Come join us for three days of Plein Air fun in any medium!
Anyone can register to participate; festival artists are not restricted to painting. Friends & family welcome!


We’ll still be accepting artist registrations for the Plein Air Festival 9am-Noon on Thursday, Sept 18th in person at the Potsdam Public Museum. Just stop by during that time & we’ll get you what you need to participate!

“Plein Air” simply means “in the open air” and is traditionally used to describe the act of painting outdoors. There is a long tradition of Plein Air painting in the region including the celebrated work of Canton-born artist Frederic Remington. The Potsdam Plein Air Festival is scheduled as the final in a series of North Country Plein Air Festivals in Paul Smiths, Morristown, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Old Forge but is the first of its kind to take place in Potsdam.

Community members are invited to this three day event around the Village of Potsdam. Events are free & open to the public to meet regional artists, watch them work, and purchase freshly-finished artwork in person. The Plein Air Festival is held during the Potsdam Public Museum’s annual Sandstone Festival: <>.

Plein Air Festival – community events schedule

artist Nancy Brossard creating a Plein Air painting

Artists of any skill level who work in any medium are invited to register for the festival. While this is not a juried show so anyone can register to participate, cash prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Juror’s Choice, and People’s Choice. Artist registration is open now through September 10th:


Plein Air Festival – artist schedule

It is strongly recommended that artists and visitors make reservations for lodging and dining in the Potsdam area in advance, since local traffic will be increased due to SUNY Potsdam’s Family Weekend: <>.

The Potsdam Plein Air Festival is presented by SLC Arts in partnership with the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, Village of Potsdam, Potsdam Public Museum, Gibson Gallery, and Community Performance Series.


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