Plein Air Paint Out

 All artists and spectators are invited to enjoy the spectacular weekend of artistry in De Smet August 11- 13, 2017 as the 9th annual Plein Air 'Paint Out' is held. All activities are free to the artists and the public. This is the longest running Plein Air event in South Dakota and is growing each year.
Plein Air has become a popular event for the public to attend and to purchase original works of art that are scenes from the local area. It is a tremendous opportunity to watch artists at work and for 'budding' artists to learn techniques and materials used by professionals. Artists of all levels and ages are encouraged to participate and to enjoy fellowship as you paint. Arrangements can be made for tours of the area prior to the event, if desired.
Pre- register and learn details by contacting Rita Anderson at 605-203-0216; email or This event is sponsored by the Harvey Dunn Society.

All Free:

  • Workshops
  • Receptions
  • Wet Sale
  • Awards


FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017 - All Events on Friday at Laura Ingalls Wilder Society ( 103 Olivet Ave SE)
Registration and Canvas Stamping* 9AM - 7PM
Reception: 5PM


SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017 - All Events on Saturday at Ingalls Homestead                                                                                                 (One mile south of De Smet)
Registration ann Stamping 9AM- 7PM
Oil Painting Demonstration with Charlene Fleming 11AM- 12PM
Lunch Provided
Pastel Painting Demonstration with Chris Cernetisch 12:30PM- 1:30PM
Children's Workshop with Karen Kinder 12:30PM- 2:30PM
Reception 6PM

Wet Paint Sale 11AM - 2PM De Smet Event Center (705 Wilder Lane)

Artists work on display and opportunity purchase art. Original Harvey Dunn works on display.  
2:00 PM: Presentation of the Harvey Dunn Award & Artitsts & People's Choice Awards


Artists from several states will be seen painting at various locations in the De Smet Area. Workshops will be held for artists at Ingalls Homestead to learn more about painting. Children's Workshops will be added to the schedule this year. 

*Only canvas stamped paintings will be eligible for awards.