Plein Air

In one week more than sixty artists paint throughout Cook County resulting in over 200 paintings of the iconic North Shore landscape. Art appreciators can connect with artists throughout the event at artist talks, planned paint-outs, and by visiting the plein air exhibition. View the 2017 Event Schedule here.

2017 Plein Air Juror: Kami Mendlik

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2016 Competition Winners:

Main Category
1st Place | Carl Bretzke, “Behind the Fish Dock”
2nd Place | Dan Mackerman, “Dingy Dance”
3rd Place | Bob Upton, “Sunny Surf”
Honorable Mention | Neil Sherman, “Thompson Falls”

Night Paint
Winner | Kathleen Wheeler, “Spinning Yarns”
Honorable Mention | David Gilsvik, “Back Door Holiday Gas”

Quick Paint 
Winner | Sue Wipf, “90 Minutes on Ancient Rocks”
Honorable Mention | Tom McGreger, “The Rock Walkers”

Sense of Place
Winner | Christopher Copeland, “Red Rocks Near Grand Portage”

Red Suspender
Winner | Dan Mondloch, “Walking on Artist Point”

People’s Choice Award | Bob Upton, “Rugged & Serene”

Open Class Best in Show | Liz Oppenheimer, “Night Lights at the Harbor”