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[ pleyn-air; French ple-ner ]


  • pertaining to a manner or style of painting developed chiefly in France in the mid-19th century, characterized by the representation of the luminous effects of natural light and atmosphere as contrasted with the artificial light and absence of the sense of air or atmosphere associated with paintings produced in the studio.

  • designating a painting executed out of doors and representing a direct response to the scene or subject in front of the artist.

  • (of a painting) having the qualities of air and natural light.

A Brief History:

Inspired Minds Art Center created the Buda Plein Air Festival in the middle of the 2020 pandemic with the purpose of responsibly bringing the community together outdoors through art in a mindful, healing, and celebratory way. It was a spectacular morning of live art, music, and a public artwork dedication outdoors in Downtown Buda.

We're bringing it back in 2021 as a 4-day art festival that includes:

  • 3 days of live plein air painting

  • A juried art competition with cash prizes

  • Live music, Artists Markets, and VIP parties