Historic Event for Artists to Take Place in Santa Fe, Will Break World Record for Most Painters Painting Together in a Single Location

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Over 1,000 artists from around the world will converge to paint the landscape in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the 7th annual Plein Air Convention, created by PleinAir magazine. At the event, artists will attend indoor instruction sessions with a large faculty of some of the world’s best landscape painters, then paint together outdoors each day and break the world record for the most plein air painters painting simultaneously in one place at one time.

Over 1,000 artists from around the world will converge to paint the landscape in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the 7th annual Plein Air Convention, created by PleinAir magazine. The event 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 attend indoor instruction sessions with a large faculty of some of the world’s best landscape painters. They will then paint together outdoors each day, and will break the world record for the most plein air painters painting simultaneously in one place at one time. The earlier world record was broken at last year’s event, in San Diego, California.

Painting locations in and around Santa Fe will be announced during the 2018 convention and will be available to all registered attendees.

The convention will provide four different stages, focused on oil painting instruction as well as water media, pastel, acrylic, and urban sketching. There will be dozens of live demonstrations, critique sessions, and specialty sessions focused on specific painting challenges. All sessions and all painting will be available for a flat fee to attendees, with no separate fees other than for a pre-convention workshop with well known artist Kevin Macpherson and a beginners’ plein air basics course.

The convention has a faculty of 70 of the world’s top artists on its stages, and faculty members will also paint outdoors with attendees. The convention also provides “field painters,” top instructors who will roam around and assist people who are painting based on what they learned during instructional sessions earlier in the day.

Each morning will include art marketing sessions for all artists registered for the convention. These sessions are newly created each year to help artists determine the most effective ways to market their art.

Faculty includes:
Joe Anna Arnett
Drew Bandish
Cindy Baron
Stefan Baumann
Brenda Boylan
Brienne M. Brown
Alvaro Castagnet
Tom Christopher
William Davidson
Christine Debrosky
Karl Dempwolf
Mark Fehlman
Richard E. Gallego
Susan Nicholas Gephart
Lynn Gertenbach
Joe Gyurcsak
Albert Handell
Michael Holter
Timothy Horn
Kathleen Hudson
Jane Hunt
Charlie Hunter
Shelby Keefe
Thomas Kegler
Steve Kennedy
Thomas Jefferson Kitts
David A Leffel
Molly Lipsher
Kyle Ma
John MacDonald
Carol Marine
Daniel Marshall
Sherrie A. McGraw
Lori McNee
Kevin Macpherson
Nancie King Mertz
Eric Michaels
Dan Mondloch
Kathie Odom
Michael Orwick
Dena Peterson
Camille Przewodek
Doreen St. John
Kathryn Stats
Jean Stern
Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Susiehyer
Nancy Tankersley
Clive Tyler
Stewart White
Charles White
Rick Wilson
Sarah Yeoman

An art show of plein air paintings featuring the faculty and many of the attendees will be held on April 17 and 18 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort; the show and sale is open to the public from the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The show will feature plein air and studio paintings from more than 150 different artists.

An Expo Hall of art supplies is also a big part of the event. It contains 35 booths selling paints, canvases, easels, lighting, frames, and other art-related materials. The Expo Hall is open to the public on April 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The convention is expecting about 1,000 painters from around the globe and has already sold out the Buffalo Thunder host hotel and one other. The convention itself is almost sold out, so local artists wishing to attend should go here to learn more: http://www.pleinairconvention.com.

PleinAir magazine is the top-selling art publication on Barnes & Noble newsstands nationwide and features landscape and plein air artists and articles for art collectors and artists.

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