Friday, June 21 2019 • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm • Viaduct Gallery

It’s that time of year again!
Time for our 5th Annual 48 Hour Plein Air Painting Festival.  We’re asking artists to step out of their studios (and comfort zones) to paint all over Des Moines. We’re talking 48 hours worth of local artists, painting all over the community. Right out there, for everyone to see. It has been such an amazing event in the past, that we’re doing it again this year.

In case you forgot, here’s how it works:
Register here for $25 (DMSC provides canvas) or $5 (artist provides canvas)
All skill levels are welcome!
On June 21, artists will pickup their canvas and sign up for their location.
(we’ll have a list of pre-selected spots around Des Moines for you to choose from)
Over the next 48 hours, artists will go to their selected locations and paint whatever they see.
Artists can use any paint medium, and any subject matter within view.
Artists will return their painted canvas to Viaduct Gallery on June 23, by 6pm.

On Tuesday, June 25th, we will have a reception for our Plein Air artists (Artist Reception from 5:30-6 and a public, open house reception from 6-8pm). 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 Sunday, June 30th at 6pm. We’ll announce the highest bidders after the show on Monday, July 1st and there will be a 60% artist 40% DMSC split on all work sold.


The 48 Hour Plein Air Painting Festival is an annual Art Week tradition! Visit the Des Moines Art Week website for a calendar of other events.