Morro Bay Plein Air Festival

The Morro Bay Plein Air Festival is open to professional and non-professional artists of all skill levels. We invite the public to watch the art evolve before their eyes, to participate in the evening activities and to purchase beautiful wet paint art pieces in Silent and Live Auction fun.

Art Center Morro Bay, Morro Bay Tourism and Inn at Morro Bay have joined forces! We are proud to present the inaugural Morro Bay Plein Air Festival, scheduled for April 13 – 16, 2020.


There are many ways to participate. Watch ART DEMONSTRATIONS, take the 2-DAY WORKSHOP, register to participate in the all-day PAINT OUT, enter a QUICK DRAW CONTEST, attend a VIP PARTY with silent and live auctions!


There will be awards and ribbons for PAINT OUT and QUICK DRAW participants, silent and live auctions.


What is Plein Air?  Plein Air means leaving the four walls of an indoor studio and painting in the wide-open outdoors. This style of painting was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists with their desire to paint light and its ever-changing ephemeral qualities. This allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” 


FREE: Plein Air Art Demonstration with International Artist & Instructor Guido Frick April 13, 2020, 3-5 pmDon’t miss this art demonstration by international artist, Guido Frick at Art Center Morro Bay. Born in Konstanz, Germany, Frick studied art in Prague Czechoslovakia. Frick teaches his Impressionistic style throughout Europe and the western United States. Capturing the mood with oil and watercolor he approaches each subject with bold and vigorous brushwork, using brilliant color. This event is free and open to the public.
Workshop: Plein Air Still Life and Landscape, with Guido Frick  April 14 & 15, 2020 
Day 1: Students will work on a still-life of choice, while painting outdoors to capture the complexity of color working in sunlight. There will be an introduction and theoretical instruction followed by a demo, then students will paint.
Day 2: Students will paint a plein air landscape at a specified location in Morro Bay. A full landscape demo will be provided. Guido Frick will circulate giving personal instruction. At the end of each session he will critique your work and give individual ideas and personalized help. 


Register for PAINT OUT April 16, 2020, 8 am – 2 pm
Spend the day at the plein air PAINT OUT, starting with a continental breakfast at Art Center Morro Bay. Registered painters will get their canvas stamped, pick up a swag bag, enjoy breakfast and head off to designated locations throughout Morro Bay to paint “en plein air” until 2 pm, when the party moves to the Inn at Morro Bay located in Morro Bay State Park where the framed, wet paintings will be turned in by 3pm for judging, awards and a silent auction. 


VIP Party, Quick Draw, PAINT OUT Awards, and Silent & Live Auctions at the Inn at Morro BayApril 16, 2020 4 – 8:30 pm 


The VIP Party kicks this afternoon off with live music, wine and light refreshments along with a sneak peek and silent auction pre-bids of completed PAINT OUT works. Then this party rolls right into a Quick Draw competition throughout the elegant Inn at Morro Bay. Painters will set-up in various pre-selected locations. From there, the excitement continues with awards, prizes and a live auction of the Quick Draw works of art. Don’t miss this fun event! Pre-registration is required for the Quick draw and recommended for all other events.

For more information please visit www.morrobaypleinairfestival.org
Art Center Morro Bay: (805) 772-2504