Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long plein air painting festival and competition, featuring artists from across the country. Presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center, the inaugural Paint Grand Traverse took place in August 2018. Paint Grand Traverse includes a Quick Draw Competition, free live painting demos, workshops and classes, a "Pint-Sized Paint Out" for kids, parties and sales, and opportunities for spectators. The week wraps up with the Paint Grand Finale Celebration & Sale, which is
Paint Grand Traverse 2019 will be held August 12-18.
WHAT IS PLEIN AIR PAINTING?
From the French en plein air, or "in open air", plein air artists work outside, in natural lighting conditions, capturing the ephemeral atmospheric and lighting conditions.
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.
WHO ARE THE ARTISTS?
PGT 2019 will feature artists from across the country, who come via invitation and a competitive application process. Meet the 2019 featured artists. The application for our August 2020 event will open in the fall.
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