Save the date for Driggs Plein Air 2017!
July 23 - 29, 2017
Pre-Event Workshop - Saturday & Sunday July 22nd & 23rd
What is Plein Air?
In the world of Art, Plein Air is an expression from the French which means "in the open air," and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Plein Air painting challenges artists to concentrate on the information in front them, and re-create their impression with paint onto canvas in the moment. Plein Air painting became popular in France in the late 19th century and largely contributed to the onset of Impressionism.
Plein Air painting is a large part of this region’s history. Our early visions of the west, and the Tetons, came from Plein Air painters such as Thomas Moran (for whom Mt Moran is named) and Albert Bierstadt in the late 1800’s.
Driggs Digs Plein Air
Every summer at the end of July painters come to Driggs, in Teton Valley Idaho, to participate in a week-long artistic celebration, hosted by the Downtown Driggs Community Association. Artists and spectators are treated to gatherings and events during the week, Paint Outs, Quick Draws, Demonstrations, Portrait paintings, Miniatures, and an on-going Gallery of Plein Air paintings. Artists are welcome to sell paintings at the City Gallery for the entire week of the festival. Spectators and Collectors are welcome for free at all events. The Quick Draw at Music on Main (a free concert held weekly in Victor, 8 miles to the south of Driggs), is especially popular! All the competition paintings come out at the Awards Gala on the final day of the event.
The festival starts off with a two day workshop with an accomplished painter.
All proceeds benefit the Downtown Driggs Community Association (DDCA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.