Scroll To Top
Scroll To Top
Plein Air

Plein Air Events...

Our "Brushes with Nature" program was created to foster fellowship and the opportunity to meet other NEWS members -- while painting outdoors at some of New England's most beautiful locations.

Plein Air events are just for fun. There will not be any instruction to sharpen your skills. However, as a member, you will have the added opportunity to exhibit artwork done over the spring, summer, and fall at one of the events and submit your artwork in the annual Brushes with Nature exhibition at our Gallery in Plymouth MA in January and February (starting in 2024).

All watercolors created at a Plein Air event will be acceptable for entry into our Brushes with Nature exhibition. This exhibition is open exclusively to members that participate in the Brushes with Nature program. All submitted artwork must have been completed during one of the scheduled Plein Air events -- or started in the field and completed in the studio.

CLICK HERE to view the prospectus of NEWS Gallery shows.

We are currently working on our list of upcoming "Brushes with Nature" events.
We will continue to add events as they are planned.
Keep watching this page for updates!

Parking and facilities will be available at each location.

Artists' friends are also welcome to paint with members.

WHEN: 6-May-2023 (Saturday) 9am to 3pm
LOCATION: Flanders Nature Center, 5 Churchill Road, Woodbury, CT (map)

INFORMATION: Visual artists of all media are invited to join us on Flanders’ beautiful and picturesque grounds. The site offers a variety of painting subjects . . . farm  animals, buildings, barns and machinery, ponds and woods.

Please register on arrival. (rain date: 7-May-2023)

Diane Dubreuil: for NEWS 

WHEN: 17-May-2023  (Wednesday) 9am to 3pm
LOCATION: Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St, Wiscasset, ME (map)
phone: 207-687-8143

INFORMATION: Town of Wiscassett, Maine - waterfront town and historic sites, potentially lilacs in bloom, etc. Maine Art Gallery will be open all day for the artists. 

CONTACTS: Diane Dubreuil: for NEWS 
Celia Ludwig: for MAG

WHEN: 21-Jun-2023 (Wednesday) 9am to ??
LOCATION: Pemaquid Lighthouse in Bristol, ME (map)

INFORMATION: Gathering at Pemaquid Lighthouse Park in Bristol, Maine  with the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS)  and the Plein Air Painters of Maine (PAPME).
Minor fee for parking. Bathrooms, picnic tables, shaded and sunny locations, artists gallery on site, bring picnic or restaurant food available nearby.
CONTACTS: Diane Dubreuil: for NEWS 
Fran Scannell

WHEN: 5-Jul-2023 (Wednesday) 8:30 am till 3:30? (rain date: 6-Jul-2023)
LOCATION: Water Street, Newburyport MA (downtown / boardwalk area) (map)
We will begin at the Harbormaster’s House parking Lot

INFORMATION: There are clean restrooms at the Harbormaster's House and the Newburyport Art Association. Restaurants, coffee shops and sandwich shops are available. Karen will have a list of places to eat with a map of places to paint — churches, custom house, Tall Ship, historic cemetery, flowers, fountain, and more!

Parking: metered lots, a parking garage and some free on-street parking near NAA.

RSVP: By Thursday, 29-Jun-2023

CONTACTS: Karen Fitzgerald,, 508-361-4684