Plein Air painting is alive and well in Cedarburg! If you happen to arrive in Cedarburg between June 8 and June 19, don’t be surprised to see as many as 150 artists hard at work at their easels on every street corner. They can also be seen in the picturesque parks, along Cedar Creek and in most of the nooks and crannies of Cedar Creek Settlement as they paint their hearts out for $8,700 in cash prizes during the annual Cedarburg Plein Air event.
Not only do many of the artists stay here at our downtown Cedarburg bed and breakfast during Plein Air, but we are one of the event sponsors and we host daily Artists’ Socials, which are free to participating artists. You can also get your 3rd night free when you book your visit Sunday – Thursday!
Taken from the French language, the phrase “en plein air” means “in the open air.” In the late 1800s, this kind of painting began an artistic revolution as artists in France moved outdoors, and attempted to capture with their brushes the effects sunlight and the changing times of day had on a subject. Plein air quickly became popular, and today artists all over the world enjoy this style of painting.
Fifteen years ago, thanks to visionary Cedarburg resident and artist Sandra McCutcheon Pape, Cedarburg hosted its first Plein Air Painting event, and has been hosting one every year since. The event culminates with an art exhibit at the Cedarburg Cultural Center where the majority of paintings are available to purchase at reasonable prices.
To find out more about Cedarburg Plein Air, which has expanded to include Port Washington and Thiensville, visit cedarburgpleinair.com or visit their blog. And be sure to book your room early for this popular event. Rooms tend to go fast!