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Painters From Across US Descend Upon San Diego For “Woodstock Of Outdoor Painting”

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Artist Joanne Martinez of Tucson, Arizona, paints in Balboa Park, April 27, 2017.

It is being dubbed the “Woodstock of outdoor painting:” PleinAir Magazine’s 6th Annual Convention and Expo.

Held this week in San Diego, organizers said it is the largest outdoor painting event with renowned professional painters sharing their skills with the public.

"Plein air" is a french phrase that translates to open air.

One of the instructors also known as a “faculty painter,” Lori McNee, said she is honored to be a part of the event.

“It’s a little unnerving, but it’s fun and exciting, and so you’re trying to give them as much information as possible and still trying to juggle teaching at the same time, and hopefully, you don’t get any hecklers,” McNee said.

Each day this week, attendees pulled inspiration from San Diego landmarks including the marina and Balboa Park.

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Artist paints on her canvas in Balboa Park, April 27, 2017.

Convention host and PleinAir Magazine founder and publisher B. Eric Rhoads said it is a one-of-a-kind experience.

“It’s a phenomenon, it’s historic, never in the history of the world has this many painters been together to paint. We’re actually going to beat the world’s record for the most number of people outdoor painting together.”

This is San Diego's first time hosting PleinAir.

Video by Katie Schoolov

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