridge Plein Air Gallery! Register HERE. Space is limited.


Artist Prizing: 

  • Best of Show – $750
  • Second Place – $500 award
  • Third Place – $250 award
  • First Place Youth Competition – $100
  • Second Place Youth Competition – $75
  • Third Place Youth Competition – $50
  • Peoples Choice and People’s Choice Youth Ribbons