Plein Air Roanoke 2021



The Little Gallery is delighted to announce the 2nd Plein Air Roanoke - May 17 through May 22, 2021.  A wonderful opportunity to paint or watch some of the best painters from across the country  paint Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Landscape.

Plein Air Roanoke, is an annual event to encourage outdoor painting for all ages!

This year the event kicks off with nationally recognized plein air artist, Mary Garrish giving a Workshop, on MAY 16th and 17th.  She will also be judging the plein air event on May 21st.

Mary Garrish was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1955 and  served as the President of the American Impressionist Society for 2005-2007.  Her major interest is Plein Air landscapes and other Representational Art.  She paints annually around the world.

When asked about leaving a career in surgery for full time painting, Mary replies “I was pulled to art, not pushed from medicine.”   Mary has devoted intense study in both her studio and in regular workshop participation with many of the great landscape artists of this era.  Her art hangs in galleries and private collections around the United States.  Mary has been selected to participate in numerous national juried shows, and has had several one-woman shows at both galleries and museums. 


Schedule is as follows:

  • May 17 through May 22, 2021
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  • Sunday, May 16
     Mary Garrish Workshop / 9 am to 5 pm / Registration Form
  • Monday, May 17
     Mary Garrish Workshop / 9 am to 4pm
    – Concierge and Tours – Noon
    – Check-in and Stamping -4 pm
    – Welcome, Orientation, and Pizza – 5 pm
  • Tuesday, May 18 through Friday, May 21
    – Paint outs in various area locations
  • Thursday, May 20
    Cocktail Reception at Little Gallery – 6pm
  • Friday, May 21
    – Drop off painting for judging – Noon-4pm
    – Judging – 4pm-7pm
    – Gala – 6 pm
    – Awards
  • Saturday, May 22
    – Open Sale – 10am-4pm
    – Plein Art painters observed in public, Downtown Roanoke


Art lovers and enthusiasts, mark your calendars to come see artists at work and watch plein air artists create new work throughout downtown Roanoke, and come see their finished pieces at the 202 Gallery.  

Artists, please visit the Plein Air Roanoke website for registration and rules for your participation in this year's "Plein Air Roanoke."