The 10th Annual Plein Air Festival comes to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art from September 27-October 3, 2010.  The Museum plays host to 50 the country's most accomplished landscape painters who for one week grace the Central Coast, painting the seascapes, landscapes and town scenes of our area. During the week, there are events each night celebrating the painter and the style of painting known as Plein Air. The schedule of events follows:

Monday - Thursday: A preview exhibit of the artists' work "from the studio to the outdoors" is on display daily from 11-5 pm

Monday, September 27th: Plein Air Concert 7 pm, On the front lawn under the stars. Tickets $12 & $15, info 805.543.8562 or

Tuesday, September 28thChildren's Paint Out, 3:30 - 5 pm, Artists mentor children ages 5-15 in Plein Air landscape painting on front lawn, limited space, $15 includes materials, info 805.543.8562 or Plein Air Landscape Painting Demonstration with local artist Douglas Stinn Stenhouse, 7-9 pm, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street, SLO, free, info 805.543.8562 or

Wednesday, September 29thPlein Air Movie Night, 7 pm, Painters visit two remote locations: The Tongrass Rain Forest and Seward, Alaska, donations appreciated, info 805.543.8562 or

Thursday, September 30thPlein Air Poetry, Local poets shadow Plein Air painters to celebrate in words what the artists' see, 7 pm, free, info 805.543.8562 or

Friday, October 1stPlein Air Collector's Party, 4-6 pm, A sneak preview and sale of the150 new works by the Plein Air painters includes the best of show, limited to 100 patrons, tickets $100, info 805.543.8562 or Art After Dark reception for the Plein Air artists and a chance to see and purchase their newest creations, 6-9 pm, free, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street, SLO, info 805.543.8562 or

Saturday, October 2nd: Plein Air Quick Draw Paint-Out, 9-11:30 am, the festival painters gather in Mission Plaza and the surrounding downtown area to paint live for 2 hours before the works go are put up for sale, free to watch, info 805.543.8562 or Plein Air Auction, 12-2:30 pm, works just painted by the festival artists that morning go on the block, wet and live, Mission Amphitheater, info 805.543.8562 or Plein Air Lecture by Mr. Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum, titled, "The Art of Seeing", tickets $3 members, $ 5 nonmembers, 7-9 pm, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad Street, info 805.543.8562 or

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and exhibiting the visual arts. Located at 1010 Broad Street, on the west end of Mission Plaza. Hours are 11 - 5 daily. Free admission.