Door County Plein Air Festival Provides Opportunities for Viewing, Painting

The Door County Plein Air Festival, presented by Peninsula School of Art July 21-27, celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting with 39 of the finest painters from Door County and across the country, who will bring a fresh eye to the changing lights and colors of the county.

Below is a listing of opportunities to paint and view plein air painters at work. Everything listed below is open to the public and free, although there is a fee for the Dockside Quick Paint and Kids’ Paint. To read full festival details, visit


Artists Paint Door County

Visit these venues on these dates listed, 11 am – 2 pm, to see the featured plein air artists painting on location. 

• July 22 at Peninsula Players Theatre in Fish Creek and the Red Barn Shops in North Ephraim 

• July 23 at Woodwork Gallery in Egg Harbor and Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek

• July 24 at the Settlement Shops’ farmers’ market in Fish Creek and the Corner of the Past in Sister Bay

• July 25 at the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim and throughout downtown Baileys Harbor 

Sunset and Nocturne Paint Out

On July 24, 6:30 pm until dark, featured festival artists will paint throughout Fish Creek’s waterfront and downtown.

Quick Paint and Live Auction

On July 27, 9 am – 2 pm, watch featured artists complete a painting from start to finish. A live auction of the paintings will begin at 12 pm under the tent in Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park. No advance registration is required to bid on the paintings. 

Dockside Quick Paint

Presented in partnership with the Hardy Gallery, Dockside Quick Paint invites artists in every painting medium to create plein air works at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park on July 27, 9-11 am. Attendees may vote for the top three Dockside Painters, and awards will be announced at 7:30 pm. The first-place-award recipient will receive an invitation to be a featured artist in the 2020 Door County Plein Air Festival. There’s a $30 fee to paint; registration is 7:30-8:30 am. 

Kids’ Paint

On July 27, 9-11 am, kids can join in the excitement of the Dockside Quick Paint. The fee of $5 includes supplies and a little assistance in getting started during this drop-in family event. Advance registration is not required. 


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