Plein Air paint-outs are scheduled from May through October.  We gather at locations throughout Reno and the Sierra and enjoy the company of other artists practicing in a variety of mediums.  Paint-outs culminate with an informal critique over lunch. Artists within the community are welcome to attend.

2018 Plein Air Paint-Out Schedule
Sharon Welker - Chairperson 

Note: Paint-out schedule updated as of May 23, 2018

Paint-outs are scheduled for Saturdays and times are 9:00 to 11:30 AM followed by an optional 30 minutes of sharing and lunch.  Those in attendance can meet at the site to determine best place for the end of session gathering.  Weather and conditions are always iffy, so come prepared and join us to paint, draw, photograph or just enjoy the company and scenery.

June 9.  Idlewild Park, Rose Gardens, west of Booth St.  Meet in the Rose Gardens for lunch & share.

June 30.  Hidden Valley Park.  Take Pembroke Dr., turn right onto Parkway Drive which leads into park.  The long grassy knoll to the left and in shade with western views , is a good place to paint & meet.

July 21.  Tahoe Meadows for alpine wild flowers.  Take Mt Rose highway to summit then  1/2 mile from the summit turn left thru gate, then down to parking lot.  Meet back at parking lot after paint session.

August 18.  Bartley Ranch at 6000 Bartley Ranch Road off Lakeside Dr. in Reno.  Meet at picnic area near Heritage Bldg. at end of session for optional sharing & lunch.

Sept 8.  Rancho San Rafael Park ,  1595 N. Sierra St., Reno.  Can start after the balloon race crowds.  Meet at the veranda in front of May Museum at end of session for lunch & sharing.

September 22.  Silver Saddle Ranch in Carson City.  Carpool available ;  Meet at Starbucks parking lot across from Raleys on Mt. Rose HWY and Wedge Pkwy at 8:00AM and we will leave for site by 8:15AM.  Its 30 minutes travel time from Mt Rose, and about 25 miles.  If you prefer to travel on your own , the directions are as follows;   

Take 395/580 south to exit 39, and take HWY 50 East.  At Fairview Dr, turn right  and continue to roundabout turning onto E. Fifth St.  From E. Fifth St turn right onto Carson River Road ( first right after roundabout ).  Follow Carson River Road south 1.4 miles.  Turn right at  entrance of Silver Saddle Ranch and follow gravel road 0.6 miles to parking area.

October 13.  Galena Creek Park, hopefully in fall colors.  18350 Mt Rose Highway,  2nd entrance to the right. ( not the visitor center entrance ).

Please Note:  Times are guidelines as artists can start earlier or work later.  Sites have restrooms and are open public places.  Bring a painting partner if you are concerned about being alone.  Also, severe weather or emergency alerts could cancel any planned paint-out. 

Questions;  call Sharon Welker 775  847  5278  or. Marjii Smith 775  224  5289