Paint Grand Traverse 2021

Kathleen Hudson, Sleeping Bear Dunes

Paint Grand Traverse is an annual plein air painting festival and competition, presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center and located in Traverse City, Michigan. We're looking forward to connecting talented plein air painters, art fans, and collectors this August!

Originating in 2018, Paint Grand Traverse is a week-long event featuring top artists from across the country. Event highlights include the Quick Paint Competition, Pint-Sized Paint Out for Kids, live painting demonstrations and workshops, and the Collectors Gala & Benefit. In August 2020, Paint Grand Traverse was adapted for the COVID-19 pandemic as a successful hybrid in-person and online event.

Paint Grand Traverse 2021 Dates: August 9 - September 11

We are pleased to announce that with the greatly improved COVID-19 conditions and easing of restrictions on gatherings, Paint Grand Traverse 2021 will be presented in its full, week-long format!


What is plein air painting?

From the French en plein air, or "in open air", plein air artists work outside, in natural lighting conditions, capturing the ephemeral atmospheric and lighting conditions.

About the Location

The Grand Traverse region is located in northwest lower Michigan, and is known the world over for its gorgeous scenery, hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan coast, and historic small towns and villages. The largest of these, Traverse City, is nestled on the southern shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, and is home to Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City.

Who are the artists?

PGT features artists from across the country, who come via invitation and a competitive application process. Meet the PGT 2021 featured artists

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