Plein Air workshop in June

A two-day Plein Air Workshop, taught by Kimball Geisler, is coming to the Lost Sierra on June 1st and 2nd, as part of the Plein Air Festival being held in Quincy and surrounding areas May 31-June 4.

Geisler (vice president of the Plein Air Painters of America) will be the judge during the festival. His workshop is limited to 15 artists. Geisler graduated from BYU-Idaho with a BFA in 2015 and won 1st place at the prestigious Driggs Plein Air Festival in 2016. He has won numerous awards since then and became vice president of The Plein Air Painters of America in 2021.  You can find out more about Kimball Geisler at

Plein Air painters from around the country will come to paint the vast vistas and small towns of our area. Painting demonstrations, workshops and the First Friday Gallery Art Walk will take place. Artist reception and awards ceremony will be held in the gallery at Bear Creek Frames, Main Street, Quincy. The festival will culminate with a quick-draw competition and “Off the Easel Sale” at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown Quincy on June 4.

Go to to sign up or become a sponsor. For more information, contact Mark V. Reynolds, Bear Creek Frames in Quincy, 530-616-0230, [email protected]; [email protected].


What is Plein Air Painting?

“en plein air” is a French term meaning in the open air.

The Plein Air movement took off when the impressionist Monet and a group of his friends started painting outside from life in the early 1860s.  It continued and in 1986 the Plein Air Painters of America was established.  Since then, it has swept the country with thousands of artists attending Plein Air festivals and workshops in every state.