The 2016 Bitterroot en Plein Air is scheduled for October 6-8,
and will create an experience for plein air artists, from
beginner to advanced, and in any painting medium.

Artists can paint at their choices of premier locations including
mountains, streams and rivers in fall color. Wildlife is plentiful along
the way, rivers and lakes reflect fall colors and the wild Montana
skies are constantly changing. Local guides and maps of the best
areas will be available to the artists. Places to paint include the
Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, multiple Bitterroot River access areas and
bridges, two park locations, the historic downtown area of Hamilton
and the grounds of the Historic Marcus Daly Mansion.
The Bitterroot en Plein Air is limited to 50 artists working in all
painting media, but work must be done completely “en plein air”.

Come join fellow artists in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Western
Montana and paint the autumn colors set against a stunning
background of towering mountains. There is an abundance of
painting sites along the Bitterroot River and you will retrace the very
footsteps of Lewis & Clark on their historic trek of 1804-06.
Although September 21 is the deadline for sign-up,
we are only accepting the first 50 artists so sign up
early!! Make your accommodation reservations as
soon as possible.

Upon receipt of your $60 fee, you will receive a list
of accommodations.

October weather is generally mild with cool mornings
and nights. Layered clothing is best. Average
daytime temperatures range in the high 50’s to 70
degrees. Nights are high 30s to 40s. Be prepared
for these variations.
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Thanks to our Sponsors for 2016;
providing panels and prizes for the artists