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Morro Bay Inaugural

Plein Air Festival

August 9-15, 2021

 Plein Air Festival

The Morro Bay Plein Air Festival is a juried exhibition consisting of a panel of 3 jurors. The panel will review all submitted applications and select between 20-30 artists to participate in the event. All artwork will be sold in a Live Auction at the culminating Art Party.

Amateurs may participate in a separate category and will have their work sold at silent auction.

Painting will take place between 8am – 5pm Monday through Thursday around Morro Bay and its environs. Friday will be a relaxing day to frame and deliver your work to Art Center Morro Bay. Saturday afternoon a Quick Draw Competition will take place with a Live Auction to follow. Sunday will see sales of silent auction Amateur Category artwork at Art Center Morro Bay. Please see calendar of events for detailed activities.

Morro Bay

So much to explore in Morro Bay, California!   You’ll love the miles of beautiful sandy beaches, the national estuary, numerous land adventures and excursions in the bay itself or on the Pacific Ocean. Temperate climates add to the enjoyment.

Morro Bay is home to world-famous Morro Rock; this seaside destination serves as the backdrop to an abundance of year-round activities like boating, kayaking, surfing, golfing, hiking, biking, and nearby wineries. You’ll love the eclectic shopping opportunities, delicious dining options, Morro Bay Golf Course, and many comfy places to stay.

And don’t miss the wildlife which abounds in the sea, in the air, and on the ground. Seals, whales, and otter are sure to bring a smile. Morro Bay is a bird sanctuary and four footed creatures have been spotted too.

Live Auction Activities

A Live Auction awaits you at our culminating party. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase incredible plein air paintings fresh off the easels.

All professional paintings whether in the quick draw competition or at the paint out sessions will be available for purchase.

Enjoy Live Music, Wine, Light Bites, and fun in front of Art Center Morro Bay. You won’t want to miss out!

Pick up a bidding paddle at Art Center Morro Bay throughout the festival or Friday night at the party. A silent auction of all amateur painting is also offered.