Suffolk Plein Air 2022

SUFFOLK PLEIN AIR 2022 ~ Important Dates

Tuesday, SEPT. 6, 2022
9:00 AM – Artist Check-in. Drop-off optional Plein Air exhibition artwork.
Tuesday, SEPT. 6 – Friday, SEPT. 9, 2022
Artist’s Painting Days, Rain or Shine. Artists will be provided with suggested painting locations throughout Suffolk, VA.

Friday, SEPT. 9, 2022

4:00 PM – Judging of new Suffolk Plein Air artwork at the Suffolk Center, by Juror James Warwick Jones.

6:00 – 11:00 PM – WET PAINT SALE Awards Reception: This special evening includes: Heavy Hors d’oeuvres • Open Bar • Live Music • Wet Paint Sale showcasing the newly painted works of art by the invited and juried artists, providing guests with first access to purchasing the new artwork created during the Suffolk Plein Air Invitational.

Saturday, SEPT. 10, 2022
10AM – 4 PM – Suffolk Plein Air Art Exhibition in Suffolk Center Art Galleries and Ballroom. OPEN to the Public. FREE Admission.
11 AM – Quick Draw Check-In begins at the Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival. Suffolk Plein Air Check-in table will be located at the intersection of Bank Street and Main Street.

12 – 2 PM – Quick Draw painting downtown, in and around ‘Taste of Suffolk‘.
2 – 2:30 PM – Quick Draw Painters artwork finished for judging, by Juror James Warwick Jones.
2 – 3:30 PM – Quick Draw Wet Paint Sale and Awards

Sunday, SEPT. 11, 2022 

9:00 AM – 10:30AMUnsold Artwork Pick-up.

October 2022 – Plein Air 2022 Artists’ payments sent.


SCCA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL 2022 is presented by: The Suffolk Art League, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, and Suffolk Tourism.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Festival Co-chairs Sandy Waters or Barbara Harris at 757.925.1800 or email:  suffolkpleinair@gmail.com

SUFFOLK PLEIN AIR Festival 2022 ~ General Info 


After a few days of painting, the Suffolk Plein Air Festival celebrates with an amazing WET PAINT SALE and Awards Reception on Friday, September 9, 2022, 6:00 -11:00 PM. This special ticketed event is held at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and showcases the newly painted Plein Air works of art.

In 2021 this Suffolk Plein Air WET PAINT Event SOLD OUT.  Buy your tickets early ~ Don’t miss you chance to attend!


Quick Draw Competition


Join the Fun ~ PAINT SUFFOLK!
Open to all Levels, Ages & Abilities
Date: Saturday, September 10, Noon – 2:00 PM  Early registration encouraged.
Where: Check in  located at Bank Street and Main Street stage at the Taste of Suffolk Festival
Cost: $10
Registration Coming Soon!


The Suffolk Plein Air Festival committee has secured permission for artists and art enthusiasts to gather for this outdoor painting experience in our beautiful city that is SUFFOLK! Artists can paint at any of the 12 locations throughout the Plein Air Festival, September 9-11.




We are excited to Welcome the professional Plein Air Artists participating in Suffolk Plein Air 2022!
ARTISTS – Please submit your artwork for jury at Online Juried Shows by March 1, 2022.
Please check back in April 2022 to see the selected Suffolk Plein Air Artists for 2022.




45 Suffolk Plein Air Artists selected by Juror, James Warwick Jones, will be invited to display their favorite artworks created prior to the start of the 2022 Suffolk Plein Air Festival. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with their painting styles and techniques. Artwork is available for purchase.

Suffolk Plein Air Society

Lead by artists Barbara Harris and Sandy Waters, the Plein Air Society encourages interest in the plein air method of painting designating monthly painting locations throughout the Hampton Roads Area. Membership is open to all levels. The Plein Air Society meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Suffolk Center, 110 W. Finney Ave., Suffolk, VA 23434. REGISTER HERE


Check out the great artwork and artists from the 2021 Suffolk Plein Air Festival’s Wet Paint Sale & Awards Reception, held Saturday September 11, 2021 at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Link to FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM

AWARDS: Juror Victor Frailing reviewed the plein air artwork following the two days of painting. A CASH AWARD will be given for the Best In Show, $3,000, 2nd Place, $1,000, on Saturday evening along with 3rd Place, $500, CASH awards. Additional non-monetary awards given for Top Rural, Top Waterway and Top Urban paintings. Big Thanks to juror Victor Frailing for selecting this year’s winners.

2021 BEST IN SHOW: Orit Reuben
Second Place overall: Theresa Miller
Third Place overall: Elizabeth Blanchard
Best Farmland: Theresa Miller
Best Waterview: William Bensen
Best Historic/Urban: Doug Clarke
2021 Honorable Mentions:
– Karen Crenshaw
– Tomas Ehrenberger
– John Meyers
– Elizabeth Blanchard
– Coakley Brown
– Thomas Bradshaw

What is Plein Air Painting?:
Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”