Stroll through the gardens while the region’s artists set up their easels as they paint en plein air, capturing their favorite landscapes throughout the gardens and groves, showcasing the essence of the fauna and flora that calls the Arboretum home!
What to Expect
On site activities will include:
Artists will choose or be assigned a location in the May Arboretum and Rancho San Rafael Park in which to paint in the medium of their choice.
Sponsorship for student artists is available on a first-come-first-served basis.
The public is invited to wander and view art in progress. A large map indicating artists’ locations will be available for viewing at the Registration Area.
At 12:30 pm, artists and the public will gather to display the works. Artists can choose whether to put a price on their painting for sale, to participate in a silent auction, or to display without selling. 70 percent of sales go to the artist, the remainder to support the May Artboretum Society’s support of the Arboretum.
8:30-9:00 Artists check in, get map, set up
9:00-12:00 Artists paint in the Arboretum
9:00-12:00: Artful Play: free painting activity for children and families
9:00-10:30: First student group of art instruction (maximum five students)
10:30-12:00: Second student group of art instruction (maximum five students)
12:30-1:30 Art displays, Sales, Bidding and Prizes