Plein air painting in the Big Bend area. Photo courtesy of the Big Bend Arts Council

Learn and experience the art of plein air painting in the Big Bend at Alpine’s “In Plein Air: The Art of Painting Outdoors” event this Labor Day weekend. Browse artwork at the Gallery on the Square’s sidewalk art exhibit and sale, take a museum tour, and, of course, paint in the open air at various locations around Big Bend and Alpine. On Friday, artists from the Texas Portrait Society “face off” by painting the same model, letting their individual styles shine through in their interpretations. There are also free painting events around the area, from Fort Davis to Terlingua and Marathon, and all guests are free to watch as the artists paint their gorgeous surroundings.

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