Plein Air Paint Out

 All artists and spectators are invited to enjoy the spectacular weekend of artistry in De Smet August 10 through August 12, 2018 as the 10th 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. And it is so fun....
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 10, 2018 - All Events on Friday at Laura Ingalls Wilder Society ( 103 Olivet Ave SE)
Registration and Canvas Stamping* 9AM - 7PM
Reception: 5PM, Music, Food, Great conversations...


SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018 - All Events on Saturday at Ingalls Homestead                                                                                                 (One mile south of De Smet)
Registration ann Stamping 9AM- 7PM
Pastel Painting Demonstration with Charlene Fleming 11AM- 12PM
Lunch Provided
Painting Demonstration with Steve Randall 12:30PM- 1:30PM
Children's Workshop with Karen Kinder 12:30PM- 2:30PM
Reception 6PM..Another evening of great fellowship, food, music and laughter

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

Artists work on display and opportunity to purchase art. Original Harvey Dunn works on display.  
2:00 PM: Presentation of the Harvey Dunn Award & Artists & 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.