2024 Buda Arts Festival
& Plein Air Painting Competition
September 10 - 14
Live, outdoor, plein air painting competitions, busking musicians, film screenings, art demos, artisan markets, artist meet-ups, kids' activities, and dance performances fill the week! There's something for everyone! While most of the festival is FREE, events on the Festival Schedule that require TICKETS are marked with a 🖌️.
The Buda Arts Festival, originally named the Buda Plein Air Festival, was created in 2020 by Inspired Minds Art Center to bring the community together outdoors, through art, in a mindful, healing, and celebratory way during a time of social restrictions, fear, and anxiety. Over the years, it has grown from a 1-day painting and music festival to a 5-day celebration of all-thing-arts! Check out the SCHEDULE.
Congratulations to the
Art Competition Winners!
What does plein-air mean??
[ pleyn-air; French ple-ner ]
Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” - www.artistsnetwork.com
2023 Plein Air Competition
Shea Daniel-Youngblood - “Brian's Idea”
Larisa Anaya - “Summer Rain”
Celeste Perez Smith - “Dancing Silhouettes”
2023 Quick Draw winners
Shea Daniel-Youngblood - “Park on Main Street”
Tom Afflerbach - “Over/Under”
Sean Allen - “Gallery in Motion”
2023 Festival Fine Art Show
Lauren Drew Barros - "ÁGUA VIVA"
Karen Ramsey - "Magnificent Loneliness"