Plein Air Utah

Presentation/demos each day, paint outs daily,
with an incredible exhibit and sale on Saturday!
Sale includes, studio and plein air paintings by PAU instructors
and wet paint pieces by particpants.
Instructors' art will be available throughout the retreat.

In collaboration with the Midway Art Association and Plein Air Painters of Utah, we are happy to bring you details of the Second Annual Plein Air Utah Rendezvous and Retreat, September 12 – 15, 2018.

Midway Town Hall
120 West Main Street
Midway, Utah 84049

Wednesday, September 11

7:00 – 8:00 AM - Registration
Midway Town Hall

Check in and receive your name badge, schedule and event materials.
Breakfast provided.

8:00 - 8:15
Midway Town Hall
Welcome. Overview of the Event

8:15 – 9:15 AM

Color Presentation - David Koch

9:15 – 9:30 Break/Travel Time

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Painting in the Field by instructors\. All Participants observe. Location TBA

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lunch on your own.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Color Presentation - David Dean

2:00 - 2:30 PM Break/Travel Time

2:30 – 5:30 PM
Choose One

Painting in the Field - Rotation 1
Rotate by Color. Refer to map
Field Demonstration by John Hughes
Beginner instructors Rob Adamson &Tom Howard

2;30 – 3:30 pm
Top Five Approaches to Composition & Design Presentation -
Kimbal Warren
Midway Town Hall

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Dinner on your own.

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Abstracting the Landscape - Doug Fryer

Thursday, September 12

7:30 - 8:00 AM Light breakfast provided.

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Midway Town Hall

Approaching the Landscape Painting – Presentation – Kathryn Stats

9:00 - 9:30 AM Break/Travel Time

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Choose One

Painting in the Field - Rotation 2
Rotate by color. Refer to map.
Field demonstration by Susette Gertsch

Demonstration - Susan Gallacher
Midway Town Hall

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lunch on own.

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Helping Your Paint Behave Itself – Mediums & Material - J. Ken Spencer

2:00 – 2:30 PM Break/Travel Time

2:30 – 5:00 PM
Choose One

Painting in the Field - Rotation 3
Rotate by color - Refer to map
Field Demonstration by Roland Lee

Demonstration - John Poon
Midway Town Hall

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Dinner on you own.

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Michael Malm - Presentation

Friday, September 13

7:30 - 8:00 AM Light breakfast provided.

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Midway Town Hall

Presentation - Kimball Geisler

9:00 - 9:30 AM Break/Travel Time

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Choose One

Painting in the Field - Rotation 4
Rotate by color - Refer to map.
Field Demonstration by Steve Stauffer

The Value of Plein Air for the Sudion Artist - Kristi Grussendorf
Midway Town Hall

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lunch on your own.

1:00 - 2:00 PM Using Social Media to promote your work - Shanna Kunz and Liz Robbins
2:00 - 2:30 PM Break/Travel Time

2:00 – 5:30 PM
Choose One

Painting in the Field - Rotation 5
: Your choice of locations

Demonstration - Digital Capture Critique
Midway Town Hall

6:00 - 7:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Buffet dinner provided.
Midway Town Hall

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Panel Discussion. Moderator: Steve Mc Ginty, President Plain Air Painters of Utah

8:00 9:00 PM
Midway Town Hall
Check-in and hang paintings for Saturday’s exhibit

Saturday, September 14

8:00 – 10:00 AM
Midway Town Hall
Final check-in and hang paintings.
(Breakfast and Lunch on your own)

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Wet Paint Sale & Exhibit. Participants are able to display two of their works painted over the last three days at the Retreat.. (Sales staff provided).

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Midway Town Hall

Plein Air Painting. Faculty and Participants paint on the lawn in the area of the Midway Town Hall and Park.

*Schedule Subject to Change

Rob Adamson, Rett Ashby, C. Scott Bevan, David Dean, Laurie Eskelson, Susan Gallacher, Susette Gertsch, Becky Hartvigsen, Steve Heward, Tom Howard, John Hughes, David Koch, Roland Lee, Steve McGinty, John Poon, Bonnie Posselli, Spike Ress, Ken Spencer, Steve Stauffer, Kimbal Warren


Rob Adamson, Tom Howard, Susette Gertsch, Roland Lee, Steve Stauffer. Other artist members will also be painting in the field during the week when available.


In addition to your painting supplies, it is suggested that you bring the following with you to the event. Comfortable clothing and good walking shoes, notebook/sketchbook, water, camera, lawn chair, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat. Optional: umbrella and stakes to hold your easel. Note: PAU ball caps and painting aprons will be available for purchase at the event.

Plain Air Utah


The five painting blocks on the schedule include travel time to the locations. Your group of attendees will rendezvous with one of the faculty teams (with 3-4 instructors) at a specific location in beautiful Heber valley. You will paint at 5 gorgeous fall locations in order to meet the entire faculty over the 3 days. At least one faculty member of each team will demonstrate en plein air for those who wish to watch a demonstration, and the other faculty members will coach those who want to set up and paint. If you wish to have coaching from one of the faculty members while on site, simply display your flag that you were provided at check-in.


There are numerous supplies and equipment and a wide variety of painting approaches. PAPU artist and instructor Bonnie Posselli has given us her list for you to use as a guide if you wish. It is focused on oil painting. Bonnie is a veteran painting teacher from Salt Lake City.

Click here for Bonnie’s supply list.

Click here for Bonnie’s plein air painting tips.


The novice group will gather for special training and move from team to team. Novice painters will learn together because the coaching will be keyed to your specific needs. If you prefer to paint with intermediate and advanced painters, you are welcome to. However, we recommend the novice group for ease of learning.


Tom Howard and Becky Hartvigsen will lead this specialized group of watercolorists to the fields to paint en plein air. You may opt to focus exclusively with this group and medium. Tom is hand picking sites for watercolor demonstrations and painting sessions.

Click here for Tom’s supply list.


Two pieces maximum per participant.  No pieces larger than 18x24, not including mat and frame.

Artwork must be framed and ready for hanging as shown in the schedule above. Note: there will be a vendor with frames available on site. 

You will need to fill out an “Art Sign-In Sheet & Release Form” when you submit your pieces. Please remember to include sales tax and the 20% commission when establishing a price for your artwork.

Sale and Exhibit Hours: Saturday, Sept. 15 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

At least 90% of the artwork must be produced outdoors in the spirit of plein air.

The Midway Art Association retains 20% of all sales of artwork exhibited during the retreat.  All sales either inside or outside the Town Hall must be processed through the Midway Art Association sales desk.

Checks for the sale of artwork will be mailed to artists shortly after the event. Additionally, any sale made either by agreement with the buyer during the show or through arrangements as a follow up to the show are subject to the same agreement.  

The PAU Committee reserves the right to jury out any subject matter unsuitable for the event and to adjust the number of works shown in the event according to available space.

Also on Saturday, the 15th, attendees and faculty are invited to paint out-of-doors on the lawn and around the Town Hall using any appropriate subject matter and reference. Sorry no nudes. This is a great time to meet the art-loving public in Midway, get exposure for your art or just hang out with fellow artists and just enjoy yourself in this relaxed atmosphere. It is an opportunity to sell, hand out cards, make new friends and educate admiring friends to the marvelous tradition of plein air painting. Paint at any or all of the suggested painting times: 10-12noon; 12noon – 2pm; 2-4pm


Check out with us before you leave and turn in your Event Survey. Collect any unsold paintings and sign your paperwork.


Midway Art Association

The Midway Art Association is a community art group and was founded in 2004. It includes all levels of artists. The MAA sponsors the very successful Wasatch Plein Air Paradise event each year. It also offers monthly meetings.


Plein Air Painters of Utah has 36 professional artist members who meet once a month to paint at different locations throughout the year. These artists range from being part-time to full-time professional painters who show and sell in galleries and museums. They successfully compete in local and national painting events. Many teach privately and professionally. Read about each PAPU member at They are dedicated, enthused individuals who want to share their knowledge with you!

Plein Air Painters of Utah

The MAA and PAPU honor art education as an important part of their mission statements, and have teamed up to create an immersion painting experience that is more intimate than a convention, and more valuable than a typical painting workshop or class because of the networking opportunities and benefit of potential sales.

PAPU Artist demo
Rob Adamson
Plein Air Utah 2017


1st Utah Bank

Midway Art Association PAPU