Largest Gathering of Impressionists Taking Place This Week

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More than 500 artists will gather in Las Vegas April 12-25 for the 1st Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, presented by PleinAir magazine publisher Streamline Publishing

More than 500 painters are expected to attend the 1st Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo in Las Vegas this week. This will be the largest gathering of impressionist plein air painters in history, and the first ever convention and expo of outdoor artists. The conference will take place at the Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

A worldwide resurgence in plein air painting led PleinAir magazine ( to create the Plein Air Convention and Expo ( Artists from North America, Russia, France, England, Ireland, Brazil, New Zealand, and other countries will gather from April 12-15. They will be painting en plein air at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain Ranch on Saturday, April 14, and at Bonnie Springs Old Nevada on Sunday, April 15.

The Plein Air Convention represents an unprecedented opportunity for painters to exchange ideas and learn from top artists. The gathering will include not just painting, but painting demonstrations and lectures from some of the world's top painters and top art historians.

Highlights include:
Richard Ormond, Art Historian
Richard Ormond, grand-nephew of John Singer Sargent, is the world’s foremost expert on Sargent. Ormond, formerly director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England, is an independent art historian living in London. He is the co-author of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton. Ormond will speak about Sargent’s plein air works and help viewers understand the mind of Sargent.

Jean Stern, Art Historian, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum
A recognized authority on California Impressionism, art historian Jean Stern has extensive experience in the field as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher.
He has been the executive director of the Irvine Museum since its inception in 1993, and has established a national presence for the Irvine Museum in the fields of California art and history through a noteworthy international series of books, exhibitions, lectures, articles, and video documentaries. He was a consultant to and appears in Impressions of California, a PBS documentary video series on art in California, and Plein Air: Painting the American Landscape, a 2007 PBS video series. Stern will present an art history session, "One Hundred Years of Plein Air."

Clyde Aspevig, Master Painter and Artist
Clyde Aspevig is considered by many to be the best living landscape painter in America. Aspevig has been honored with numerous awards, including the Autry National Center’s John J. Geraghty Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Masters of the American West. Aspevig will make a rare public appearance to conduct a lecture and painting demonstration.

Nikolai Dubovik, Russian Master and Member of the Moscow River School
Nikolai Dubovik is one of the finest instructors at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow and steeped in the Russian academic tradition. He is at the forefront of today's Russian plein air movement and has played a significant role in art history. For the first time, he has agreed to speak at a conference of artists and will show us how he paints in the Moscow River style.

Richard Robinson , New Zealand Artist
Award-winning and top-selling oil painter Richard Robinson lives and works in Ruakaka in Northland, New Zealand. His paintings are a response to this beautiful area and to the greater marvel that is New Zealand. Robinson has used the expanding technologies of new media to reach beyond his studio to an international community of students and collectors. He will present a painting demonstration.

John Wurdeman , Russian Art Expert
John Wurdeman is a collector of 19th- and 20th-century Russian Realist art and an expert on and advocate of the movement who has lectured at museums and universities. At the conference, Wurdeman will review Russian plein air and its significant role in art history.

Alexey Steele, Jeremy Lipking, and Tony Pro, Internationally Acclaimed Artists
Los Angeles-based Steele, Lipking, and Pro will do a triple painting demonstration at the convention. This promises to be a fun highlight not to missed.
And many others (view agenda at

PleinAir magazine Publisher B. Eric Rhoads will be offering an essential artist “Marketing Boot Camp” workshop in three morning sessions. All three sessions will present valuable tools for increasing art sales and laying the foundation for success.

About PleinAir magazine:
PleinAir™ is a bi-monthly print magazine, published by Streamline Publishing Inc. PleinAir has a strong following in the plein air community of collectors and painters and is nationally distributed on newsstands. The term “plein air” was first used to describe the approach of the 19th-century Impressionists, who often painted outdoors to take advantage of natural light. Today, there is a rapidly growing plein air movement encompassing tens of thousands of artists who paint on location and collectors who purchase these works. The magazine profiles artists and their techniques and can be viewed online at

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