North Tahoe Arts

Plein Air


A Painting Competition at Lake Tahoe, California 2020

North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open

A week-long gathering and painting competition of plein air artists.

Hosted by North Tahoe Arts.

Support the 2019 North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Festival Here 



2020 Sponsors

The Schedule
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Artists Champagne Brunch

Check In

9am - Noon

@ NTArts


Quick Draw Competition @

Tahoe City's Farmers Market  9am -11am  

Art Sale & Awards 11:45am


Main Competition Awards &

Outdoor Main Art Sale

10am - 3pm @ NTArts


 Organized Paint Out -Martis Valley

(Coffee and Pastries onsite for artists)

& Demonstration 9am - 2pm


Group Paint Out @

Sugar Pine Point  9-Noon 


5:00 -7:00pm

Public Reception @ NTArts 5pm -7pm

Tues. - Sat.

Event long ART Exhibit and SALE of participating artists' work in

NTArts Corison Gallery.

Open 11am - 5pm Daily

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Main Competition

*Best of Show $1,000

*1st 500 plus $250 Gift Certificate

*2nd $500

*3rd $250

Honorable Mention $100

Artists Choice $50 & $50 GC

People's Choice $50 GC

Awards Announced on Saturday

@ 11am

Artists must submit work created during the week on Friday, June 28, 2019

Between for 5-7 @ NTArts for judging.

Quick Draw

*1st $200

*2nd $150

*3rd $75

Artists must check in and have their blank canvas stamped. Artists have 2 hours to create a painting from start to finish, including having their completed painting submitted to the judging area.

All artwork created is available for sale.

People's Choice

Young, old, or in between,

everyone gets to vote!

Voting takes place at NTArts in the Corison Gallery only. Vote for the piece you like best! 

Awarded Saturday @ 11am

2020 North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open Jurors!


Andy Skaff-

Although Andy's easel can usually be found

 in the mountains and coastal regions of Northern

California, his early days were spent in the French

countryside studying with celebrated plein air painter

Kevin McPherson. Andy has been honored with

multiple solo shows and his work is widely collected.

With a clear eye and bold strokes of the brush,

Andy endows his remarkable paintings with all the

vivid color, contrast and splendor of the Western

landscape and it's urban treasures.

Richard Lindenberg-

Richard is an award winning landscape painter,

based out of Northern California. After 30 years

as a landscape photographer, Richard took a class

in soft pastels to enhance his Polaroid transfers,

and has since dedicated himself to the possibilities

that painting presents. He is a committed plein air

painter and has studied with many of

California's professionals.

Michele de Braganca-

Michele was first introduced to plein air painting

while in Italy in the mid-80's. She moved to Lake Tahoe

to be near the mountains she loves, and goes on regular

pack trips to immerse herself in the unspoiled back country

to paint. Over the years, Michele's work has been

exhibited in numerous regional and national shows,

for which she has won awards, and has been published

in Plein Air magazine.

Philippe Gandiol-

Philippe is an award winning painter,

born and raised in France and later

transplanted to Northern California,

who has been painting in oils for over

25 years. He works as much as possible

from life, believing that only in life

can he find the full range of light

and color he wants in his paintings.

Philippe is an active member of the

California artist community and offers

private instruction as well as workshops.

North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open


A week-long gathering of plein air artists hosted by NTArts  June 25 - 29, 2019



North Tahoe Arts presents the 2019 North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open. Artists of all levels from all over the country will gather in North Lake Tahoe for the week of June 25-29, 2019 to paint the breathtaking scenery of North Lake Tahoe "en plein air," in the open air. 


The Farmer's Market Quick Draw Competition  Thursday, June. 27  Come watch our artists create a new painting on the spot in only 2 hours! Paintings will then be on display for our judges to award prizes and for the public to view. Other organized activities for the artists include two morning paint-outs and painting demonstration.

The Public Exhibit will take place all week at North Tahoe Arts, Corison Gallery. Main Competition prizes will be awarded at the opening of the main art sale, June 29 at noon. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Come vote for the "People's Choice" award!


February 1 through March 15-  Applications taken through Juried Art Services

April 9- Accepted Artists announced; registration fee of $95 due 

May 1- welcome packet, info to artists with agreement etc.

June 25- event begins, on site registration NTArts

June 27- 9am-12pm Quick-Draw Competition at Tahoe City Farmer’s Market, Commons Beach

June 29- Public exhibit and awards



Tuesday, June 25:

9AM- Champagne Registration Artists arrive and register, canvas stamping, and drop off 1 painting for the       

       event long exhibit in the Corison Gallery at North Tahoe Arts. Refreshments will be served. 

11AM- Artist Connect  Informal meet up at Gatekeepers to paint and meet.

       Week long exhibit and sale 11am-5pm in Corison Gallery

Wednesday, June 26: 

9AM- Organized Paint Out at Martis Valley, refreshments provided

Noon- Painting Demonstration - refreshments served

       NLT Plein Air Open Exhibit and Sale  11am-5pm

Thursday, June 27:

9-11AM- Commons Beach Farmers Market Quick-Draw Competition

PM- Artists free to paint around Lake Tahoe/Truckee

       NLT Plein Air Open Exhibit and Sale  11am-5pm

Friday, June 28:

9AM- Organized Paint Out at Sugar Pine Point State Park; refreshments provided

4-5PM- Artists drop off paintings for judging and Reception at North Tahoe Arts' Corison Gallery.

      NLT Plein Air Open Exhibit and Sale  11am-5pm

Saturday, June 29:

9AM- Exhibit set up 

Award Presentation Noon

10AM-3PMPublic Exhibit and Sales  

Event Requirements for Participating Artists

  • Artists must paint on site during the event in the North Lake Tahoe area.

  • All work for sale must have been created during the 2019 North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open.

  • Painting locations and subjects are limited to the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.

  • All artwork for sale must be suitably framed.

  • Artists are responsible for transportation of all artwork.

Fee Schedule

  • $35 non-refundable application fee through Juried Art Services for applications received on or before March 15, 2019. 

  • $95 non-refundable registration fee for participating artists

Registration fee includes:​​

  • Entry into Quick Draw Competition on Thursday, June 27, 2019

  • Entry into Juried Main Competition judging on Friday, June 28, 2019

  • Event long gallery exhibit

  • Outdoor Public Exhibition and Art Sale on Saturday

  • 60% commission to artist for any sales

  • Hosted Champagne Registration

  • 2 Organized Paint Outs with morning refreshments

  • Refreshments during plein air painting demonstration

  • Hosted Reception on Friday

Questions? Email

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North Tahoe Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to support the arts in the North Tahoe-Truckee communities through exposure, education and participation.

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Tahoe City, CA 96145