The Third Annual Prescott Plein Air Art Festival, October 13–16, brings art outdoors. Fifteen professional painters will take their studios outside to capture the area’s natural, architectural, and historical beauty.
The talented group will feature six local women: Betty Carr, Gretchen Lopez, Cathy Krieger, Dawn Sutherland, Cindy Carrillo, and Casey Cheuvront.
An oil, acrylic, and watercolor painter from Cottonwood, Betty has traveled extensively throughout her career as a professional artist, gathering inspiration through plein air painting. An American Impressionist Society Master Artist, Betty has taught workshops both nationally and internationally, and will be holding a plein air painting workshop at the Highlands Center in 2023.
An award-winning artist and teacher from Flagstaff, Gretchen offered a workshop this past May where she taught students how to capture the landscapes surrounding them with oil, acrylic, and water-mixable oil. Gretchen, whose recent accolades include “Best of Show” at the 2021 Sedona Plein Air Festival, has been teaching painting for more than two decades.
A Kansas native, Cathy’s artistic roots include creating bronze sculptures of famed Arabian horses. Since moving to Prescott and transitioning to painting, she has spent 15 years as an adjunct professor teaching painting and printmaking at Yavapai College. Cathy and her husband own Krieger’s Gallery in downtown Prescott.
A founding member of Arizona Plein Air Painters and a Flagstaff resident, Dawn focuses on Southwest landscapes. She says that painting outdoors uniquely allows her to capture the depth, definition, and feeling of the landscape before her.
An accomplished oil painter, watercolorist, and mixed media maker from Tempe, Cindy has earned numerous awards and has had her work featured in galleries and juried shows nationwide. Her gallery home is at Sedona’s Carré d’artistes.
An impressionist oil painter from Scottsdale, Casey draws inspiration from her experiences exploring the Southwestern wilderness. Her paintings of landscapes and wildlife are intended to facilitate a deeper respect for our vanishing wild places and the creatures that inhabit them.
For more information, visit https://highlandscenter.org/prescott-plein-air/.