Join Us This October

PleinAir Moab celebrates open air painting in breathtaking environments.

The colorful, week-long gathering of artists and art lovers in Moab, UT, culminates in artist competitions & awards, public art sales, and fun with friends. Most events are free.


2017 More Information

New for 2017:
Red Rock Arts Festival; Celebrating Land-Inspired Art
October 7th - 14th, 2017

All the same exciting Plein Air programming plus more!

Dear Plein Air Artists,

We are so excited to have you back for another year of painting in Moab! You may have noticed we changed the name of our festival, but fear not! Look forward to all the beloved Plein Air events, quick-draws, awards, and receptions as per usual. Red Rock Arts Festival is brought to you by The City of Moab, administered by the Moab Arts & Recreation Center staff. The name evolution and re-brand are the first steps toward a festival that will attract more locals and visitors to see your beautiful paintings. The festival's mission is to Celebrate Land-Inspired Art. This change will allow us to broaden the offerings of our festival to attract a more diverse demographic. We are coordinating a robust schedule of opportunities; Land-inspired art workshops, lectures, performances, demonstrations, and art experientials exploring many mediums throughout the week. The week will culminate with a brunch and awards presentation for Plein Air Artists with a street festival celebration to follow!

So excited to see you in October,
Meg & Liz (RRAF & MARC Staff).

Artwork Inspired by Tradition

En Plein Air is a French expression which means ‘in the open air’ and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. While artists have long painted outside, the popularity of plein air painting increased in the 1870′s with the introduction of paint in tubes and the box easel. Plein air painting challenges artists to channel quickly changing environments onto paper or canvas.