Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair

In August 2018, Crooked Tree Arts Center presented the first annual Paint Grand Traverse, a week-long plein air painting festival and competition featuring top artists from across the country. The inaugural event took place August 13-18, 2018. Dates for next summer are August 12-17, 2019. An application for artists will be available October 15-November 9, 2018.

The Grand Traverse region is located in northwest lower Michigan, and is known the world over for its gorgeous scenery, hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan coast, and historic small towns and villages. The largest of these, Traverse City, is nestled on the southern shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, and is home to Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City.

Presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center

Paint Grand Traverse is presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center. Founded in 1971, CTAC is a community-based arts center serving northern Michigan from campuses in Traverse City and Petoskey. We offer events and classes in visual arts, dance, music, culinary arts, theatre, and more. To learn more about Crooked Tree Arts Center, visit us online at