2024 Mount Dora

Join us in October for a week of Plein air painting in beautiful downtown Mount Dora, Florida. 

 This is an all inclusive and fun event . The annual event includes a people’s choice award and cash prizes.

What is Plein Air? (French: plein air )

Plein Air is the practice of painting landscape pictures outside. It’s creating an intense impression of the moment in the open air. 

Plein Air Sale and Exhibition

The artwork created by this year’s plein air artists will be available for sale in the MDCA gallery October 20 until November 10, 2024.  

 Hosted by the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, proceeds of all painting sales will support art education in local schools and underserved areas of our community.

Artist John Singer Sargent paints plein air around the turn of the century

PAINT THE TOWN Saturday Oct 12 - Saturday Oct 19, 2024

 How this works:

Pre register online anytime before Tuesday October 8, 2024 to be a “Featured Artist.” Email a photo of yourself or an example of your work to [email protected] and we will add you to our website. This is optional. You do not need to submit material to register early.

Check-in at MDCA to get your mediums officially stamped Sat Oct 12 or Sun Oct 13 between 8:30AM and 11AM in the gallery.  You can come upstairs to get stamped (M-F 9AM until 5PM) through Oct 19. No max size this year! (two submissions allowed for judging but you can get more than two stamped for the gallery sale)

Venture anywhere in Mount Dora, FL. Try places like the iconic lighthouse, seek a quiet setting along waterfront, Palm Island park, or grab a spot along the bustling sidewalks of the downtown shops to set up and PAINT! 

Paint on location from dawn to dusk and return your artwork to the Art Center anytime during the week before Saturday October 19 at 12PM. We will award 1st ($100), 2nd ($75), and 3rd ($50) place prizes at 5PM in the MDCA gallery Saturday October 19. A People’s Choice award will be given on Sunday October 27 after tallying votes from gallery guests during the Mount Dora Craft Fair.

Where to Check in: Mount Dora Center for the Arts 138 E 5th Ave Mount Dora, Florida

Paintings will be displayed for sale in the MDCA gallery through November 10, 2024 at a 60% artist / 40% MDCA split. All artwork submitted must be available for sale.


Pick up artwork November 10 & 11, 2024 9AM-5PM. Paintings that remain will be considered donations to MDCA and are tax deductible.

Artist Registration Fees:  MDCA Members $30 / Non-Members $35

QUICK DRAW Saturday November 2, 2024

 How this works:

Pre-register online or during Check in and get your canvas stamped at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts gallery on Saturday November 2, 2024 from 9 to 10AM.

The theme for this popular, timed event is held during and at the Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair.  Artwork must be submitted by 1 PM.  We will award a $100 cash prize for the best Quick Draw painting at the stage in Donnelly Park and wet paintings will be available for sale on site until 2PM. (60/40 split) 

 Artwork will remain for sale in the gallery through November 10, 2024.   Pick up artwork November 10 &11, 2024 9AM-5PM. Paintings that remain will be considered donations to MDCA and are tax deductible. 

Artist Registration Fees:  MDCA Members $20 / Non-Members $25

Read Official Mount Dora Plein Air Paint Out RULES 2024 below

2023 Featured Plein Air Artists

Michael Pintar

Suzi Foster Beavers

Suzi Foster Beavers

Jane Slivka

Melinda Hamsher

Suzanne Syvertson 

Morna Strengholt

Julie Bowland

Sarah Schaller

Susan Grogan

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