PleinAireDMSC is hosting the first plein aire painting festival in Des Moines! In case you were wondering, “Plein aire” is French for “open air.” We’re talking 48 hours of painting throughout the community – just pick up a canvas, choose an inspiring scene and paint! Whether you’re an artist or not, this is a great way to support the local art scene.

How It Works:
Register online at the Des Moines Social Club on Friday, June 19. Registration costs $25. We’ll have a canvases and a list of locations around Des Moines for you to choose from.
Go to your chosen location and paint something you see there. Feel free to use any paint medium and any subject matter within view. Hurry, you only have 48 hours to complete your next masterpiece!
Turn in your painting to us by 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 21.
Join us on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 pm for a reception at the Viaduct Gallery. All paintings will be displayed and available for purchase. Guests can put in a bid for paintings by making a closed silent bid in a sealed envelope. The bidding will continue until the Urban Visionary Show Reception that Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm. We’ll announce the highest bidders after the show and there will be a 60% artist 40% DMSC split on all work sold.