Plein Air Paint Out

 All artists and spectators are invited to enjoy the spectacular weekend of artistry in De Smet August 8 through August 11, 2019 as the 11th 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 8, 2018 - All Events on Friday at Laura Ingalls Wilder Society ( 103 Olivet Ave SE)

9AM-7PM: Registration and Canvas Stamping*

5PM: Artist's and Community Reception on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society lawn. Come and joy appetizers, beverages, music, food, and great conversations with new and old friends! Music by Fiddlers of SD


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018 - All Events on Saturday at Ingalls Homestead                                                                                                 (One mile south of De Smet- 20812 Homestead Rd)

9AM- 7PM: Registration and stamping of canvas continues. Everyone paints on their own anywhere around in the area!


Time TBA: Manchester Bus Tour


11AM-12PM: Mural Discussion with Lily Payne

Noon -1pm: Take a break and grab your FREE lunch. Enjoy the workshops and networking!

12:30PM- 1:30PM: Oil Painting Demonstration with Jessie Rasche

12:30PM- 2:30PM: Children's Workshop with Dan Sheldon & Judith Oliver (Ages 8 and up- space limited)

6PM: Reception & Evening meal on the Homestead Porch with socializing and music by the Fiddlers of SD!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018- Wet Paint Sale at De Smet's NEW Event Center- 705 Wilder Lane


8:30AM - 10AM: Set up for Wet Sale- Artists set up to sell the paintings they have completed during the 2019 Plein Air event. Tables are provided- please bring your own easels. Each artist is allowed to bring 6 original artworks, including prints and note cards, to be sold in addition to their paintings completed during the 2019 Plein Air Event. 


10AM - 2PM: Wet Sale is held! (Lunch is provided.) Public invited! There is a commission percentage of 20% due to the Harvey Dunn Society for any artwork sold during the Sunday Wet Sale. There will be a desk in the entrance area to record your sales and commissions. 

2:00 PM: Presentation of Harvey Dunn Award, Artist's Choice Award & People's Choice Awards (Awards sponsored by American Bank & Trust and De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance.)

*Only canvas stamped paintings will be eligible for awards.