Imagine letting your creativity flow as you create plein air paintings with the breathtaking Red Wing bluffs and Mississippi River in the background. Join in on the 17th annual Red Wing Plein Air Festival by booking your stay at the St. James Hotel. Our luxury hotel is a staple in Red Wing, MN, that overflows with history and elegance.
Bob Dylan and Mark Twain are just a few of the many guests who have stayed in our Red Wing hotel over its 140 years of existence. Our guests’ fond memories and joy throughout the years have left their mark on the building that helps give the St. James Hotel its distinctive charm. There’s no better Red Wing hotel to rest your head when looking for inspiration during the Red Wing Plein Air Festival.
Don’t Miss the 17th Annual Red Wing Plein Air Festival
Some of the events in store include an artist picnic, group paint-outs, a quick paint competition, awards, and more! Their Depot Gallet holds hundreds of judged artwork. Below are some links to past artwork and winners:
- 2022 Plein Air Award Winners
- Plein Air Painting in the “Gateway to the Driftless Region”
- Plein Air 2022 Featured Class Online Gallery
- Plein Air 2022 Open Class Online Gallery
How To Sign Up for the Red Wing Plein Air Festival
Adult Open Class Registration
A $30 application fee for Open Class plein air artists is due on June 10, 2023. You can pay this by calling 651-388-7569 or registering online. You are then invited to join all the juried artist events and submit one painting to the exhibit by noon on June 22, 2022. The Open Class plein air painter winner will be invited to participate in the next Red Wing Plein Air Festival as a Juried Featured Artist.
Youth Open Class Registration
Young plein air artists ages 14-22 can register for the youth category at $15 per person. The registration fee is due on June 10, 2023, with a youth participant orientation on that same day. Each young plein air painter can participate in all the Red Wing Plein Air Festival activities and submit one painting to the exhibit by noon on June 22, 2022.