PAINT IT PLEIN AIR | Outdoor painting events

PAINT IT PLEIN AIR | Outdoor painting events Mainframe Studios | 08/01/2022

Calling all plein air painting enthusiasts, novices and experts!

Let's get outside and paint! Join our annual plein air painting events August 25-27 and accompanying juried exhibition at our September 2nd First Friday Open Studio Event! 

Mainframe Studios has partnered with Whiterock Conservancy and Polk County Conservation to present painting sessions and a juried exhibition celebrating conservation, sustainability, and a love of the great outdoors.

Live painting sessions will be led by Mainframe artist Gary Hoff - local painter, member of the Salmagundi Art Club, and Whiterock Conservancy Artist in Resident. Gary will be available for plein air guidance and good conversation.

The Blok art supply store is available outfit participants with paint, brushes, advice and even kits. 

All events are free to participate. Painting events are happening at Whiterock Conservancy and Fort Des Moines Park August 25-27. Follow the links for more details. 

RSVP: AUG 25 at Whiterock

RSVP: AUG 26 at Whiterock

RSVP: AUG 27 at Fort DSM

Participants interested in attending both Whiterock events might enjoy booking a night at one of White Rocks' many historic accommodations:


Our Paint It Plein Air painting events culminate with a special juried exhibition happening during First Friday Open Studio festivities on 4th Floor of Mainframe Studios. Come see who wins first prize, and enjoy a night of creativity and community!

SUBMITTING WORK: Artists attending our Paint It Plein Air painting events are encouraged to submit their work to be included in our annual juried exhibition! Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place submissions. Prizes are provided by Mainframe Studios, The Blok DSM, and Polk County Conservation.

REQUIREMENTS: Works should be ready to hang and delivered to Mainframe Studios #100 no later than August 30th. 

CONTACT: Please reach out with any questions to Paint It Plein Air event coordinator Sabrina Carper at

RSVP: SEPT 2 Event

Thank you to Claire Sedovic for Paint It Plein Air graphics.