Historic Event for Artists to Take Place in Tucson

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Close to 1,000 artists will gather in Tucson April 15-19 at the El Conquistador Resort for the Plein Air Convention, a gathering of outdoor painters. The artists will paint together each day and will break the world’s record for the most plein air painters painting simultaneously in one place at one time.

Close to 1,000 artists will gather in Tucson April 15-19 at the El Conquistador Resort. The event, called the Plein Air Convention, is a gathering of outdoor painters, commonly referred to as “plein air painters” based on the French term en plein air, which has come to mean painting outdoors.

The artists will paint together each day and will break the world’s record for the most plein air painters painting simultaneously in one place at one time. The earlier world’s record was broken at last year’s event in Monterey, when there were 800 painters. Tucson will be the home of the new world record, with about 950-1,000 painters.

Painting locations include the El Conquistador Resort, Old Tucson Movie Studios, Catalina State Park, and Picacho State Park.

Painters will attend indoor painting instruction sessions each day, via four different stages focused on water media, pastel, oil painting and urban sketching. The convention has a faculty of 70 of the world’s top artists on its stages, and faculty members will also paint outdoors, instructing others and working with them on their paintings.

An art show featuring the faculty and many of the attendees will be held on April 16 and 17 at the El Conquistador; the show and sale is open to the public from the hours of 8am to 9pm. The show will feature plein air and studio paintings from over 150 different artists.

An expo hall of art supplies is also a big part of the event. It contains 35 booths selling art supplies, paints, canvas, easels, lighting, frames, and other art-related materials. The expo hall is open to the public on April 16 and 17 from 8am to 4 pm.

Though the convention is sold out, local artists wishing to attend should check at the registration desk in case a seat has opened up. More can be learned at http://www.pleinairconvention.com.

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