Common Questions

What is Plein Air?

En Plein Air means ‘in the open air’ and describes 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 work fast, channeling a quickly changing environment onto paper or canvas.

What is a Quick Draw?

A Quick Draw is a timed art competition. Artists complete an entire painting within a specified amount of time and in a designated location. This is a great spectator event. Don’t miss ours: Stroll downtown Moab. Watch artists transform urban scenes into beautiful must-have works of art within one block of Main Street between 400 North and 835 South (Dollar General). Come see the finished treasures at the Art Sales at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center.

What is a Paint Out and Art Experiential?

Afun-for-all-ages event open to the public and non-registered artists – a free art project for anyone who wants to pick up a paint brush – especially children and those that think they have no ability to paint. All supplies provided.

What is the Art Sale?

It is a room of art work featuring recent works by our artists including but not exclusive to works created during the festival. Priced from $20 – $2,000, you can find art for any budget.

What is the Awards Reception?

See winners announced. Who will get Best of Show? This a great chance to meet your favorite artists and have refreshments too.