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 a is growing each year.
Plein Air has become a popular event for the public to attend and to purchase original works or 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 the LIW Society, 1-800-880-3383 or Rita Anderson at 605-203-0216; email or This event is sponsored by the Harvey Dunn Society.

All Free:

  • Workshops
  • Receptions
  • Wet Sale
  • Awards


Registration and Canvas Stamping* at Laura Ingalls Wilder Society9AM - 7PM
Reception: 5PM


Registration ann Stamping 9AM- 7PM
Oil Painting Demonstration with Bonnie Brahms 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
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. Check back soon for the updated schedule!

Presentation of Harvey Dunn Award and Artist & People's Choice Awards
*Only canvas stamped paintings will be eligible for awards.