"Plein Air"

99 years of paint-outs

“Plein Air”

Painting by Lorenzo Latimer “The Latimer Tree” – Gardner St.

The practice of “Plein Air” goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Today, it’s a flourishing trend in the art world.  Artists come together and go on excursions to “paint out” in the beautiful parts of the Sierras located in Nevada and California. 

Our paint-outs are devoted to this practice and occur from April to October. We head out on the 2nd Wednesday. Take a look at our schedule and add it to your calendar. 

Whether one is inspired by the mountains, river, pond or lake, this is a rewarding experience regardless of your medium.   

If you have suggestions of where we should paint next, fill out the form below.  

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Latimer Paint Out Chair

Quote From Carol Grigus

Painting directly from Nature is my passion and hopefully, it can be for many of you who were brave enough to enjoy Mother Nature’s vagaries. I love the challenge of painting outdoors. The smells, sights, the light and being “in situ” gives me an incredible sense of being one with Mother Nature…the Japanese call it “shin-rin yoku”…forest bathing. I call it heavenly!
John Muir said it well: “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”.

Lorenzo Latimer’s “Peach in Bloom”

Paint outs


Location of 2019 Paintouts

Rancho San Rafael Park

Galena Creek

Tahoe Meadows

Ida’s Ranch in Fredricksburg, CA

Home of Renaté Neuman

Thomas Creek Autumn Golden Paint

University Ridge Park

When Do We Go?

The 2nd Wednesday of the Month

April through October

meeting @ 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

You don’t have to be a member to join us.

It’s open to all artists.

Planned 2020 Locations


Sand Harbor

Virginia City

River Fork Ranch

Galena Creek Park-South Entrance. 


Thomas Creek



Co- chairpersons

Carol Grigus (775) 813-1172



Marjee Smith (775) 224-5289  


Paint Outs

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1506
Reno, NV 89505

Meeting Address

Moana Nursery Design Center

1190 W Moana Lane

Reno, NV 89509