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Plein Air Convention & Expo


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2017[days & times]
  • WHERE Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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  • AGES 18+
  • COST $99 - $1197

The Plein Air Convention & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of plein air painters. There’s no other event like it on the planet.

Art historian Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum, calls PACE “the most important gathering of artists in history” because each convention is different — each features incredible painters, and it’s an event that people will look back on and wish they had attended, every single time. He speaks of the countless moments from each convention that can never be repeated and of the painters who have been together onstage and may never paint together again. You may meet painters who will become some of the greatest of our generation.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind experience featuring a faculty of some of the world’s top plein air artists (artists who paint outdoors, on location), as well as renowned figurative artists.

The convention and expo includes classes, demonstrations, social activities, exhibitors, and on-site painting at the resort and surrounding areas.

You can choose to attend classes and demos from any or all of the three tracks — oil, pastels, and water media — there’s something for everyone! Large viewing screens in each room ensure every seat is a good seat, so you don’t miss a minute of the action.

The Expo Hall will feature some of your favorite product suppliers, who will offer exclusive convention-only pricing — a great time to treat yourself to some new art materials.

We encourage you to bring your own paint gear and come with us to great on-location paint sites in Balboa Park, a painter’s dream! This year, guests will have the opportunity to paint in Old Town San Diego. Our field painters will be on hand to offer their expert tips and techniques and even do on-site demos for all to see.

There’s something for everyone at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. All levels of painters, from beginners to professional artists, are welcome and encouraged to attend. We offer a friendly atmosphere where everyone can learn and enjoy the art of plein air painting.

Register today, tell your friends, and start making your plans to attend the 6th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo — it will be the time of your life. See you there!

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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