Enjoy the art of plein air painting!

May 18 - May 30, 2019

This event offers artists beautiful woodland and prairie landscapes, flowers, trees, animals and urban settings to paint for two weeks in May!
The event offers all of us the opportunity to watch plein air artists at work, enjoy their creations, and have the opportunity to purchase beautiful paintings of favorite scenes in Overland Park!

Participants choose to paint at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, in historic Downtown Overland Park, or any other space (with land-owner permission if private) in Overland Park from May 18 to May 30, 2019. Registration fee allows submission of up to three paintings to vie for over $7,000.00 in prize money. Categories are oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. Grand Prize is $1,000.00. Stems Plein Air Paint is the oldest of a growing group of organized events for artists in the Kansas City area interested in plein air painting.

Professional, amateur and beginner artists are all welcome to participate.

Prize Categories and Prizes:

Acrylic, Mixed Media, Oil, Pastel, and Watercolor

$1000 - Grand Prize

$600 per category - 1st Place

$400 per category - 2nd Place

$300 per category - 3rd Place

Prize winners and selected work will be featured at Stems: A Garden Soirée at the Arboretum on June 22, 2019, and exhibited at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center's Art at the Center gallery June 1 through July. All work will be offered for sale. Proceeds benefit Friends of Overland Park Arts.

Special events include the Sunset Quick Paint at the Arboretum on May 18 and an opening reception for the Art at the Center featured exhibit, and the Plein Air Art Fair at the Arboretum on June 7.

Artists may participate in any “Quick Paints” for special prizes. Artists work at the same time and submit their work for judging immediately. Art patrons may offer “challenges,” asking artists to paint a particular subject or at a particular location. The patron pays $500 and chooses among all paintings done for the challenge. The painter of the selected artwork receives the $500. For information about offering a painting challenge, email us.


Plein Air Art Fair - Sunday, June 2, 2019

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Art Fair is at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and open to all Stems Plein Air Paint registrants. For a small fee, artists may exhibit and sell from their entire portfolio of plein air
paintings. Visitors to the Arboretum that day will be able to meet the artists, browse, and purchase the art.


What is Plein Air Painting?

Plein air is a term derived from the French phrase "en plein air," which literally means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which was originally developed by the Barbizon School and the Impressionist movement of the late 1800s. The Impressionists were particularly interested in the influence of changing light outdoors on color. Artists work quickly to capture their subject in natural light. The term is sometimes incorrectly applied to landscapes painted in the studio which employ such a direct technique that they seem to have been done out of doors.


Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park, KS 66013

May 18-30, 2019

Paint daily 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Artists may choose to paint at other locations in Overland Park too.



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