For Artists

Welcome to the inaugural Morro Bay Plein Air Festival!

Please take this week to unwind and immerse yourself in plein air. Enjoy the entire creative process and the wonderful things to see and do in Morro Bay.

The Central Coast offers a myriad of beautiful landscapes to discover and paint; dynamic seascapes, serene bay and harbor vistas, quaint street scenes, bucolic vineyards, barns, and hills. There’s even a sunken ship if that’s your delight!

Morro Bay Plein Air Festival is a juried exhibition hosting professional artists from across the country. Original artwork will be available for purchase in a fun outdoor party and live auction.

Professional Category artists will receive prize money and have their art available for sale at an outdoor art party and live auction event.

A separate Non-Professional Category is open to all artists. Non-Professional Category will have artwork sold in a silent auction at Art Center Morro Bay.

All artists, visitors and art collectors are invited to our Outdoor Art Party and Live Auction. Celebrate with live music, light bites, wine, raffle prizes, and of course our exciting live auction. This event is free and open to all.

Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school, Judson River School, and Impressionists.

In 1830, the Barbizon School in France enabled artists like Charles-François Daubigny and Théodore Rousseau to more accurately depict the appearance of outdoor settings in various light and weather conditions. In the late 1800s, the en plein air approach was incorporated with the impressionists’ style, and artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Frederic Bazille began creating their work outdoors. From France, the movement expanded to America, starting in California then moving to other American locales notable for their natural light qualities, including the Hudson River Valley in New York. -Information from Wikipedia

“People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love. ” – Claude Monet.