2021 Plein Air Festival


Festival: July 24–31, 2021

Exhibition And Auction: August 1–October 10, 2021

View and Bid on the Plein Air Festival Juried Exhibition and Auction

Closing on October 10 at 5:00pm

Painting Southern California in the open air in one of only 14 designated California Cultural Districts

As part of OMA’s inaugural Plein Air Festival artists at all levels of experience were invited to come to the burgeoning coastal city of Oceanside to paint Southern California in the open air. Oceanside offers gorgeous coastlines, charming cityscapes, peaceful lagoons, rolling hills with lush ora and fauna, and the historic Mission San Luis Rey, among other visual splendor to capture in any artistic media.

The 2021 Plein Air Festival Juried Exhibition is a stunning showcase of original plein air works of art representing Southern California’s natural beauty and urban environments in a variety of media, all created over the course of one exciting week. This exhibition is also a rare opportunity to collect artworks from prominent plein air painters through a virtual silent auction. Proceeds bene the artists and OMA’s Exhibition Fund. Click here to see a full list of exhibiting artists and award winners.

Festival Featured Artists And Jurors

Click Here To View The Featured Artist Pop-Up Auction

The Pop-Up Auction will close at 5:00pm on October 10

This is a time-limited opportunity to view and bid on five selected artworks, one from each of our featured artists. Want to see the work in person? The artwork will be on display at OMA through Sunday, October 10.

Many Thanks To Our Generous Event Sponsors
And Community Partners

Presented By

Vermilion Skies Title Sponsors

Pthalo Waves Premier Sponsor

Deena and Ken Altman

Ochre Bluffs Program Sponsor

Cerulean Seas Award Sponsors

Deena and Ken Altman

Chris Clevering

Media Sponsors

Program Partners

Plein Air Locations

Visit Oceanside has created a map of recommended painting locations with suggestions from a variety of local experts. We hope this inspires you to check them out for yourself.

Featured Artists

Click Here To View The Featured Artist Pop-Up Auction. The artwork will be on display at OMA through Sunday, October 10.

Mark Fehlman
Danny Griego
Margaret Larlham
Shuang Li


Exhibition Jurors
And Awards Judges

Scott W. Prior and Jean Stern with OMA executive director Maria Mingalone




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