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Floyd Plein Air Biennial

August 15, 2022 - August 20, 2022

The Floyd Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the return of the Floyd Plein Air Biennial, the week-long outdoor painting festival, to take place at sites in and around beautiful Floyd County on August 15-20, 2022.  This will be the third time the Center has invited and hosted a field of regional and national artists as part of this Biennial Event, which also occurred in 2017 and 2019.  Having taken a year off due to the pandemic, the Center is excited to bring artists back to paint.  Artists will enjoy painting the Blue Ridge Parkway, the famed Buffalo Mountain, unique sites along the beautiful Little River, local farms and vistas, as well as the Town of Floyd. Events include artist demos, an Artist/Patron Night including Wet Paint Sale, Quick Draw Contest at the Historic Floyd Country Store & Friday Night Jamboree, art sale and reception! Abingdon resident and nationally renowned plein air artist Kyle Buckland will act as the event judge.  Currently a resident artist at The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Kyle’s unique painting style has garnered him many awards and acclaim, and in 2021 he was inducted into the prestigious Plein Air Painters of the Southeast.  Artist and Virginia native Joli Ayn Wood will return as Chairperson for the 2022 event.

Monday, August 15

Paint the Blue Ridge Parkway – Artists to paint along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Patron Event: Artist-Patron Meet-the-Artist Reception 6-8pm. Buffalo Mountain Brewery, food provided by Driftwood Catering. Small wet painting sale.

Tuesday, August 16

Paint the Buffalo Mountain – Artists paint their take on the iconic Floyd landmark (multiple locations).

Patron Event (Center) – “Alive and Well: The Artist/Patron Relationship. An Artist & Patron round table discussion. $10 donation to attend, patrons attend free

Wednesday, August 17

Paint the Water – Artists will set up to paint along the Little River Including the On the Water site as well as other public access points.

Thursday, August 18

Paint the Land – Artists capture the rolling hills & farm life (multiple locations)

Patron Event: Kyle Buckland Painting Demonstration (time TBA)
Plein air painting demonstration by our festival judge and nationally renowned artist Kyle Buckland. Location TBA within the town of Floyd, near The Country Store or Lineberry Park.

Patron Event: 6pm Artist-Artist Patron Cocktail Reception at “Eulenhof”, home of Clemens and Barbara von Claparede-Crola

Friday, August 19

Paint the Town – Artists paint the many iconic scenes within the town limits
Catherine’s Garden
Locust Street
Main Street
Jacksonville Cemetery
The Pine Tavern
The Floyd Center for the Arts
Town paint within Floyd Town Limits

Quick Draw: The Friday Night Jamboree, 6-9pm
Our field of competition artists will be joined by non-competition artists in a 3 hour “quick paint.” Artists must paint a scene from start to finish within the 3 hour period. Substrates stamped from 5-6pm at a location TBA, awards for both competition and non-competition artists awarded at Saturday’s Gala!
Quick Draw panels to be turned into Center by 9:30 for hanging in the Breezeway

Saturday, August 20

Quick Draw Exhibition Opens! The Floyd Center for the Arts, Breezeway Gallery A special exhibit featuring the paintings created during the Quick Draw Event, combining both competition and non-competition artists. All work available for purchase. On display until Saturday, October 1, 2022.

Patron Event: Joli Ayn Wood Painting Demonstration – Join us on the grounds of the Center for a special morning of painting out of doors with Virginia native & Festival Chair Joli Ayn Wood. Joli will talk about and demonstrate her plein air painting skills. Specific location and details TBA closer to the event. $5 donation to attend, patrons attend free of charge.

Patron Event: Collector’s Reception 5-6pm, Center, Special Preview – Patron passes will allow early access to view and purchase the artists’ paintings created during the week, as well as early access to mingle with artists with complimentary beverages and food.

Public Gala Celebration and Art Sale! 6-9pm, Center, Public welcome
All are welcome to join us at The Floyd Center for the Arts to celebrate the culmination of the festival, view and purchase artwork created during the week. Food and soft beverages provided, Cash Bar open with proceeds to benefit The Center.


August 15, 2022
August 20, 2022
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Floyd Center for the Arts
220 Parkway Lane S
Floyd, VA 24091 United States
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