Paint Grand Traverse: A Plein Air Affair

In August 2018, Crooked Tree Arts Center will host Paint Grand Traverse, a six day plein air painting festival featuring top artists from across the country. The inaugural event will take place August 13-18, 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.

The masters competition will feature 44 artists from across the country, including northern Michigan. A quick draw competition is set for August 15, and is open to all via pre-registration.

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