August 13-18, 2018 artists will once again converge on Dexter to render their artistic interpretation of the charming small city and lush surrounding landscapes.

This year there will be a wine and craft beer reception to meet the artists to a background of jazz, a plein air painting workshop for aspiring adult painters, workshops for younger artists, plus a fun rock painting event in the park. Take a look at the sections below to see the variety of events the Festival has to offer and for a complete and up-to-date timeline of events, visit

Monday, August 13th through Friday, August 17th: Artists paint in and around Dexter.

Friday, August 17th: Art exhibit and sale begins at 2pm in the Monument Park Tent Gallery;


Wine and Craft Beer Reception from 4:30 – 8:30 pm in the Monument Park Tent Gallery;

Musical entertainment in the Monument Park Gazebo from 6:30 – 8pm

Saturday, August 18th: Art Exhibit and Sale continues from 9am – 8pm in the Monument Park Tent Gallery; children’s art event in Monument Park from 11am – 2pm; Wine and Craft Beer Reception from 3 – 8pm in the Monument Park Tent Gallery; Dexter Community Orchestra Quartet with light refreshments in the Tent Gallery; Musical entertainment in the Monument Park Gazebo from 6:30 – 8pm

The workshop for adults is new and organizers are excited to offer the workshop taught by nationally known, award-winning artist Greg LaRock. Greg will also be serving as the awarding judge for the Plein Air and Quick Draw Competitions. His two-day workshop takes place August 11- 12 and will focus on the following objectives to develop painting skills: how to organize elements to create a successful composition; the importance of shape division, shape balance and light/dark patterns and avoiding repetition; maintaining and supporting a focal point, and how to direct viewers to your area of interest; achieving depth and atmosphere, not just by painting what you see but learning how to make it successful and have it feel three-dimensional.

The mediums used will be acrylic, watercolor, gouache or oil. The cost is $300.

To register or for more information about the Greg LaRock workshop, please visit Class size is limited. For more information about Greg LaRock, his accomplishments, workshops, and contact information, please visit his website at:

The Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival will also host the Cookies and Canvass Children’s Painting Workshops Wednesday, August 15. The sessions are separated by age bracket and include  elementary school age, middle school age, and high school age and above.
For more information, or to register for one or more of these sessions, please visit All art supplies provided and workshops will take place rain or shine. Cost to participate is $10 per child/young adult.

Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival artists come to Dexter from all over the Country (and Canada) to participate. A week of hotel rooms can get very expensive, so we are reaching out to Dexter-area residents on behalf of the artists to find people that may be interested in hosting one of the artists from Monday, August 13 through Saturday, August 18. If you are one of those interested individuals, please fill out the Host an Artist form available at:

The Dexter Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival operations. We welcome any interested individuals, groups, and artists to sign-up for one of the many volunteer opportunities that the festival has to offer. To view the volunteer openings, visit the Sign-Up Genius page at:

Finally, have a painting made of your property. Do you have an interesting house, field, stream, or barn on your property? Are you interested in having a painting of your property created by an amazing artist? For this year’s festival, we are creating a list of properties in and around Dexter where our participating artists can go to paint *with the permission of the property owner*. If you are interested in having your property added to this list, please visit our online registration page at:

Please only register your own property. Properties must be in the Dexter School District (Dexter-area). We cannot guarantee that any of the artists will choose to create a painting of your property, but the list will be provided to all of the artists. Finished paintings will likely be on sale in the Monument Park Tent Gallery from Friday, August 17th through Saturday, August 18th.


Leave a Reply