2022 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 demos & workshops lead by Lisa Stauffer, Bob Upton, and Dan Mondloch.
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 18, 2022
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.
10-12 noon: Paint Out. Join Shanna Cramer for a morning of outdoor painting. We'll meet you in the gallery where you can also receive your Welcome Packet if you registered for the competition. Don't be shy. This event is free, fun, and open to all levels.
en Plein Air Competition June - September, 2022
Throughout the summer, artists will be painting en Plein Air in and around 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. We ask that participants and observers 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.
Weekend Festivities September 23 & 24, 2022
Our 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 Reception and Award Ceremony
Friday evening, 6-9 pm, September 23, 2022
The Collector's Preview and Award Ceremony will be a ticketed event and a rare opportunity to view artworks from prominent en plein air painters from around the Midwest. This exhibition of works by the competition participants will be held in the Art of the Lakes Gallery in Battle Lake. Grand Prize winners will be announced in a special award ceremony by accomplished oil painter and this year's judge, Dan Mondloch. Come and be inspired!
Tickets: $10. nonmembers, $8. members, $20. At the Door
Quick Paint Saturday, 9:30 am-12 pm, September 24, 2022
Participating artists will be found painting at one of the following locations:
• Good Samaritan Senior Assisted Living Facility on the west side of West Battle Lake
• Railroad Park, located at MN Highway 78 and County Rd 83 in Battle Lake
• Lake Ave. S., in downtown Battle Lake
This is a great time for visitors to engage with artists (from a safe distance).
12-2 pm: Grab some lunch downtown and then vote for the People's Choice Award and view all paintings for purchase in front of the AOTL Gallery. Free to the public.
Plein Air Demonstration with Dan Mondloch
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 pm, September 24, 2022
To inspire those who want to know more about Plein air painting, our judge for this year's PLPA competition, Dan Mondloch has agreed to provide a demonstration and share some tips and answer questions. Join him in the Art Alley in Battle Lake.
Quick Paint Award Ceremony Saturday, 3 pm, September 24, 2022
Our Prairie Lakes en Plein Air festival concludes at the gallery where Quick Paint Awards will be presented and competition paintings will be on display. The gallery will be open for the general public to view and make purchases. Paintings from this event will be in the gallery and available for purchase throughout the month of October. Our fall gallery hours are Thursday thru Sunday, 11 pm - 5 pm or by appointment.
We look forward to seeing you this fall!
The joy and reward of being outdoors.
$1000. - Best in Show
$500. - 2nd Place Award
$250. - 3rd Place Award
$250. - OPM, Best Sense of Place
$150. - People's Choice Award
$50. - 3 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.