2021 Prairie Lakes en Plein Air
The Prairie Lakes en Plein Air art series is a festival of art education, exhibition, and competition open to professional and non-professional artists of all skill levels. Enjoy your summer painting in the idyllic setting of Battle Lake, Minnesota situated in West-Central lakes country. Delve into the pristine landscape of gently rolling hills and fertile farmland amongst clear blue lakes and streams for an inspirational painting experience. Attend Plein Air workshops lead by Lisa Stauffer, Dan Mondloch, Matt Kania, Scott Lloyd Anderson, and Grace Haverty.
Artists and collectors will enjoy many activities including the Opening Reception, en Plein Air Competition, Workshops & Demonstrations, and Quick Paint. The concluding Collectors' Preview and Award Ceremony will showcase a variety of en Plein Air motifs and styles of artwork.
Schedule of Events
Opening Reception June 19, 2021
Beginning the summer-long celebration of outdoor painting, we invite participating artists and AOTL members to gather in the Art of the Lakes Gallery at this informal event. Artist participants can pick up their welcome packet, including a full itinerary, tips for how to explore Lakes Country, and information showcasing local businesses.
en Plein Air Competition June - September, 2021
Throughout the summer, artists will be painting en Plein Air throughout our Battle Lake community and region. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe as the artists seek to represent the shifting light, extraordinary colors and textures of our varied rural landscape. Please practice social distancing, wear masks if less than 6 ft apart and do not block entrances/trafficways to businesses. Free to the public.
To explore a variety of en Plein Air styles and techniques, artists & community members will have the opportunity to attend a range of art workshops and artist talks with our featured artists. Each Saturday we will host a new visiting artist to teach under the tent in Railroad Park. The workshops are designed for both children and adults, from beginner to intermediate skills. Registration is required.
Weekend Closing Festivities September 24 & 25, 2021
Our inaugural Prairie Lakes en Plein Air art series will be capped off with a full weekend of enjoyable events all happening in or near Battle Lake.
Collector's Preview Friday evening, 7-8:30 pm, September 24, 2021
Participating artists are invited to be our guests for a casual evening of food and relaxation. The Collector's Preview will be a ticketed event and a rare opportunity to view and collect artworks from prominent en plein air painters at pricing that is approachable for collectors at any level.
Tickets: $10. nonmembers, $8. members
Quick Paint Saturday, 9:30 am-12 pm, September 25, 2021
All participating artists will be found painting in front of the Good Samaritan Senior Assisted Living Facility on the west side of West Battle Lake for a group Quick Paint. This is a great time for visitors to ask questions and engage with artists (from a safe distance). Completed paintings will be available for purchase. Free to the public.
Saturday, 1 pm, September 25, 2021
Our Prairie Lakes en Plein Air festival will conclude with an exhibition of works by the Prairie Lakes Plein Air Competition participants in the Art of the Lakes Gallery. Grand Prize winners will be announced in a special award ceremony by accomplished pastel artist, Lisa Stauffer. The gallery will be open for the general public to view and make purchases. We are making plans for the event to be accessible to art lovers near and far.
Please come and attend all the events. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
The joy and reward of being outdoors.
$1000. - Best in Show
$500. - 2nd Place Award
$250. - 3rd Place Award
$75. -People's Choice Award
$50. - 5 Honorable Mentions
Additional Awards to be announced.
To become an Art of the Lakes Member Go to Membership Registration
We are looking for a few great volunteers to help in various areas such as check-in, data entry, hanging artwork, and reception set-up and clean-up. Contact Annette at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.