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Plein Air of Eureka Springs | Open

November 5 - 10, 2019, Eureka Springs, AR

Plein Air is a form of painting in which artists step outside of their studios and paint the natural outdoor surroundings. Most plein air pieces are (1) landscapes, (2) specific buildings or (3) beautiful natural areas.

In the early 1860s, four young rebel painters in France met in art school and discovered that they shared an interest in painting landscapes and contemporary life. They often ventured into the countryside together to paint in the open air. At the time it was customary to make sketches and later develop the sketches into carefully finished works of art back in the studio.

Instead, this form is painting outside in nature, and finishing the work on location. This was fascinating to onlookers and passers-by and not soon after, these young rebels became legends: Claude Monet (1840-1926), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), and Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) discovered that by painting in sunlight, directly from nature, and making bold use of the vivid synthetic pigments that had recently been invented, they could develop a lighter and brighter style of painting.

Plein air painting spread across America, and art colonies developed in places like Cos Cob and Old Lyme, Connecticut; Taos, New Mexico; Laguna Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea California; New Hope, Pennsylvania, Brown County in Indiana and our very own Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


  • PAINT FOR FOUR DAYS - NOVEMBER 5, 6, 7, 8, 2019





  • Artists must register at or at The Statton Gallery, 137 Spring St, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. (479) 363-6848.

  • $4500.00 worth of prizes (including a $1000 People’s Choice Award to a local artist and a $500.00 Student Award.)

Phil Sandusky

International Plein Air of Eureka Springs Invitational ( May 2019 winner, Phil Sandusky, will adjudicate.

All art painted throughout this event will be shown at Center Stage, 132 Huntsville Road, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632. Art is on display from November 5-9, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm.


DATE: Saturday, November 9, 2019

TIME: During Intermission at The Five & Dime Drama Collective Performance

LOCATION: Center Stage, 132 Huntsville Road, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

All Welcome!

SPONSORED BY: Windgate Foundation & Jom and Judy Statton

Jom Statton

The Statton Gallery, Madison’s Garden, 137 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 is an art gallery, with an outdoor sculpture garden in honor of Jom’s family, art, Eureka Springs, the artists and their positive impact on humanity, the beauty of nature found in the hills, springs and mountains of Eureka Springs and North West Arkansas, and of course, the wonderful memory of Jom's son Madison and his love for people, and life.

Judy Statton
In collaboration with . . .

Five & Dime Drama Collective is a group of Eureka Springs authors, actors and artists, including Director Larry Horn, Board President and Kenn Woodard, Executive Creative Producer. They seek new works that challenge audiences intellectually and artistically. They do not limit content or language.and produce only work by and intended for adults, and only in English. They provide publicity throughout Northwest Arkansas and handle venue arrangements in Eureka Springs. Now in their fourth season, past performances have included a full-length multimedia play, a ten-minute play series, a poetry slam showcase, and a lyric poem adapted to the stage. Five and Dime encourages the use of varied disciplines (prose, poetry, rap) and incorporating music, movement, video, or other artistic elements into these talented works. This 2019 Fall Series features six directors, seventeen local actors, over 100 volunteers and eight underwriters.

Jim Holt | The Holt Awards | In Memoriam
During this Fall Performance Series, The Five And Dime Drama Collective is proud to introduce The First Annual Holt Awards in honor of Jim Holt where they will honor Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Ensemble.

SHIFT: Love, longing and loss.

This two-hour event consists of six world/NWA micro-theatrical plays that delve into the ever-changing dynamic of the human experience. Award-winning local, national and international playwrights, directors and actors shine in this 2019 Fall Performance Series.

Over 150 plays and playwrights submitted these micro-plays (15-20 minutes long) and six (6) were chosen to create this Fall Performance Series.

Six community leaders have been invited to introduce each micro-play at these performances.

Need synopsis information about these micro-theatrical plays >>> go here. Need directions to The Center Stage >>> go here.

If you don't wish to get your tickets online, tickets may also be purchased at these fine business locations right here in Eureka Springs:

  • Nibbles, 79 Spring St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632

  • Brews, 2 Pine St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632

  • The Gravel Bar, 216 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632


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