Art Party & Live Auction

All original paintings created during the week are available for purchase at the Outdoor Art Party & Live Auction on Saturday September 25th at Tidelands Park. (South end of Embarcadero) Art preview from 5-7pm. Auction starts at 7pm.

The Art Party is free to artists and the public.

Plein air or “en plein air” is a French expression that means “in open air,”and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

Pick up your auction bidding paddles at Art Center Morro Bay, 835 Main St. during the week or get one at the Art Party to be held at Tidelands Park at the south end of the Embarcadero.

Artwork will be judged by esteemed plein air artist Guido Frick. Cash prizes are awarded and a “crowd favorite” award will go to the artist with the most votes from the crowd.

Artists and Collectors

Artists and art collectors alike can enjoy live music, wine, and light refreshments at the Outdoor Art Party.  All original paintings from the week are available for preview at the art party prior to the live auction. 

The Inaugural Morro Bay Plein Air Festival is a juried plein air festival hosting top professional plein air artists from across the country.

During this week long event, artists paint en plein air in and around Morro Bay. Its dynamic coastlines, serene bay and harbor, iconic landscapes, and pastoral vineyards lend excellent subject matter for beautiful paintings; just right for your home or office.

See artists painting at picturesque sites around the city or neighboring communities. Participate in free plein air lectures and demonstrations and watch an exciting quick draw competition where artists start and finish an art piece in only 3 hours.

Proceeds from art sales help to support the Morro Bay Art Association who gives to the community through art classes, youth art, adult workshops, scholarships, free demonstrations and lectures, and gallery exhibits.