Join us for the Inaugural Morro Bay Plein Air Festival!

Painting en Plein Aire is a French term for painting in the open air. During this 4-day event, enjoy a free plein air art demonstration or attend a 2-day art workshop with acclaimed, International Artist, Guido Frick. Watch plein air artists paint the beautiful landscapes of Morro Bay during the Paint Out. Attend an exciting VIP Party with live music, wine tasting, small bites and door prizes. Purchase freshly painted, framed art, during the silent and live auctions! Participating artists are eligible for cash awards. All art will be for sale during this event.

Workshop Registration

April 14-15, 9am-5pm

 $385. MBAA Members, $405. Non Members

Acclaimed, International Artist, Guido Frick will give a 2-day workshop to help artists combine visual impressions with inner sensitivity to find their own artistic language.  Guido teaches his impressionistic style throughout Europe and the U. S. Learn how to capture the mood, using brilliant color in all painting mediums to include pastel. For more information about the artist, visit:

Paint Out Registration

April 16, 2020

Prices vary

The Morro Bay Plein Air Festival is open to emerging and professional artists of all skill levels. Sign up to participate in one, or all of the events! Participating artists will be featured in the Morro Bay Plein Air Art Festival brochure.  Artists may attend the free art demonstration, register for the 2-day workshop, participate in the Paint Out and Quick Draw contest.  Paint Out and Quick Draw participants are eligible for awards and invited to attend the VIP Party.  Reduced VIP Party tickets are available for participating artists.

VIP Party Registration

April 16, 4pm – 8:30pm

VIP Party is Free and Open to the Public 

The VIP Party will be held at Inn at Morro Bay, one of Morro Bay’s most scenic hotels overlooking the bay.  Be the first to bid on freshly painted, framed, artworks from the earlier Paint Out!  Enjoy the live music of Mike Thibault, wine tasting with Harmony Cellars and Frolicking Frog Wineries, small bites, artist awards and great door prizes. Watch artists compete in the 2-hr Quick Draw contest and get into the excitement of this fast paced live auction!  All sales are completed the night of the event and all sales are final.  

Pricing Details:

  • Paint Out Registration $35. MBAA Members $40. Non-members
  • Additional Canvases $10. each (limit 3)
  • 2-Day Workshop $385.
  • Additional Quick Draw $20. MBAA Members $25. Non-members
  • VIP Party Free & Open to the Public